Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for Aug. 28.
COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
August 28 update
We are pleased to announce that Hopkinton Town Hall reopened to the public as of Monday, Aug. 10. Appointments are required: click here for more information. All town departments are open for business. Many transactions can be completed online, and 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.
As of Aug. 27, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 141 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; four of those cases are active, with 123 recoveries and 13 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard.
As of Wednesday’s (Aug. 26) weekly Public Health Report and Community Level Data Reporting issued by the Commonwealth, Hopkinton’s 14-day Average Daily Case Rate (per 100,000) is trending negatively from <5 reported cases (gray rating), to <4 cases per 100,000 (green rating). Most of the new cases in Hopkinton are attributed to travel. While Hopkinton, as a community, continues to fare well, this uptick is a reminder that we all need to stay vigilant. A continued negative trend of the 14-day Average Daily Case Rate (per 100,000) to 4-8 cases per 100,000 would move Hopkinton into the yellow rating, and may negatively impact the school reentry, reduce the likelihood of fall sports and jeopardize the health and wellness of the community.
Annual Town Meeting — NEW DETAILS
At its meeting last week (Aug. 18), the Hopkinton Select Board voted to reschedule Annual Town Meeting to Saturday, Sept. 12, at 9:30 a.m. The location has been confirmed, and ATM will take place outside at the Hopkinton High School in the “old bus loop” area. There will be one large tent, able to accommodate 200 people with socially distanced seating. Families, or those residing in the same household, will not be exempt from the socially distanced seating arrangements — and so we ask for your cooperation in not moving or relocating chairs. In the event of severe inclement weather, the rain date will be Sunday, Sept. 13, 1 p.m. More details will be forthcoming.
Town Hall Reopening Plan
On Monday, Aug. 10, Town Hall reopened to the public by appointment only. This is due to the state’s COVID-19 limits on building occupancy. Click here for more information.
Tax Free Weekend
This weekend (Aug. 29-30) is Tax Free Weekend in Massachusetts. Please remember to #MaskUpMA and practice social distancing. This is a great time to stay close to home and shop local. More info can be found here: findmylocalma.com.
Hopkinton Senior Center
The Senior Center, with a grant from the MetroWest Health Foundation, has begun a limited take-out lunch program (Tuesday-Friday) for Hopkinton seniors, particularly those who are homebound and/or have relied on the center for their daily main meal in the past. While we have limited quantities, if you know of a senior who might benefit from this program please call the Senior Center at 508-497-9730. Cost is $2 per meal.
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