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Messages from Mayor Cahill

The original category was published from December 11, 2020 11:13 AM to December 11, 2020 11:17 AM

Mar 05

[ARCHIVED] February 25, 2021

The original item was published from March 5, 2021 10:43 AM to March 5, 2021 10:46 AM

Hi. This is Mayor Mike Cahill with an update.  First, the city will hold two free COVID-19 testing clinics this weekend. Please note these will be testing clinics and not vaccine clinics. If you want to be tested for COVID-19, these will be held as drive through clinics in the Beverly High School main parking lot on Saturday from 9 AM – 1 PM and on Sunday from 11 AM – 3 PM.  You can make an appointment for your test by clicking here: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php

Second, a quick update on vaccines.  At present, the state is focusing its limited supply of vaccines on the mass vaccination sites. The Danvers Doubletree hotel is the closest site to us. In the meantime, we continue to try to get more doses locally and will let you know whenever we do.  While it’s frustrating right now, you may have seen that Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson have promised to deliver 220 Million more doses to the federal government by the end of March. So, hopefully soon the supply of vaccines will be what we all need it to be and more people will successfully get vaccinated.

That’s it for now.  I Hope you all stay healthy and well and have a great day.  Thank you.
Mar 05

[ARCHIVED] February 19, 2021

The original item was published from March 5, 2021 10:39 AM to March 5, 2021 10:46 AM

Hi Friends. This is Mayor Mike Cahill calling with a Friday update.  As you know, the state has opened up vaccine eligibility to everyone age 65 and older and to people with two co-morbidities as defined by the CDC.  For anyone now eligible, this adds another one million people in Massachusetts looking for vaccine appointments.  And the state only received about 110,000 doses this past week from the federal government, with 140,000 more to come next week.  So, please do keep trying to get your appointment – including on the Salem State clinic registration site which opens at 12 noon every Saturday, and you can find the link on our website – www.beverlyma.gov - and please understand that even as vaccine manufacturing continues to ramp up, it may still take several weeks to get everyone in your group vaccinated.

You can find information on co-morbidities and access to the state vaccine registration site by logging on to the state website – www.mass.gov – and clicking on the COVID-19 icon.  If you have questions for me or need the city’s help with navigating this, you can e-mail me at mayorcahill@beverlyma.gov or call my office at 978 921-6000.

As we head into the weekend, I also want to share a story and a thought.  Yesterday, as I stepped outside City Hall at lunchtime, I ran into a friend, who I had last seen at the supermarket almost a year ago.  Soon after that, he caught COVID.  He spent three months in the hospital, several weeks on a ventilator, fighting for his life while so many people sent healing prayers and thoughts his way.  Seeing him yesterday, I was filled with joy.  He is a wonderful and kind person who always makes me smile, and he was quick to ask about my family and tell me about his grandkids, who I know he loves dearly.  It was a happy, uplifting moment for sure in this most difficult year.

And so, as we all do our best to keep ourselves and others safe, please keep in mind that we are already 2/3 of the way through winter and that spring arrives in a month.  In the meantime, let’s keep checking in with each other, helping our neighbors, friends, and family.  I remain always grateful for this wonderful community we all call home.  Thank you.  Be well and have a good weekend.
Jan 26

[ARCHIVED] Monday, January 25, 2021

The original item was published from January 25, 2021 9:10 PM to March 5, 2021 10:45 AM

Hi Friends.  This is Mayor Mike Cahill with a Monday night update.  This evening, I want to share updates on COVID-19 trends, on testing, and on vaccinations.

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