Town of North Andover Updates on COVID-19 response
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February 5, 2021 UPDATE
Total case count: 2341
Recovered and out of isolation: 2135
COVID-19 Related Deaths: 81
Active Merrimack cases (included in case count): 10
Yesterday, North Andover was designated a yellow risk community on the Massachusetts Department of Health Community Covid map. The town had an average daily incidence rate per 100,000 population of 46 for the two week period reported, and a positivity rate of 2.9 percent. This is lower than the previous week.
The Health Department created a Super Bowl Advisory, which can be found here: https://northandoverma.news/2021/02/04/dont-fumble-enjoy-the-super-bowl-and-not-a-super-spreader/ As we trend in the right direction and as vaccine is being administered, we must keep doing the right things to maintain our progress. On Monday February 8, the capacity limitations for restaurants and businesses will increase back to 40%. Please click here for more details: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tuisu_U-MKrdSBe2QQtkowg_yGAeAgN1/view?usp=sharing
This week, Town employees started calling all residents over 75 to see if they need help registering to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Due to supply constraints, there are currently very few appointments available at any of the vaccination sites state-wide. Employees are marking down residents’ interest, ability to travel for the vaccine and other information, and then following up to help them make appointments when they become available. North Andover will be holding smaller, local clinics as vaccine supply allows. Announcements will be made when clinics are scheduled but we do encourage residents to explore all the options available.
Today residents 75 and over may also call the state at 211 for assistance registering for any state run clinic. If no appointments are available when you call then you will be placed on a call back list and you will be called back when appointments are available.
Currently residents 75 plus are eligible for the vaccine. For more information on the vaccine please visit: https://www.northandoverma.gov/health/pages/covid-19-vaccine-information
The State has a FAQ page regarding the vaccine, which is available here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions
Learn more about the vaccine timeline here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/when-can-i-get-the-covid-19-vaccine
COVID-19 testing at the Stop the Spread sites is free, easy and painless. Please consider getting tested over the next two weeks to help stop the spread of COVID-19 to your family and friends. A list of the sites can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread
All of Governor Baker’s emergency orders can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-state-of-emergency
Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for Small Businesses:
A new round of the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is available. It provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. SBA is currently offering:
First Draw PPP Loans for first time program participants
Second Draw PPP Loans for certain businesses who have previously received a PPP loan
SBA is currently accepting Paycheck Protection Program PPP loan applications from participating lenders. Lender Match can help connect you with a lender. You can also view all lenders near you on a map.
SBA also offers additional Coronavirus relief.
Free PPP Application Assistance Available:
For businesses seeking assistance in better understanding the PPP program and how to apply for funding, Mill Cities Community Investments (MCCI) is offering numerous free training sessions on the topic. To learn more and register, click here: https://mccinvest.org/take-a-training/
A directory of additional free technical assistance opportunities for small businesses is available here: mvopenforbusiness.org
As more and more businesses, restaurants and activities remain open at a reduced capacity, 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 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. Due to the volume of positive cases across the State of Massachusetts, the Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC) was developed to aid Local Boards of Health in the tracing of close contacts in each community. By answering the call from the CTC, you can do your part in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. Your caller ID will show the call is coming from
MA COVID Team with area codes (833) or (857).
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.