Town of North Andover COVID-19 Update, February 9, 2021: COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grants Round 2 Re-Opened, Vaccine registration assistance for residents over 75.

Town of North Andover Updates on COVID-19 response


February 9, 2021 UPDATE

Total case count: 2370

Active: 97

Recovered and out of isolation: 2190

COVID-19 Related Deaths: 83

Active Merrimack cases (included in case count): 9

Dear Neighbors,


The Town is continuing to call 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.  


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, you will be placed on a call back list and 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:


The State has a FAQ page regarding the vaccine, which is available here:


Learn more about the vaccine timeline here: 


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: 

All of Governor Baker’s emergency orders can be found here:

COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grants Round 2 Re-Opened 


The Town of North Andover reopened its second round of COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grants, which provides needed financial support to small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The source of funding for this grant program is the Town's Columbia Gas Municipal Discretionary Fund; no taxpayer funds are being used.


In addition to restaurants and personal services businesses, auto/repair service and retail businesses are now eligible to apply for the grant.  Emphasis will still be placed on funding restaurants and personal services businesses. 


If your business applied for a grant and you have not yet heard back from the Town, you do not need to reapply.  Your application will be reconsidered.  Note that grant funding is limited and the Town may not be able to fund all eligible businesses that apply.  


Deadline:  Applications will be accepted until noon on Friday, February 26, 2021. This deadline may be extended at the discretion of the Town if the grant funds have not been exhausted.  Awards are expected to be announced by early March.


Click here to learn more and to submit an application.

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:

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: 

A directory of additional free technical assistance opportunities for small businesses is available here: 

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:

Questions about the town’s response or about the illness, in general, can be sent to

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


Melissa Rodrigues, Esq.

Town Manager

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Upcoming Zoom Talk – Preserving North Andover’s Rural Character: Protecting Historic Buildings and Landscapes








View the flyer here or click the image below.

This talk is sponsored by the North Andover Improvement Society and the North Andover Historical Society.

Act Fast: LISC Small Business Recovery Grants Application Deadline is TONIGHT, February 9th at 11:59pm ET

LISC Small Business Recovery Grants  – Application Deadline is TONIGHT, February 9th at 11:59pm ET
Small businesses are invited to apply for a LISC Small Business Recovery Grant thanks to generous funding from Verizon. The application period is now open.  Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, February 9th at 11:59PM ET.

The window to apply is short and grants are competitive, but small businesses in Boston and Massachusetts are still highly encouraged to apply.

All applicants are encouraged to review the grant information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) prior to applying. The grant applications are intended to collect basic information about your business. 

Grants are for eligible small businesses across the US, particularly in historically underserved communities hit hard by the pandemic. Eligible expenses for the grant include:·         
Paying rent and utilities

  • Meeting payroll
  • Paying outstanding debt to vendors
  • Upgrading technology infrastructure
  • Other immediate operational costs

Please note: A small business that has already received a COVID 19 Relief grant from LISC is ineligible to apply, even if they own multiple businesses. See the FAQs.

Learn more here.

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