The clinic at the Groton Fire Station on 4/11/2020 has been canceled.
For a full schedule for surrounding areas please click HERE
Discount For Tick Testing 2019 Season
Information available HERE
Over the last few months there has been significant news coverage of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (aka “triple E” or EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) in Massachusetts. Many communities—including a few nearby—have reported mosquitoes testing positive for the virus. As of September 25th, 2019, 10 human cases of EEE and 9 cases of WNV have been reported and there have been 3 related deaths in the state. As a result, several Groton residents have contacted the Board of Health asking (in essence) what we are doing about this.
Please mark your calendars. Nashoba Associated Boards of Health to hold its annual rabies clinic:
Understanding the risk
The risk varies significantly by geography. As responsible adults we should base our response on evidence rather than other factors and avoid propagating a culture of irrational fear in our community. As of October 9th, 2019, Groton is designated a low risk area.
You can find a map of the risk by town here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-arbovirus-daily-update. You may need to scroll down a bit to see the map. There is a link on this page to a full screen version of the map, but this link changes as the map is updated. So, the most reliable way to make sure you are getting the latest map is to start at the link above.
You may be wondering how we know these risks? The state runs a program that tests mosquitoes, reports findings, and send alerts as appropriate to affected communities.
Protecting yourself and your family
The most effective protection against mosquito borne illness is a personal responsibility. The state’s web site offers proven guidance for minimizing risks: https://www.mass.gov/lists/mosquito-borne-disease-information-for-the-general-public
What about spraying?
Spraying is not a cure. It will not “solve” the problem or eliminate the risk. However, various mosquito control techniques (including spraying) can significantly reduce risks. Mosquito control efforts in Central Massachusetts are managed and run by the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP).
- Groton has been a member of the CMMCP in the past
- Due to state budgeting processes, towns are accepted into CMMCP once per year with a 3-year minimum commitment requirement
- In 2014, after a presentation on the health risks and observed historical data, town meeting voted against joining the CMMCP for 3 the year commitment period at a total cost of ~$219K
- As a result, Groton is not currently a member of CMMCP
For those wondering, there is no “we changed our mind and want to join right now” option. There is no way to leverage this program this year.
What about the future?
In the future if the residents decide to reconsider membership to the CMMCP a petition or Warrant Article for Town Meeting could be initiated through the Select Board for inclusion for next year.
AboutThe Board of Health performs on the local level many important duties relative to the protection of public health, the control of disease, the promotion of sanitary living conditions, and the protection of the environment from damage and pollution.
Mandated duties include:
- health care and disease control
- enforcement of housing and dwelling codes
- monitoring of, and providing for, hazardous waste disposal
- monitoring the sanitary landfill
- enforcement of Title 5 (the State Environmental Code relative to septage and garbage)
- investigating nuisances which in the board’s opinion may be injurious to health
- enforcing MGL Chapter 2 of the State Sanitary Code involving food service establishments
- enforcing Title 5 of the State Environmental Code regarding safety and sanitation of pools and beaches
The Groton Board of Health is served by a paid, full-time office administrator with an office in the Town Hall.
Phone: (978) 448-1120
Fax: (978) 448-1113
Office: Town Hall, 173 Main St
Hours: M 8:00am – 7:00pm; T-TH 8:00am – 4:00pm; F 8:00am – 1:00pm
Term In Years: 3
Term Start: 2020-06-09
Term End: 2023-05-23
Robert J. Fleischer
Term Start: 2019-05-22
Term End: 2022-05-17
Term Start: 2018-05-22
Term End: 2021-05-18
Board of Health Documents
- Access additional meeting minutes and agendas at the Meeting Center
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