Hopkinton COVID-19 update for Nov. 24: Town’s active case total hits 24

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Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for Nov. 24.

COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
Nov. 24 update

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

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.

As of Nov. 24, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 235 total ​confirmed COVID-19 cases; 24 of those cases are active, with 198 recoveries and 13 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on ​Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard, which is updated frequently. Hopkinton has experienced an uptick in cases over the past two weeks. Unfortunately, this is a similar trend across Massachusetts, the Northeast, and in general across the United States. Please remember to practice social distancing, wear a face covering, wash your hands often, and be safe.

New #GetBackMass campaign from Gov. Baker — ​NEW UPDATE
Wear a mask. Keep your distance. Get tested. Let’s get back to the things we love. More info here: mass.gov/getback

Hopkinton Public Schools — ​NEW UPDATE
The Hopkinton Public Schools, to ensure continuity of teaching and learning while faculty and families must quarantine due the ​Gov. Baker’s travel order​, will be transitioning from hybrid to fully remote learning during the week of Nov. 30 through Dec. 4.

Thanksgiving Guidance
As Massachusetts residents plan for the Thanksgiving holiday, we offer the following considerations to help keep our friends, families, and communities safe during COVID-19. If you host a holiday celebration, keep it small. If you are considering travel, be aware of Massachusetts ​travel orders​. If you participate in a celebration, follow public health guidance. ​Click here for more information​.

Town Hall and Municipal Offices Will Be Closed on Nov. 26-27
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Town Hall and municipal offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27.

Library Hours During Thanksgiving Week
On ​Wednesday, Nov. 25​, the library’s in-building browsing hours will be from ​10 a.m.-12:30 p.m​. The library will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

Massachusetts Announces Higher Education Holiday Travel Guidance
The Baker-Polito Administration released ​updated travel guidance​ to colleges and universities in advance of the approaching holiday season. These updated guidelines are focused on a robust testing initiative to reduce the risk of college students bringing COVID-19 home to their families and communities before Thanksgiving. Students who leave campuses for the holidays should first receive a negative COVID-19 test administered by the college within 72 hours of their planned departure. Residential colleges also should offer COVID-19 tests to students living off campus who plan on returning home for the holidays. Prior to sending students home for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season, colleges and universities are urged to inform all students of the serious risks associated with going home before first receiving a negative COVID-19 test result. Residential colleges across the Northeast should provide testing for students before they leave for Thanksgiving break and ensure students are aware of quarantine rules. ​Click here for more information​.

Governor Baker Announces Targeted Measures To Curb Rising COVID-19 Cases
The Baker-Polito Administration announced a series of targeted measures to disrupt the increasing ​trend of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Governor Charlie Baker announced these changes at a time when public health data has indicated that cases are rising, with cases up by 278% and hospitalizations up by 145% since Labor Day. These measures are meant to disrupt rising trends now, so the commonwealth can keep the economy and schools open for residents and to prevent the need to roll back to Phase 1 or Phase 2 of the reopening plan. These New Orders & Advisories were issued Nov. 2 and went into effect Nov. 6.

More information can be found ​here.

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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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