COVID-19 Community Levels Map Update, Jan. 27, 2023: The CDC has listed three Connecticut Counties—Litchfield, Middlesex and New Haven Counties—in the High/Orange category as part of its weekly COVID-19 Community Levels update. Fairfield, Hartford, New London, Tolland and Windham Counties are listed in the Medium/Yellow category.  Because all eight Connecticut counties are either in the High or Medium categories, the Connecticut Department of Public Health recommends that all residents consider wearing a mask in public indoor spaces. People who are at high risk for severe illness should consider additional measures to minimize their exposure to COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. Visit the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels Map for updates.


Please visit covidtests.gov to request four free COVID-19 self-test kits from the Federal Government. Find a location that has a supply of COVID-19 therapeutics as part of the Test to Treat initiative here. The complete DPH COVID-19 toolbox is located at ct.gov/coronavirus.

New legislative updates (Public Act 22-49) will take effect on January 1, 2023

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Notice: Providers should fax blood lead results to 959-200-4751. This fax is for providers that do blood lead testing in their offices and report them to DPH's Childhood Lead Program.
 

 

Lead Testing Requirements Requirements and Guidance Fact Sheet
Lead Exposure Risk Assessment Questions Regional Lead Treatment Centers
Time Table for Confirming Capillary Tests Notices and Advisories
Schedule for Follow Up Venous Testing Resources

 

Blood Lead Testing Requirements in Connecticut

Primary care providers that give pediatric care in Connecticut must:

  • Provide the children’s families with health education on childhood lead poisoning before testing.
  • Conduct annual lead tests on all children 9 months to 35 months of age. (Most doctors test at 12 months and 24 months of age to meet this requirement.)
  • Conduct a lead test on children between 36 and 72 months of age if they were not previously tested.
  • Conduct a lead test on children between 36 and 72 months of age if clinically indicated as determined by the primary care provider.
  • Conduct a lead test on children under 6 years of age if they have developmental delays.
  • Conduct a medical risk assessment (see below) at least annually for each child 36 to 72 months of age.
  • Report all blood lead levels of children under 6 years of age to DPH if Lead Care testing is done in office. (All labs are required to report the blood lead test results of children living in Connecticut to DPH.)

 

Lead Exposure Risk Assessment Questions (for children 36 - 72 months of age)

  1. Does your child live in or regularly visit a house that was built before 1978? Ask about day care center, preschool, the home of a baby sitter or a relative, recent move, etc.
  2. Does your child have a brother or sister, housemate, or playmate being followed or treated for lead poisoning?
  3. Does your child frequently come in contact with an adult whose job or hobby involves exposure to lead (e.g. construction, welding, firing range, metal fabrication, weapon manufacturing, electronics, other trades practiced in your community, stained glass making; using lead solder, artist paints or ceramic glazes, etc.)?
  4. Has your child been exposed to any imported products, such as spices, foods, vitamins ethnic home remedies or ethnic cosmetics?  Examples include azarcon (also known as rueda, Maria Luisa, alarcon, liga); albayalde; greta; pay-loo-ah; ghasard; bala goli; kandu; kohl, litargirio, bebetina, and chyawan prash.

If the answer to any of the above questions is YES, then the 36 to 72 month old child is considered to be at risk and should be screened with a blood lead test.

 

Timetable for Confirming Capillary Testing

 

 

Schedule for Venous Follow-up Testing

Requirements and Guidance Fact Sheet for Health Care Professionals in Connecticut

 

Regional Lead Treatment Centers

There are two Regional Lead Treatment Centers in Connecticut that specialize in providing guidance and assistance with clinical management of a lead poisoned child. They are located at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford and at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven.

  • Contact the Connecticut Children's Medical Center RLTC at (860) 837-9901
  • Contact Yale RLTC at (203) 688-2195 (the secretary will transfer you to the appropriate contact)

Notices/Advisory Letters

         LeadCare II recall 5/17/17

Resources

How to prevent contamination in blood samples

Written Materials

1. Eliminating lead paint dust is one way to go about preventing childhood lead poisoning. To learn how to keep homes safe and protect children from lead read this brochure.

2. Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home

3. Lead in Drinking Water Factsheet

4. Lead Poisoning Prevention Fact Sheet:

Lead Poisoning Prevention Fact Sheet (English)

Lead Poisoning Prevention Fact Sheet (Spanish)

Lead Poisoning Prevention Fact Sheet (Arabic)

Lead Poisoning Prevention Fact Sheet (Chinese)

Lead Poisoning Prevention Fact Sheet (Dari)

Lead Poisoning Prevention Fact Sheet (Haitian Creole)

Lead Poisoning Prevention Fact Sheet (Hindi)

Lead Poisoning Prevention Fact Sheet (Pashto)

Lead Poisoning Prevention Fact Sheet (Polish)

Lead Poisoning Prevention Fact Sheet (Somali)

Lead Poisoning Prevention Fact Sheet (Swahili)

Lead Poisoning Prevention Fact Sheet (Urdu)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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