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Information on Coronavirus

Town offices are closed to the public and Schools are closed until Monday, May 4. 

 

Dear Danvers Residents and Business Owners,

As your local leaders, we want you to know that we are prioritizing public communication in parallel to operational contingency planning.  To that end, we’ve set up this webpage as a place you can go for the latest information related to the COVID-19 outbreak affecting our community.  The best way to stay informed on what is happening locally is to bookmark this page, follow us on social media (@townofdanvers), and sign up for emergency notifications on the Town here.

Our collective responsibility right now is to slow the community spread of the Coronavirus, which will allow our healthcare professionals to do their job.  You have responded to that call and I thank you for that.  If you need us, call us, email us, message us.  We are here and we aren’t going anywhere.

Sincerely,

Steve Bartha

Town Manager

 

Town of Danvers
(978) 777-0001 and press 1
Phones are staffed 8 AM- 5 PM
7 days a week for immediate assistance

Number of Danvers Confirmed Cases

28

As of Thursday, March 26 at 3:00 PM

Case numbers are updated weekly

Press Releases & Updates from the Town

March 31, 2020 | 5:00 PM

This is a message sent by the Town Manager using the town notification system:

Good evening.  This is Danvers Town Manager Steve Bartha with some important local updates on the impacts of the Coronavirus in Danvers and a request to stay vigilant as we continue to work through this public health crisis. As of today, there are more 40 confirmed cases in Danvers. This is up from 28 last week and reflects the fact that more testing is happening and also that the virus has arrived, as predicted. Chances are good we all now know someone who has been impacted by the virus.

The preventative measures we as a community starting implementing back on March 13th, have absolutely made an impact locally on our community spread, but it is also becoming apparent that many of these measures will likely need to remain in place through the end of April, if not longer.

Today, the governor announced that he would be extending the protective measures he ordered on March 23rd through May 4th. Those orders included closing non-essential businesses and strongly advising that individuals and families essentially shelter in place except for food, pharmacy, medical, and exercise. In keeping with the Governor’s order, we will continue to do our part individually and as a community by practicing social distancing and family isolation and limiting our exposure by only going out for the aforementioned reasons. This means that like our schools, other public buildings will also remain closed to the public through May 4th.

Many employees continue to work behind the scenes to make sure core services continue to be delivered and that the needs of our vulnerable populations continue to be met. The rest are working from home, as ordered by the Governor, completing work remotely.

Yesterday, the Selectmen held their first remote meeting and took several important actions in response to the COVID-19 crisis, including delaying local elections from May 5 to June 2 and Annual Town Meeting from May 18 to June 15. We also discussed pending state legislation that will enable the Town to extend the April 1 deadline to apply for tax abatements and referrals to June 1, and also to waive penalties and interest on tax, utility, and betterment bills due between March 10 and June 30. We intend to authorize this relief as soon as the Governor signs the bill into law.

Your local leaders remain in daily communication with our local peers and state partners, including public health, emergency management, and the executive branch. We believe public communication is as important right now as our operational contingency planning.

The best way to stay informed is to visit our website, www.danversma.gov, where you will find extensive material and information related to the Coronavirus, or by following us on social media. Our handle across platforms is @townofdanvers

Staff is here and ready to do what we can:

· www.danversma.gov – link in yellow banner

· econ101@danversma.gov

· covid19@danversma.gov

· 978-777-0001 – answering throughout the weekend

We appreciate the almost universal cooperation with our actions and orders to date, and we will continue to work closely with the State for guidance on when it is safe to resume normal operations. In the meantime, your local government is here to support you, to inform you, and to help keep you safe.

 

 

March 27, 2020 | 8:30 AM

Good Afternoon Danvers.  Thank you for continuing to follow the Governor’s Stay at Home Advisory and practicing social distancing when you do need to leave your home.  As we head into the weekend, we have a few updates/reminders for the community:

  1. If you call 9-1-1 for emergency services, please notify the dispatcher if you or anyone in your household is sick or experiencing any flu or COVID-19 symptoms (even if you haven’t been tested or diagnosed). Emergency personnel will respond to all calls, regardless of whether someone presents with symptoms. This information allows the responders to be prepared. It is very important that we strive to keep our public safety personal healthy and protected, so they can continue to serve us.  We ask for your cooperation and support in this effort.
  2. In order to minimize exposure and maintain essential services, Covanta will be closing the transfer station on Saturdays until further notice.  Residents who must bring up trash, leaves or yard waste need to do so Monday - Friday. We encourage residents to postpone these trips for as long as possible to minimize exposure. Transfer Station hours will be Monday - Friday from 7am-4pm until further notice. Users must enter by 3:45pm. During this this period, current residential stickers are not required, however access is limited to residents only (may need to show driver’s license with Danvers address).
  3. Curbside TEXTILE recycling has been suspended.  This does not effect normal recycling and will be in effect until further notice.
  4. As a reminder, all playgrounds are closed.  This includes basketball and other sports fields and courts.  Games of basketball and squash will need to wait until the need for social distancing is over.  Residents are encouraged to engage in actives in their own yards and enjoy walks/runs while maintaining social distancing.
  5. The Board of Selectmen will be meeting on Monday.  They will primarily take action to delay Town Meeting and Local Elections, but will also discussion some of the municipal relief related to COVID-19 that’s pending in several pieces of legislation.  A notification call will be sent out Tuesday evening to update the community on action the Board took and other important updates.  Please make sure you have signed up to receive these calls (https://danversma.bbcportal.com/).

Town staff continues to work behind the scenes to answer questions and ensure services are available to our residents.  If you need anything please contact us at COVID-19@danversma.gov or 978-777-0001 and press 1 (phones are staffed 8:00am-5:00pm, 7 days a week). Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this period.

 

March 24, 2020 | 8:30 AM

Late yesterday afternoon, the Town issued guidance to essential retailers about ensuring customers are maintaining social distancing.  You can read the guidance here.

 

March 23, 2020 | 12:00 PM

Today, March 23rd, Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely.

Read a list of essential services.

Due to the evolving spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, Governor Baker has directed the Department of Public Health to issue a stay at home advisory. This means all residents are advised to stay home during this time in order to curb the spread of this virus. Residents may conduct essential grocery shopping and pick up medication.

 

March 21, 2020 | 4:00 PM

The Danvers Board of Health today announced its first positive case of COVID-19. The test results came back very recently, and the case is currently under investigation to identify close contacts if any.

“These results confirm what was already understood, and that is this disease has already been present in our area. This positive result is a sign that increased testing appears to be underway. This will help us to identify contacts quicker, and issue quarantine orders to prevent further spread,” said Director of Public Health, Mark Carleo.

The Town Manager had already taken strong measures to mitigate the outbreak by declaring a state of emergency on March 18, 2020. Subsequently, the Board of Health issued an order to close additional businesses in Town, which require close contact with customers on March 20, 2020. They continue to urge all those in Town to continue social-distancing measures, staying home when ill, washing hands frequently, routinely cleaning commonly touched surfaces, and practicing respiratory etiquette such as coughing into the crook of your elbow.

The coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 causes a range of illness from mild to severe, especially in the elderly, or those with compromised immune systems. Symptoms that appear 2 to 14 days after exposure include Fever, Cough, shortness of breath, and in more severe cases, pneumonia.

If you develop symptoms, have traveled to an area with ongoing community spread of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, call your healthcare professional.

All additional reported cases will be posted at https://www.danversma.gov/information-on-coronavirus.

 

March 19, 2020 | 4:10 PM

We have compiled a list of local restaurants that are offering take out and delivery services.  The listing is available here and to the right under Food Resources.  We hope having this information all in one place will help our residents and business community.

 

March 19, 2020 | 1:15 PM

To the Danvers Business Community:

Yesterday afternoon, I announced a state of emergency for the Town of Danvers and ordered all public buildings to remain closed, at least through April 5, 2020.  Following this declaration, the Director of Public Health, on behalf of the Board of Health, is issuing an order that will expand the impact on many of our businesses in Town.

It is our sincere hope that these closures will be effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19, that the closures will be short in nature, and that very soon we will all be able to return to business as usual.  For now, please know that I, the Selectmen, and the Board of Health can offer only our deepest sympathy for how the immense uncertainty gripping the world right now is impacting you and your employees.  We are doing all we can to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on this community, in the hope of mitigating its longer-term effects.

Additionally, the Commonwealth is making rapid changes to laws and regulations to help reduce the burden on businesses and their employees. This includes accelerating unemployment claims for those affected by COVID-19, and low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration if your business is suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19, and more.

You can find details on relief for businesses and employers, and other resources, by visiting our website at:

https://www.danversma.gov/information-on-coronavirus/.

If you have any questions please call Town Hall (978-777-0001 and press 1) or email mcarleo@danversma.gov

Be well and stay safe.

Sincerely,

Steve Bartha

 

 

March 18, 2020 | 7:45 PM

A Message from Danvers Town Manager Steve Bartha:

Good Evening.  This is Danvers Town Manager Steve Bartha.  I am calling tonight to update you on the impacts of the Coronavirus in Danvers.  Today, in consultation with the Chair of the BOS and the Director of Public Health, I declared a state of emergency in Danvers. 

This declaration was issued proactively for three reasons: first, to bring the Town into alignment with the state and federal levels of government; second, to ensure that we have the administrative flexibility to respond in real time to the fast evolving situation and better direct our limited resources efficiently and effectively. 

As of today, Danvers still has zero confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the community, but it is very important that we avoid drawing the wrong conclusions or look for a false sense of security in this fact. 

As a state and a country, our ability to test for infection remains woefully lacking.  As a result, it is more likely than not that undetected cases do in fact exist in our community. Our local and regional hospitals have prepared the best they can to receive patients affected by COVID-19, but they lack the capacity to serve a massive influx of patients at one. 

This leads to the third reason for the declaration – to reiterate the important role we all play in slowing the spread of the virus by practicing social distancing and family isolation, so that healthcare professionals can to their jobs. 

In addition to restrictions put in place by the Governors orders this past weekend, you may notice a few additional restrictions for Danvers residents.  Yesterday, we closed all the playgrounds in Danvers for the safety of our community.

Local leaders remain hard at work behind the scenes to ensure that core services continue.  Most Town business can be conducted online and there is limited staff at Town Hall answering phones and emails and coordinating with our local, state, and federal partners.

Please check out website frequently, we provide the most up to date information there, danversma.gov.  I encourage you to practice social distancing in the days to come and please know, we are with you in this. 
Be well and stay safe.  Thank you 

 

March 18, 2020 | 4:30 PM

DANVERS ISSUES EMERGENCY DECLARATION ON COVID-19

Town Manager Steve Bartha, in consultation with BOS Chair Dan Bennett and Public Health Director Mark Carleo, has declared a state of emergency in Danvers as of March 18, 2020. This declaration was made under the authority granted in the Danvers Town Manager Act of 1949 and the Civil Defense Act of 1950. Similar
declarations exist at the state and federal level.

“This action is being taken proactively and not in response to any confirmed or presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the community,” said Mr. Bartha. “It helps us to prepare and gives the Town the administrative capability to adapt Town operations and ensure the allocation of more resources as it relates to COVID-19.”

The Town is also announcing today that public buildings, including the Peabody Institute Library, will remain closed to the public until April 5, 2020, subject to change depending on circumstances.

Local leaders remain hard at work behind the scenes to ensure that core services continue to be delivered to our general and vulnerable populations. Most Town
business can still be conducted online, and there is limited staff at Town Hall answering phones and coordinating with our local, state, and federal partners.

 

March 15, 2020 | 8:15 PM

This evening Governor Baker ordered social restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19, including, no gatherings of over 25 people, restaurants & bars to only offer take out & delivery effective Tuesday (however, Danvers establishments are free to implement this change effective immediately) and closure of all schools until April 7. The Town of Danvers requests that all residents abide by the restrictions. More information about these restrictions is available here (https://www.mass.gov/…/march-15-2020-large-gatherings-25-an…) and at mass.gov. The Town will be issuing additional support and guidance on this topic early this week.

Additionally, we ask that you avoid other public places such as playgrounds & parks (unfortunately parks aren’t cleaned daily), limit your interactions with friends (play dates are fun, but should wait) and reduce the frequency of going to stores ( go as needed but maintain social distancing).

We thank you for your continued cooperation. Town officials are here to support the community during this time. If you need assistance or have questions please call 978-777-0001.

 

March 15, 2020 | 1:30 PM

Afternoon Danvers Community,

In order to better serve families in need, we have decided to expand our school lunch service during the closure. We will be offering the program to all Danvers citizens in need.

If you would like to receive a prepared lunch, please email lunch@danvers.org or call 978-777-0001 (and press 1) by 9am each day with your name, address, number of family members and lunch(s) of choice. Our staff and volunteers will deliver to your home and leave on your doorstep. The following choices will be available:
1. Turkey and cheese
2. Ham and cheese
3. Tuna salad
4. Salad
Lunches will also remain available for pickup between 11am and 1pm, Monday through Friday.

Dr. Dana & Steve Bartha

 

March 12, 2020 | 3:30 PM

A LETTER FROM DANVERS TOWN MANAGER STEVE BARTHA: Preparing for Coronavirus in our Community
Danvers, MA – I am writing this letter to you as your Town Manager, but I am also a resident, a parent, and a husband who, just like many of you, feels at times confused and overwhelmed by what is happening right now as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Like you, I have many more questions than answers right now about what all of this means, and that is likely to remain the case for a while, but you should know that your local leaders are meeting daily to discuss the latest available information and guidance from State and Federal Agencies, public health professionals, the CDC, and the World Health Organization.

We will do our best to get the right information out at the right time, but I can promise that some of our residents will find it to be either too slow, too fast, too much or not enough.

As of today, there is one presumptive case of Coronavirus in Danvers(*after release it was confirmed that the test was negative - there currently is no presumptive case of Coronavirus in Danvers); there are probably more undetected cases here already, as is likely the case in many towns and cities. Salem had its first confirmed cases reported in this morning’s Salem News. We need to take this seriously, and we are, but we also should not panic. There are simple, scientifically validated steps and actions we can take to ensure that when the virus does impact someone we know, our local healthcare professionals will have the capacity to receive presumptive patients and treat them accordingly. According to the CDC, the three most commons symptoms of Coronavirus are:
1. Fever
2. Cough
3. Shortness of breath

Our collective responsibility right now is to “flatten the curve” of infection, which basically means slow down the spread of the virus. Experts from Harvard and the CDC have predicted that, eventually, anywhere from 20% to 60% of the general population will become infected, recognizing that 80% of infections result in minor/invisible symptoms. For some, however, the disease presents a serious threat – especially (according to the CDC) for those 60 or older or who have “comorbidities,” like heart disease or diabetes.

Again, our job right now is to slow the spread, so that doctors and nurses can treat patients in manageable numbers that do not overwhelm our systems.
The steps we need to take start with good personal hygiene and social distancing. Simply put, social distancing means avoiding unnecessary interaction with others to reduce the chances of catching or spreading a virus.

The health of our residents and employees is priority number one. To that end, both Danvers Public Schools and Town Offices will be closed from Friday, March 13th until Friday, March 20th. We will still be in the background providing public safety, public health, public utilities (water, sewer, electric), and some social services, like food delivery and grab-and-go lunch bags for students in need.

If it becomes clear by next week that lengthier closures are necessary, we will communicate that widely prior to Friday, March 20th.

To stay informed, you should consider signing up for emergency notifications on the Town website, or follow the Town on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@townofdanvers), or go to the Town’s Public Health webpage.

A skeleton crew will be in Town Hall to answer the phones (978-777-0001), but the building will be locked. The Selectmen’s Budget Hearing scheduled for Saturday, March 14th is being postponed to a future date.

A quote I’ve seen circulated a few times in the past couple of days basically says that before a crisis, everything we do to prepare seems like overkill, and after the crisis everything we did feels insufficient.

As parents, we’ve decided to pull our kids from lessons for a while, at least until we know exactly what we’re dealing with, we are going to avoid crowds whenever possible, we are washing our hands regularly, we are monitoring ourselves closely for symptoms that would indicate that a trip to the doctor makes sense, we are making sure prescriptions are filled and that our pantry is stocked, but we are also not panicking and are doing our best to adjust to a new normal for a while.

 

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