Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The Department of Environmental Management and State Department of Health are cautioning NK residents following a raccoon bite incident Monday night.
A North Kingstown resident is being treated for rabies exposure and two dogs have been quarantined following in incident with a possibly rabid raccoon Monday night. According to the State Department of Health and Department of Environmental Management, the attack was unprovoked and happened around 6:30 p.m. Monday on Heritage Road in North Kingstown. The vaccination status of the dogs is currently being evaluated. The animal eluded authorities' attempts to capture it and remains at large. DEM and the health department are warning that the raccoon is presumed to be infected with rabies as the animal's behavior is not typical for raccoons. Residents are urged to contact DEM or North Kingstown Animal Control (401-295-5579) if any sick or …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Scott Tellier, a mental health counselor in North Kingstown, has been suspended for harassing a former patient and making inappropriate contact.
The Department of Health has suspended Scott Tellier, a mental health counselor in North Kingstown, after two former clients complained about harassment and inappropriate behavior. According to the Department of Health, Tellier began treating one of the clients in 2006. The client, a 21-year-old female, alleged that Tellier asked her to place her feet in his lap and on other occasions asked her to engage in other non-sexual physical contact. Tellier reportedly told the patient that this would help her become more trusting, which is not an acceptable practice by a mental health counselor. The suspension notice issued by the Department of Health also adds that Tellier asked the woman's parents to become involved in the counseling sessions …
Friday, October 19, 2012
The following reports are based on documents released by the Rhode Island Department of Health.
The Rhode Island Department of Health has announced the following disciplinary actions. For more information, see the attached PDFs, or visit their website.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Department of Health has confirmed that a kitten in Jamestown has tested positive for rabies.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The following advisory was provided by the RI Department of Health. A kitten from Jamestown has reportedly tested positive for rabies, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health. The kitten, which passed away, was adopted by a Jamestown resident in August. The kitten was found in the Highland Drive and Ft. Wetherill State Park area. According to the Department of Health, the feline was part of a colony of feral cats. It's unknown whether or not the other cats in this colony are exhibiting signs of rabies, but health officials are assuming that the entire colony may have been exposed to rabies and is therefore potentially infected. According to RI State Veterinarian Scott Marshall, this particular rabies case is of concern because…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Six cases have been confirmed in North Kingstown schools.
Six North Kingstown students have officially been diagnosed with whooping cough, according to the Providence Journal. The Health Department announced that six cases of whooping cough (also known as pertussis) have been confirmed in students from three North Kingstown schools. According to the department, the group includes four students from Stony Lane Elementary School, one from Davisville Middle School and another from Hamilton Elementary School. School closed in the district in June 19, but the first case was confirmed July 2. According to the Journal, the outbreak is unusual "because Rhode Island typically sees single cases of whooping cough," and roughly only 60 per year. The Health Department has scheduled a community vaccination …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The air quality warning has been issued for Rhode Island.
It's not summer in Rhode Island without an ozone alert day. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is predicting air quality will reach unhealthy levels Wednesday in most of the state, according to a news release. DEM predicts that conditions will be at their worst in the mid to late afternoon as a "very warm and very humid" air mass will be present at that time. Regular RIPTA bus services will be free Wednesday, according to the DEM announcement. The Department of Health warns these unhealthy levels of ozone can cause throat irritation, coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, increased susceptibility to respiratory infection and aggravation of asthma/other respiratory ailments – all worsened by exercise and …
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
A proposed medical marijuana dispensary site promises to offer patients affordable cannabis and a range of other services.
The air was hot with passion from advocates and adversaries with the agenda focused on the 18 proposed marijuana compassion centers inside the aging, basement-level auditorium at the state Department of Health headquarters on Monday morning. It was standing room only as more than 100 people turned out to rally in support or opposition for the public hearing on the not-for-profit dispensary and cultivation sites that will supply Rhode Island’s 3,100 medical marijuana patients with cannabis by prescription. Up to three centers will ultimately gain DOH approval by March 8. Rep. Doreen Marie Costa (R-31) was ready to defend her constituents’ “backyard.” She said more than 700 e-mails flooded her inbox after news broke of a proposed NK …