Hi Friends. This is Mayor Mike Cahill with a Friday evening update. I have two points to share tonight. First, as we all work our hardest to slow the spread of COVID-19 by staying home for everyone’s safety, please remember that for survivors of domestic violence and child abuse, home may not be safe. And the unprecedented stress of this pandemic could lead to an unsafe home in homes where violence may not previously have been an issue. If you or someone you know is in danger, call the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233, HAWC’s hotline is 800-547-1649, and call or text 911. And to everyone – if you see or hear someone who is in danger, please call 911. We need to keep each other safe now in every way.
Further, though Salem District Court is closed to the public, restraining orders and harassment orders are still available. For help obtaining an order, call 978-825-3091 and the person answering the phone will conduct an intake with you. The person will then connect you to the judge to obtain the restraining order. Please reach out if you are not safe where you are.
Second, as we continue to do our part here in Beverly – physically staying apart to slow and stop the spread of Coronavirus-19 – our infectious disease experts are making clear what more needs to happen to beat this virus. Four cornerstones: Test, Isolate, Contact Trace, Quarantine. We need to test more and more people, both for the virus and for evidence of antibodies to show who has already had and recovered from the virus. We need to Isolate all who test positive until they recover. Contact tracing – we need to find everyone who has had close contact with someone who is positive, and then Quarantine those people for a period of time because they have been exposed to the virus.
With strong leadership from Governor Baker and our many partners in state government, in Massachusetts we are testing more and more people, hiring hundreds of Contact Tracers to help our incredible Public Health nurses, isolating and quarantining people with increasing effectiveness – we are making real strides. And more still need to be made. Please remember we are in the surge of new cases – with more new cases in Massachusetts yesterday than any day yet – and we must keep our focus as a community and as a state. The key for us continues to be each of us doing our part by social distancing to slow the spread.
With 277 people in Beverly having tested positive so far and at least 35 Beverly residents having lost their lives to this virus, as we keep these people in our hearts, please know that our efforts are making a difference – together we are helping to slow the spread and keep the suffering and loss from being higher.
So please be well. Reach out if, for any reason, you need help; and please stay the course this weekend. Physically keep your distance. We are all counting on each other. Thank you.