Gloucester Weekly COVID-19 Update for April 1, 2021
New This Week / Highlights - 4/1/2021
- (3/30) Following a recent uptick in positive COVID-19 cases in the community, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and Public Health Director Karin Carroll are urging residents to continue practicing public health guidance to stop the spread. Via an official press release shared earlier this week, Gloucester officials also wish to remind residents:
- Everyone in Massachusetts is still required to wear a mask in public, both indoors and outdoors.
- Private indoor gatherings in Massachusetts continue to be limited to 10 people. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people.
- If you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 stay home and contact your primary care physician. To review common symptoms of COVID-19 from the CDC, click here.
- Those who are fully vaccinated are reminded that while the vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective at preventing illness from COVID-19, information is still being collected on their effectiveness against certain variants of the virus. As such, continuing to practice COVID-19 prevention measures will still help protect you, as well as anyone you interact with, from illness.
- Get vaccinated when you’re eligible. The general public becomes eligible for the vaccine in Massachusetts on April 19. Residents can preregister for an appointment at a mass vaccination site by clicking here, check for available vaccination appointments once they are eligible here, and are encouraged to contact their local pharmacies to learn about vaccination opportunities.
- (3/29) The Gloucester Health Department announced via official release earlier this week that they have partnered with the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to launch a call lineto help residents in need of transportation to and from a vaccination appointment.
- To contact the call line, call 978-515-5255. The line is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is being staffed by Gloucester area volunteers. Callers will be connected to a live person, not an automated menu.
- (3/29) Gov. Baker announced that data collected from its statewide, first-in-the-nation pooled testing initiative in schools across the Commonwealth found low positivity rates – far less than 1 percent – among students and staff. The statewide testing program, funded entirely by the Commonwealth and available to every Massachusetts public school at no cost, was also extended through the school year.
- (3/26) The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and FEMA announced a partnership to expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine by bringing 6,000 federal doses daily to the Hynes Convention Center vaccination site, for a total of 7,000 doses per day when combined with the state’s current allocation. This Community Vaccination Center (CVC) program will be open to the public, with additional services available for the most disproportionately impacted communities in Suffolk County, starting March 31.
- State guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19: Until more people are vaccinated, prevention measures will be necessary, even for individuals fully vaccinated.
The following links will lead to official sources or community partners directly with the latest information and contacts:
- City of Gloucester Board of Health
- Cape Ann Vaccination Hotline (978-515-5255)
- CATA Van Service (FREE): 978-283-7916
- Senior Care, Inc (Residents 60+): 978-281-1750
- MassHealth (Free to Members and Health Safety Net-Eligible): 800-841-2900
- Beauport Ambulance: 978-281-6955
- State Homebound Vaccination Central Intake Line: 833-983-0485
- STAY INFORMED, SIGN UP FOR CITY EMERGENCY ALERTS/WEBSITE NOTIFICATIONS: City officials have and will continue to use the Smart911 system to share information and updates regarding COVID-19 as the situation surrounding the virus continues to evolve. To sign up for Smart 911 go to http://www.gloucester-ma.gov/384/Emergency-Alerting. To review current subscription selections and/or sign up for City of Gloucester website notifications go to http://gloucester-ma.gov/list.aspx
- WANT TO VOLUNTEER TO SUPPORT A FUTURE COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINIC: 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 their website maresponds.org. Additional instructions on how to register for Cape Ann efforts can be found here.
- DPW BUSINESS OFFICE OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Please call 978-325-5600 during normal business hours for assistance. If you get voice mail, please leave your name, number and a brief message and someone will return your call.
- CITY CLERK’S OFFICE HAS LIMITED HOURS FOR WALK-IN SERVICES: The City Clerk’s Office, now has limited walk-in hours, only be available on Thursdays from 2-6 p.m., and will be conducting the majority of services by appointment only. For a full list of services and options available, please click here or contact the office at 978-281-9720 during normal business hours.
- VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETINGS: The City of Gloucester is utilizing the Zoom platform for remote participation of public meetings. Virtual Public Meeting Forums are open to the public. For a list of all upcoming scheduled meetings, including meeting agendas, click here.
Gloucester Daily Metrics - 04/01/2021
Daily metrics for Gloucester are trending higher as compared to last week. The latest metrics are:
|(3/3121)||Total||New Today||Active||Total Hospitalized||Currently Hospitalized||Total Deceased||New Deceased||Recovered|
|Confirmed COVID Cases||1819||14||79||60||2||41||0||1764|
|Probable COVID Cases||119||5||8||1||0||0||0||114|
BioBot Waste Update
Future testing will look for the latest variants, as outlined in the charts below. Thankfully, trends continue to look promising but upcoming spring, religious holiday gatherings may result in an uptick in future tests.
SARS-CoV-2 associated variant
State Updates - 4/1/2021
Current Phase as of April 1, 2021 - Phase 2; (Phase 3 Eligible 4/19)
Weekly numbers for Massachusetts are trending slightly more positive as compared to last week.
State Dose Update:
This week, Massachusetts received a modest increase in supply of first doses, for a total of 172,000. This includes 7,900 doses of J&J vaccine.
In total, the Commonwealth received 330,000 first and second doses as part of the state allocation. These figures do not include doses provided directly from the federal government to the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program or to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC).
This week, first doses and second dose state allocations (total doses), were distributed among providers as follows:
- Health systems and health care providers (excluding community health centers): 115,120
- Mass vaccination locations: 109,750
- Regional Collaboratives and Local Boards of Health: 55,850
- Community Health Centers: 28,820
- Retail pharmacies (non-CVS) state allocation: 10,350
- Mobile Clinics supporting long-term care facilities, congregate care, affordable/low-income senior housing and homebound individuals: 19,180
Weekly allocations are subject to change based on federal availability, demand from providers, and obligations to meet second doses. Providers have 10 days to use their doses and must meet specific performance thresholds.
Federal Dose Updates:
In addition to the state allocation, the federal government distributes vaccines to CVS Health sites as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership as well as to certain Massachusetts federally qualified community health centers. These quantities fluctuate on a weekly basis and are not counted as part of the state’s weekly allocation.
This week, 106,440 first and second doses have been allocated to the retail pharmacy program and 9,500 doses have been allocated to the federally qualified health centers.
Individuals looking to book appointments across any of these providers should visit mass.gov/COVIDvaccine to learn more.
State Social Gatherings General Guidance (04/01/2021)
- Require face coverings for all workers and attendees, except where an individual is unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability
- The host of an indoor event at a private residence must limit the number of attendees at all times to:
- The host of an outdoor event at a private residence (such as a backyard) must limit the number of attendees at all times to:
- The host of an indoor event held at an event venue (e.g., hotels, private clubs, and space available for lease) or in a public setting (e.g., public parks) must limit the number of attendees at all times to:
- For outdoor events held at an event venue (e.g., hotels, private clubs, and space available for lease) or in a public setting (e.g., public parks) a host must limit the number of attendees at all times to:
- No more than 150 persons
- Occupancy counts in all cases must include all attendees, but may exclude event staff or other workers.
- In addition to the capacity restrictions specified above, all participants in indoor and outdoor gatherings, including gatherings at private residences, must maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance whenever possible.
- An event will violate these capacity limits where, regardless of the actual number of attendees, it is not reasonably possible for all participants regularly to maintain 6 feet of separation
- Restaurants hosting events must adhere to the capacity limits specified in these standards.
- Ensure separation of 6 feet or more between individuals
- Close or reconfigure worker common spaces and high density areas where workers are likely to congregate) to allow social distancing. Employers are encouraged to close break rooms or limit their use
- Physical partitions must separate workstations that cannot be separated by 6 feet or more (partitions must extend to at least 6 feet in height)
- For customer facing enterprises, install visual social distancing markers to encourage customers to remain 6 feet apart (e.g., lines to make payments, lines to use the restroom) and physical barriers for checkout stations where possible
- Mark rooms and hallways to indicate 6 feet separation
- Stagger lunch and break times for workers, regulate the maximum number of people in one place, and ensure at least 6 feet of physical distancing
- Valet parking operations must be provided with hand sanitizer and should use sanitizer before and after parking vehicles
New State Resource Pages Updated This Week
State Guidelines / Community Resources
Recreation and Outdoor Activities
Housing and Sheltering
CDC Health Guidance and Recommendations
According to the CDC, symptoms of the virus appear within 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19: Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing or at least two of these symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.
If you display symptoms or suspect that you may have come into contact with a person who may be infected, please contact your primary care provider immediately.
Important Updates / Latest News:
Please visit the City of Gloucester’s COVID-19 information page here.