Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for July 31.
COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
July 31 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 31, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 135 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; three of those cases is active, with 120 recoveries and 12 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard.
#MaskUpMA — NEW UPDATE
The Baker-Polito Administration on Friday launched #MaskUpMA, an effort to continue to remind residents to wear masks and face coverings in public to stop the spread of COVID-19. The effort will underscore the importance of wearing masks across multiple channels including video testimonials on social media, a new PSA and a website, Mass.Gov/MaskUp.
Hopkinton Senior Center — REMINDER
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.
Guidance for Travelers arriving in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts — REMINDER
On July 24 the governor issued COVID-19 Order No. 45 adopting a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in Massachusetts. The effective date of the order is Aug. 1. This binding guidance must be followed by all travelers entering Massachusetts, except those covered by limited exemptions. More info can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/guidance/guidance-for-travelers-arriving-in-the-commonwealth-of-massachusetts
https://masssupport.org/ 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.
‘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 Public Library
The library is piloting a new way to request books for people who don’t have specific titles in mind. Click here to access our new “Quick Pick” Children’s Bundle form. Staff will pull 1-5 books on a requested topic(s) and place them on hold for you. As this is a pilot offering, we are currently only accepting requests for children’s board books. We hope to expand this service to other materials soon. If you want to request specific items, please continue to place holds through the library’s online catalog.
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