EEE Update October 9, 2019
The EEE risk level in Cohasset will remain moderate until the first hard frost. Historically the first hard frost has occurred in the first week of November. There will be no more mosquito spraying anywhere in the state due to cold temperatures at night. Therefore, DPH recommends that everyone remain vigilant and protect themselves from mosquito bites by staying indoors as much as possible from dusk to dawn during peak mosquito hours, applying insect repellent when outdoors, draining standing water where mosquitoes breed, and repairing screens and doors.
Ticks October 9, 2019
Remember that ticks in New England have a second peak activity season from roughly mid-October to early December. Vigilance and prevention in these months is crucial, especially since we're entering flu season and the symptoms of the flu and tick-borne diseases can be difficult to distinguish. Learn about ticks and how to perform tick checks here: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/tick-borne-disease-information-for-the-public
Vaping Update - September 24, 2019
On Tuesday September 24, 2019, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency, ordering an immediate four month ban on the sale of all vaping products "due to severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes and marijuana-infused vaping products." The ban includes the sale of tobacco and marijuana products as well vaping devices. The ban will be enforced by the Department of Public Health (DPH), local boards of health and police.
Baker emphasized that the objective of the ban is to allow time for medical specialists and the government to investigate the recent explosion of vaping-related lung illnesses across the country. Nationwide there have been 530 case of lung disease and nine deaths linked to vaping. Massachusetts is currently investigating 61 potential cases of the vaping-linked illnesses. Earlier September, DPH mandated that all physicians report any vaping-related pulmonary disease to the department.
“It’s clear there’s a very real danger to the population,” Baker said at the press conference.
The mysterious lung illness is of particular concern when it comes to teens. The way that vaping products are marketed and sold makes them especially appealing to youth, and current use of e-cigarettes among high schoolers is six times higher than that for adults, per a press release from the governor’s office. Last week, a group of Massachusetts pulmonary specialists and pediatric experts convened to share what they have seen in their young patients and to express their concerns about the escalation in the lung disease. The U.S. Surgeon General has deemed youth e-cigarette use an “epidemic.” In 2017, 41 percent of Massachusetts youth reported trying e-cigarettes, and 1 in 5 reported regular use.
The Cohasset Board of Health has announced its schedule of Flu Clinics. Please click here to view the dates.
Beach Testing has concluded for the 2019 season.