BOARD OF HEALTH
Karen A. Walega, MPH, CHO RS - Health Director, 508-763-5421, ext. 201
Lori Walsh - Board Administrator, 508-763-5421, ext. 202
Connie Dolan - Public Health Nurse, 508-763-5421, ext. 205
The Board of Health meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 3:45 PM in the Conference Room of the Rochester Town Hall.
Hours of Operation
Karen A. Walega, Health Director is in the office on Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.
Lori Walsh, Board Administrator is available Monday- Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Connie Dolan, Public Health Nurse has a Blood Pressure Clinic at the Council for Aging from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. On Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM she is in her office at the Annex Building for Health consultation. Please feel free to contact her at 508-763-5421 ext.205.
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Aerial mosquito spraying is scheduled to begin on the
evening of Tuesday, September 17th between 7:00 p.m.
and 4:30 a.m. and continue over several evenings.*
AERIAL SPRAYING UPDATES
For the most up-to-date information available on spraying locations, visit the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Aerial Spraying Map at
Notice of Mosquito Dunks for Residents
Massachusetts Department of Public Health New Release; Fourth Human Case of EEE
WNV and EEE in Animals
EEE 2019 - Dusk and Dawn Table
State Officials Announce Plans to Conduct Second Round of Aerial Spraying
for Mosquitoes in Sections of
POSTED ON: AUGUST 20, 2019 - 4:14PM
BOSTON (August 20, 2019) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) today announced that as anticipated, a second round of aerial spraying for mosquitoes will take place in specific areas of southeastern Massachusetts. So far this year, 37 communities in Massachusetts have been found by DPH to be at either critical or high risk for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus.
MDAR conducted an initial round of aerial spraying during the overnight hours of August 8-11 in areas of southeastern Massachusetts, and a second round of spraying was expected to achieve maximal effectiveness.
MDAR will conduct and monitor aerial spraying in specific areas of Bristol and Plymouth counties which is anticipated to begin on Wednesday, August 21, and continue over several evenings. However, the ability to spray is weather dependent and the schedule may change. Residents are encouraged to visit the DPH website at www.mass.gov/guides/aerial-mosquito-control-summer-2019 for the latest updates on spraying in their communities.
EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. The first two human cases of EEE in Massachusetts since 2013 were announced on August 10 and August 16, an indication of the current significant risk of EEE in the Commonwealth.
“While aerial spraying is an important tool to help us reduce the public health risk of EEE, it’s critically important that everyone in high risk areas continue to take personal precautions against mosquito bites,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “These steps include using EPA-approved bug spray, wearing long sleeves and pants to cover exposed skin, and cancelling outdoor activities which take place during the hours from dusk to dawn when mosquito activity is at its highest.”
“Due to the continued high risk levels in southeastern Massachusetts, the Commonwealth is taking action to protect public health by conducting a second aerial spray to further reduce the population of mosquitoes that transmit the EEE virus,” said MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux. “As aerial sprays cannot completely eliminate the risk of EEE transmission, we ask the public to follow the personal protection practices suggested by DPH.”
The pesticide used is called Anvil 10+10, a product extensively tested and used in both ground-level and aerial spraying in the U.S. to control mosquitoes. Anvil 10+10 contains two ingredients: Sumithrin and Piperonyl butoxid. Sumithrin is an ingredient similar to the natural components of the chrysanthemum flower which is also found in other pesticide products used indoors, in pet shampoos, and tick control treatments. Sumithrin is rapidly inactivated and decomposes with exposure to light and air, with a half-life of less than one day in the air and on plants. In soil, it degrades rapidly. Sumithrin has proven to be extremely effective in killing mosquitoes worldwide for over 20 years. Piperonyl butoxide serves to increase the ability of Sumithrin to kill mosquitoes.
There are no health risks expected during or after spraying; and there is no evidence that aerial spraying will exacerbate certain health conditions such as asthma or chemical sensitivity. 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.
Aerial spraying will be conducted in the nighttime hours when fish are less likely to be at the surface feeding and honeybees are most likely to be in their hives. However, owners should cover small ornamental fishponds during the night(s) of spraying. While it is not necessary to bring animals indoors during spraying, keeping pets inside will minimize the risk of exposure.
Although the aerial spray is considered necessary to reduce human risk, it will not eliminate it. Residents must continue to protect themselves from mosquito bites by staying indoors during peak mosquito hours, applying insect repellent when outdoors, draining standing water where mosquitoes breed, and repairing screens in doors and windows. Residents should also take steps to protect their domestic animals from mosquito bites.
For questions about aerial spraying, contact the MDAR Crop and Pest Services at (617) 626-1700.
For the most updated information on EEE risk and aerial spraying, contact the DPH Division of Epidemiology at (617) 983-6800 or visit the DPH website at www.mass.gov/guides/aerial-mosquito-control-summer-2019. For updated risk levels, mosquito results, maps and incidence of positive mosquito samples, visit www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.
For questions about mosquito control in your city or town: Contact your local board of health (listed online or in the telephone directory under “government”).
For general information about mosquito control, go to Mosquito Control Projects and Districts or contact the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project at (508) 823-5253 or the Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project at 781-585-5450. _______________________________
Town of Rochester
Board of Health
37 Marion Road
Rochester, Ma. 02770
Karen Walega, Health Agent
Aerial Spraying update
The first round of aerial spraying for mosquitoes in areas of southeastern Massachusetts has been successfully completed
as of Sunday, August 11. It remains critically important for people in communities at critical, high and moderate risk for
EEE to continue to take personal precautions against mosquito bites. These steps include using EPA-approved bug spray,
wearing long sleeves and pants outdoors to reduce exposed skin, and cancelling outdoor activities in the hours from
dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
To achieve maximal effectiveness, a second round of aerial spraying will take place in the coming weeks in the
southeast region. Follow-up mosquito testing data will determine which communities will be in the second spray zone.
Please check back here for further updates as those plans are finalized.
Mass Department of Public Health
August 13, 2019
BOH Public Notice; Second Case of EEE
in Commonwealth Has Been Reported
EEE CRITICAL RISK HEALTH ALERT
EEE CRITICAL RISK ALERT CALL DETAILS
EEE Warning 2019 Issued by Board of Health
EEE NOTIFICATION AND CURFEW
EEE 2019 Notice from Board of Health
Mosquito-Repellents Fact Sheet
Mosquito repellent - EEE NOTICE
Click here for a BLUE ALGAE fact sheet
Mary's Pond Public Service Announcement
Snipatuit Pond Public Service Announcement
Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project
To request that your property be sprayed for mosquitoes or inspected for breeding in standing water, call 781-585-5450 between the hours of
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM Monday through Friday. You can also Fax requests to
781-582-1276 (include name, address, and phone number). Further information can be found at www.plymouthmosquito.org
Rabies Vaccination Program
View: Rabies Vaccination Program
(April 2016) - Information from the Cape Cod Rabies Task Force and USDA/Wildlife Services about rabies vaccine baits that have recently been distributed throughout Rochester and Marion.
Public Health Services
Vaccines are available for town residents. We have a limited supply of Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, MMR, Tdapp, and Mantoux. Residents should call ahead for vaccine availability and to schedule an appointment.
Flu Clinics are scheduled in the fall. Dates of the clinic can be found in the local media, newspapers, and on cable. Home visits are available for the homebound.
Rochester Rules and Regulations and Title 5
The Rochester Board of Health is responsible for the enforcement of the State Environmental Code, Title 5: Minimum Requirements for the Subsurface Disposal of Sanitary Sewage. These regulations have been promulgated to provide minimum standards for the protection of public health and the environment. Specific, identifiable local conditions may require more stringent regulations to protect the public health and environmental interests of the residents of Rochester.
Procedure to schedule a percolation test is that the applicant shall contact an engineer. The engineer shall contact the Board of Health to schedule the percolation test with the Health Director. Percolation tests are conducted on Wednesday and Thursday.
Selling Your Home?
If you are planning to sell your home, you need to have your well water tested and get your septic system inspected. Contact a Title V Inspector to inspect your septic system. More info coming soon!
Downloadable Board of Health Information & Permit Applications
Rochester residents can view, download, or print the various Board of Health information sheets and permit applications listed below. These downloadable files are in PDF format.
• Board of Health: Rules & Regulations – BOH: Rules & Regulations
• Board of Health: Schedule of Fees – BOH: Schedule of Fees
• Board of Health: Fees for Large Septic Systems – BOH: Fees for Large Septic Systems
-BOH Application for a Permit for the Removal, Transportation and
Disposal of Septage, Garbage, Offal or Other Offensive Substances
• Prior Sale Well Testing Information – Prior Sale Well Testing Info
• Application for Title V Inspection – Title V Inspection Application
• Application for Perc Test and Conservation Commission Determination
– Perc Test & Conservation Commission Determination Application
• Application for Septic Installer Permit – Septic Installer Permit Application
• Information & Application for Food Establishment Permit –
Food Establishment Information & Permit Application
• Information & Application for Temporary Food Establishment Permit
– Temporary Food Establishment Information & Permit Application
-Workers' Compensation Insurance Affidavit