- Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 9:16 am
In the summer of 2014, Newtown Health Director Donna Culbert received a notice from the state Department of Health flagging the presence of an emerging but rare infectious disease that had been isolated in several ticks in Connecticut, that also turned up in a number of other states, including neighboring New York, Pennsylvania, and Maine.
The tickborne Powassan virus neuroinvasive disease (POWV) was first identified in Connecticut in 2008, Ms Culbert said, and has since been found in local deer populations.
- Friday, October 24, 2014
In the extremely unlikely event of local response to a possible Ebola virus emergency call — and some officials say they cannot stress the word “extremely” enough — volunteer ambulance, fire and health officials all told The Newtown Bee this week that they are as ready as they can be to care for a patient while minimizing the possibility of spreading any type of infection.
- Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Newtown Health District officials are expecting a state Department of Health courier and State Police escort to arrive at Newtown High School sometime Thursday morning as part of a statewide mass emergency medicine distribution drill.
- Thursday, February 14, 2013
Notwithstanding persistent calls for a cool-headed, information-driven debate on gun violence, this week there was plenty of evidence of emotion-driven action on the issue of guns. Marchers were back on this streets this week, raising the heat this time in Hartford. And the public galleries at the President’s State of the Union Address at the US Capitol were occupied by several Newtowners, including the first selectman, first responders, educators, and a fourth grader and her mother.