Hopkinton COVID-19 update for April 29: Face mask restrictions loosen; regional vaccine clinic continues

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Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for April 29.

COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
April 29 update

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

As of April 28, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 1,022 total ​confirmed COVID-19 cases; 39 of those cases are active, with 966 recoveries and 17 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on ​Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard, which is updated frequently.

Massachusetts Continued Reopening Plans — NEW UPDATE
Effective April 30th, the Face Coverings Order will be relaxed for some outdoor settings. Face coverings will only be required outside in public when it is not possible to socially distance, and at other times required by sector-specific guidance. Face coverings will still be required at all times in indoor public places. Face coverings will also continue to be required at all times at events, whether held indoors or outdoors and whether held in a public space or private home, except for when eating or drinking.
At smaller gatherings in private homes, face coverings are recommended

Additional reopening plans and dates for May and August have been announced. For more information, visit mass.gov/reopening.

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine — NEW UPDATE
Following the CDC’s decision to resume use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine, all providers may resume administration of the J&J vaccine, effective immediately.

The pause was recommended after reports of six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals following administration of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Following a thorough safety review, including two meetings of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. should be lifted and use of the vaccine should resume.

Providers should review the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine (vaccination providers) and Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers, which have been revised to include information about the risk of this rare type of blood clot, which has occurred in a very small number of people who have received the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

More in the CDC news release: cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/fda-cdc-lift-vaccine-use.html.

2021 Annual Town Meeting — REMINDER
At the March 23 Select Board Meeting, the Hopkinton Select Board voted pursuant to M.G.L: chapter 39, section 10, to delay the Annual Town Meeting, currently scheduled to commence on May 3 at 7 p.m., to commence instead on May 8 at 9 a.m. Annual Town Meeting will be held outside, under a tent, at the High School Football Field, located behind the Hopkinton Middle School. Visit the ATM2021 website for more information: hopkintonma.gov/eGovernment1/atm2021.php Additional details will be added as available.

Regional Vaccine Clinic
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 (any individual aged 16+ is eligible) 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

You may also sign up for notifications of last-minute appointments:
lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/GPvEmKZ/lastminute

Massachusetts Covid-19 Vaccine
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.

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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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