COVID-19 Updates and Information

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UPDATED THURSDAY, JUNE 4th at 9:05am

If you have questions about Amesbury and COVID-19 that are not answered on this page, please email covid19@amesburyma.gov. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be open Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm and residents can call with questions, (978) 388-8155. You can also call 2-1-1 for general questions about COVID-19.
 

covid-19 overview

Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a situation that is quickly evolving and we know many people are worried about the potential impacts to our community. We are paying close attention to the information that comes out of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The Mayor’s Office is communicating with the Health Department and the School Department to ensure that there is a plan in place if the risk increases, and to make sure that plan is being shared widely across our community. We know that there’s a lot of information out there, and we understand that people are concerned. We’re going to work hard to keep this page updated with the latest information, and will also be proactively sharing information on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

On March 22, Mayor Gove declared a Local State of Emergency to make sure Amesbury has access to state and federal funding and reimbursements related to COVID-19.

Have questions related to your business, or what resources are available to you and your family?

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Covid cases

We are reporting total, cumulative confirmed cases. If numbers go down, it's because an address was wrongly attributed to a location. 

AmesburySalisburyNewburyportMerrimac

 

170 as of June 4

 

23 deaths

 

(Amesbury
Health
Department)

 

51 as of June 3

 

4 deaths

 

(Salisbury
website
)

 

81 as of June 3

 

2 deaths

 

(MA DPH)

 

34 as of June 3

 

 

 

(MA DPH)

Essex County, MANew HampshireMassachusettsUnited States

 

14,795 as of June 2

 

 

(MA Dept of
Public Health
)

 

4,749 as of June 2

 

 

(NH Dept of
Public Health
)

 

101,163 as of June 2

 

 

(MA Dept of
Public Health
)

 

1,802,470 as of June 2

 

 

(CDC)

The Massachusetts Department of Health now shares a weekly update on COVID-19 cases around the Commonwealth.

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covid guidance

Governor Baker and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts mandates:

  • All Massachusetts schools are CLOSED through the end of the 2019-2020 school year
  • The phased re-opening of businesses has started - here's the full list of businesses that can fully or partially re-open now
  • All gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people, this includes places of worship and more
  • Hotels and Airbnb can't be booked for vacation or leisure
    • Any traveler coming to Massachusetts must self-isolate for 14 days
  • There will be no on-premise consumption at restaurants and bars; take-out and delivery only
    • Restaurants can sell wine and malt beverages along with food take-out orders
  • Nursing homes and rest homes will ban visitors
  • Day cares and child care centers must close through June 29, except for exempt emergency child care providers who have been approved
  • Face coverings are required in grocery stores, pharmacies and essential businesses, and outdoor spaces where a 6-foot distance can't be maintained.

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City of Amesbury closures and recommendations: 

  • City buildings (including the Senior Center and Library) and schools are closed until Monday, June 1
  • The equipment at playgrounds, the skate park and the disc golf course is closed until Monday, June 1
  • Continue to practice good hygiene and wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
  • Limit how often you touch public surfaces, like gas pumps, public door handles, push plates and credit card pin pads
  • Keep your social circles small, or limited to just your family
  • Stay home if you or anyone in your family is sick 

 

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how do i get help

The City of Amesbury has a group of volunteers who are able to help our residents with limited items. If you are someone who is high-risk, immunocompromised or otherwise can’t leave your home, we can help with grocery delivery, medication pick-up, or phone calls / video chats to check in and say hello.

Please keep in mind that we do have a limited number of volunteers, so please only call to utilize this service if you truly need it. Especially for grocery items, please call us if you are in urgent need of food and supplies, not just for your regular weekly shopping list.

If you need assistance with any of these items:

  •         Call the Emergency Operations Center at (978) 388-8155
  •         They will direct with you the appropriate process based on what you need
  •         A volunteer will deliver items or reach out. Volunteers can be identified through City of Amesbury badges

For groceries, we currently have a partnership with Vermette’s. We are not able to run errands to other locations at this time, but we hope to expand these partnerships.

For medications, CVS and Walgreens are now mailing prescriptions. If your prescription is time sensitive or needs to be refrigerated, our volunteers can deliver those.

Please be patient with us through this process. We are working to keep our volunteers safe and healthy, and help as many people as we can.

community resources

Many of our community resources are changing their own protocols due to COVID-19. Visit their websites and Facebook pages to learn more about how their services may change during this time. 

city department updates

Please keep an eye on the City Calendar for updates on public meetings, which may be cancelled, postponed or done via phone or video conference.

For more detailed City updates that may impact our residents, see our COVID-19 Information for Individuals page.

CITY HALL / CITY BUILDINGS
All City buildings, including City Hall, are closed to the public until Monday, June 8th. This includes the Senior Community Center and the Amesbury Public Library. City staff will be working during this time, and will be accessible via phone and email. You'll find more specific information on each department's web page. We also have a list of services that you can complete via mail, email or online.

SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
Amesbury Public School buildings are CLOSED for the 2019-2020 school year (as mandated by Governor Baker). Get more information about Amesbury Public Schools and COVID-19 on the District's website.

covid faq

Below is information from the CDC – please visit their website for more detailed information on any of these topics.

How does COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person contact, through water droplets between people who are in close contact with each other (within about 6 feet) or through contact with a surface that has been infected.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure, and include fever, shortness of breath and cough.

What are the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick, and if you are sick you should stay home if at all possible. Avoid touching your face, and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces regularly. 

What do I do if I think I have COVID-19 symptoms?
If you believe that you might have COVID-19, we ask that you contact your primary care physician to get guidance on next steps. Please isolate yourself from friends and family members until told otherwise. 

With a case of COVID-19, the health department will start to do contact tracing. They will ask for names and information about anyone who has had close contact with the person. Everyone who is a close contact will need to quarantine themselves for 14 days, even with no symptoms. This is why it's important to maintain social distancing and keep social circles small.

Do I need to do anything if I've been traveling? 
The CDC has a list of Level 3 countries that require a 14-day self quarantine if you are coming home from one of these places.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
People are required to isolate (separate yourself) from other people if you have been diagnosed as a confirmed case of COVID-19 or because you had a high-risk exposure and have symptoms. Those in isolation should not leave their home, or have visitors to their home. If there are other people living in the home, contact should be limited and beds, towels, dishes, utensils and other items should not be shared.

People are required to quarantine (separate yourself) from other people if you have been exposed to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, and you may make others sick. While in quarantine, do not leave your home or have visitors to your home. To the extent possible, stay six feet away from other people in your home. If possible, do not share beds, towels, dishes, utensils and other items.

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