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Friday, February 12, 2016
Bitter Cold Weather to Impact the State Over Next Several Days
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy is urging Connecticut residents to prepare for bitter cold temperatures over the next several days, with current forecasts for this weekend projecting a low of -5 to -10 degrees F. Sustained winds of 15 MPH, with gusts to 30-35 MPH, are expected. This could create a wind chill of -25 to -35 at times. In anticipation, the Governor is activating the state's Severe Cold Weather Protocol beginning at 4PM on Thursday, February 11, and it will remain in effect through 10AM on Monday, February 15. While activated, the protocol directs the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and the Department of Housing (DOH) to coordinate with 2-1-1 and Connecticut's network of shelters to ensure that the state's most vulnerable populations are protected from the severe cold weather.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Governor Malloy Announces Connecticut's Preparation and Response Plan for the Zika Virus
  Following a meeting at Connecticut's Emergency Operations Center and joined by agency commissioners, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced details about the state's cross-functional, cross-department coordination to respond to the Zika virus. To ensure the safety of Connecticut residents, the Governor and state agencies are proactively planning now for any contingencies that may arise.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Governor Malloy Selects Dr. Raul Pino to Serve as Commissioner of Public Health
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that he is appointing Dr. Raul Pino to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Public Health (DPH). Dr. Pino has been serving in the role of Acting Commissioner since December, and prior, served as Deputy Commissioner of the agency.

Friday, February 05, 2016
Connecticut Long-Term Care Health Facilities to Register with New Background Check Portal (National Law Review)
  Certain health care facilities specializing in long-term care in Connecticut will be required to register with a statewide background check portal beginning February 8, 2016.

Thursday, January 28, 2016
DPH Update on Zika Virus
  State health officials continue to monitor for Zika virus and alert the public of the potential to contract Zika virus while traveling abroad. Pregnant women in particular are advised to postpone travel to areas affected by Zika virus.

Friday, January 15, 2016
DPH Asks Health Providers to Watch for Suspected Cases of Zika Virus
  State health officials today said they have asked Connecticut health care providers to report suspected cases of Zika virus infection to the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) and to the patient’s local health department. There are currently no reported cases of this mosquito-borne disease in Connecticut.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016
DPH: Time to Test for Radon
  The Connecticut State Department of Public Health (DPH) urges Connecticut residents to test their homes for radon gas, the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Health officials estimate that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States.

Monday, November 23, 2015
Know Your Family Health History
  The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) encourages families to take a few minutes this Thanksgiving Day to discuss their family health history, one of the largest risk factors for many chronic diseases.

Monday, November 09, 2015
DPH Announces Long-term Care Background Screening Program
  The Connecticut Department of Public Health today announced it has launched a comprehensive background check program for direct care employees of nursing homes and other long-term care agencies that strengthens protections for the elderly and disabled residents.