Health & Human Services

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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
Commissioner
City Hall Room 107
1000 Commonwealth Ave
Newton, MA 02459
(617) 796-1420
dyoungblood@newtonma.gov

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Most Recent COVID-19 Community Update

Read the latest community update on COVID-19 here.


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New COVID-19 FAQ

Many of you have reached out this week with your questions and concerns about COVID-19.

The Newton Health and Human Services Department has developed a Frequently Asked Questions section on the COVID-19 webpage. It can be found by scrolling to the bottom here: www.newtonma.gov/covid19. It includes questions and answers about travel, what to do if you think you may have symptoms, and other Newton specific information. We plan to update this resource as we hear more from you about what information you need.


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Information on the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak

The City of Newton continues to monitor the novel coronavirus outbreak – Covid-19. The risk in Massachusetts remains low and Mass had one confirmed case of Covid-19. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. The Newton Health and Human Services Department (HHS) is following public health guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). The city will continue to keep Newton residents informed, monitor the situation and implement CDC and MDPH guidance at the local level.


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Coronavirus update 2.4.2020

Coronavirus Information for Newton Residents

February 4, 2020

The following is an update regarding novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The risk of 2019-nCoV infection remains low for people in our area.

The Newton Health and Human Services Department continues to monitor the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). This public health concern is evolving. The public can expect that recommendations may change, and that Newton HHS will provide updates as needed.

New interim public health guidance from CDC has been released: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html This interim guidance is effective as of February 3, 2020, and does not apply retrospectively to people who have been in China during the previous 14 days and are already in the United States, or those being managed as part of a contact investigation.


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Coronavirus Information for Newton Residents

The Newton Health and Human Services (HHS) Department is sharing information to help keep the public informed about a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus -- named “2019-nCoV” -- that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and continues to spread.

The department is monitoring the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). At this time, no special measures are recommended for local public health departments or schools. This situation is evolving, and if any specific instructions are provided, Newton HHS will communicate them to the community.


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New E-cigarette regulation takes effect Dec. 16, 2019

Retailers: Are you confused by all the new laws and regulations about vaping and tobacco products?

Here’s a brief timeline of what’s allowed when.

December 16, 2019

Local City of Newton health regulation restricting the sale of e-cigarettes to the two Newton adult-only stores takes effect. All other stores that have a tobacco permit (convenience stores, liquor stores, gas, grocery, market, etc.) will NOT be allowed to sell e-cigarettes. This includes tobacco and menthol flavors of e-cigarettes. Example: JUUL, PHIX, juice, pods, etc. may NOT be sold in Newton convenience stores, liquor stores, gas stations, grocery stores, markets. This is a permanent local regulation so please note that even if sales of these products are allowed elsewhere in Massachusetts, they will not be allowed in Newton.


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HHS Department moves forward with e-cigarette regulation

The Newton Health and Human Services Department is moving forward with its regulation to restrict e-cigarettes to adult-only retail tobacco and nicotine delivery product stores.

The legal notice will be published in the Newton Tab this week, and the regulation takes effect December 16, 2019.


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Vaping Product Ban in Massachusetts

On Sept. 24th, Governor Baker declared a public health emergency in the Commonwealth due to severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products and the epidemic of e-cigarette use among youth. The Commissioner of Public Health has temporarily prohibited the sale and display of all vaping products and e-cigarettes until further notice.


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