Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for Dec. 17.
COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
Dec. 17 update
Previous updates and additional information and resources can be found here:
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.
As of Dec. 16, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 329 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; 30 of those cases are active, with 284 recoveries and 15 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard, which is updated frequently. Hopkinton has continued to experience an uptick in cases over the past few weeks. Unfortunately, this is a similar trend across Massachusetts, the Northeast and in general across the United States. Please remember to practice social distancing, wear a face covering, wash your hands often, and be safe.
Holidays — NEW UPDATE
Hopkinton Town Hall and Municipal Buildings will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Library Hours Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 — NEW UPDATE
On Dec. 24, and Dec. 31 (both Thursdays), the library will be open for quick browsing from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Afternoon browsing hours will not be available on those days. The library will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
COVID-19 Vaccine in Massachusetts — includes new links
Massachusetts is preparing for the safe, equitable, and effective delivery of an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to learn about the approach and when you can expect to get vaccinated.
Statewide Rollback to Phase 3, Step 1, Additional Restrictions Effective Dec. 13
Effective Dec. 13, all communities will roll back to Phase 3, Step 1 of Massachusetts’ re-opening plan, including the following restrictions:
● Outdoor gatherings at event venues will be limited to no more than 50 people.
● Hosts of outdoor gatherings of greater than 25 people will be required to provide advance notice of the gathering their local board of health.
● Indoor theaters and performance venues and higher contact indoor recreation businesses will be required to close to the public.
● Outdoor theaters and performance venues will be limited to 25% capacity, and no more than 50 people.
You can read the full Press Release from Mass.gov by clicking here.
Click here to read the full order rolling Massachusetts back to Phase 3, Step 1.
New Testing Infrastructure to Increase Testing Capacity and Efficiency Statewide
Visit mass.gov/gettested for more information and to find a testing site near you. To learn more about the recently expanded testing sites and capabilities in Massachusetts, click here.
State Aligns Quarantine Recommendations With CDC
The Department of Public Health (DPH) has revised state quarantine recommendations for anyone identified as a COVID-19 “close contact” to align with those issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The new recommendations give options for 7-day, 10-day, and 14-day quarantine periods and went into effect on Dec. 7. Specific criteria must be met in order to shorten quarantine, and if you are a close contact you may be advised by the Hopkinton Health Department which quarantine period applies to your situation.
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