Town of North Andover Updates on COVID-19 response
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November 10, 2020 UPDATE
Total case count: 774
Recovered and out of isolation: 651
COVID-19 Related Deaths: 45
Active Merrimack cases (included in case count): 9
Last week, Governor Baker issued a new community level data map for the Commonwealth. The map introduced new metrics for municipalities. The updated metric adjusts for the reporting of cases by a municipality’s population. The metric incorporates cases per 100,000 residents and test positivity rates when determining a town’s color designation.
For the Town of North Andover, this means that the Town has a yellow/lower risk designation in the new map. Under the yellow designation, the Town had more than or equal to 10 cases per 100,000 or greater than a 5% positivity rate. Over the two week time period considered for the map, North Andover had 96 cases total, a 10.6 average daily incidence rate per 100,000 and a positivity rate of 2.10%
More information about the metric can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-covid-19-command-center-department-of-elementary-secondary
As a reminder: Governor Baker announced new executive orders, which went into effect on Friday, November 6th at 12:01 AM. The new executives orders include the following:
Stay at home advisory from 10PM-5AM, exemptions for work and essential needs
Updated Mask Order, which requires a mask whenever anyone over 5 is in a public location, whether indoors or outdoors.
Updated gathering order, which limits at home indoor gatherings to 10 inside and 25 outside. Those gatherings must end by 9:30PM
Indoor recreation, entertainment and casinos must close at 9:30
Restaurant table service must end at 9:30
All liquor sales must end at 9:30
More information regarding these orders can be found here:
All of Governor Baker’s emergency orders can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-state-of-emergency
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) is 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 period is currently open and will close this Friday (11/12/2020) at 12:00PM.
For more information about this grant program, Click Here.
Technical Assistance for Small Businesses: Through its partnership with the Lawrence Partnership, Essex County Community Foundation, the City of Lawrence, and the Town of Andover, the Town of North Andover is able to offer FREE opportunities for technical assistance (TA) to small businesses seeking help with how to operate during these challenging times. There are a few TA service providers for businesses to select, some of which focus on specific types of businesses, like restaurants or salons/personal services businesses. To learn more, visit: www.mvopenforbusiness.org
For more information on additional resources for small businesses and employers, Click Here.
As more and more businesses, restaurants and activities remain open, 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.
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.
Please join us in stressing this to your family, friends and neighbors.
If you go and get a COVID-19 test for any reason, especially if you are not feeling well then please isolate until you receive your test results. It is also important to isolate yourself from your family members if possible. The majority of the transmission we are seeing is from household contacts. Please be aware and protect your family. These steps are of the utmost importance and reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
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.