Hi. This is Mayor Mike Cahill with a Wednesday night message. First, with so much happening right now, I want to thank you for everything you are doing to help – helping keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy, checking in with and helping your neighbors. Now, in the middle of the holiday season, we all each need to do a little bit more.
Our hospitals are again filling up with people sick with COVID-19 and other illnesses. And if we don’t all act safely over the next ten days, this virus is going to spread a whole lot more – and we will put our nurses, doctors, and all hospital workers at more risk, possibly overwhelming our hospitals such that critically ill patients don’t get the care they need.
With vaccines arriving and the prospect that everyone will have access to the vaccine in the coming months, there is much to be hopeful for – and yet, medical experts are warning us that the next 6-8 weeks are going to be hard and deadly. How hard and how deadly are really up to us. Please stay home this holiday season – spending time physically close to people – especially but not only without masks – is how this virus spreads. And for anyone who got tested this week with the intention of visiting loved ones – remember, what a negative test means is that at the moment the sample was taken from your nose, you tested negative. It is possible for anyone testing negative, that they do have the virus in them – it just hasn’t yet taken hold enough to register on the test, but it will and they will become contagious. So please keep all your loved ones safe this year – and let’s all hope there will be more occasions after Covid for you to celebrate together.
Second, if any of you feel unsafe or in crisis at any time during these holidays, please reach out for help. We have posted a number of important crisis hotline numbers on our city website – www. Beverlyma.gov – at the top of our COVID page. Please print this list out and keep it where you can find it in an emergency.
Third, because people are really busy right now, you may not have heard the weather forecast – we are currently projected to be on the receiving end of a major rain and windstorm tomorrow night and Friday (Christmas Eve and day). Please track the forecast, be sure your cell phones are charged, flashlights are at the ready, and, if possible, your gutters and rain spouts are cleared.
Last, I fully understand that we keep being asked again and again to make sacrifices and that none of this is easy. Thank you again for everything you do. Please be kind to yourself and to your neighbors. I am confident that we in Beverly are going to do what we need to do, and we will get through this together. Thank you, All.