Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for Sept. 23.
COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
Sept. 23 update
Hopkinton Town Hall reopened to the public as of Monday, Aug. 10. Appointments are required: click here for more information. All town departments 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.
As of Sept. 22, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 141 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; one of those cases is active, with 127 recoveries and 13 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard.
Town Hall Reopening Plan
Town Hall is open to the public by appointment only. This is due to the state’s COVID-19 limits on building occupancy. Click here for more information.
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-september-23-2020/download
MassSupport is the Massachusetts Crisis Counseling Program funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and managed in partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and Riverside Trauma Center, a program of Riverside Community Care. MassSupport provides:
• Free and confidential counseling for stress and other emotional reactions to the pandemic in multiple languages
• Referral to services
• Free mental health screenings on MassSupport website: MassSupport.org
MassSupport can help you:
• Take stock of needs
• Identify solutions
• Enhance or develop coping strategies
• Feel heard
• Understand and manage your reactions
• Be less stressed
• Get reliable, fact-based information
Contact MassSupport by phone at 888-215-4920 or by email at MassSupport@riversidecc.org.
Hopkinton Public Library Reopening
The library building reopened to the public on a pilot basis beginning today, Friday, Sept. 18.
● We are open for quick browsing from 1-4 p.m. on weekdays.
● Limited numbers of people will be allowed in the building at one time. Solo browsing is encouraged.
● Enter only at Church Street. The door will be locked; please wait for a staff member to admit you to the building.
● A mask covering the nose and mouth is required at all times while in the library.
Hours and services will be expanded in the coming weeks.
All returns should still be placed in the exterior book drop at the Church Street entrance. The library will continue to provide a full range of curbside pickup offerings, including Destination Passes, “quick picks” and printing pickup, from 10 a.m.-4:30 on weekdays. We encourage patrons to schedule curbside pickup online (except printing, for which you must call the library). Instructions for online booking are available at hopkintonlibrary.org/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Curbside%20pickup%20Information-1.pdf.
Hopkinton Youth and Family Services
We would like any resident seeking the INTERFACE Referral Service for connection to outpatient behavioral health care to temporarily use their second line, 617-332-3666, to reach the service. The toll-free number is experiencing technical problems and until it is resolved the local number should be used. You can find more resources from Hopkinton Youth and Family Services by clicking here.
Means-Tested Senior (Tax) Exemption Program
The deadline to submit the application for the Hopkinton Means-Tested Senior Exemption is typically Aug. 31. Since some individuals may not have filed their state tax return yet (and the CB form that is a requirement for this exemption) we have extended the filing deadline this year to Sept. 30 for the Means-Tested Senior Exemption application. Click here for the application form. You may contact the Assessor’s Office if you have any questions.
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