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There are five confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the city of Gloucester.
City officials expect this number, announced Sunday, to increase as testing becomes more widely available.
On Saturday, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken issued an emergency order for all personal care businesses in the city to close at noon Sunday, March 22. Personal care businesses include, but are not limited to hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, day spas, massage and body work establishments, tattoo piercing and body art establishments, aesthetics establishments, tanning salons, and gyms and fitness centers.
The move came after the three cases were reported to the city on Saturday. On Sunday, two more cases were announced as being confirmed.
“We’ve seen a spike in cases in Massachusetts and a cross the nation. The Gloucester Board of Health and the City of Gloucester have been preparing for the last several weeks for the arrival of COVID-19 in our community,” the city’s Public Health Director Karin Carroll said. “The city’s been at the forefront on planning for this outbreak and has taken appropriate steps to adapt to the situation.”
Once notified of the confirmed cases, the city’s Health Department began its investigation which included tracing back these individuals’ recent contracts.
The three individuals are recovering at home and following the recommended isolation protocols.
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