Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for May 21.
COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
May 21 update
As of May 20, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 1,063 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; 6 of those cases are active, with 1,040 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-may-20-2021/download
A reminder that many data points previously included in this report can now be found on the Massachusetts interactive dashboard: mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting
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-may-20-2021/download
Massachusetts Reopening Plan
On May 17, Massachusetts announced that COVID restrictions will be lifted on May 29, and the commonwealth will adopt CDC Face Covering Guidance.
Effective May 29, all industries will be permitted to open. With the exception of remaining face-covering requirements for public and private transportation systems and facilities housing vulnerable populations, all industry restrictions will be lifted, and capacity will increase to 100% for all industries. The gathering limit will be rescinded.
All industries will be encouraged to follow CDC guidance for cleaning and hygiene protocols.
On May 18, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration published the reopening phases, which called for ending restrictions when vaccines became widely available. Today, there are over 975 locations for Massachusetts residents to access vaccines without delay.
More information on the news announcement from May 17 can be found here:
Effective Monday, May 10: The commonwealth reopened certain outdoor Phase 4 industries.
● Amusement parks, theme parks and outdoor water parks will be permitted to operate at a 50% capacity after submitting safety plans to the Department of Public Health.
● Road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events will be permitted to take place with staggered starts and other appropriate safety measures after submitting safety plans to a local board of health or the DPH.
More information on Massachusetts Reopening here: mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts
Mass Vaccination Sites Open for Walk-Ups
As of May 10, six of the commonwealth’s mass vaccination sites are open for walk-up vaccination. These sites include the Hynes Convention Center, the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, the Double Tree in Danvers, the former Circuit City in Dartmouth, the Eastfield Mall in Springfield and the Natick Mall.
Residents may still go to VaxFinder to find a location near them and plan their vaccination. Residents will be able to use each site’s VaxFinder listing to either book appointments or view more details about walk-up appointments. VaxFinder also lists important information like each site’s accessibility options, MBTA Trip Planner and more. Over 500 locations have open availability on VaxFinder.
Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine
As of April 19, all individuals aged 16+ are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts.
There are different ways to find a vaccine appointment:
● Preregister at VaccineSignUp.mass.gov to be notified when it’s your turn to schedule an appointment at a mass vaccination or regional collaborative location.
● Use VaxFinder.mass.gov to search for appointments at pharmacies, health care providers and other community locations.
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.
The Hopkinton Public Library building is open for walk-in browsing and curbside pickup. Please see the library website, hopkintonlibrary.org, for information.
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