Town of North Reading Update Regarding COVID -19
March 10, 2020 at 7:15 PM
Although there are currently no presumptive cases of COVID – 19 in North Reading, Town officials continue to closely follow the guidance issued by the state and federal governments. This evening, Town officials including Health, Police, Fire, Emergency Management, Schools, Parks and Recreation, Elder Services, Human Resources, Flint Memorial Library, and Administration held a planning and response meeting to discuss the impacts of Governor Baker’s declaration of a State of Emergency as well as next steps for the Town of North Reading
Based on the state’s actions cancelling in-person conferences, seminars and other discretionary gatherings scheduled and hosted by Executive Branch agencies involving external parties, residents should expect disruption to discretionary Town and School-sponsored activities, and to non-Town/School sponsored activities scheduled to be held at Town or School buildings over the next 30 days. Information regarding specific cancellations or postponements will be issued by the activity’s sponsor or host. It is important to note that Town government and departments remain in operation.
This is an evolving situation, and we will adjust our response as circumstances require. As has been the case for the past few weeks, Town Officials will continue to update the community as new information becomes available. The public’s patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Residents are reminded of the following preventative measures recommended by the state that they should take:
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Clean things that are frequently touched
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Stay at home if you are sick
- Older adults and those with health issues are urged to avoid large crowds and events. Individuals who live in households with vulnerable people, like elderly parents, should also consider avoiding crowds.
- Think ahead about how to take care of yourself and loved ones if the virus starts spreading in the community.
For more information regarding COVID-19 as issued from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, please click here: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
Michael P. Gilleberto, Town Administrator