Table 5: Environmental Investigations Associated with Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels (EBLLs) by County, 20051 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 20 33 27 29 0 1,602
Allegany 0 0 0 0 0 0
Broome 12 9 8 4 22 50
Cattaraugus 3 4 4 2 1 6
Cayuga 2 5 4 4 1 13
Chautauqua 4 14 12 4 8 25
Chemung 5 4 4 1 1 34
Chenango 0 0 0 0 0 0
Clinton 1 1 1 1 0 1
Columbia 6 11 10 3 5 11
Cortland 2 2 1 0 0 17
Dutchess 13 20 14 10 0 40
Erie 147 343 156 406 198 3,863
Genesee 1 1 1 1 1 1
Livingston 2 2 2 2 0 6
Madison 0 0 0 0 0 0
Monroe 98 107 83 78 27 833
Nassau 16 27 14 24 5 153
Niagara 7 9 3 3 0 23
Oneida 40 61 53 53 5 122
Onondaga 88 88 66 54 69 3,603
Orange 59 78 27 27 0 125
Orleans 5 4 3 2 0 16
Oswego 3 4 3 1 0 19
Putnam 0 2 1 0 2 2
Rensselaer 4 8 7 0 1 23
Rockland 5 5 1 0 0 5
Schenectady 11 19 19 19 3 39
Schoharie 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seneca 0 0 0 0 0 0
Suffolk 3 6 4 3 3 22
Tioga 1 1 1 1 0 6
Tompkins 0 3 3 0 4 3
Ulster 7 7 6 3 0 64
Westchester 38 73 31 22 5 1,158
Wyoming 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canton DO 1 1 1 1 0 5
Geneva DO 5 3 3 2 0 337
Hornell DO 7 0 6 4 0 21
Monticello DO 1 1 1 1 0 3
Oneonta DO 8 8 6 3 0 11
Saranac Lake DO 1 1 1 1 0 1
Glens Falls DO 5 6 5 5 0 69
Watertown DO 3 4 2 5 1 10
Herkimer DO 25 23 23 9 0 56
Total 659 998 617 788 362 12,398

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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