Hopkinton COVID-19 update for Jan. 21: Town has 44 active cases

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Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for Jan. 21.

COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
Jan. 21 update

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

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 Jan. 19, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 574 total ​confirmed COVID-19 cases; 44 of those cases are active, with 513 recoveries and 17 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on ​Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard, which is updated frequently.

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

Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Weekly Public Health Report — ​NEW UPDATE
The Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report includes enhanced, more granular information to be updated on a weekly or biweekly basis, including town-by-town case and testing information, cases and deaths in long-term care facilities, updates on nursing facility audit results and more.
mass.gov/doc/weekly-covid-19-public-health-report-january-21-2021/download​ **

** Data previously found in this report, including town-by-town cases and testing reporting, can now be found in the daily interactive dashboard. See below for more information.

Massachusetts Interactive Data Dashboard
The Massachusetts COVID-19 Daily Dashboard is now available in a more interactive format. All of the same data previously provided is still available, including: data on confirmed and probable cases, testing, hospitalizations, hospital capacity and deaths. Some information previously shown in the weekly dashboard is also included: age groups, race and ethnicity, and sex of cases, hospitalizations and deaths; and city/town specific metrics. You can learn more here: mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting​ or go directly to the dashboard ​here​.

Library Closure Extended to Friday, Jan. 29 — ​NEW UPDATE
Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in Hopkinton and regionally, the library building will continue to be physically closed to the public until at least Friday, Jan. 29. We will continually reassess the re-opening date based on trends in the Commonwealth and Metrowest area, as well as guidance from the Hopkinton Board of Health.

Hopkinton Emergency Notification System, CodeRED — ​REMINDER
Hopkinton’s ​emergency​ notification system partner is Onsolve CodeRED. The CodeRED system provides Hopkinton officials the ability to deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire town quickly. Register your phone, text and/or email information (and download the mobile app if you want the ability to receive alerts from other communities based on your location while you are traveling) and never miss an alert. You can find more information ​here​, or go directly to the signup page ​here​.

Staying connected — ​REMINDER
Hopkinton does not currently utilize CodeRED for recurring or general town notices. CodeRED is used specifically for Emergency or high urgency notifications.

For more frequent updates on all things Hopkinton, you can sign up for our email listservs (google group) by visiting this links:
Click ​here​ to join HopNotices — for general government updates
Click ​here​ to join AllAgendasWeb — for copies of public meeting agendas

Hopkinton loves Twitter and this is one of the best ways to keep in touch with us and stay updated on the very latest happenings around town! We would love it if you would follow us, but even if you don’t have a Twitter account, all of our tweets are publicly available here: ​twitter.com/HopkintonMA

Library Services Are Curbside/Remote
The library’s curbside/remote service hours are:
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays
10 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesdays/Thursdays

Library staff will be available to assist you by phone, e-mail and online chat during these hours.

Please schedule curbside pickup times in advance​ by calling the library at 508-497-9777 or using the “Schedule Curbside Pickup” link under the “eServices” menu on the right-hand side of the library website, hopkintonlibrary.org​.

If you want to check out library materials but do not have specific titles in mind, we encourage you to use our “Quick Picks” service. Links to the “quick picks” forms are under the “eServices” menu on the right-hand side of the library website, ​hopkintonlibrary.org​.

Hopkinton Youth & Family Services — Spark Kindness
We have had many calls from parents of middle school students whose youth are struggling with the pandemic and all the associated issues (online school, not liking their appearance on Zoom, big mood swings, isolation). Spark Kindness is having a program to help parents help their middle schoolers. You can register here: Upcoming programs.

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​.

COVID-19 Vaccine in Massachusetts
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.

Vaccine plan: ​mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-covid-19-vaccine-information
Vaccine FAQs: mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions

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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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