WOBURN — Mayor Scott Galvin reports that, following the guidelines set by public health officials, he will be working from home for the next two weeks. The decision comes as Mayor Galvin’s daughter, a nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, received word that she tested positive for COVID-19.
Mayor Galvin’s daughter is recovering at home. Mayor Galvin and his wife Eileen (herself a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital) are symptom-free and feeling well at home.
“I am so incredibly proud of my family members’ service to the community during this extraordinary time of need in our nation’s history,” Mayor Galvin said. “Working from home is something that many of us have had to become accustomed to during the COVID-19 pandemic, and I am able to perform all of the duties of my office remotely.
“I also want to recognize all of those who have temporarily lost their jobs due to no fault of their own and are anxious to get back to working in safe conditions. I am confident that as we work together, with Governor Baker and other local officials and business leaders, that we will responsibly bring our economy back online while promoting the health of our residents and community.”
Mayor Galvin is not believed to be significantly at-risk for the disease and has not been tested for COVID-19. However, as a close-contact with someone who has the disease, he is remaining at home, as thousands of others have in Massachusetts, for at least two weeks.
The work of the mayor’s office continues as normal.
COVID-19, the illness associated with the novel coronavirus, has been declared a Global Pandemic by the World Health Organization. A State of Emergency has been declared in Massachusetts, and earlier this year the federal government approved a Major Disaster Declaration in the Commonwealth.
Mayor Galvin is also reminding residents about the continued importance of proper hygiene, physical distancing and wearing face masks in public, particularly in supermarkets and at other essential businesses, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.