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 Bourne Town Hall

24 Perry Avenue
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532-3441

508-759-0600

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Excluding Holidays

Town Administrator
Thomas Guerino

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INFORMATION ON EBOLA AND HOW TO KEEP YOURSELF PROTECTED -

Information on the developing situation with Ebola is changing every day.  The Board of Health would like to get the best information to the pubilc in regard to how to keep yourself safe from the disease, protocols and restrictions for travel, and general updates on the number of cases and distribution.  To that end, the link below will take you to the CDC website where there is Q&A on Ebola:

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/qa.html

People need to be careful of travel and exposures, but available information should keep you informed on how to respond to the Ebola outbreak.

As with the prevention of any disease, proper handwashing is critical. This is also flu season and residents should make every effort to be vaccinated against the various strains of the flu that are in the current available vaccines.  Bourne has a free open clinic on November 6th from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the Bourne Town Hall.  

 
Open Flu Clinic for Bourne residents 6 month and older -

The Bourne Board of Health will be holding an open flu clinic for Bourne residents 6 months of age and older.  This clinic will be held at the Bourne Town Hall on November 6th from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM in the lower conference room.  Please bring your insurance cards if you have them. There is no charge for the flu shot. For any questions, please contact the Bourne Board of Health at 508-759-0615 x 1.

 
West Nile Virus update for October -

UPDATED INFO 10/6/2014

Key Public Risk Communication Messages for This Week:


MDPH will conclude routine mosquito collections for the season next week. Mosquito populations are continuing to decrease but older mosquitoes are also more likely to carry virus. When overnight temperatures are cooler,  mosquito activity is concentrated during the pre-dusk and early evening hours. Mosquitoes are also more active when humidity is high. It is  particularly critical at this time of year to use mosquito repellent and use clothing to reduce  exposed skin. In areas athigher risk for EEE, schedule outdoor activity to avoid the dusk to  dawn period as this is when mosquitoes most likely to carry EEE are most active.

West Nile Virus
There have been three cases of WNV in people; this should be a reminder of the need to protect yourself from mosquito bites. People over the age of 50 and those with immunosuppressive conditions are at greatest risk for severe disease. WNV is geographically widespread and that virus is circulating throughout all communities, not just those where infected mosquitoes have been found.
 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis
EEE infected mosquitoes have been identified in multiple southeastern jurisdictions. Although
most of the findings have been in bird-biting mosquito species, residents in ALL areas that  have seen EEE activity over the last several years should be encouraged to practice good  personal preventive behaviors to avoid mosquito bites. These areas include parts of Essex  county, all of  Bristol and Plymouth counties, parts of Norfolk county, the area around Orange  and Athol, the area around Belchertown and Amherst, and the area around Tyngsborough, and Pittsfield.

Repellents:  http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/mosquito-repellents.pdf

West Nile Virus: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/wnv.pdf

 
Bourne Flu Clinics for 65 and older and Chronically Ill -

Two Bourne Flu Clinics sponsored by the Bourne Board of Health and run by the VNA of Cape Cod have been scheduled for the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, October 7th  9 AM to Noon at the Bourne Veteran's Memorial Community Bldg

Tuesday, October 21st 9AM to 11 AM at St. John's Parish Hall, Pocasset

These flu clinics are for Bourne residents only and specfically for those 65 and older or those with chronic illness.  Residents should bring their insurance cards.

If we have left-over vaccine, we will hold an open clinic for all ages at a future date and notices will be placed around town and on this website.  If you have any questions call the Board of Health at 508-759-0615 x 1.

 
Add your phone numbers to New CodeRED Notification System -

As of August 2014 the Town of Bourne will have the CodeRED emergency notification system.  This new system replaces the previous GeoCast Web notification system that many of you are familiar with. The CodeRED system will allow the BOH, Emergency Management, Police and Fire to send out emergency notifications to the public and can also be used to notify residents about non-emergency events like road paving, bridge work, and emergency shellfish bed closures.  The system already has about 8,000 phone numbers but the company and the Town will be conducting a media blitz to make people aware of the new system and how phone numbers, cell numbers and email addresses can be entered into the system. CodeRED's secure, customized Community Notification Enrollment page allows residents and businesses to add or update their contact information to ensure they will be included when a message is sent--unlisted numbers, mobile numbers, TDD/TTY requirements, can all be entered.  Use the link below to add your information to the system:

https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/BF3B8A57FC4B

You may also access http://ecnetwork.com/mobile/getitnow.html to download the mobile CodeRED app. This will allow you to be aware of any CodeRED alerts no matter where you might travel.

If you have any questions, please contact the Board of Health at 508-759-0615 x 1 and we will try and help you.

 
New Tick Testing Program -

Cape Cod and Nantucket are part of a group that received a grant to provide free tick testing services for residents on Cape Cod.  Visiting non-residents can have a tick tested for a fee.  The testing will be done by the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ). The tick will be tested for Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis.  Once the testing is done residents will be sent a report within 5 business days.  Primarily ticks who have actually bitten someone should be submitted, but those found on clothing or in the yard can also be submitted.  Other ticks besides deer ticks can be submitted, such as the common dog tick and the Lone Star tick but they will not be tested for the same diseases and there will be a fee for these type of ticks.  Test of these two types will count against the town's quota of 100 ticks.  In addition, Bourne residentscan also have ticks identified by Larry Dapsis of the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension service..508-375-6642.  The Board of Health office also has ticks cards available for use.

If you would like to submit a tick for testing access the following link for an application and instructions:    www.TickReport.com

 
Household Hazardous Waste Collection -

The dates for the 2014 Household Hazardous Waste Collections for the Upper Cape have been announced. See the link to the right of the Board of Health page to view the brochure or the link here to view the flyer.

 
New Potassium Iodide (KI) pills delivered to Boards of Health -

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recently replenished the existing supplies of expired Potassium Iodide (KI) pills to local Boards of Health on the Cape.  Bourne received its new supply August 19th.  KI is an iodide salt that has been approved by the US FDA for use as a 'thyroid blocking agent" to protect the thyroid should an emergency at a nuclear power plant occur that involves the release of radioactive iodide.  KI tablets can be used in addition to other public health protective measures, such as sheltering and evacuation.  The KI that was provided to Boards of Health in 2007, which many of you have picked up and have in your homes, have an expiration date of August 2013. These pills can be disposed of by throwing them in the regular trash. 

The provision of KI to Cape Cod residents is mandated under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 111, Section 5K.  While most of Bourne is outside of the 10 mile Emergency Planning Zone, past legislation made these pills available to Bourne residents and the Cape as a whole.  Resident participation in the KI handout over the last few years has been minimal. The Board of Health will make sure that the new pills are distributed to the schools as quickly as possible but we are developing plans to try and get a higher percentage of distribution to the public at large. 

2 pills per resident will be distributed at the Board of Health office from 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. Other plans are being created for distribution.  Please print the release form ( release form ) , fill it out and bring it to the Board of Health office.  Note, on the bottom of the form is a space to list your name, age, and street address.  Your map and parcel information can be found on your tax bill but it is not mandatory.  You will be given a consumer package insert  when you pick up your pills.  Then you will be able to sign the form. In addition, please bring proof of residency.  You will be able to pick up pills for your family as well.  If you are picking them up for a neighbor, make sure they have their own form filled out and bring a copy of their proof of residency.  

 If there is a radiation release, the medication works best when taken within 4 hours of exposure to radioactive materials.  It should be noted that children and pregnant women are more at risk from thyroid exposure to radiation, and the KI pills do not protect other organs.

For more information see the links below or contact us at 508-759-0615 x 1.

Potassium Iodide Frequently Asked Questions

National Regulatory Commission FAQ

Potassium Iodide Handout

Potassium Iodide Fact Sheet

 

 
September is Emergency Preparedness Month -

Governor Deval Patrick has proclaimed September as Emergency Preparedness Month. This is part of a nationwide effort to encourage all Americans to take simple steps to better prepare for emergencies at home, work, and school.  To help the public better prepare themselves and their families, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency will be focusing outreach and activities on four concepts: 1) Be informed, 2) Develop a plan, 3) Build a Kit, and 4) Get involved. Citizens are encouraged to use the preparedness resources at www.mass.gov/mema/ready to become more prepared. Residents can follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MasachusettsEMA.  You can also sign up for Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency information on your smartphone, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA. For information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.   In addition Bourne residents can make sure that they are part of the new CodeRED system by reading the article below and making sure that their cell phone numbers are part of the database for the new system.  Be prepared....it CAN make a difference.

 
 Board of Health Staff
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NameTitleEmail
Lisa CollettSecretary lcollett@townofbourne.com
Terri GuarinoInspector tguarino@townofbourne.com
Cynthia CoffinHealth Agent ccoffin@townofbourne.com

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 Contact Us
24 Perry Avenue - Room 201
Buzzards Bay, 02532-3441
759-0615 Option 1
759-0679 (Fax)
CCoffin@townofbourne.com
 Board Members
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NameTitleTerm End
Stanley AndrewsVice-Chairman 2014
Galon Barlow Jr.Member 2015
Kelly MastriaMember 2016
Kathleen PetersonChairman 2014
Donald UittiSecretary 2015

 About the Board of Health
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The Board Health has a five member elected board which meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, 7:00pm at the Bourne Town Hall, lower conference room.

The Board members serve a three year term on an alternating schedule so that not all members are up for re-election at any one time.

The Board of Health deals with a variety of issues relative to Title 5 (sewage disposal), housing, food service, general nuisances, air quality and other health related concerns.

The Board of Health is empowered to enforce existing State and Local health regulations.  Under State statue has the right to promulgate its own health regulations to address the health concerns and septic issues in Town.  Local regulation may be more strict than State regulations.