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Elizabeth Swedberg, Health Agent

Address: Board of Health 9 Morse Village Rd, Wendell, MA 01379

Mailing Address: Board of Health P O Box 41, Wendell, MA 01379

Phone: 978-544-3395 X 106

Fax: 978-544-7467

Meetings: 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month starting at 7:00p.m. (Subject to change)


Rabies Alert

In the last 2 weeks 2 likely rabid raccoons were found and killed in the un-paved New Salem Rd and Morse Village Rd. area. The raccoons were not tested but were acting strangely.

The wild animals that most commonly carry rabies in the US are raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. Any mammals can contract rabies including woodchucks (groundhogs) and coyotes.

People usually get rabies from the bite of a rabid animal. It is also possible, but rare, for people to get rabies from scratches, abrasions or open wounds, or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, or mouth that are exposed to saliva from a rabid animal.

Animals with rabies may be acting strangely: aggressive, trying to bite you or other animals, may drool a lot, or move slowly, or act tame. Some animals may not show any signs of rabies. It is important to leave wild animals alone, including baby animals.

How can you help?

Teach children to never approach animals they don't know- even if they appear friendly.

Report any animal that behaves oddly to our local animal control officer via Shelburne Control: 413-625-8200.

Make sure your pets and livestock's rabies vaccinations are up to date.

Enjoy wild animals from a distance.

Don't feed or water your pets outside. Even empty bowls attract wild & stray animals.

Keep your garbage securely covered as to not attract wild or stray animals.

Keep your chimney capped and repair leaks in attics, cellars & porches to help keep wild animals like bats & raccoons out of your home.

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal: Wash the wound with soap and water right away for ten minutes. Call your health care provider. Call your local animal control officer.

Information from CDC and Mass.gov

Wibby Swedberg
Health Agent for the Wendell Board of Health

Board of Health Meeting Agenda for 02/22/2021 at 7:00 pm

New Business:

  • Approve and sign minutes of previous meetings, 02/08/21

  • Attend to mail and new business not reasonably anticipated within 48 hours

  • Review Notices

Unfinished Business:

  • COVID status: cases, vaccination updates

  • SC: Website development

  • WS: Health Agent report

  • BC: Trench permit info request; hoarding case update; Swift River School water

  • Annual Report due Feb. 21

  • Budget for FY 2022

  • Next meeting

  • March 8, 2021 7:00 pm via Zoom

This meeting agenda is being posted in compliance with Massachusetts Open Meeting Law. The agenda may change to reflect unforeseen business.

Join Zoom Meeting January 25, 2021 7:00PM

Meeting ID: 834 1452 4095
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Wendell Board Of Health News

Vaccination site updates: Starting February 18, those ages 65+ and those with 2+ medical conditions can begin booking appointments for Covid-19 vaccinations. All previously eligible Phase 1 and Phase 2 individuals are also still eligible to be vaccinated. As of this posting, there is no local clinic scheduled for this group. If and when one becomes available, we will let you know. You can find an available site and schedule an appointment by going to:


This is a very large group, so it may take a month or so for everyone to book their appointments, according to Governor Baker's announcement.

The clinic being held at Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School on Wednesday, Feb. 24 is ONLY for those in Orange, Wendell and New Salem who are 75+ and received their first doses there on Feb. 3 and Feb. 6. The provision that caregivers may also receive a vaccination when accompanying a person 75+ currently applies only to mass vaccination sites; the closest one to us is at Eastfield Mall in Springfield.

Masking: The need to keep wearing masks, washing hands, avoiding indoor gatherings, and practicing social distancing continues, even after you have been fully vaccinated. While the vaccine prevents people from getting ill, it may still be possible to carry the virus; scientific study continues on that. Also, there are several variants that are becoming more common in our country that may be more transmissible, so the need for protection is ongoing. The CDC reports that double masking greatly increases the blockage of airborne particles that carry the virus. They recommend that you wear a surgical-type mask underneath a cloth mask. Knot the ear loops on the surgical masks for a tighter fit. If you have a small face and there are gaps on the sides, you can overlap a pleat of the surgical mask to another pleat and staple it on each side to tighten it. Be sure to staple from the inside of the mask so the ends of the staples are on the outside and they don't scratch your face.

It is a very exciting time, now that vaccines are becoming more easily available. It will take months for enough people to be fully vaccinated to greatly reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission, but we are getting there.

Barbara Craddock
For the Wendell Board of Health

Wendell, Massachusetts

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