Information on Coronavirus
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Vaccine Phase 2 Begins February 1st – Andover Will Schedule Clinics When Doses Arrive
On January 25th, Governor Baker announced that Massachusetts will move to Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan on February 1st. The first group in Phase 2 to be offered the vaccine will be persons aged 75 and older. The Town will be working with the state as vaccine doses are made available. The Town does not anticipate having vaccines available for this phase prior to February 15th, and even then, the number available will not meet the need.
Large regional clinics run by the state will be accepting on-line registrations beginning on Wednesday, January 27th for appointments on or after February 1st for those age 75+; residents willing to travel to those site can register here: www.mass.gov/covidvaccinemap
Town staff are actively planning for vaccination clinics so that when doses are made available – clinics can be opened.
Residents are encouraged to continue to monitor the Town’s dedicated Coronavirus webpage www.andoverma.gov/coronavirus for the latest information. Residents can also call the Town’s dedicated COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 978-623-8602 for recorded updates.
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Getting Tested for CoronavirusFree asymptomatic testing is available for all Massachusetts residents as part of the Stop the Spread initiative.
Testing is available is Lawrence in partnership with Lawrence General Hospital, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Testing is at 70 General Street.
Coronavirus Prevention Tips
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control, symptoms of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) include fever and respiratory illness, such as coughing and difficulty breathing. Symptoms of the virus are similar to those of seasonal flu.
The Andover Health Division wishes to provide residents with recommended actions from the CDC to take to protect themselves and others from the illness:
- Wash hands frequently, with soap and water, for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizing gels and liquids if soap and water are not readily available.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Try to avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
- When sick yourself, stay home to protect others.
- Always cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect areas and objects that are touched frequently, such as desks, phones, door handles, etc.
- Wear a face covering.