Hopkinton COVID-19 update for Sept. 1

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Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for Sept. 1.

COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
Sept. 1 update

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

As of Aug. 27, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 1,136 total ​confirmed COVID-19 cases; eight of those cases are active, with 1,111 recoveries and 17 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on ​Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard.

COVID Prevention and Treatment

Many of the things you do to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect you against other respiratory viruses, including COVID-19:

● Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
● Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
● Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.
● Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
● Get vaccinated.

Even if you do not have symptoms, stay home as much as you can and practice social distancing if you must go out. That’s because you can be sick with COVID-19 and spread the illness to others as much as 48 hours before you have symptoms.

See more info from Mass.gov here: mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-prevention-and-treatment

Town of Hopkinton COVID-19 Emergency Housing Relief Program — REMINDER
The Town of Hopkinton has released instructions and a fillable application form for the COVID-19 Emergency Housing Relief Program. Click here for more information. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS SEPT. 1.

Hopkinton Public Schools — NEW UPDATE
Hopkinton Public Schools reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 1. Learning this year will be
full-time and in-person. We are very excited for the upcoming school year! For information on the DESE requirement for face coverings, please click this link.

Hopkinton Youth and Family Services — NEW UPDATE
With so much uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and associated impacts, additional tools to receive information and resources are available. Hopkinton Youth & Family Services (HYFS) wants the public to be aware that FREE and CONFIDENTIAL online Behavioral Health Screenings are available to the public in both English and Spanish. HYFS contracted with Mindwise Innovations, a division of Riverside Community Care, to offer 14 scientifically validated screenings including the following topics: anxiety, depression, general wellness, adolescent depression, adolescent substance use, gambling, eating disorders, PTSD, opioid use, substance use, psychosis (for self or loved one) and more. To take a screen and for more information visit: https://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/HYFS.

Delta Variant Info
cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/variant-info.html — updated Aug. 24

Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html — updated July 27

Vaccine info — Where and How
mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine
Find a location using vaxfinder.mass.gov/
**In-home vaccinations are available to anyone who cannot travel to a vaccination location. Call 833-983-0485 to schedule an appointment for yourself or your loved ones.

Testing — Where and How
mass.gov/covid-19-testing
mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test

State of Emergency Lifted as of June 15
On May 28, Gov. Baker announced the State of Emergency would be lifted as of June 15. More info here:
mass.gov/news/governor-baker-issues-order-rescinding-covid-19-restrictions-on-may-29-and-terminating-state-of-emergency-effective-june-15

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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