Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for July 24.
COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
July 24 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.
Hopkinton Public Schools — NEW UPDATE
The Hopkinton Public Schools will share the district’s three plans for reentry — full-time, in-person instruction; hybrid (partly in school and partly remote) instruction; fully remote instruction — at the special School Committee meeting on July 30. On Aug. 1, parents will be asked to begin the process of identifying a binding learning plan for their children. To learn of the schools’ preliminary plans, please attend School Committee meetings or tune into HCAM-TV on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. All public meetings are posted on Hopkinton’s Web Meeting Calendar, which can also be found on the town’s homepage at https://www.hopkintonma.gov/.
Mass Support — NEW UPDATE
https://masssupport.org/ is a new website launched this week that helps Massachusetts residents find support for the impact of COVID-19 on behavioral health, finances and safety. Resources, screening tools and services are all found through this website or by calling 888-215-4920.
Hopkinton DPW To Resume White Metal Day — REMINDER
White Metal Day Collection resumes operations tomorrow, on Saturday, July 25. White Metal Collection is the last Saturday of each month from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., and takes place at the old Highway Department garage at 66 Fruit St. Please observe the following: Wait in your vehicle until your turn, face coverings must be worn, and social distancing of 6 feet is required. Please note that after-hours dumping is illegal — video recording is being used and police take notice.
“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