Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for July 22.
COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
July 22 update
While Town Hall and municipal buildings are physically closed to the public, we 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 we work on plans to reopen Town Hall and other municipal buildings, we are prioritizing efforts to keep the community safe and help our local businesses reopen.
As of July 20, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 132 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; one of those cases is active, with 119 recoveries and 12 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard.
Mental Health Resources — REMINDER
While not new resources, a reminder of what is available to support mental health during these challenging times. One click can bring you to the Hopkinton Youth and Family Resource page that is a comprehensive and growing list of resources to aid in maintaining mental health and financial security during this challenging time: Y&FS Basic Needs Resource Sheet for COVID-19
Those in need of immediate assistance can access care through the following:
● Call 2-1-1 and choose the “CALL2TALK” option. uwotc.org/call2talk
● Samaritans is continuing operations 24/7, as always. During this unprecedented time, it can feel overwhelming to receive constant messages about COVID-19. Call or text the Samaritans’ 24/7 helpline any time at 877-870-4673. samaritanshope.org
● Advocates Emergency Services: If you are experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis, please call 800-640-5432 to speak to an Advocates crisis clinician 24 hours a day, every day.
● Behavioral Health Crisis Care at MassSupport — A crisis counseling program to support the behavioral health needs of Massachusetts residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.This initiative brings behavioral health resources, information, and referrals directly to individuals and communities. The program offers counseling services in English and Spanish and can be reached at 888-215-4920 or via email at email@example.com.
“Stop the Spread” Free COVID-19 Testing Sites
The commonwealth is launching a strategic testing program in communities across Massachusetts that have continued to see a higher number of residents testing positive for COVID-19. The program started July 10 and runs through Aug. 14. While Hopkinton is not one of these communities that is seeing a higher number of residents testing positive, the testing is free and is available to anybody. Testing is open to everyone. You don’t need to have symptoms. There is no cost, and testing at these sites is not restricted to residents of the city or town where the testing is taking place. The closest testing sites to Hopkinton are in Marlborough, and drive-through testing is available. More info can be found here: mass.gov/stopthespread.
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