Good evening families,
The Mass. Dept. of Public Health released another update and warning today about the EEE virus threat in our area and other areas in Massachusetts. Northbridge remains at critical risk, according to the DPH.
Aerial spraying will again take place in various locations in Worcester County, including Northbridge, beginning this evening, and spraying will continue throughout the week. The spraying may take place anytime between dusk and 4:30 a.m. DPH cannot say which towns on the spray list will actually be sprayed this evening, as it will be up to the pilots to determine which areas should be treated first. However, you can visit the following website tomorrow to see which areas were sprayed the night before. https://massnrc.org/spray-map/MidWorNorSept2019.htm
As the risk remains critical, our time restrictions for practices, games, and other outside events, remain in place, with no outside activities occuring after 6:00 p.m. on any given day. This restriction will likely remain in place, per DPH guidance, through the end of October or after the first frost.
Attached you will find two documents that we are required by law to share with you regarding the aerial spraying, including written notification and consumer information.
As mentioned in previous messages, please continue to take precautions at all times, including: staying indoors between dusk and dawn as often as possible, applying insect repellent when outdoors, draining standing water where mosquitoes breed, and repairing screens on doors and windows.
We will keep you updated with any new or additional information. In the meantime, please take all precautions for your family to stay safe and healthy.
Have a great evening.
Amy McKinstry, Superintendent of NPS