Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for May 5.
COVID-19 Updates & Precautions
May 5, 2020, PM update
Previous updates and additional information and resources can be found here:
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. Parks, playgrounds and playing fields are closed.
As of 11 a.m. on May 5, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 105 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; 65 of those cases are active, with 30 recoveries and 10 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard. Information from health officials is that Massachusetts is in the tail of “the surge” (expected peak) period.
Hopkinton Face Covering Order – NEW UPDATE
Hopkinton’s Face Covering Order went into effect on Monday, May 4. You can read the full order by clicking here.
Hopkinton Construction Order – NEW UPDATE
A new construction order replaces the previous construction advisory. Click here to read the order.
Massachusetts Face Covering Order; starts tomorrow, Wednesday, May 6 – REMINDER
On Friday, May 1, Gov. Baker released an order requiring face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. The order is effective as of Wednesday, May 6. Read more here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/may-1-2020-masks-and-face-coverings/download
Community Contact Tracing Collaborative – NEW UPDATE
If someone tests positive for COVID-19, the collaborative’s contact tracers will reach out by phone to that person, and their close contacts, to slow the spread of the virus. Contact tracers will make sure residents are getting the medical attention and support they need during isolation and quarantine. The caller ID will show the call is coming from “MA COVID Team.” Information shared during the call is strictly confidential and is treated as private medical information. Contact tracers WILL NOT ask for social security numbers or health insurance information. Please watch for possible scams if this information is requested. Learn more about the Community Tracing Collaborative by clicking here.
Parks, playgrounds, playing fields, basketball courts and tennis courts are closed. All town open space areas are closed for activities until further notice. Residents are asked to exercise, walk dogs and enjoy other activities individually and not congregate. Fields, parks and courts should not be used for pickup games of any kind. Hopkinton’s trail system and state parks remain open, but when encountering others please respect social distancing guidelines.
State parks are managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). During peak hours, DCR may implement parking restrictions (2-hour shutdowns), at its discretion in an effort to prevent overcrowding and promote social distancing. For the most up to date info, check DCR’s Twitter here: https://twitter.com/MassDCR
Youth & Family Services Update
Updates to our resource page are added routinely: Y&FS Basic Needs Resource Sheet for COVID-19. Also, resources are communicated via our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hopkintonyouthandfamilyservices/
Recently added is a resource released in March that helps Massachusetts residents explore and connect to behavioral health care. Mary Lou Sudders, secretary of Health and Human Services, recently profiled this website: https://massachusetts.networkofcare.org/mh/
Stay Updated & More Resources
You can find many resources and more information at
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