Town of North Andover Updates on COVID-19 response
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October 26, 2020 UPDATE
Current case count: 645
Recovered and out of isolation: 555
COVID-19 Related Deaths: 44
Active Merrimack cases (included in case count):13
As part of the state’s increased efforts to ensure residents remain vigilant with COVID-19 protections, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be activating a Wireless Emergency Alert to phones in North Andover today between 5PM-10PM. This alert serves to remind people that COVID-19 remains a serious threat, and to remember to wear a mask and be socially distant.
On Thursday, a new community level data map was released by the State. The Town of North Andover continues to be classified as a higher risk (red) community. We currently are classified as red with an asterisk because more than 10 cases AND more than 30 percent of our cases originate from higher education. Without the Merrimack College cases, the Town of North Andover would have a yellow designation. Out of the 40 cases reported in the COVID map, 14 were related to higher education.
Thanks to Caroline Ibbitson, our Public Health Nurse, and our amazing Public Health Department, the town had a successful drive through flu clinic last weekend. Over 270 cars had registered for the event.
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:
We will continue to monitor this situation and will distribute necessary information and guidance.
Melissa Rodrigues, Esq.
The Town of North Andover invites residents to participate in the #NAGetsSpooky Home / Yard Decorating Contest. The contest will be open from Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 8:00am until Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 4:00pm. The winners will be announced on Saturday, October 31, 2020.
Town of North Andover Department Heads will serve as judges, selecting three winners. Each winner will receive a $50 gift certificate, and their winning entries will be featured on the Town website and social media pages.
Interested participants can submit their entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries should include at least one photograph (up to three) of your decorated yard/houses, as well as your contact information. All photos submissions will be showcased on our “From Turkey Town to Spooky Town” event page on Facebook. All submissions must adhere to the Town of North Andover Social Media Policy.
Photo submissions must be family appropriate (no nudity, profanity, or excessive violence)
The decorated house or yard must be in North Andover
The person completing the entry form must be 18 years of age or older
Emailed entries must include contact information (name, email address, phone number, and address) Only first name and last initial will be shared with photos online.
Up to 3 uploaded images of your decorated yard/house may be submitted
Application must be received by 4:00 PM, Wednesday, October 28, 2020
By submitting your photo into the contest, you grant the Town of North Andover the right to use your image(s) in print and online at our discretion.
All photos submissions will be showcased on our “From Turkey Town to Spooky Town” event page on Facebook
A panel of judges made up of Town of North Andover Department Heads will review submissions and choose three winners. Winners will be contacted using the contact information provided
The winning submissions will be featured on our website and social-media pages
Email questions to Sarah Brush at email@example.com
At their discretion, the Town of North Andover reserves the right to cancel or change the rules of the contest if deemed necessary for public health, financial compliance, or other outstanding circumstances. By entering the contest you consent to allowing your photographs to be shared by the Town of North Andover and North Andover CAM.