Hi. This is Mayor Mike Cahill with a COVID-19 update. I hope you have been well these last few days. Today, I ask you all to take a moment to remember the 14 Beverly residents who have been taken from us already by this virus – and to send healing thoughts and prayers to their families and friends, as well as sending strength to our neighbors who are fighting for their health and their lives right now. As of yesterday, 157 people in Beverly had tested positive, with many more than that having been infected – both those walking around contagious but asymptomatic and those who have gotten sick but haven’t been able to get tested.
Statewide, the surge in COVID-19 cases is happening now, with the greatest expected rise in cases in Massachusetts coming during the next couple of weeks. We hear it from the infectious disease experts. We hear it daily from Governor Baker. And we know that everyone – city, state, and federal partners – are working hard to prepare us, to ensure enough isolation, quarantine, and hospital beds, enough ventilators, enough personal protective equipment, enough skilled medical professionals. And people all over Beverly are pitching in – working on the front lines, volunteering, donating resources, staying at home, staying away from each other and trying our best. We all need to do our part.
And on a beautiful sunny day like today, it’s important to remind ourselves before we step out our front doors that each action we take matters, and we together with our decisions today will either save lives or cost lives. It’s up to us. So please, everyone, we should only go out when we truly need to for food or medicine, to work an essential job, or for a bit of exercise close to home. And when we are out, we all need to wear a face covering. If you are out walking or jogging, walk on the left side of the road or sidewalk facing car traffic, so you don’t keep bumping into people coming the other way. Stay more than six feet away at all times, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, even when wearing a face covering. Please think before acting – we all need to be our best, most compassionate and caring selves now.
If you need to food shop, wear a face covering to the store or restaurant. And remember, Wards 1 and 2, your next shopping day is Wednesday, Wards 3 and 4 – Thursday, and Wards 5 and 6 – Friday. While the days are voluntary, please make every effort to follow this schedule. It helps.
If you want to do more to help, please go to our website – www.beverlyma.gov – and click the COVID-19 icon or banner. There is a place to sign up as a volunteer, and we are working to connect people with needed tasks. If you have a question or just need someone to talk with, please call us at city hall during the day – 978 921-6000. Or call this 24 hour hotline – 800-971-0016.
Friends, let’s continue to take care of each other – and ourselves. Keep checking in on neighbors, especially those living alone, with a phone call or a hello from the sidewalk. No one should feel all alone right now. If you do, please reach out. We are all here for each other. And we all care. I hope today brings you blessings.