Town of North Andover COVID-19 Update, March 18, 2021: Phase 4, Step 1 of the MA Reopening Plan begins Monday, March 22.

Town of North Andover Updates on COVID-19 response


March 18, 2021 UPDATE

Total case count: 2625

Active: 67

Recovered and out of isolation: 2471 

COVID-19 Related Deaths: 87

Active Merrimack cases (included in case count): 4 

Dear Neighbors,


As of last week, 12 percent of North Andover residents were fully vaccinated.  62% of residents over 75 were fully vaccinated and 86% of those over 75 have received their first dose.  


Yesterday, the Governor announced a new Covid-19 vaccination schedule and on Monday, March 22 we will move forward into Step 1 of Phase 4 of the Massachusetts Reopening Plan.


Residents can pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at


Residents can also call the state at 211 for assistance to pre-register for any state run clinic.  You may call 211 seven days a week.  A representative will pre-register you to receive a vaccination and you will be contacted by your preferred method of contact when an appointment becomes available.  Once contacted you will be able to schedule your appointment date, time and location.


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:

Phase 4 Step 1 will increase the gathering limits to 100 indoors and 150 outdoors and allow additional venues to open. The Massachusetts Travel Order has been revised and is now a Travel Advisory.  Information on Phase 4 Step 1 and the Travel Advisory can be found at

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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Downtown Improvement Master Plan Update and Video

The Downtown Improvement Master Plan is entering its final stages. We have received substantial input from the public that has been very helpful in putting this plan together. The last meeting for public input on the plan was held earlier this month, with the next steps including finalizing the plan and presenting it to the Select Board.

You can watch the last Downtown Improvement Master Plan public meeting here, if you missed it.

This plan, which the Town is working with BETA, Inc to put together, will guide public infrastructure improvement and the design of Downtown North Andover into the future. Recommendations from this plan will help the Town to achieve goals related to accessibility, traffic safety, and walkability, as well as advancing goals set out in the 2018 Master Plan. The Downtown Improvement Master Plan is a conceptual plan and the Town will continue to engage the public as engineering plans and implementation are pursued.

Please send any questions to Dan Beckley at

Board of Assessors Vacancy: The Town Manager is seeking a volunteer interested in serving on the Board of Assessors

The Town Manager is seeking a volunteer interested in serving on the Board of Assessors. The Board of Assessors was created by Town Charter pursuant to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 41, Sections 24-26. Each member must complete a training program conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and become certified, within six months of appointment.

The Board of Assessors is responsible for the valuation of all real estate and personal property in the town; hears related appeals along with motor vehicle excise; responsible for awarding property tax exemptions provided by statute. 

The Committee is responsible for conducting its activities in a manner in which is in compliance with all relevant state and local laws and regulations including, but not limited to the open meeting law, ethics laws and public records law.

If interested, please visit the town website at, click on “Boards & Comm Info” on the left hand side of the page to complete an application. Please contact Jillian Brothers with any questions at or 978-688-9510.  

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