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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced that it will conduct aerial mosquito spraying in Massachusetts, including Medfield. Spraying will take place after dusk and overnight, beginning September 10, 2019 DPH has not announced the specific night that Medfield will be sprayed, but has announced that no precautions are necessary for the aerial spraying. Spraying will take place in the evening and overnight, beginning at 7:15 pm. Residents are asked to continue to take caution. Avoid mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and pants, avoid the hours when mosquitoes are most active (dusk through dawn), wear insect repellent, and mosquito-proof your home by limiting the number of places for mosquitoes to breed by draining or discarding items that hold water. DPH has posted additional information about spraying here: https://www.mass.gov/news/state-officials-announce-additional-aerial-spraying-for-eee-in-critical-and-high-riskAdditional information about EEE here: https://www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts#-september-2019-aerial-spraying-information-As we previously announced, a Medfield horse contracted and died from EEE. Town and school outdoor activities now end at dusk. Norfolk County Mosquito Control District conducted town-wide spraying and are continuing to spray Medfield on Tuesday nights. Visit their website for more information: http://www.norfolkcountymosquito.org/
Beginning on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, the curfew for school/town outside activities will be moved to 6:00 PM. This time may need to be adjusted again in the coming weeks if we do not have an early frost that impacts the mosquito population.