Information on Coronavirus
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As of January 11, 2021, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has entered the third tier of immunizations within Phase 1 of the rollout plan. Currently, hospital personnel, persons living in long term care facilities, first responders such as Police and Fire, and congregate care facilities are being immunized. The next group to be included will be home-based health care workers such as visiting nurses and home health aides.
The state has designed the rollout to address populations that are at the most risk of complications such as Covid-19. While there are many people who want to be vaccinated, the town must follow the state’s vaccination plan. The Town
is working on plans on how residents will access the Covid-19 Vaccine according to the state’s phased distribution plan.
The most up to date information will be posted here on www.andoverma.gov/coronavirus and recorded on the Town’s Covid-19 Hotline at 978-623-8602.
Current Vaccine Phase
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.