DOT Posts Warnings of EEE on Highway Signs

Concerns about Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, are spreading farther north and west in Connecticut after a second Connecticut resident who contracted the virus has died and a mosquito tested positive for EEE in South Windsor

The governor and health department enlisted the help of the state department of transportation to spread the word, which posted digital signs along the highway warning “Triple E Alert Avoid Outdoors Dusk and Dawn.” 

“We know that it’s effective, we know that people see it and my being drawn into this was because it’s a very effective way to get the message out to our own residents and the people traveling through,” Joseph Giulietti, the DOT Commissioner, said. 

School districts, including Granby are making adjustments to their sports schedules. 

Mark Winzler, the interim superintendent for Granby Public Schools, sent out a notice to parents on Tuesday night, letting them know that all athletic practices and games will end no later than 6:15 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. 

Winzler said he made the decision out of an abundance of caution and was informed other surrounding districts, including Enfield, Somers, Windsor Locks and Suffield, made the decision as well. There have not been any mosquitos that tested positive for EEE in Granby, according to Winzler. 

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