Covid-19 imageLeaders exploring further measures.

Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine is among 17 greater Boston mayors and managers who released the following statement Friday, Aug. 20, about their responses to the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19:

"For the past several weeks, Covid-19 case numbers have climbed steadily across the nation due to the more transmissible Delta variant. We are encouraged that Massachusetts has among the nation’s highest vaccination rates and has therefore experienced less serious impacts of this new variant than other states in our nation.

"Nevertheless, we remain deeply concerned about the Delta variant and its potential public health impacts, especially among residents who are not yet vaccinated, residents who are vulnerable because of their age or health status, and children who are below the allowable age for vaccination.

"We are committed to providing clear and consistent guidance for our residents, grounded in the most up-to-date data and science. We, the undersigned mayors, city and town managers and town administrators, are working collaboratively to address the current surge in Covid-19 cases.

"These are some of the additional public health measures we have already undertaken or are currently exploring:

"As we implement these steps, we will continue to work with state and federal officials to adjust our guidance in response to emerging scientific data, encourage and help all residents to become fully vaccinated, and ensure that adequate testing remains available to all who may need it."

Signatories to the statement include:

Arlington Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine

Beverly Mayor Michael P. Cahill

Boston Mayor Kim Janey

Brockton Mayor Robert F. Sullivan

Brookline Town Manager Melvin A. Kleckner

Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale

Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui

Chelsea City Manager Thomas G. Ambrosino

Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria

Framingham Mayor, Dr. Yvonne M. Spicer

Lynn Mayor Thomas M. McGee

Malden Mayor Gary Christenson

Melrose Mayor Paul Brodeur, vice chair of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller

Revere Mayor Brian M. Arrigo

Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, chair of the North Shore Coalition

Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, chair of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition

June 1, 2021, to present: Ongoing update of town Covid cases

This news announcement was published Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. The source of the information is a news release by Elise Harmon-Freeman, communications manager, Metropolitan Area Planning Counci.