March 13, 2020
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This is the beginning of many communications that will be provided over the next days and weeks regarding the Coronavirus and its effects on the City of Beverly.
Although Beverly to date has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, we have arrived at the point in time where we need to make a concerted effort to reduce the spread of infection as much as possible.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. To that end, it is imperative that over the next two weeks, we diligently utilize social distancing measures as much as possible, including closing buildings and canceling events, to eliminate as many social interactions as possible.
Effective immediately, the City of Beverly will be taking the following actions:
- Beverly City Hall will be closed to the general public for a 2-week period. City Hall will be minimally staffed to provide core municipal services. All departments will be available by phone. Voice messages will be checked and calls returned as necessary.
- Beverly Public Schools will be closed for a 2-week period, beginning on Friday March 12, 2020 and continuing thru March 29th, 2020.
- The Beverly Public Schools will continue to provide free and reduced lunches. The school district will be distributing more specific information in a separate communication.
- Beverly Public Library: The Beverly Public Libraries will be closed during the two week period. This includes both internal and external programming as well as general library functions and Bookmobile services.
- Beverly Council on Aging: The Beverly Senior Center will be closed during the 2-week period. Those who rely on Meals on Wheels can contact the Senior Center directly for more information, 978-921-6017.
- All public meetings will be canceled until further notice, including:
- Meetings with the Mayor’s office
- City Council meetings
- All Board and Commission meetings
- Public Safety: Police and Fire will continue operations as normal. No new Fire Prevention inspections will be scheduled until after March 27th.
- DPS: The Department of Public Services will remain active during the 2-week period.
- Online Bill Pay: The City of Beverly offers online bill pay for most transactions. Please use this option as much as possible for paying bills.
- Swift 911: Register your mobile and landline phone numbers with the City of Beverly’s Swift911 emergency notification system at http://www.beverlyma.gov/swift/.
We understand that this is not convenient; however, it is crucial to our efforts as a community to stem the spread of the coronavirus and through implementing the social distancing strategy recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. All closures will be reassessed towards the end of the stated closing periods.
*Please note: With the evolving public health concern, this policy may change at any given time.
For the most up to date information on COVID-19, please regularly reference the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.
Mayor Mike Cahill
March 3, 2020
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Here is information we have compiled to help you understand how best to stay healthy and to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Please read the information below and check the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website regularly for updated guidance.
Mayor Mike Cahill
SARS-CoV-2 is the name of the virus that causes the respiratory disease named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people, as is the case with this new SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The City of Beverly is working closely with the Beverly Public Schools, the Beverly Health Department, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure we are receiving the latest information, and we are monitoring the coronavirus situation closely. At this time, our focus is on prevention education and symptom surveillance. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Below are actions that can be taken to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with other people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Go home if you start to feel sick.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops).
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.
The symptoms of the coronavirus disease may appear anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure and range from mild to severe. Below is a listing of symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
If you have reason to believe you have been exposed to influenza or coronavirus, call your healthcare provider before visiting a healthcare facility. If you or a close contact has recently traveled to China, Japan, South Korea, Italy or Iran, be sure to report this information during your call.
To stay informed of the latest information, please check the following websites regularly:
- US CDC website – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Mass.gov website – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Beverly Health Department website