Town of North Andover COVID-19 Update, March 2, 2021: MA has advanced to Step 2 of Phase III of the state’s reopening plan; Phase IV is planned to start March 22

Town of North Andover Updates on COVID-19 response


March 2, 2021 UPDATE

Total case count: 2522

Active: 52

Recovered and out of isolation: 2384

COVID-19 Related Deaths: 86

Active Merrimack cases (included in case count): 12

Dear Neighbors,

We have seen an uptick in cases over the past week, please continue to practice social distancing and mask wearing.  Spring is just around the corner!

The Governor has announced that Massachusetts advanced to Step 2 of Phase III on March 1 and will start Phase IV of its reopening plans on March 22. For more information on what that means please see the attached press release.

The state is in phase 2 of the vaccine roll out. Currently, residents 65 and older are eligible for the vaccine and those with two comorbidities. For more information on the vaccine please visit:

The State has informed municipalities that they will not receive vaccines to run local clinics at this time.  The Town is actively working with residents to help with booking of appointments and transportation needs.  


Residents 65 and over may also call the state at 211 for assistance registering for any state run clinic.  You may call 211 seven days a week.  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.  Appointments are added on a continuous basis as vaccine becomes available.


Wondering what to expect during an appointment at the mass vaccination site at the DoubleTree Hotel?  This informational (FAQs) and orientation video was produced in partnership with some North Shore Health Departments, a Middleton Board of Health Member and Essex Tech High School Film Department:


Do you or a family member need transportation to a vaccine site?  The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) offers transportation to vaccine sites within the MVRTA service area for persons in Phase 2 Groups 1 and 2.  If there is a need to go out of the MVRTA area (the Danvers site, for example) – those requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  Click here to learn more and to arrange a ride:


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:

Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for Small Businesses:

The federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) 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

A directory of 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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Employment Opportunity: Director of Elder Services


Would you love to work in a brand new, state-of-the-art Senior Community Center? If the answer is yes, then this job is for you. North Andover is seeking a Director of Elder Services who will be responsible for administrative and supervisory work in planning, coordinating and implementing programs that benefit and assist the senior citizens of the Town, including outreach and transportation, social and recreation, meal site oversight and building overview. Graduation from a college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Gerontology or a related field; supplemented by at least 5 years of experience working in a community setting with elders. Finalist subject to a full background check including CORI. Salary range $82K – $115K based on education and experience. See the new Center at

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to: Preference given to applications received by March 19, 2021. EEO.

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