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Health & Human Services



The mission of the department is to protect, promote and sustain the health, harmony, and well-being of all Newton residents, in a culturally-sensitive, customer-friendly manner. Our focus is on prevention.

Our department is organized into five different divisions: Environmental Health, School Health, Public Health and Education, Emergency Preparedness, and Human Services.

Deborah Youngblood, PhD
City Hall Room 107
1000 Commonwealth Ave
Newton, MA 02459
(617) 796-1420

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West Nile virus detected in Newton mosquitoes

West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in Newton mosquitoes collected on 7/21/20, the City’s Health & Human Services Department announced today. There have been no reports of human infection in Massachusetts so far this year.

Mosquitoes carrying the virus have been trapped in Newton and nearby communities (Brookline, Boston and Belmont), so residents should take precautions regardless of which part of Newton they live in.

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural areas. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection. Newton residents have contracted the illness in previous years, and some of them have been hospitalized.

Newton expects to detect mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus each summer. Citywide efforts to address mosquito-borne illness are to treat catch basins where mosquitoes carrying WNV develop and to regularly trap and test mosquitoes to monitor the presence of WNV in the community. Newton participates in the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project, and works closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. There are no plans to spray for mosquitoes in Newton.

By taking a few, common sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:

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Retailer Bag and Polystyrene Guidance as of July 13

See attached information for updated information about plastic bags, polystyrene and reusable bags in the City of Newton.

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Crystal Lake Update

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Public Health Advisory: Crystal Lake Update

The E. coli and fecal coliform levels in Crystal Lake are within normal limits, according to the most recent test results collected on July 3, 2020.

A previous water sample taken Wednesday, July 1, exceeded acceptable bacteria levels at a freshwater beach. We test for E. coli and fecal coliform. The accepted level of E. coli for a single sample is 235 cfu/100 ml or below. The accepted level of fecal coliform is 200 cfu/100 ml or below. (CFU stands for colony-forming units, the unit of measure used for samples like this.)

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Public Health Advisory: High Bacteria in Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake is unsafe due to high bacteria levels. No one – people or pets -- should have contact with the water. Current bacteria levels can cause serious illness.

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