Hopkinton COVID-19 update for April 19: Town has 31 active cases; vaccine eligibility expands today

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Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for April 19.

COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
April 19 update

Previous updates and additional information and resources can be found here:
coronavirus-hopkintonma.hub.arcgis.com/

As of April 18, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 975 total ​confirmed COVID-19 cases; 31 of those cases are active, with 927 recoveries and 17 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on ​Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard, which is updated frequently.

Patriots’ Day — REMINDER
Hopkinton Town Hall and municipal offices are closed on Monday, April 19, in observance of Patriots’ Day.

Message from the Hopkinton Freedom Team: Marathon Love Letters Project — NEW UPDATE
Happy Patriots’ Day and what would normally be Marathon Monday.

The Hopkinton Freedom team invites all to participate in an event to spread Hopkinton cheer to Boston Marathon runners around the world through a special project! It is hoped that departments, boards, schools, individuals, and community groups will participate to send love and support and share what you love about the marathon! hopkintonfreedomteam.org/marathonloveletters

Regional Vaccine Clinic — REMINDER
The Hopkinton Health Department is part of the Metrowest-Westborough regional collaborative and will be offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments at the DoubleTree located at 5400 Computer Drive in Westborough. The dates and times of the clinic will vary. You can check availability by monitoring this link. Appointments will be added on a rolling basis. You must be a Hopkinton resident and eligible to receive a vaccine in Massachusetts to book an appointment using this link.

This is the private link for Hopkinton:
home.color.com/vaccine/register/northborough?calendar=061d181b-7b58-417b-8874-c8fa990050ea

Massachusetts Covid-19 Vaccine — REMINDER
As of Monday, April 19, all individuals aged 16+ are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts.

There are different ways to find a vaccine appointment:

● Preregister at VaccineSignUp.mass.gov to be notified when it’s your turn to schedule an appointment at a mass vaccination or regional collaborative location.
● Use VaxFinder.mass.gov to search for appointments at pharmacies, health care providers and other community locations.

Mass.gov Vaccine Helper Chat
Mass.gov has introduced a Vaccine Chat, virtual assistant, to help answer vaccine questions. It can help you learn more about:
● Vaccine safety
● Vaccine eligibility
● Vaccination appointments
● And more!

Simply visit mass.gov/COVIDvaccine and you’ll see the chat window pop up in the lower right corner.

Transportation Grant Announcement
The Hopkinton Senior Center has been awarded a generous grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in partnership with MassDevelopment to provide much needed transportation assistance for medical appointments and essential shopping needs such as prescription pickups and grocery shopping utilizing taxi companies. Please see the Senior Center’s website for more.
hopkintonma.gov/departments/senior_center.php

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Hopkinton Town Hall reopened to the public as of Aug. 10. Appointments are required ​due to the state’s COVID-19 limits on building occupancy​: ​Click here for more information​. All town departments are open for business and many transactions can be completed online. We are available via phone and email to assist during regular business hours. A full Town Directory can be ​found here​. A box at the front door of Town Hall may be used to drop off correspondence, applications, etc., and they may also be mailed or emailed.

Please remember to practice social distancing, wear a face covering, wash your hands often, and be safe.

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Hopkinton also posts frequently on social media. Our Twitter is the best place to keep up with all happenings Hopkinton. You don’t need an account to see our twitter feed: https://twitter.com/HopkintonMA

Complete list of Emergency Orders and Guidance from Mass.gov
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-state-of-emergency

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