More than 20 Bedford High School students joined their classmate and teammate, Aram Varjabedian, at the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress Annual Buddy Walk on Sunday, October 13. The Buddy Walk promotes acceptance and inclusivity of those with Down Syndrome.
With overnight winds gusting to 55 miles per hour coupled with more than 2 inches of rain, Bedford woke up to a mess on Thursday morning. Power lines were down; fallen trees blocked major roads, neighborhood streets, and at least one home’s driveway. All out efforts by the Bedford Police and DPW, Eversource, contractors, and homeowners are evident. Clean-up began been early Thursday morning with removing fallen limbs and downed trees so that power could be restored and roads could be reopened. Town Manager Sarah Stanton checked in at the end of her very long day, having arrived at Town Hall well before daylight.
ByHeidi Porter, Director of Health and Human Services |
The Bedford Board of Health is reaching out in response to the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) crisis. To date, twelve cases of EEE have been identified in Massachusetts, including a 5-year-old from Sudbury, and three deaths have been linked to EEE.
As you are certainly aware through news reports and Town of Bedford announcements, the threat of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE or Triple E) is increasing throughout Massachusetts and our nearby towns. EEE infected mosquitoes have been identified in Bedford (from a trap location on Winterberry Way) and Burlington. While the Town of Bedford has worked diligently to execute our mosquito control program this year, the strongest method for preventing mosquito bites from potentially infected mosquitoes is to avoid being outdoors during their peak biting times. As such, in consultation with the Bedford Board of Health, the Bedford Public Schools and Bedford Recreation Department are canceling outdoor activities that occur between dusk and dawn until further notice. This includes school- and community-sponsored athletic events, practices, and all other organized activities scheduled to take place out of doors.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Positive Mosquitoes reported in Bedford and Burlington. Bedford assigned to Moderate EEE Risk Level. NO West Nile Virus or EEE human cases in Bedford so far this season. Five human EEE cases Statewide
As reported in the Board of Health’s August 22nd announcement, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) positive mosquitoes were identified in West Bedford (from a trapping location on Winterberry Way) and this week they were reported in Burlington.
The current risk level for Bedford is Moderate for EEE and Low for WNV. To date, there have been no reported human cases of EEE or WNV in Bedford.