GLOUCESTER — Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and Public Health Director Karin Carroll are pleased to share that the number of active cases of COVID-19 in the City of Gloucester dropped to zero over the weekend, for the first time since the pandemic began in March 2020.
On Saturday at 12 a.m., the city’s number of COVID-19 cases dropped to zero, and as of 9 a.m. on Monday, no new cases have been identified since.
“It’s a massive relief to know we don’t have any active cases today. This is a significant milestone, and I hope this begins a new chapter where we can continue to reopen, rebuild our local economy and live our lives safely,” Mayor Romeo Theken said. “Thank you to everyone who has worked to stop the spread over the last 18 months and gotten their vaccines thus far– each one of you has contributed to stopping the spread. If you haven’t yet, please go get vaccinated to protect yourself from this dreadful disease.”
As of Thursday, 71% of residents had received at least one dose of a vaccine, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
“Case numbers have continued to drop as more and more members of our community get vaccinated — the data is clear,” Public Health Director Carroll said. “The vaccines are an effective tool for preventing illness from COVID-19. But the pandemic isn’t over and, unfortunately, this doesn’t mean we won’t have cases in the future. We urge those who are still not vaccinated to get their vaccine or continue masking to protect themselves and those around them.”
Local and regional vaccination opportunities and resources can be found through the following channels:
- Visit vaxfinder.mass.gov to view area vaccination locations and availability.
- Visit capeannclinic.com to view lists of vaccination opportunities local to the Cape Ann region. Clinics will be offered regularly in Rockport, Topsfield and Ipswich through the Greater Cape Ann Community Collaborative (GCACC).
- Call 978-515-5255 to speak with a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer to find access to transportation to or from an appointment and assist those without internet access with appointments. The line is dedicated to supporting Gloucester residents.
- Residents are encouraged to contact their primary-care physicians and local pharmacies to inquire about vaccination opportunities.
- Children 12 and older became eligible for the Pfizer vaccine recently. Parents and guardians are encouraged to talk to their child’s primary-care provider about the vaccination and seek out vaccination opportunities