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Monday, June 27, 2016
State Issues Drought Advisory
  With precipitation across Connecticut down as much as six inches over the last 90 days, the Department of Public Health (DPH) today issued a Drought Advisory. It is recommended that customers of public water systems follow any water conservation recommendations that may be requested by their water utility and that businesses and residents served by private wells follow DPH’s water conservation advice.

Friday, June 24, 2016
DPH’s Office of Health Care Access Issues Proposed Final Decision in GWHN, Prospect Medical Holdings Application
  The Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) today issued its proposed final decision on the application for Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc. (PMH) of Los Angeles, CA to purchase the assets and affiliates of Greater Waterbury Health Network, Inc. (GWHN), including Waterbury Hospital (WH). The Connecticut Office of the Attorney General will also issue its proposed final decision on the application today.

Friday, June 24, 2016
State Sending Narcan to New Haven to Deal with Public Health Emergency Caused By Tainted Batch of Heroin
  DPH today is sending 700 doses of Narcan, a medicine used to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose, to the City of New Haven in response to a City-declared a public health emergency after 15 overdoses linked to a batch of heroin laced with Fentanyl occurred throughout the City yesterday.

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Governor Malloy Announces State Begins Zika Awareness Campaign at Bradley International Airport
  With the summer travel season kicking into high gear over the next several weeks, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, and other state officials today announced that a Zika education and warning campaign will soon be underway at Bradley International Airport. The campaign, a joint effort between the state Department of Public Health (DPH), Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA), federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and JetBlue, will focus on passengers traveling to and from San Juan, Puerto Rico on JetBlue’s two daily flights, but will also be seen by other travelers who may be connecting through other airports on their way to areas in the Caribbean, or Central/South America currently affected by Zika virus.

Friday, June 10, 2016
DPH’s Office of Health Care Access Issues Final Decision in ECHN, Prospect Medical Holdings Application
  The Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) today issued its final decision on the application for Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc. (PMH) of Los Angeles, CA to purchase the assets and affiliates of Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Inc., including Rockville General Hospital (RGH) and Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH).  The Connecticut Office of the Attorney General also issued its final decision on the application today.

Thursday, June 09, 2016
DPH Commissioner Pino Announces $40 Million in Loans for Drinking Water Projects
  The Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today that $40 million in low interest loans to protect the state’s public drinking water by financing local projects aimed at improving water treatment plants and other facilities was approved by the State Bond Commission on Friday, May 27th.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Statement from DPH Commissioner on Report of 1st Zika-Related Microcephaly Case in U.S.
  The Connecticut Department of Public Health announced today that a baby in New Jersey was born with microcephaly, a serious birth defect, and other complications caused by her mother’s exposure to Zika virus very early on in her pregnancy. This is the first confirmed Zika-related microcephaly case in the continental United States.

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.