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Posted on: September 17, 2020

City of Gloucester COVID-19 Update - September 17, 2020

The City of Gloucester continues to advance measures to limit person to person contact to help slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  Everyone should continue to follow the guidelines and recommendations from the City, the CDC and the DPH. 

The following are timely updates, announcements, and reminders from the City.

New Updates & Information

ROADWORK ALERTS:  

  • GAS MAIN WORK AT MAPLEWOOD AVE RAILROAD CROSSING:  National Grid will be replacing a section of the gas main that runs underneath the railroad crossing on Maplewood Avenue.  For their crews to work in this area safely, it will be necessary to close the railroad crossing to vehicular traffic.  The roadway will be closed beginning on Friday, September 18 through the early morning hours on Monday, September 21.  
  • BRIER NECK WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT AND LINING PROJECT:  Water main construction has resumed in the neighborhood of Thatcher Road, Rockport Road, Witham Street, Salt Island Road, Barberry Way, Brier Neck Road, Cliff Road, Prospect Terrace, Arland Terrace, Warwick Road, and Palfrey Road, to improve the service and reliability of the municipal distribution system. The water work began this week and is anticipated to take 1 to 2 months to complete. 

WATER RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE: Water conservation measures are currently in place and will remain in effect until further notice. In accordance with Section 23-60 of the Gloucester Code of Ordinances, the Director of Public Works has instituted the following water conservation measures to help ensure an adequate supply of water to all customers:

  • Outdoor watering and lawn irrigation is permissible from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily;
  • Outdoor watering is limited to “handheld” with a hose or a watering can after 5 p.m. or before 9 a.m;
  • Filling/replenishing of swimming pools from the City water supply is prohibited; and
  • Washing of vehicles, boats, driveways and sidewalks is prohibited.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: The Fall Event will be held Saturday, September 26, 2020, from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM, rain or shine. Residents are asked to schedule an appointment to bring their materials to the Department of Public Works (DPW) yard by calling the Recycling Department at 978-325-5600. All appointments must be made by Friday, September 25 at 11 AM. Gloucester residents are allowed to bring up to 25 pounds or gallons of material at no cost; if 25 pounds or gallons or exceeded, an additional fee will be accessed and payable to Clean Harbors (payable by check only, cash is not accepted). The overage fee will be assessed as follows: 1-3 gallons over the initial 25 gallons, $30: 3-10 gallons over the initial 25 gallons, $36; 10-25 gallons over the initial 25 gallons, $60. Please understand that we can only accept hazardous materials when Clean Harbors is on site, early drop offs will not be allowed

COVID-19 RISK DESIGNATION BY COMMUNITY:  Last week, the Baker-Polito Administration released data on the average daily cases per 100,000 residents, average percent positivity, and total case counts, for all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns over the last two weeks. Based on the average daily cases per 100,000 residents, each city or town has been designated as a higher risk, moderate risk, or lower risk community. Going forward, this information will be updated and included in the Department of Public Health’s weekly public health dashboard, which is published each Wednesday.  As of Wednesday, September 9, Gloucester remained in the green (lower risk community). 

GATHERINGS ORDER UPDATED: The limit on outdoor gatherings has recently been reduced from 100 to 50 people (indoor gatherings limit will remain at 25 people).  To read the updated gatherings order, click here.

COVID-19 COMPLIANCE:  An online portal is available where residents can report any businesses or workplaces that are violating the state’s reopening guidelines.  Anyone wishing to submit a report of non-compliance can go to mass.gov/compliance or call the state’s 211 COVID-19 hotline. Non-compliance can also be reported to the Department of Labor Standards (DLS) through their hotline (508) 616-0461 x 9488, by completing this online form, or by sending an email to safepublicworkplacemailbox@mass.gov.

BACK TOGETHER GPS: Back Together GPS was recently launched to provide families and community members with up to date information about and resources about the reopening of schools.  

MA TRAVEL ORDER IN EFFECT:  All visitors and returning residents are required to fill out a “Massachusetts Traveler Form” unless they are coming from a state that has been designated a lower risk COVID-19 state or fall into an exemption category. The new travel order also provides that visitors and returning residents arriving in Massachusetts from any place other than a COVID-19 lower-risk state must quarantine for 14-days unless they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered on a sample taken not more than 72-hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts.  For more details please visit mass.gov/matraveler.

LOWER RISK STATES:  Travelers from COVID-19 lower-risk States are not required to fill out the Massachusetts Travel Form and do not need to quarantine. States are included on the list based on meeting two criteria: average daily cases per 100K below 6 AND positive test rate below 5%, both measured as a 7-day rolling average.   The current list of COVID-19 lower-risk states, which was recently expanded, includes:

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

 
LANESVILLE QUARRIES AND ACCESS TRAILS TEMPORARILY CLOSED:  Due to significantly increased number of visitors as well as public safety concerns, the Lanesville quarries and access trails are temporarily closed until further notice. 

REOPENING MASSACHUSETTS:  Reopening Massachusetts, the four-phase plan announced by Governor Baker is underway.  For those detailed plans, business guidance and additional information about reopening visit www.mass.gov

COMMUNICATIONS RESOURCES:  In case you missed it please view these important articles and informative videos.

Status of Cases

As of today, September 17, the status of COVID-19 cases in the City of Gloucester were as follows:

  • 336 overall cases (293 confirmed and 43 probable);
  • 308 recovered;
  • 26 COVID-19 related deaths; and
  • Less than 5 active cases.

For a list of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, which is updated every evening, click here.   

Biobot Wastewater Testing

Biobot Analytics is currently being used to test wastewater as another tool to track COVID-19 locally.  For the testing date of September 9, 2020, Gloucester had very low level of detection of the virus.
Biobot - September 17, 2020

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.

Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Please wear a mask or face covering when out in public, maintain a safe physical distance of 6 feet from others, wash and sanitize your hands and frequently touched surfaces often, and stay home if you’re sick.  

Important Local, State & Federal Information and Updates 

Please visit the City of Gloucester’s COVID-19 information page here.   

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