Town of North Andover COVID-19 Update, October 22, 2020: Important NAHS Update, Drive Thru Family Flu Clinic, COVID-19 Small Business Grants

Town of North Andover Updates on COVID-19 response

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October 22, 2020 UPDATE

Current case count: 627

Active: 39

Recovered and out of isolation: 546

COVID-19 Related Deaths: 44

Active Merrimack cases (included in case count):13 

Dear Neighbors,

Today a new community level data map will be released by the State; the Town of North Andover anticipates that it will continue to be classified as a higher risk (red) community.  We have been informed by the Commonwealth that while the Town will remain red, we will have an asterisk next to our designation because over 30 percent of our cases are due to the presence of cases at an institution of higher education.  Without the Merrimack College cases, the Town of North Andover would have a yellow designation.

Earlier today, the Town Manager, School Superintendent and Health Director released a letter to the school community regarding an increase in cases at North Andover High School.  Due to those cases, North Andover High School will transition to remote learning from October 23 to November 9.  A copy of that letter can be found here:  https://groups.google.com/a/northandoverpublicschools.com/g/naps-news/c/lSzc4qie_8g/m/7mge_sWHAAAJ

Town offices are seeing more instances of gatherings and evidence of residents not practicing social distancing and prudent mask wearing.  This is very concerning as we are moving toward winter, seeing a statewide increase in cases and this behavior is impacting our ability to continue in person learning at one school.  I am asking all residents to renew their commitment to working with me in mitigating the spread of COVID19 by following the Governor’s Executive Orders regarding gatherings, masks, and social distancing.  I recognize that this has been a long and trying few months.  I know that we all strive to find a sense of normalcy during this pandemic.  However, these are not normal times, and we must all come together to reduce COVID19 and keep our community safe.

The Town of North Andover Family Flu Clinic for ages 3 and older is scheduled for Sunday October 25, 2020, 10:00am-2:00pm at the North Andover High School. This year's family flu clinic will be a Drive Through.  Please wear short sleeves and bring your insurance card. You can pre register online, print out a registration form, fill it out and bring it with you to save time.  You can also attach a copy of your insurance card to each family member's registration form to save even more time.

This school year, the schools are using their outdoor space more than ever before.  For the safety of our students, we respectfully request that residents not use school grounds during school hours.

COVID-19 Small Business Grants: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has made $50.8 million in grants available to support small businesses, microenterprises, and their employees, families and communities. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) will be administering these funds to businesses experiencing economic hardship and a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The available funds are divided into two programs, Small Business Grants for 5 or fewer employees and Small Business Grants for 50 or fewer employees. 

The application opens today (10/22/2020) at 12:00PM and will close at 12:00PM on 11/12/2020

For more information about this grant program, Click Here.

For more information on resources for small businesses and employers, Click Here.

As more and more businesses, restaurants and activities open up, we continue to encourage the community to stay diligent in preventing the spread of COVID-19.  Many of the things that you can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses such as the flu, include:

  • Wear a face covering or mask whenever in public and when you are not able to physically distance yourself from others. 

  • Physical or social distancing whenever in public and as much as possible.

  • Avoid large gatherings especially as it gets colder and more events are being held inside.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.

  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.

  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with others.

These steps are of the utmost importance and reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  Please join us in stressing this to your family, friends and neighbors.  We understand that you may need to go to potentially crowded public places and stores so please follow our Tips to Shop Safely during COVID-19, found here

Town Hall and the Library are open by appointment.  

To make an appointment at the library contact: https://www.stevensmemlib.org/latest-reopening-news/

To make an appointment at Town Hall please contact the necessary office.

The COVID-19 hotline is still available at 978-208-6070.  Messages left on this line are sent directly to Town staff and will be answered during regular business hours.  

The best source of guidance and recommendations is the DPH website:

www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.

Questions about the town’s response or about the illness, in general, can be sent to covid19@northandoverma.gov.

We will continue to monitor this situation and will distribute necessary information and guidance.  

Best,


Melissa Rodrigues, Esq.

Town Manager



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