Good evening. This is Town Manager Steve Bartha calling to encourage residents to remain vigilant as COVID19 cases spike locally and regionally once again.
This afternoon, Danvers moved into red or high-risk status because our positive infection rate increased to 8.8 cases per 100,000, up from 6.5 cases last week. We currently have 35 active cases.
Unlike in the spring, when our long-term care facilities drove our case numbers, infections in Danvers appear to be happening now as a result of letting our guard down at family and social gatherings and sporting events. 100% of our current cases are from community spread and not outbreaks in long-term care facilities or schools.
Like many of our local businesses, we have implemented rigorous cleaning protocols in schools and other public buildings to protect customers, students, and staff.
We’ve modified licenses to ensure businesses can continue to operate safely under current state guidelines, and for the most part, compliance with local and state health orders has been excellent.
The trajectory we are on is consistent with those in surrounding communities and the region, but today’s news still should be frustrating to all of us, because we can and should be doing more in our private lives to control the spread of this disease.
If we remain a high-risk community for three consecutive weeks, then we will be forced to start shutting things back down per the Commonwealth’s reopening plan.
Like many of you, I am tired of wearing a mask, constantly washing my hands, and not seeing family and friends, but these simple measures remain our most effective tools to slow the spread.
So please, wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance, do not share food, drinks or utensils, stop gathering with family and friends, stay home if sick, get a free COVID test at one of the Stop the Spread testing sites, and protect yourself and your loved ones. For more information, visit mass.gov/stopcovid19
The safest place to be this Halloween weekend is home with your family. If you do go out, please remember to wear a mask, even if your costume already has one, stay in your own neighborhood, limit social gatherings, and avoid indoor get-togethers.
For more information, please visit the Town’s website at www.danversma.gov and click on the yellow COVID banner.