Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for March 19.
COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
March 19 update
Previous updates and additional information and resources can be found here:
As of March 18, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 808 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; 29 of those cases are active, with 762 recoveries and 17 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard, which is updated frequently.
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-march-18-2021/download
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Report — NEW UPDATE
The Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Report includes the most currently available information on vaccines shipped and administered, as well as more granular information by geography, demographic factors and more. mass.gov/doc/weekly-covid-19-vaccination-report-march-18-2021/download
Hopkinton Public Schools — NEW UPDATE
The Hopkinton Public Schools will begin full-time, in-person learning for all K-5 students on Monday, April 5, per a regulatory change made by Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Riley. Full-time, in-person Middle School and High School learning will begin on Monday, April 26, as a result of a vote taken by the Hopkinton School Committee at its meeting on March 11.
Vaccine Eligibility Timeline — NEW UPDATE
On Wednesday, March 17, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the timeline for all remaining residents to be eligible for a vaccine.
Timeline for remaining groups:
● March 22: Residents 60+ and certain workers
● April 5: Residents 55+ and residents with one certain medical condition
● April 19: General public ages 16 years of age and older
Travel Order Notice — NEW UPDATE
Effective Monday, March 22, the Massachusetts Travel Order will be replaced with a Travel Advisory.
Preregistration System for Mass Vaccination Locations Launched March 12 — REMINDER
Partnering with the Google Cloud Team, Massachusetts will launch a preregistration system for mass vaccination sites only starting Friday, March 12. This tool will be available at mass.gov/COVIDvaccine
Preregistration will allow eligible residents to book an appointment at one of the state’s seven mass vaccination sites.
A reminder that vaccine supply remains very limited. As of March 11, Massachusetts is currently vaccinating:
● People in Phase 1
● People with two-plus certain medical conditions
● Low income and affordable senior housing residents and staff
● People age 65-plus
● K-12 educators, child care workers and K-12 school staff
You can use this site to confirm your eligibility: mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine
K-12 Educators, Child-Care Workers and K-12 School Staff Eligible for Vaccine Appointments Starting March 11
Governor Baker stated on March 10 that there will be specific vaccine dates set aside exclusively for educators and education personnel: March 27, April 3, April 10 and April 11.
To take advantage of these special education personnel vaccine dates, workers in this group must use the preregistration system at mass.gov/COVIDvaccine to request an appointment at one of the seven mass vaccination sites and attest they are a K-12 educator, child care worker or K-12 school staff.
Building on Massachusetts’ nation-leading COVID-19 testing program, state-sponsored testing will continue to be available to all Massachusetts residents at no cost to them through June 30 at more than 35 locations. Residents of the state may visit the following website to find testing locations: mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test. Additional information about COVID-19 testing, including why testing is important and what you should do if your test is positive, can be found at mass.gov/GetTested.
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.
Please remember to practice social distancing, wear a face covering, wash your hands often, and be safe.
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