Hi, this is Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken with some important COVID-19 updates and reminders.
As of last night, the status of cases in the City of Gloucester were as follows: 549 overall cases (497 confirmed and 52 probable); 473 recovered; 26 COVID-19 related deaths; and 50 active cases.
As cases throughout Massachusetts continue to rise, we ask that you please consider the following for a safe holiday weekend:
- Limit in-person gatherings to only people you live with or limit to a small group of individuals with whom you are regularly in contact;
- Wear a mask unless you are eating or drinking;
- Do not share food, drink, or any utensils; and
- Keep visits with those in your “bubble” short. Gatherings that last longer pose more risk than short gatherings.
I’m hopeful that vaccine development and distributions plans will continue over the next several weeks. In the meantime, we must all exercise caution and limit our interactions with others in order to keep your family, friends, neighbors and our community healthy and safe.
We’ve asked a lot of you since March but for a while longer, we must stay the course. Please……
- 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;
- When riding in a car with someone outside of your household wear a face covering/mask and open the windows for airflow;
- Stay home if you’re sick;
- Always consider 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 take extra precautions; and
- Say 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.
I’m thankful, grateful and blessed for our amazing community! Thank you for looking out for one another and with the holiday season in full swing, please keep our small businesses top of mind when tackling your shopping lists.
I am deeply grateful to all of the healthcare workers who are working tirelessly to help keep our communities safe, our teachers and school administrators who are dedicated to our children and all those working on the front lines. Your hard work never goes unnoticed. Thank you for all you do.
Be well and stay safe. Happy Thanksgiving!