Hi Friends. This is Mayor Mike Cahill with an update this Friday evening. First, tomorrow, October 24th, the Beverly Police department and the Beverly Health department are sponsoring a medication disposal event from 10 am to 2 pm in the parking lot of the CVS on 19 Dodge Street. Prescription and over the counter medications, vitamins, veterinary medications and medication samples are some of the acceptable items. Go to the City website at www.beverlyma.gov to get a full listing of acceptable and non-acceptable items. Again, this will take place tomorrow from 10 AM – 2 PM in the parking lot at the North Beverly CVS. Thank you to the Beverly Police department and the Beverly Health department for organizing this event for the community.
Second, I want to share that yesterday, for the first time in several months, state data showed that Beverly’s case count for COVID-19 is going up and we have moved into the yellow – or cautionary – category. In looking at some of our and other communities’ recent COVID-19 cases, there’s much to learn. In multiple households where one member has been awaiting COVID test results, other family members have gone out into the community only to find out later that both they and their family member are positive for COVID. Please, if anyone in your house is tested for COVID, everyone else should quarantine at home until the test results come back.
Another instance recently was of a group of friends who gathered inside one house and subsequently, at least three of these friends tested positive. In order to keep people healthy, and to keep our businesses and schools open, we all need to be careful. Gatherings, especially indoors, can lead to virus spread. Please keep your interactions with non-family members outdoors, keep your distance, and wear a mask.
This really continues to be up to each one of us. We can prevent the virus from spreading. We need to be vigilant and think through all our actions. So please, don’t host or attend gatherings in people’s homes. Keep your distance. Wear a mask.
One last note – if you need to get tested for COVID-19, please take advantage of the state’s stop the spread program. Any Massachusetts resident can get tested for free at any Stop The Spread site in the state. Our nearest test sites are located in Salem – a drive through site at Salem High School and a walk-in site at Old Town Hall – 32 Derby Square. You can find details on the COVID page of our city website – www.beverlyma.gov Again, any Massachusetts resident can get free COVID tests at these sites.
Folks, the weather is beautiful these days, and there is so much to enjoy outdoors. Please join me and let’s redouble our efforts to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors safe from this virus. Have an enjoyable, safe weekend. Thank you.