Town of North Andover COVID-19 Update, January 15, 2021: Additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine distribution timeline, State Small Business Grant Application Period Extended to Monday – 1/18 at Midnight

Town of North Andover Updates on COVID-19 response

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January 15, 2021 UPDATE


Total case count: 2045

Active: 187

Recovered and out of isolation: 1785

COVID-19 Related Deaths: 73

Active Merrimack cases (included in case count): 0


Dear Neighbors,


Additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine distribution timeline is now available: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nzdseF8Qx7-Fd5bwf1GCojClPs26lC47/view?usp=sharing

Massachusetts is currently in Phase 1 of the MA COVID-19 vaccine distribution timeline.  On January 11, first responders throughout the state started getting vaccinated in continuation of Phase 1.  Our first responders got vaccinated this week and Phase 1, which includes health care workers, will continue through January. Long term care staff and residents are partnering with the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program and will begin being vaccinated in Phase 1. Phase 2 will begin in the middle of February and will include individuals over the age of 75, individuals of all ages with 2+ comorbidities, senior housing, adults over 65 and adults with one comorbidity.  Phase 2 will also include early educators, K-12 teachers, food workers and infrastructure workers such as public works, water and sewer treatment facility workers and transportation workers.  The Town will release a robo call to inform residents about vaccine availability at that time.  The Health Department will be holding local clinics and pre-registration will be required for planning purposes and to avoid large crowds or long wait times.  Learn more about the vaccine timeline here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/when-can-i-get-the-covid-19-vaccine.

North Andover continues to be designated as a higher risk/red community.  Please continue to use caution, wear a mask, practice social distancing and avoid gatherings.

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

State Small Business Grant Application Period Extended to Monday – 1/18 at Midnight:

Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) is administering a $668 million Sector-Specific Relief Program for Massachusetts businesses. The online application portal for this program is open, and will close Monday, January 18th at midnight. Awards are expected to be announced in early February.

Eligible industries for this program include:

  • Restaurants, bars, caterers

  • Indoor recreation and entertainment establishments

  • Gyms and fitness centers

  • Event-support professionals (photographers, videographers, etc.)

  • Personal services

  • Retail

More details on how to apply and eligibility requirements are available at: https://www.empoweringsmallbusiness.org/covid-19-response/sector-specific-relief-grant-program-massachusetts-businesses.

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:

www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.


Questions about the town’s response or about the illness, in general, can be sent to covid19@northandoverma.gov.


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


Best,


Melissa Rodrigues, Esq.

Town Manager


A Message from @NorthAndoverFD: Open Burning and Fire Pit Regulations

Good morning,


Burning season begins today, January 15, and ends May 1.  Please see the information below regarding open burning regulations and permits, as well as fire pit regulations.  


Help us reduce the risk of fire – never leave a flame unattended (this includes cooking and candles as well as open burning and fire pits).

Open Burning Regulations and Permits

Any residents wishing to participate in this annual event must obtain a permit online at the North Andover Fire Department website – nafd.us.

  

Open burning can only be conducted with a permit issued by the fire department and is only permitted for brush, cane, driftwood, forestry debris, agricultural debris, and, under limited conditions, fungus-infected elm wood. Burning grass, hay, leaves, stumps, and commercial or industrial land clearing for non-agricultural purposes is prohibited.

Each day a determination will be made by 9:30 a.m. whether burning will be allowed, this decision to allow burning is based on changing atmospheric conditions such as wind or dryness and recommendations made by the state. If winds kick up or other atmospheric conditions change suddenly, making it unsafe to burn, permits can be rescinded (cancelled).

Due to the nature of our job and emergencies that arise, there may occasionally be a delay in getting that decision sent out. We will get it out as soon as possible.


Step 1: Click here to Read all Burning Regulations.

Step 2: Complete the Burn Permit Application.*

Step 3: Activate your valid Burn Permit when burning on allowed days

Violations of the permit requirements, open burning law, and/or open burning regulations will be grounds for permit revocation. According to Massachusetts law, anyone found burning without a permit may be subject to criminal charges, the punishment for which is a fine of up to $500, plus the cost of suppression or by imprisonment for up to one month, or both.

For more information about burn permits, visit the Burn Permits & Regulations page on the North Andover Fire Departments website by clicking here.  Anyone with questions regarding opening burning should call the North Andover Fire Department at 978-688-9595.

Fire Pit Regulations

The North Andover Fire Department allows the use of  Fire Pits, Chimineas and Outdoor Fireplaces provided the following conditions are met:

  • The Fire must be small and manageable, no greater than 3 feet in diameter. By definition, a fire larger than 3 feet is no longer considered a cooking or recreational fire.
  • All fires must be constantly attended by a competent person until extinguished. (21 or older)
  • A water supply or an extinguisher capable of extinguishing the fire must be within 75 feet of the fire.
  • The Fire Pit, Chiminea, or fireplace will be on a non-combustible surface at grade level and not under any type of overhang, roof or canopy
  • Fires will not be located within 25 feet  of a structure or combustible material and any condition that could cause fire to spread within this area will be removed prior to ignition.
  • The fire and/or smoke cannot pose a hazard to any property.
  • The Smoke from any device cannot create a nuisance or health hazard to the neighborhood.
  • Finally common sense must be used!!! A screen should be used to prevent embers from igniting nearby combustibles. Never use flammable fluids to start your fire. Only ordinary firewood is to be burned: No construction debris, leaves, household trash, hazardous waste, or chemicals may be burned at any time.

If the North Andover Fire Department is called to your house for any type of outside fire, we reserve the right to order any fire be extinguished at the officer’s discretion.
The above rules do not affect the rules pertaining to permitted open burning season.

If you have any questions pertaining to this guideline, please contact the Fire Prevention Office during normal business hours at 978-688-9590

Thank you.
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UPDATED: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Summary from the North Andover Health Department

Please see below for an updated COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Summary from the North Andover Health Department.


North Andover Health Department
Community Development Division


In an effort to effectively distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Charlie Baker has created a timeline to address and prioritize different sectors of Massachusetts to receive it. Below is a summary of the timeline created and who falls into which of the 3 phases.

Phase 1 is currently scheduled from December to February. Phase 1 vaccine recipients will be those in:

  • Clinical and non-clinical health care workers doing direct and COVID-facing care

  • Long term care facilities, rest homes and assisted living facilities

  • Emergency medical services, police and fire departments

  • Congregate care settings

  • Home-based health care workers

  • Health care workers doing non-COVID-facing care

Phase 2 is currently scheduled from February to March. Phase 2 vaccine recipients will be those in:

  • Those with high-risk COVID-19 complications (those with 2 or more comorbidities and/or those age 75 and older), and residents and staff of public/private low income and affordable senior housing

  • Early education and K-12 workers, transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, restaurant and café workers

  • Employees across the food, beverage, agriculture, consumer goods, retail and foodservice sectors

  • Meatpackers

  • Sanitation, Public works and Public health workers

  • Vaccine development workers

  • Food pantry workers

  • Transit/Transportation: Uber/Lyft/ridesharing services/pharmacy delivery drivers, workers in passenger ground transportation, non-urgent medical transport, Massport workers other than police

  • Convenient store workers

  • Water and wastewater utility staff

  • Court system workers (judges, prosecutors, defense attorney, clerks), other than court officers who fall under first responders

  • Medical supply chain workers

  • Funeral Directors and funeral workers

  • Adults age 65 and older

  • Individuals with 1 comorbidity

Phase 3 will be for the general public and is currently scheduled to begin in April. Not many details are currently available for Phase 3, but as more details are made available the North Andover Health Department will continue to keep the public updated.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine and similar information, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Health’s website at https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine-in-massachusetts. You can also submit additional questions to COVID-19-Vaccine-Plan-MA@mass.gov for specific information. Please keep in mind that all dates noted may be subject to change depending on guidance from the State of Massachusetts.

For additional questions or concerns please contact kobika@northandoverma.gov or scasey@northandoverma.gov or call the Health Department at 978 688 9540.


Healthcare Workers and First Responders Vaccine Registration Information for COVID-19

Healthcare Workers and First Responders Vaccine Registration Information for COVID-19 

As the Governor pushes forward with Massachusetts phased vaccination plan, different establishments are assisting in issuing vaccines for those in the first phase.  If you work in Essex County, MA in one of the following professions, you can register for a vaccine through Lawrence General Hospital:

  • Clinical or non-clinical healthcare worker doing direct and COVID-facing care

  • Emergency Medical Services, Police and Fire 

If you fall into one of these categories, please click the link below and follow all directions noted on the website. If you have questions regarding eligibility, contact your employer or local health department.

https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2flawrencegeneralcovidvaccine.as.me%2fschedule.php&c=E,1,73ZWTQySA5PztuuwtfrOZSSi_pwVutmVTkzpZinEejF9QXUAAsSdv-8TCHWAz1kBhR6nup4QeS3VKUfp9CmQ_0VNgEfIxGrXrqvoRMTk&typo=1

As more updates on the vaccine arise including timeframes or alternate locations to receive them, the North Andover Health Department will continue to release information. For more information on the vaccine, please visit https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine-in-massachusetts.


Healthcare Worker and First Responders Vaccinations at LGH.pdf


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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Summary from the North Andover Health Department

North Andover Health Department
Community Development Division

In an effort to effectively distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Charlie Baker has created a timeline to address and prioritize different sectors of Massachusetts to receive it. Below is a summary of the timeline created and who falls into which of the 3 phases.


Phase 1 is currently in progress and scheduled to last until February. Phase 1 vaccine recipients will be those in:

  • Clinical and non-clinical health care workers doing direct and COVID-facing care

  • Long term care facilities, rest homes and assisted living facilities

  • Emergency medical services, police and fire departments

  • Congregate care settings

  • Home-based health care workers

  • Health care workers doing non-COVID-facing care

Phase 2 is currently scheduled from February to April. Phase 2 vaccine recipients will be those in:

  • Those with high-risk COVID-19 complications (those with 2 or more comorbidities and/or those age 75 and older)

  • Early education teachers

  • Transit workers (including all ride share services)

  • Food and Agriculture workers

  • Retail workers

  • Public works and public health workers

  • Vaccine development workers

  • Food delivery workers

  • Non-urgent medical transport

  • Convenient store workers

  • Water and wastewater utility staff

  • Adults age 65 and older

  • Individuals with 1 comorbidity

Phase 3 will be for the general public and is currently scheduled for April to June. Not many details are currently available for Phase 3, but as more details are made available the North Andover Health Department will continue to keep the public updated.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine and similar information, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Health’s website at https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine-in-massachusetts.


For additional questions or concerns please contact kobika@northandoverma.gov or scasey@northandoverma.gov or call the Health Department at 978 688 9540.


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Reminder: State and Town Small Business Grant Applications Due This Friday!

Please be advised that the following grant opportunities are currently available to small businesses in North Andover with deadlines to apply by this Friday, the 15th:

State's Sector-Specific Relief Grant Program: A $668 million program made available by the Commonwealth that is being administered by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC).

The online application portal for the new program is now open and will close on Friday, January 15. Awards are expected to be announced in early February.

Eligible industries for this program include:

  • Restaurants, bars, caterers

  • Indoor recreation and entertainment establishments

  • Gyms and fitness centers

  • Event-support professionals (photographers, videographers, etc.)

  • Personal services

  • Retail

Click here for more details on how to apply and eligibility requirements.

Town of North Andover Small Business Relief Grant (Round 2):  A new round of grants for small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic that provides needed financial support to restaurants and personal service businesses in North Andover.  The source of funding for this grant program is the Town's Columbia Gas Municipal Discretionary Fund; no taxpayer funds are being used.
Deadline: Applications are currently open and will be accepted until noon on Friday, January 15, 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 February.
To learn more and apply click here: sites.google.com/northandoverma.gov/smallbizrelief 

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