For Immediate Release
October 30, 2019
The Town of Walpole has rescinded its Curfew for Town and School Outdoor Sports Activities effective immediately.
The risk of EEE transmission will continue to decrease as we move towards a hard frost. Only a hard frost will eliminate the risk of EEE and WNV within your community. A hard, or killing frost, is defined meteorologically as two consecutive hours of temperatures below 28 degrees Fahrenheit or three hours below 32 degrees. This will occur at different times for different communities, and there may even be variation within communities based on local geography. MDPH has provided a low temperature map to assist communities in their decision making processes for determination of evening fall activities. MDPH will routinely update this resource and provide guidance messaging. Please visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-d…/massachusetts-arbovirus-update…Within the Town of Walpole there is an elevated risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (“EEE)”.
It is still important that apply insect repellent with DEET when outdoors. The risk is lowered now, but there is still a risk because EEE virus can still exist in the few mosquitoes that are around. Please continue to use personal protection until the first hard frost.
If you have any questions, please call the health department at 508-660-7321.