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EMERGENCY ORDER REGARDING MANDATORY COVID-19 TESTING AND VACCINATION FOR ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF NEW HAVEN

Effective September 27, 2021 ALL EMPLOYEES of the City of New Haven will be required to present proof that they are fully vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID testing;

and Any City employee who has not presented proof that they are fully vaccinated by September 27, 2021 must submit to COVID-19 testing once per week on an ongoing basis and must provide the test results no later than September 30, 2021, and weekly thereafter, as required by a related policy issued by the City

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NH EMPLOYEES ONLY VISIT THE COVID REGISTRATION PORTAL

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COVID-19 Recommendations

From: Maritza Bond, Director of Health

Date: July 28, 2021

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your commitment in working with us over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to increasing cases and different variants being reported I would like to remind you to encourage public safety.

As a reminder, please follow the current Governors Executive Order No. 12 which states:

“Effective immediately, any person while indoors in a public place who does not maintain a safe social distance of approximately six feet from every other person and who is not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face covering. A person shall be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the final recommended dose of a vaccine approved for use against COVID-19 by U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or as otherwise defined by the Centers for Disease Control. In addition, all persons shall use masks or cloth face coverings in any taxi, car, livery, ride-sharing or similar service, commercial aircraft, or any means of mass public transit, or while within any airport, bus or train station, enclosed transit stop or waiting area, homeless shelter or correctional facility.”

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NOTICE OF PROPOSED SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION

NOTICE OF PROPOSED SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION CONCERNING CHILD LEAD POISONING IN NEW HAVEN

Do you have a child who lives in New Haven, is under the age of 6, and has a blood lead level at or greater than 5 micrograms per deciliter?

This settlement concerns the City of New Haven's obligation to conduct an inspection of your home to determine if any lead hazards exist, order that your landlord remedy any lead hazards found, and ensure that your landlord conducts a safe and complete abatement of the lead hazards.

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**Heat Advisory for our area beginning today**

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for our area beginning today, Monday at noon. The Heat Advisory is expected to end by late Wednesday night unless extended. The heat index will peak in the mid 90’s during Monday through Wednesday.

City splash pads are open for use and it is highly recommended to follow heat preparedness guidelines and safety tips listed below. Find air conditioning, avoid strenuous activities, wear light clothing, check on family members and neighbors, drink plenty of fluids, watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and never leave people or pets in a closed car are some easy safety tips to remember.

Call 911 for any heat-related emergency. Heatwaves can produce many heat-related health issues, and this can happen quickly to those with underlying medical conditions, elderly, children and pets too! Stay hydrated and in cooler locations when possible. Please click here for a list of New Haven - Splash Pad locations

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LEAD POISONING WARNING

Ceramic products made by, Abarrotes Mixteca and sold at many area stores have been found to have unsafe levels of lead.

The items include decorative ceramic painted pottery such as vases, pots, kettles, plates, cups, and similar items.

If you have recently bought ceramic pottery products made by
Abarrotes Mixteca, please call

New Haven Health Department immediately.
203-946-8174

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New Haven Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resident & Youth Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinics for New Haven Residents Only!

The Health Department has teamed up with Griffin Hospital to host pop-up clinics throughout the city! We have 7 clinics scheduled for the next 2 weeks. All clinics are:

  • Walk up only, no need for an appointment
  • For New Haven residents only
  • Held from 10am-4:00pm

You must be 18+ since this is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine! Please bring a photo ID with you. Please click here for information on the pop-up clinics

Youth Clinics

The Health Department is partnering up with the New Haven Board of Ed to offer students the COVID-19 Vaccine. We will hold clinics specifically dedicated to the youth starting:

Monday, April 12th to Friday April 16th from 10:30am-4:00pm at Career High School (140 Legion Avenue).

Vaccines are by appointment only - If children are under 18 years of age, they must have parental/guardian consent to be vaccinated!

Consent forms will be available at the clinic and were emailed to parents via Parent Link on Thursday, April 8th.

These clinics are for youth who live or go to school in New Haven

To schedule an appointment please call 877-918-2224 between 8:00am to 8:00pm!

We will be administering the Pfizer vaccine.

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New Haven Vaccinates All School Staff Who Wanted the COVID-19 Vaccine Within 10 Days

March 13, 2021

Media Coverage

All school staff who wanted the COVID-19 vaccine have already been vaccinated, all within a matter of 10 days, according to New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker.

In a letter to the New Haven community, Elicker said city health officials have vaccinated every teacher, paraprofessional, support staff, food service staff, custodian, bus driver, and other eligible school personnel who wanted the vaccine.

"I want to give a special thanks to the New Haven health department nurses. I also want to thank the Fair Haven Community Health Center who played a huge role in vaccinating hundreds of people over these past ten days," Elicker said in a statement.*

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New Haven Mayor to Host COVID-19 Press Briefing

January 13, 2021

MEDIA ALERT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Today New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker will be hosting virtual press availability regarding all updates surrounding the City’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Today’s virtual press briefing will be at 4:00 PM. The COVID-19 pandemic is evolving every day, and the City of New Haven wants to provide accurate and current information regarding the spread of the virus. All briefings are uploaded to the Mayor’s YouTube Page at bit.ly/MayorYouTube.

COVID-19 Virtual Press Briefing

Mayor Elicker, CSA Administrator Dr. Dalal, Health Director Maritza Bond,

Police Chief Otoniel Reyes, Superintendent Dr. Iline Tracey, NHPS Staff

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Zoom Conferencing

4:00 PM

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New Haven Mayor to Host Virtual
COVID-19 Press Briefing

January 4, 2021

MEDIA ALERT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Today New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker will be hosting virtual press availability regarding all updates surrounding the City’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Today’s virtual press briefing will be at 4:00 PM. The COVID-19 pandemic is evolving every day, and the City of New Haven wants to provide accurate and current information regarding the spread of the virus. All briefings are uploaded to the Mayor’s YouTube Page at bit.ly/MayorYouTube.

COVID-19 Virtual Press Briefing

Mayor Elicker, Maritza Bond, Rick Fontana, Dr. Iline Tracey

Monday, January 4, 2021

Zoom Conferencing

4:00 PM

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New Haven Mayor to Host Virtual COVID-19 Press Briefing

December 3, 2020

MEDIA ALERT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Today New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker will be hosting virtual press availability regarding all updates surrounding the City’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Today’s virtual press briefing will be at 2:30 PM. The COVID-19 pandemic is evolving every day, and the City of New Haven wants to provide accurate and current information regarding the spread of the virus. All briefings are uploaded to the Mayor’s YouTube Page at bit.ly/MayorYouTube.

COVID-19 Virtual Press Briefing
Mayor Elicker, Dr. Dalal, Director Maritza Bond,
Michael Piscitelli, and Ginny Kozlowski
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Zoom Conferencing
2:30 PM

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Vital Statistics Office will be closed

NOTICE: As of Monday October 26th - The Vital Statistics Office will be closed to the general public. Drop off services are ongoing with the exception of, Marriage License Applications, applications will be by appointment only.

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Mayor Elicker To Announce Flu Clinic, Stress Heightened Need for Shots Amid Pandemic

October 16, 2020

MEDIA ALERT

Will join City Health Director and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro to get flu shot

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Today, October 16 at 2:30 PM, New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker will join New Haven Health Director Maritza Bond and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro to mark the start of flu season and the opening of the City’s Flu Clinic. Mayor Elicker and Director Bond will discuss the heightened importance of getting flu shots this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will join Congresswoman DeLauro in getting flu shots at the socially-distanced event in front of City Hall.

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Yale New Haven Health - Help us prevent the spread of COVID-19

Get tested today!

COVID-19 Testing is available to all community members.

If you have symptoms and would like a test, please call your physician. If you do not have a physician, please sign up for an appointment at one of our community test sites or call our COVID-19 Call Center at 833-ASK-YNHH.

If you do not have symptoms and want to be tested, please sign up for an appointment at one of our community sites by going to this website https://covidtesting.ynhhs.org/.

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Yoga in Our City Presented By ConnectiCare Offers In-Person Classes

Free, all-level outdoor classes offered through October 10 with safety guidelines in place

Yoga in Our City presented by ConnectiCare is offering in-person classes with safety guidelines in place at parks in Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, and Waterbury.

The popular outdoor wellness program kicked-off after Memorial Day with virtual yoga sessions. The all level, in-person classes began on July 20 and will run through October 10 with safety guidelines that include wearing a mask when entering or exiting the yoga area and spacing yoga mats at least six feet
apart.

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The City of New Haven Releases Guidance on Low to High-Risk Sports

September 17, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Given the growing concern from the community surrounding sports activities, the City of New Haven today released guidance for low-risk, moderate-risk, and high-risk sports amid the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. This information will be posted on the City’s COVID-19 hub.

“We know that sports are a vital part of our community and deeply important to many residents. We must be guided by science and the public health parameters set by the State of Connecticut and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I want to thank our team for putting this together with the health and well being of our residents in mind,” said New Haven Director of Public Health Maritza Bond.

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Warning regarding Non-Compliance with CT Reopen Sector Rules

TO: Owners of Food Service Establishments
FROM: Maritza Bond, Director of Health
DATE: August 14, 2020

COVID-19 is still a real threat. It never went away, even though sometimes it may not feel that way so much because we are getting to a new normal. The city may look lively when you walk downtown or on a main business avenue in a neighborhood. Yet, from the health perspective, COVID remains a highly contagious virus that spreads easily from person-to-person and is a major threat to those with compromised immune systems.


We too want to see the full, unmitigated return of restaurants and cafes for all to enjoy, and for the owners and staff to earn their living. To get there we must all do our part. To date, we have been able to reopen because so many of you all have followed directions on safety protocols and have put into practice smart operations that follow the best health guidelines. In order to continue to allow you all to remain open, we must ensure that all continue to follow the rules until this threat has passed us.

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City of New Haven Issues New Guidance on School Sports

August 14, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Today the City of New Haven Health Department issued guidance on school fall sports for the upcoming school year surrounding safety with the COVID-19 pandemic. Director of Public Health for the City, Maritza Bond, issued a letter to New Haven Public School parents.

“I know how important sports are to the lives of so many students and families. I can assure you that this decision was not made lightly. We must ensure the safety and health of our students and community so that we can overcome the virus and get back to normal life sooner,” said New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker.

Please also see this Health Department Letter to the Parents.

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New Haven Mayor, City Officials to Host Press Conference on Tropical Storm Isaias Preparedness

August 3, 2020

MEDIA ALERT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Today New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker and City Officials will host a press conference surrounding the City’s monitoring and response of Tropical Storm Isaias. The City plans to discuss best practices and guidance for residents that may be impacted by the inclement storm. The press conference will be held at City Hall this afternoon.

Press Conference on Isaias Preparedness

Mayor Elicker, EOC Director Rick Fontana, and Health Director Maritza Bond

Monday, August 3, 2020

New Haven City Hall

165 Church Street, 2nd Floor Atrium

4:00 PM

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City of New Haven to Activate Cooling Centers this Weekend

July 17, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Due to elevated temperatures, including an excessive humidity forecast throughout the City and region for the coming days, the City of New Haven will be activating cooling centers for the public to provide relief from expected heat and humidity. High temperatures and humidity will begin Saturday and continue until Wednesday. A cooling center will be open for residents to stay out of the heat and keep cool, located at the Kennedy Hall of Records, 200 Orange Street on the ground floor. This facility will be open Sunday through Tuesday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

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Fire Marshal’s office is inspecting food trucks

At this time the Fire Marshal’s office is inspecting food trucks Monday through Friday from 07:00am until 09:00am.

Once at Fire Headquarters, please have the owner call the main #2039466232 to contact an inspector to meet them in the parking lot.

Once in the parking lot, the inspector will inspect the food truck alone to maintain social distance.

The inspector will photograph a valid photo ID and the signed certificate, which will then be emailed and uploaded into a network drive.

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Immunization Action Plan (IAP)

Immunization Action Plan (IAP)

City of New Haven Health Department

54 Meadow Street, New Haven, CT 06519

The New Haven Department's Immunization Action Plan program (IAP) works with physician offices to ensure that all area children are being immunized according to schedule. The IAP coordinator and outreach staff work to perform the following objectives.

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CVS Opens COVID-19 Rapid Testing Site in New Haven

April 17, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CVS Opens COVID-19 Rapid Testing Site in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Today CVS opened a COVID-19 rapid testing site in New Haven. CVS has already launched two of these testing programs in the states of Georgia and Rhode Island, and it is an effective way to identify those who are COVID-19 positive and to further reduce the spread of the virus. Testing is free of charge and takes approximately thirty minutes. The New Haven rapid testing site is located at Gateway Community College, 60 Sargent Drive. Those interested in scheduling a test will need to preregister in advance online at CVS.com to schedule a time slot. Once an individual arrives at the testing site, medical staff will instruct them to stay in their vehicle and will be directed through the process.

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The City of New Haven is seeking Contact Tracers

The City of New Haven is seeking Contact Tracers

The City of New Haven is seeking Contact Tracers to support the New Haven Health Department to perform COVID-19 contact tracing. The aim of this will be to call every person diagnosed with COVID-19, gather their contacts, and proceed to call every contact. This is in tandem with the City’s efforts to increase testing, improve communication and implementation of isolation and quarantine. This will fortify efforts to control the pandemic in New Haven.

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Food Service License Renewals

As a reminder, the annual fee and application for a permit to operate a food service establishment in New Haven are due on or by May 1.

If you did not receive an application by mail, please visit https://www.newhavenct.gov/gov/depts/environmental_health/food_license.htm to download an application.

Completed applications, along with payment, should be mailed to “New Heaven Health Department, Environmental Health Division, 54 Meadow Street, 9th Floor, New Haven, CT 06519.

Please note, the only forms of accepted payment are bank checks or money orders.”


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New Haven Public Schools Food Distribution Sites

The New Haven Public Schools Food Service Department will begin serving “Grab and Go” Breakfast and lunch meals on Monday, March 16, 2020 during the closure of the public schools in response to the spread of COVID-19.

The Food Service Department be serving breakfast and lunch at 37 school sites throughout the city.

New Haven Public Schools Food Distribution Sites

UPDATED - AS OF APRIL 13:

New Haven Schools Grab & Go Meals for students 18 years old and younger

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Mayor Elicker and Health Director Maritza Bond Announces Expansion of City’s SeeClickFix Tool and Kicks-off Public Health Campaign Amid COVID-19

April 6, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mayor Elicker and Department of Health Director Maritza Bond Announces Expansion of City’s SeeClickFix Tool and Kicks-off Public Health Campaign Amid COVID-19

Four new categories on app & web tool provide one-stop access to virus-related safety information; promote compliance and information sharing with the public

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – To better respond to the needs of residents, New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker and City Health Department Director Martiza Bond announced on Monday that the New Haven Department of Public Health is rolling out a bi-lingual, public health campaign to educate residents to “Spread the facts, not the virus” and has expanded its SeeClickFix resident reporting tool to include four new categories specifically related to COVID-19. This expanded messaging and capability will allow residents to submit questions, report non-emergency issues, and access the most up to date information on best practices to of COVID-19.

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New Haven Mayor Urges Residents to Sign up for the Medical Reserve Corps

March 26, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Haven Mayor Urges Residents to Sign up for the Medical Reserve Corps

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Today New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker and New Haven Health Director Maritza Bond urged residents to help out in the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by signing up for the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). The New Haven MRC is open to medical and non-medical volunteers 18 years of age and older.

Mayor Justin Elicker released the following statement:

We are facing many challenges in our response to COVID-19. There is a shortage of protective equipment for our first responders, like N95 masks, and people have been donating supplies; however, we need people to step up and help us on the ground. We need volunteers, doctors, nurses, and medical professionals to help out with our COVID-19 response by signing up with the Medical Reserve Corps.

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New Haven Mayor Issues State of Emergency

New Haven Mayor Issues State of Emergency, Limits City Hall Operations,

Announces Second Resident Confirmed with COVID-19

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Today New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker issued a state of emergency amidst the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. New Haven health officials have also been notified of a second confirmed New Haven resident having COVID-19.

Mayor Justin Elicker released the following statement:

Read the full text of the emergency order below, or follow this link: http://bit.ly/nhvsoe

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

A message from Mayor Justin Elicker on COVID-19

In response to increasing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, the City of New Haven and the New Haven Superintendent of Schools have decided that we will be closing all New Haven Public Schools indefinitely. We are also closing all senior centers and libraries indefinitely.

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A reminder that all food service licenses will expire

A reminder that all food service licenses will expire: May 1, 2020.

New for this year: payment must be made by certified bank check or money order.

Personal checks, business checks, or cash will not be accepted.


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State and Local Governments Closely Monitoring Coronavirus in CT: No Confirmed Cases (January 27, 2020)

GOVERNOR LAMONT TELLS RESIDENTS STATE CLOSELY MONITORING FOR POSSIBLE CASES OF CORONAVIRUS


No Confirmed Cases in Connecticut; Two Patients Under Investigation Statewide, Both Tested Positive for Influenza Type A


(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today said that the State of Connecticut is continuing to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus in China after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced several confirmed cases in the United States, none of which are in Connecticut.

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PUBLIC HEALTH COMMISSIONER REMINDS CT RESIDENTS

PUBLIC HEALTH COMMISSIONER REMINDS CT RESIDENTS TO MAKE SURE ALL VACCINATIONS ARE UP TO DATE

Hartford, CT – The Connecticut Department of Public Health today is confirming a fourth case of measles in Connecticut for 2019 in a school aged child from Fairfield County. The public health investigation of this case has determined that the child was not infectious while at school. Information received by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) indicates that the child contracted measles in early October. The latest case of measles is not related to three previously confirmed cases in Connecticut reported in January and April.

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West Nile Virus & EEE Update

The Connecticut Department of Public Health today is urging residents to continue personal preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites and reduce the chance of contracting eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus.

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Vaping and E-Cigarette Health Alert Update 2019

General Public: CT Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell isencouraging residents to consider not using e-cigarette or vaping products (vapes, electronic nicotine delivery systems, liquid cartridges and e-pipes) pending the outcome of a national investigation into severe lung injuries continues.


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It's Flu Season! Here's what YOU can do...

The Health Department recommends that every citizen 6 months and older gets vaccinated with a shot this season.

Young children between 6 months and 5 years old are considered to be at high risk for the flu and should get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Others who are at high risk for flu complications include:

  • People 65 years and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with underlying medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease

Flu shots are available at the New Haven Health Department at 52 Meadow Street from 9a - 4:30pm. Most insurances are accepted and there is a sliding fee scale for cash payers.

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2019 Camp Easy Breezy


Camp Easy Breezy

A Camp for Kids with Asthma

From June 24th - August 2nd, 2019

For more information click HERE.


Department of Health

The Department of Health, including the Clinic and Vital Statistics will be closed on Monday, May 6 for it’s semi-annual staff meeting.


For specific information, please contact Lisa Wilson (lwilson@newhavenct.gov).


World AIDS Day 2018: Health Department Clinic (Free HIV Testing & Education)

Come join the New Haven Health Department and Community Health Care Van for World AIDS Day 2018 on Friday, November 30th, from 10am-2pm at the Health Department Clinic (54 Meadow St, 1st Floor) (please see the attached poster promo)! We will be offering free, confidential HIV testing and various educational materials! Get tested and know your HIV status! For more info call: (203) 946-8181.

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Board of Health meeting change

Please note that the regularly scheduled meeting for the Board of Health has been changed to Monday, December 10, 2018 at 6:00pm.



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Health Department Clinic: Hepatitis C Testing & Education

World Hepatitus Day is July 28. To bring awareness the Health Department Clinic event will be scheduled on Friday, July 27th, from 10am-2pm in observance of World Hepatitis Day 2018 (please see attached poster ad). We will be offering free hepatitis C testing and educational materials about hepatitis. The Community Health Care Van will also be joining us.

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Health Department Early Closure

Please be aware that the Health Department will be closing at 12:00 noon on Monday, May 7, 2018. This includes the Office of Vital Statistics, the Clinic, Environmental and Administrative offices.

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