COVID-19 Updates and Information

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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) is 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.

We are seeing community spread in Amesbury. The Coronavirus is being spread at private, indoor gatherings where masks are not being worn. Please take every precaution against COVID-19 as new, confirmed cases are rising quickly. With the holidays coming, please do not celebrate in-person with people outside of your household.


    COVID-19 Overview

    Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a situation that continues to evolve and impact our community. We pay close attention to the information that comes out of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public HealthWe’re working 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.

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    COVID-19 Cases

    We report cumulative, known confirmed cases - if that number goes down, it's due to a misattributed address. We also report a range for active cases, as that number can change multiple times throughout a day as new cases are added and recovered cases are removed.

    The below data is interactive! Scroll through and move your cursor over the graphs to pull out historical dates and data. 


    COVID-19 Testing

    Massachusetts offers free testing as part of their Stop the Spread campaign. The closest Stop the Spread testing site is in Lawrence.

    Testing is available locally at sites like ConvenientMD and MinuteClinic which uses your health insurance.

    There are two types of tests you'll likely come across:

    • Molecular (PCR test) - long q-tip up your nose - results are highly accurate, and can take 24+ hours to get back
    • Antigen (Rapid Test) - nasal swab - results are not as accurate (50-60%), and come back in 15-30 minutes 

    COVID-19 Vaccine

    There are two vaccines currently available - Pfizer and Moderna - both have been approved by the FDA.


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    If you need assistance...

     

    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, Mon-Fri, 8AM - Noon
    •         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.


    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. 


    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? 
    Massachusetts has issued a COVID-19 Travel Order. If you are traveling somewhere that is not listed by the Department of Public Health as a lower-risk state, you must complete a Massachusetts Travel form and must quarantine for 14 days or have a negative test within 72 hours of returning to the state. Learn more about the travel order.

    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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