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Posted on: September 10, 2019

EEE Update: 9/16/19

9/16/19 EEE Update:

According to MDPH, Needham received aerial spraying as of last night September 15th. All fields and outdoor activities can resume as planned. Thank you for your cooperation.

REMEMBER Needham remains at LOW risk but your first defense to reduce your risk of infection is to wear an EPA approved bug spray, long sleeves and long pants. You should still strongly consider limiting all outdoor activity from dusk to dawn.

For more information on EEE visit Needham Public Health:  http://needhamma.gov/4357/Mosquito-Borne-Illnesses

As a Reminder: Sign -up for RAVE Alert (Needham’s Emergency Alert System) and receive timely notices of important/immediate happenings in Needham. Needhamma.gov/emergencynotification

9/15/19 EEE update: 
Needham was partially sprayed overnight. In abundance of caution the Needham Board of Health will continue to close the Claxton, High Rock, Newman, and Gordon Walker fields tonight at 6:30 pm.  Spraying is expected to begin again tonight (September 15th) at 7 pm and Needham Public Health will continue to update residents when spraying has been completed. For more information on the areas that were sprayed visit the MDAR website  https://massnrc.org/spray-map/MidWorNorSept2019.htm.  

The Board of Health recommends that residents south and west of Route 135 refrain from outdoor activities during this time.

Please remember, changes in weather can determine which areas will be sprayed on a given evening and we do not have a definitive date when Needham will be sprayed. Updates will continue to be provided on the Town’s website daily and notice will be given once Needham has been sprayed.

REMEMBER Needham remains at LOW Risk but your first defense to reduce your risk of infection is to wear an EPA approved bug spray, long sleeves and long pants. You should strongly consider limiting all outdoor activity from dusk to dawn.

For further information please check the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) website at:  https://www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts

MDPH Press Release:

Needham Public Health:

If you have questions please call 781-455-7934

As a Reminder: Sign -up for RAVE Alert (Needham’s Emergency Alert System) and receive timely notices of important/immediate happenings in Needham.  Needhamma.gov/emergencynotification


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9/14/19 12:45 pm message:

According to Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Needham has not yet received the aerial spraying for EEE.  Spraying is expected to begin again tonight at 7pm and Needham Public Health will continue to update residents when spraying has been completed. For more information on the areas that were sprayed visit the MDAR website   https://massnrc.org/spray-map/MidWorNorSept2019.htm.  

As a precautionary measure, Claxton, High Rock, Newman and Walker Gordon fields will close at 6:30pm this evening (September 14th). The Board of Health recommends that residents south and west of Route 135 refrain from outdoor activities during this time. We will continue to update residents on a daily basis throughout the weekend.

As a reminder, changes in weather can determine which areas will be sprayed on a given evening and we do not have a definitive date when Needham will be sprayed. Updates will continue to be provided on the Town’s website daily and notice will be given once Needham has been sprayed.

REMEMBER Needham remains at LOW Risk but your first defense to reduce your risk of infection is to wear an EPA approved bug spray, long sleeves and long pants. You should strongly consider limiting all outdoor activity from dusk to dawn.

For further information please check the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) website at: https://www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts

 MDPH Press Release:
https://www.mass.gov/news/state-officials-announce-additional-aerial-spraying-for-eee-in-critical-and-high-risk

 Needham Public Health:
http://needhamma.gov/4357/Mosquito-Borne-Illnesses

 If you have questions please call 781-455-7934

 As a Reminder: Sign -up for RAVE Alert (Needham’s Emergency Alert System) and receive timely notices of important/immediate happenings in Needham. Needhamma.gov/emergencynotification

9/13/19 PM message:

According to Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Needham has not yet received the aerial spraying for EEE.  Spraying is expected to begin again tonight at 7 pm and Needham Public Health will continue to update residents when spraying has been completed.  For more information on the areas that were sprayed, visit the MDAR website https://massnrc.org/spray-map/MidWorNorSept2019.htm.

As a precautionary measure, Claxton, High Rock, Newman and Walker Gordon fields will close at 6:30 pm this evening (September 13th). The Board of Health recommends that residents south and west of Route 135 refrain from outdoor activities during this time. We will continue to update residents on a daily basis throughout the weekend.

As a reminder, changes in weather can determine which areas will be sprayed on a given evening and we do not have a definitive date when Needham will be sprayed. Updates will continue to be provided on the Town’s website daily and notice will be given once Needham has been sprayed.

REMEMBER Needham remains at LOW Risk but your first defense to reduce your risk of infection is to wear an EPA approved bug spray, long sleeves and long pants. You should strongly consider limiting all outdoor activity from dusk to dawn.

For further information please check the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) website at: https://www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts

UPDATED MAP WHERE SPRAYING HAS OCCURRED

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MDPH Press Release:
https://www.mass.gov/news/state-officials-announce-additional-aerial-spraying-for-eee-in-critical-and-high-risk

Needham Public Health:
http://needhamma.gov/4357/Mosquito-Borne-Illnesses

If you have questions please call 781-455-7934

As a Reminder: Sign -up for RAVE Alert (Needham’s Emergency Alert System) and receive timely notices of important/immediate happenings in Needham. Needhamma.gov/emergencynotification

9/12/19 PM message:

According to Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Needham has not yet received the aerial spraying for EEE. Spraying is expected to begin again tonight at 7pm and Needham Public Health will continue to update residents when spraying has been completed in Needham. For more information on the areas that were sprayed visit the MDAR website https://massnrc.org/spray-map/MidWorNorSept2019.htm.

As a precautionary measure, Claxton, High Rock, Newman and Walker Gordon fields will close at 6:30pm this evening (September 12th).

The Board of Health recommends that residents south and west of Route 135 refrain from outdoor activities during this time.

As a reminder, changes in weather can determine which areas will be sprayed on a given evening and we do not have a definitive date when Needham will be sprayed. Updates will continue to be provided on the Town’s website daily and notice will be given once Needham has been sprayed.

 REMEMBER Needham remains at LOW risk but your first defense to reduce your risk of infection is to wear an EPA approved bug spray, long sleeves and long pants. You should strongly consider limiting all outdoor activity from dusk to dawn.

For further information please check the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) website at: https://www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts

MDPH Press Release:

https://www.mass.gov/news/state-officials-announce-additional-aerial-spraying-for-eee-in-critical-and-high-risk

Needham Public Health:

http://needhamma.gov/4357/Mosquito-Borne-Illnesses

If you have questions please call 781-455-7934

9/11/19 PM message:
According to Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Needham did not receive the aerial spraying for EEE on the evening of Sept 10th. Spraying is expected to begin again tonight at 7 pm and Needham Public Health will continue to update residents when spraying has been completed in Needham. 

As a precautionary measure, Claxton, High Rock, Newman and Walker Gordon fields will close at 6:30pm this evening (September 11th).

The Board of Health recommends that residents south and west of Route 135 refrain from outdoor activities during this time.  As a reminder, changes in weather can determine which areas will be sprayed on a given evening and we do not have a definitive date when Needham will be sprayed. Updates will continue to be provided on the Town’s website daily and notice will be given once Needham has been sprayed.

REMEMBER Needham remains at LOW risk but your first defense to reduce your risk of infection is to wear an EPA approved bug spray, long sleeves and long pants. You should strongly consider limiting all outdoor activity from dusk to dawn.

For further information please check the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) website at: https://www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts

MDPH Press Release:
https://www.mass.gov/news/state-officials-announce-additional-aerial-spraying-for-eee-in-critical-and-high-risk

Needham Public Health:
http://needhamma.gov/4357/Mosquito-Borne-Illnesses

If you have questions please call 781-455-7934

9/11/19 AM message:
Needham Public Health is still waiting to hear from Massachusetts Department of Public Health on whether or not Needham has been sprayed. Updated information to follow this afternoon. REMEMBER Needham remains at LOW risk but your first defense to reduce your risk of infection is to wear an EPA approved bug spray, long sleeves and long pants. You should strongly consider limiting all outdoor activity from dusk to dawn.

9/10/19:
Needham remains at a LOW risk level for EEE. There currently have been no positive mosquitoes identified within Needham, but many surrounding communities have been classified as High or Critical risk by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Parts of Needham are in the mandated spraying zone because of the risk in those neighboring communities. The portion of Needham in the spraying zone is the area south and west of Route 135.  

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health mandated aerial spraying due to the unusually high EEE activity in surrounding areas and continued elevated temperatures. Spraying will begin tonight at 7pm and could continue for several evenings. Changes in weather can determine which areas will be sprayed on a given evening.  Updates will be provided on the Town's website daily.

No health risks are expected during or after spraying and there is no evidence that aerial spraying will exacerbate certain health conditions including asthma or chemical sensitivities. No special precautions are recommended; however residents can reduce exposure by staying indoors during spraying. Aerial spraying is not expected to have any impacts on surface water or drinking water.

REMEMBER Needham remains at LOW risk but your first defense to reduce your risk of infection is to wear an EPA approved bug spray, long sleeves and long pants. You should strongly consider limiting all outdoor activity from dusk to dawn.

As a precautionary measure, Claxton, High Rock, Newman and Walker Gordon fields will close at 6:30pm this evening.  The Board of Health recommends that residents south and west of Route 135 refrain from outdoor activities during this time.

For further information please check the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) website at:  https://www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts

MDPH Press Release:

https://www.mass.gov/news/state-officials-announce-additional-aerial-spraying-for-eee-in-critical-and-high-risk

Needham Public Health:

http://needhamma.gov/4357/Mosquito-Borne-Illnesses

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