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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Coronavirus Update - RAVE Alert

Hi, this is Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken.  

Given the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding coronavirus, the City of Gloucester is taking significant precautionary measures to limit person to person contact and to slow the spread of the virus.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Gloucester.  

Earlier today, I declared a local state of emergency. By declaring this local Public Health Emergency the City will be able to deploy the resources to meet the needs of our city.  It also creates a mechanism for the city to be reimbursed by the federal government for emergency expenses to this crisis.  

Our City Health Department, first responders continue to work closely and meet regularly to discuss the latest guidance and determine the actions needed to keep the City prepared as the situation continues to evolve.

Beginning today, all municipal buildings are closed to the public for at least two weeks.  
Anyone wishing to do City business is encouraged to do so online or by calling or emailing any city office.  If you have any questions please call 978-281-9700.  

With schools closed we have made arrangements for all students who are in need of a meal to get one.  There is a “grab and go” bagged lunch operation.  Meals are available 11 AM – 12 PM Monday – Friday at Veterans’ Memorial and Beeman Elementary Schools.  
Starting today, there will be no on premise consumption at any local restaurant.  Take-out and delivery options are available throughout the City.  

Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

There are significant restrictions on visitors to nursing homes, elder health facilities and hospitals.  

The Gloucester Health Department and the Mayor’s Office would like to encourage to take the following precautions to prevent infectious diseases from spreading:

Wash your hands frequently, with soap and water, for a minimum of 20 seconds (sing happy birthday twice)
If you are sick, stay home to protect others
Using proper techniques when coughing or sneezing, 
Avoiding touching your face
Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.   
Restrict all social interactions to essential activities, such as getting food, medicine.  

These measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution so that the spread of the virus can be minimized and to promote social distancing.  

The City is taking this pandemic very seriously and we encourage everyone do to the same.   

We all have a responsibility to do our part to keep each our City safe.  Please check in on your family, neighbors and friends – especially seniors.

Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to coronavirus are urged to contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Our collective responsibility right now is to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which will allow our healthcare professionals to do their job.  Our City has always pulled together during difficult and trying times.  Together we will get through this.    

For more information on coronavirus call 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone, visit the City’s website www.gloucester-ma.gov, the state’s website www.mass.gov, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website www.cdc.gov .

If you need us, call us, email us or message us.  Thank you all.  

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