Good afternoon Gloucester residents,
This is Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken with some important COVID-19 updates regarding vaccine distribution, local COVID-19 case numbers, volunteer opportunities, and the extension on state measures in place.
The COVID-19 vaccine plan for Massachusetts was rolled out last month. The Commonwealth will follow a phased approach that prioritizes healthcare and other frontline workers and those at greatest risk. For more information and to view the distribution timeline, visit www.mass.gov/COVIDvaccine.
We’ve been getting a lot of calls and emails regarding vaccine inquiries. Gloucester is hosting a regional vaccine clinic for first responders only this week. At this time, we have no additional information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regarding future vaccine distribution timelines, administration responsibilities or community clinics. We will continue to provide updates on our website, via social media and with robocalls as soon as information is available. We appreciate your patience.
In true Gloucester fashion, we have also received an outpouring of messages from those who would like to volunteer to support vaccination efforts. Volunteers with and without medical experience are needed to support different aspects of their work, and will supplement existing emergency and public health resources. To sign up to volunteer, visit the website set up by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health maresponds.org and click the “register now” button. Those looking to support efforts on Cape Ann should select the orange plus sign next to the link to view a map of organizations by region.
As of Sunday, January 10 the status of COVID-19 cases in the City of Gloucester were as follows: 1,208 overall cases (1,140 confirmed and 68 probable); 1,009 recovered; 33 COVID-19 related deaths; and 166 active cases. Please note that the number of COVID-19 related deaths has increased from 31 to 33 since our last update. The cases were recovered for us, but death certificates classified them as COVID-19 related deaths. Our thoughts are with all the families who have been affected but his awful virus.
Temporary measures have been extended by the state to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Charlie Baker issued an Executive Order which remains in effect through Sunday, Jan. 24, which temporarily reduces occupancy limits to 25% for several sectors including office spaces, restaurants, places of worship, businesses and fitness centers. For more information go to mass.gov.
Brighter days are ahead but the next several weeks are crucial in how we move forward. Together, we will get through this. I ask that you please continue to do the following:
- Wear a mask or face covering at all times while in public – indoors and outside;
- Maintain a safe physical distance of 6 feet from others;
- Wash and sanitize your hands and frequently touched surfaces often;
- Stay home if you’re sick; and
- Take extra precautions around those who may be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults or those with certain medical conditions.
Be well and stay safe.