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Posted on: March 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] UPDATE: March 15, 2020, 12:30 PM: Andover Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Update: March 15, 2020, 12:30 PM


Confirmed Presumptive Positive Case in Andover 

The Town of Andover has confirmed its first presumed positive case of COVID-19. The Health Division is in regular contact with the individual to monitor their status and condition. The resident has been following the recommended isolation protocols. The risk in the Town of Andover remains low. Due to privacy laws, no other information about the individual’s identity or location will be released.

The Town continues to recommend social distancing and avoiding large crowds. The Town recommends avoidance of public playgrounds, this equipment is not disinfected.

The Town encourages residents to be respectful of each other and their personal privacy and decisions relative to the precautions they may take in their own effort to manage their response to the virus.


The Town of Andover Coronavirus Emergency Management Team continues to meet on a regular basis to assess the potential impacts associated with COVID-19 and based on the information available is announcing the actions summarized below. The Emergency Management Team will continue to meet and is prepared to modify the Town’s plans and will continue to make decisions that will best serve the community. The Town’s preparation and response efforts are being closely coordinated in conjunction with Andover Public Schools and will include information and guidance from state and federal authorities.

The Town’s Coronavirus Emergency Management Team is composed of the Town Manager’s Office, and leadership from the Andover Health Division, Andover Police Department, Andover Fire Rescue, Department of Community Services, Memorial Hall Library, Information Technology and the Facilities Department

  • The Coronavirus Emergency Management Team has developed a website to serve as a resource to the community on updates and information on Coronavirus (COVID-19). All updates will be posted to this page. The website is http://www.andoverma.gov/coronavirus.

    • The Coronavirus Emergency Management Team reminds residents that this is the best source of information related to Andover’s response and preparation

School Updates - March 13, 2020

  • Effective March 16, 2020, Andover Public Schools will be closed for two weeks. Andover Public Schools will resume normal school days beginning on March 30, 2020.
  • In order to best support students and families, box lunches will be available to students on free or reduced lunch. More information will be available about box lunches.
  • Andover Public Schools made decisions related to the cancellation, postponement, or alternative hosting of several activities. A complete listing of activities and their status can be found here. 

Any updates to school closures or cancellations will be provided on www.andoverma.gov/coronavirus

Town Updates - March 13, 2020

The following actions are effective through Sunday, March 22nd. All Town Services will be evaluated on a weekly basis and are subject to change.

Memorial Hall Library

  • Memorial Hall Library will be closed as of 5:00 PM on March 14, 2020.

Elder Services 

  • The Senior Center will be closed effective March 16, 2020. Home delivered meals, limited medical transportation, and social work services will continue. Please call (978) 623-8320 between the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM if you or a loved one needs these services.

Recreation

  • All Andover Recreation programs will be cancelled effective March 16, 2020.

Youth Services

  • All Youth Services programs and the Cormier Youth Center will be closed effective March 16, 2020.

Town Offices

  • Town Offices will remain open. The Town encourages residents to use the town’s online bill pay system to conduct business. You may also make service requests and requests for information through the Town’s online customer service tool, Andover Central.

311 Call Center 

  • The Town will be activating its 311 call center for extended services beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020. Residents may call with non-emergency questions or information requests from the hours of 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Medical questions should be directed to your primary care provider.

Public Meetings 

  • On March 12, 2020 the Governor issued an executive order related to public meetings and temporary changes to the Open Meeting Law. Please continue to visit www.andoverma.gov/coronavirus for information on how public meetings in Andover may change as a result of this executive order.

Annual Town Election

  • The Annual Town Election will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Click here to read about steps being taken by the Town Clerk’s Office to ensure the safety of our voters and election officers.


Update: March 13, 2020, 1:00 PM

The Town of Andover Coronavirus Emergency Management Team continues to meet on a regular basis to assess the potential impacts associated with COVID-19 and based on the information available is announcing the actions summarized below.  The Emergency Management Team will continue to meet and is prepared to modify the Town’s plans and will continue to make decisions that will best serve the community. The Town’s preparation and response efforts are being closely coordinated in conjunction with Andover Public Schools and will include information and guidance from state and federal authorities.

The Town’s Coronavirus Emergency Management Team is composed of the Town Manager’s Office, and leadership from the Andover Health Division, Andover Police Department, Andover Fire Rescue, Department of Community Services, Memorial Hall Library, Information Technology and the Facilities Department

  • The Coronavirus Emergency Management Team has developed a website to serve as a resource to the community on updates and information on Coronavirus (COVID-19). All updates will be posted to this page. The website is http://www.andoverma.gov/coronavirus.
    • The Coronavirus Emergency Management Team reminds residents that this is the best source of information related to Andover’s response and preparation

School Updates - March 13, 2020

  • Effective March 16, 2020, Andover Public Schools will be closed for two weeks. Andover Public Schools will resume normal school days beginning on March 30, 2020.
  • In order to best support students and families, box lunches will be available to students on free or reduced lunch. More information will be available about box lunches.
  • Andover Public Schools made decisions related to the cancellation, postponement, or alternative hosting of several activities. A complete listing of activities and their status can be found here. 

Any updates to school closures or cancellations will be provided on www.andoverma.gov/coronavirus

Town Updates - March 13, 2020

The following actions are effective through Sunday, March 22nd. All Town Services will be evaluated on a weekly basis and are subject to change.

Memorial Hall Library

  • Memorial Hall Library will be closed as of 5:00 PM on March 14, 2020.

Elder Services 

  • The Senior Center will be closed effective March 16, 2020. Home delivered meals, limited medical transportation, and social work services will continue. Please call (978) 623-8320 between the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM if you or a loved one needs these services.

Recreation

  • All Andover Recreation programs will be cancelled effective March 16, 2020.

Youth Services

  • All Youth Services programs and the Cormier Youth Center will be closed effective March 16, 2020. 

Town Offices

  • Town Offices will remain open. The Town encourages residents to use the town’s online bill pay system to conduct business. You may also make service requests and requests for information through the Town’s online customer service tool, Andover Central.

311 Call Center 

  • The Town will be activating its 311 call center for extended services beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020. Residents may call with non-emergency questions or information requests from the hours of 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Medical questions should be directed to your primary care provider.

Public Meetings 

  • On March 12, 2020 the Governor issued an executive order related to public meetings and temporary changes to the Open Meeting Law. Please continue to visit www.andoverma.gov/coronavirus for information on how public meetings in Andover may change as a result of this executive order.

Annual Town Election

  • The Annual Town Election will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Click here to read about steps being taken by the Town Clerk’s Office to ensure the safety of our voters and election officers.


Update: March 12, 2020, 5:30 PM

The Town of Andover and the Andover Public Schools wish to provide a community update on information related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Effective today, March 12, 2020, all programming at Memorial Hall Library is cancelled indefinitely. The library will remain open for normal services. All municipal services will continue until further notice and there are no changes to the public meeting schedule. The Community Choice Aggregation presentation scheduled for this evening at 7:00 PM in the Public Safety Center has been postponed.

Today, Andover Public Schools made decisions related to the cancellation, postponement, or alternative hosting of several activities. A complete listing of activities and their status can be found here

The Town’s Emergency Management Team continues to assess the potential impacts associated with COVID-19 and is prepared to make decisions that will best serve the community. The Town’s preparation and response efforts are being closely coordinated in conjunction with Andover Public Schools and will include information and guidance from state and federal authorities.

In an effort to keep the Andover community well informed, there will be regular briefings communicated through all of the town’s communication channels including: Town and School websites, Andover Newsflash, the Andover Public Schools Community Email list and social media. The daily briefing will be distributed whether or not there is new information to share.

The town has developed a website related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and can be accessed at www.andoverma.gov/coronavirus.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for the Andover News email newsflash. A link to sign up can be found on the town’s Coronavirus website.

The risk of COVID-19 to the general public in Massachusetts remains low, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Currently, there is only one presumptive case in Essex County. The Town continues to receive inquiries about whether group activities should be cancelled. The situation is fluid and subject to change several times per day. The Town will make recommendations concerning group activities based on the totality of information available at any point in time and will continue to have a measured response.

The Andover Emergency Management Team will continue to meet regularly to monitor the situation and coordinate and deploy resources as needed. Public facilities will continue to be sanitized daily.

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.


Public health officials are continuing to learn more information about this latest strain of coronavirus, and for the most up-to-date information, visit the DPH’s website here or the CDC’s website here.

Update: March 11, 2020, 5:00 PM


The Town of Andover and the Andover Public Schools wish to provide a community update on information related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Town’s Emergency Management Team continues to assess the potential impacts associated with COVID-19 and is prepared to make decisions that will best serve the community. The Town’s preparation and response efforts are being closely coordinated in conjunction with Andover Public Schools and will include information and guidance from state and federal authorities.

In an effort to keep the Andover community well informed, there will be regular briefings communicated through all of the town’s communication channels including: Town and School websites, Andover Newsflash, the Andover Public Schools Community Email list and social media. The daily briefing will be distributed whether or not there is new information to share.

The town has developed a website related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and can be accessed at www.andoverma.gov/coronavirus.

The risk of COVID-19 to the general public in Massachusetts remains low, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Currently, there is only one presumptive case in Essex County. The Town continues to receive inquiries about whether group activities should be cancelled. The situation is fluid and subject to change several times per day. The Town will make recommendations concerning group activities based on the totality of information available at any point in time and will continue to have a measured response.

The Andover Emergency Management Team will continue to meet regularly to monitor the situation and coordinate and deploy resources as needed. Public facilities will continue to be sanitized daily.

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.


Public health officials are continuing to learn more information about this latest strain of coronavirus, and for the most up-to-date information, visit the DPH’s website here or the CDC’s website here.

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