Hopkinton COVID-19 update for March 26: Town has 32 active cases

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Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for March 26.

COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
March 26 update

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

As of March 24, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 846 total ​confirmed COVID-19 cases; 32 of those cases are active, with 797 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-25-2021/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-25-2021/download

2021 Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Election Dates — NEW UPDATE
On March 23, the Select Board voted pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 39, Section 10, to delay the Annual Town Meeting, currently scheduled to commence on May 3 at 7 p.m., to commence instead on May 8 at 9 a.m. (5-0). After consultation with the town manager and town clerk, the Select Board voted pursuant to Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020, as amended by Chapter 5 of the Acts of 2021, to postpone the date of the Annual Town Election currently scheduled on May 17 and to reschedule that election to
May 22 (5-0).

Vaccine Information — REMINDER
Partnering with the Google Cloud Team, Massachusetts will launch a pre-registration system for mass vaccination sites only starting March 12. This tool will be available at mass.gov/COVIDvaccine.

Pre-registration will allow eligible residents to book an appointment at one of the state’s seven mass vaccination sites.

On 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

Click here for more information.

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.

Hopkinton Public Schools
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. Remote learning will remain an option for those students currently enrolled in that model.

Travel Order Notice
Effective Monday, March 22, the Massachusetts Travel Order was replaced with a Travel Advisory.
Click here for more information.

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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.

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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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