Table 4: Environmental Investigations Associated with Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels (EBLLs) by County, 20041 New York State Excluding New York City

Under current NYS Public Health Law property owners are required to correct hazardous lead conditions when a child is identified as having an EBLL of 20 mcg/dL or higher. Environmental investigations and follow-up actions are conducted by environmental staff from local health departments (LHD) or one of the nine NYS Department of Health District Offices that serve 21 partial service counties that do not have their own environmental units.

Environmental investigations include evaluations of all dwellings where children with EBLLs regularly spend significant amounts of time (= 8 hours per week). These investigations are required when children are identified as having BLLs of 20 mcg/dL or higher. Many local health departments provide some environmental management services for children with EBLLs in the range of 10 - 19 mcg/dL.

Tables 4 and 5 illustrate environmental case management activities for years 2004 and 2005, respectively. Similar to the trends in elevated blood lead levels, the number of required assessments for children identified with EBLLs has also declined. The number of dwellings investigated based on children with BLLs between 10 and 19 mcg/dL, has declined as well. These tables do not reflect New York City data.

Local Health Departments (LHD) / District Office (DO) Number of Referrals Associated with BLLs ≥ 20 mcg/dL Number of Dwellings Investigated Number of Dwellings with Lead Hazards Number of Dwellings with Satisfied Notice and Demands Number of Dwellings Investigated Based on a Child with BLLs 10 - 19 mcg/dL Number of Field Visits
Albany 24 42 41 42 0 1,895
Allegany 0 0 0 0 0 0
Broome 7 7 6 6 25 53
Cattaraugus 2 4 2 0 0 5
Cayuga 3 5 2 2 0 16
Chautauqua 1 7 7 1 5 12
Chemung 9 11 8 8 0 69
Chenango 0 0 0 0 0 1
Clinton 0 1 1 0 1 1
Columbia 4 12 9 3 8 22
Cortland 3 3 3 1 0 14
Dutchess 18 35 26 19 1 60
Erie 133 436 306 437 238 4,021
Genesee 1 1 1 1 1 1
Livingston 3 3 3 2 0 8
Madison 0 0 0 0 1 1
Monroe 122 144 131 135 39 1,195
Nassau 25 37 15 55 7 151
Niagara 8 10 7 7 0 25
Oneida 48 64 48 48 5 128
Onondaga 86 86 65 60 68 3,572
Orange 70 97 56 56 0 172
Orleans 4 7 6 3 1 26
Oswego 1 2 3 3 2 7
Putnam 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rensselaer 12 24 24 0 1 37
Rockland 7 9 4 1 0 17
Schenectady 21 27 27 27 6 84
Schoharie 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seneca 0 0 0 0 0 0
Suffolk 6 5 5 2 1 34
Tioga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tompkins 2 6 4 0 4 6
Ulster 17 22 20 6 0 104
Westchester 77 104 58 46 31 690
Wyoming 0 0 0 0 20 2
Canton DO 1 1 1 1 0 7
Geneva DO 8 9 8 4 0 56
Hornell DO 0 0 4 4 0 8
Monticello DO 2 3 2 2 0 11
Oneonta DO 9 9 6 4 0 67
Saranac Lake DO 0 0 0 0 0 0
Glens Falls DO 7 7 0 0 0 73
Watertown DO 1 2 2 4 1 12
Herkimer DO 27 27 27 19 0 64
Total 769 1,269 938 1,009 466 12,727

Footnotes

  1. Environmental investigation data based on reports from LHD and DO's. Referral data may vary from BLL surveillance registry

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