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Posted on: November 20, 2020

GLOUCESTER ALERT - Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken Shares COVID-19 Updates & Reminders

Hi, this is Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken with some important COVID-19 updates and reminders.  

Cases here in Gloucester, and state-wide, have been rising in large part because of gatherings of families and friends.  Additionally, our most recent wastewater testing shows virus levels much higher than in the past.  This is very concerning as we head into the holiday week.  

As of this afternoon, the status of cases in the City of Gloucester were as follows:  531 overall cases (480 confirmed and 51 probable); 452 recovered; 26 COVID-19 related deaths; and 53 active cases. (updated to reflect numbers as of 4 p.m. on 11/20).

 For those with college kids returning home this weekend or early next week for the Thanksgiving Holiday please make a plan for their return and help us stop the spread of COVID-19.   College kids returning from home, excluding those from lower risk states (which as of today is ONLY Vermont and Hawaii) should:  

  • Complete a MA Travel Form AND;
  • Either have a negative PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours before returning home/when home OR; 
  • Quarantine at home for 14 days.  

Certain exemptions do apply for additional information visit mass.gov/travelorder.

Please help me keep your family, friends, and neighbors healthy and safe.   We must all exercise caution and limit our interactions with others.  Let’s help stop the spread by doing the following:

  • Wearing a mask or face covering at all times while in public – indoors and outside; 
  • Maintaining a safe physical distance of 6 feet from others;
  • Washing and sanitizing your hands and frequently touched surfaces often;
  • When riding in a car with someone outside of your household wear a face covering/mask and open the windows for airflow;
  • Staying home if you’re sick; 
  • Considering if those around you may be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults or those with certain medical conditions, and taking extra precautions; and
  • And most importantly saying no to parties or gatherings – gatherings with those outside your household are not safe right now and greatly increase the risk of COVID-19 spread.   

This year, more than ever, I am thankful that we have active and caring citizens.  This has been an extraordinary year and together we continue to make great strides in managing this pandemic, looking out for one another, supporting our local economy, and keeping your schools open.  

As we look toward the Thanksgiving Holiday please rethink your normal traditions.  We can’t let our guard down. Please consider:

  • Limiting in-person holiday gatherings to only people you live with or limit to a small group of individuals with whom you are regularly in contact; 
  • Wearing a mask unless you are eating or drinking; 
  • Not sharing food, drink, or any utensils; and
  • Keeping visits with those in your “bubble” short – gatherings that last longer pose more risk than short gatherings.

 When it is safe to gather and the risk of COVID-19 is low it will be such a joyful reunion.  That’s something I very much look forward to!

 Thank you.  Be well and stay safe.