WPI Changing Scheduled Activities Due to EEE Risk
In recent weeks, concerns about the mosquito-borne illness Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in the region have increased considerably. The city and state have urged residents to follow guidelines to reduce risk, in particular, by avoiding outdoor activities from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
In light of this, and out of an abundance of caution, as of Monday, September 16, 2019, WPI is relocating and rescheduling all scheduled evening, nighttime, and early morning outdoor activities and events to indoor space or daytime hours. Any scheduled outdoor activities will conclude by dusk.
Here are rescheduled varsity sports contests up to and including Tuesday, October 22nd:
Saturday, September 14th - Field Hockey - From Alumni Stadium to Rooftop Field
Saturday, September 14th - Women's Soccer - From 6:30pm to 11am
Tuesday, September 24th - Field Hockey - From Alumni Stadium at 7:00pm to Rooftop Field at 4:30pm
Friday, September 27th - Field Hockey - From 6:00pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, October 1st - Men's Soccer - From 7:00pm to 3:30pm
Wednesday, October 2nd - Women Soccer - From 4:00pm on Tuesday, October 1st to 3:30pm (Wednesday)
Saturday, October 5th - Field Hockey - From Alumni Stadium at 10:00am to Rooftop Field at 11:00am
Saturday, October 5th - Men's Soccer - From 5pm to 10am
Tuesday, October 15th - Field Hockey (at Conn College) - From 7pm to 3pm
Tuesday, October 15th - Men's Soccer - From home at 6pm to at Middlebury at 1:30pm.
Thursday, Ocotber 17th - Field Hockey (at Worcester State) - From 7pm to 4pm
Tuesday, October 22nd - Field Hockey - From 7pm to 3:45pm
This includes varsity sports, clubs and club sports, student activities, ROTC, and other scheduled outdoor group activities. WPI is working with team leaders, who will follow up with additional information.
We ask the community's flexibility and patience as the university works to mitigate risk. We are a busy campus with numerous activities throughout the day and evening, and we appreciate your flexibility and cooperation.
WPI continues to align with City of Worcester and the State Department of Public Health guidelines regarding protective measures and risk mitigation. The City and other communities are conducting aerial spraying. Information about spraying schedules and targeted locations is available via the City at http://www.worcesterma.gov/announcements.
Because spraying lessens risk but does not eliminate it, the City and DPH also recommend individuals take additional measures to protect themselves from mosquitoes. Of note:
• Limit outdoor activity from dusk to dawn, when mosquitos are most active
• Use an appropriate mosquito repellent.
• Wear long sleeves and long pants when outdoors
• Use fans to keep mosquitos at bay.
• Move outdoor events indoors whenever possible
• Use screens in windows to keep mosquitos out
We urge all in our community to be aware of the risks and take individual responsibility to lessen that risk.
If you have questions about activities, please contact your team captain or organization president.
If you have questions about EEE, please call Health Services at 508-831-5520.