Gloucester designated a high risk community 



After Thanksgiving and a recent cold weather spike,  Gloucester has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases this fall.  

With 107 active cases, Gloucester has been designated a high risk community, moving the city into the “red zone”. Gloucester’s wastewater testing also shows widespread community transmission.  

Cases statewide have hit new daily records as intensive care units approach full capacity. In response, Governor Charlie Baker rolled back the re-opening plan to phase three step one, effective December 13th. This limits gatherings and capacities in restaurants and retail businesses. 

Gloucester Schools saw a 17 percent increase in cases last week, with 4 active cases, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases to 27. School officials say there is no plan to move to remote learning at this time. 

In an address to the city, Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken urged residents to follow guidelines during the holiday season and only spend Christmas with immediate family.

“We must all continue to pause the traditional celebrations we are all used to and look forward to. Please forego holiday parties and get togethers. Please, do what you can to limit interactions with those outside your household.” said Theken.

This comes as no surprise as a major surge was expected during the holiday season and winter months. NIAID director, Dr. Anthony Fauci warns our darkest days are still ahead after a long holiday season. 

Massachusetts approved its vaccine plan and gears up for an extensive distribution program. Mayor Theken stresses the importance of protecting the vulnerable as a vaccine is in the near future.

“Brighter days are ahead,” Theken said “We are so close to getting a vaccine to protect our most vulnerable.”  

For the latest Covid numbers view The Gillnetter’s infographic Tracking Covid-19