Hopkinton COVID-19 update for Sept. 29: Booster vaccine clinic Thursday; state extends school mask mandate

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Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for Sept. 29.

COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
Sept. 29 update

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

As of Sept. 28, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 1,219 total ​confirmed COVID-19 cases; 16 of those cases are active, with 1,186 recoveries and 17 deaths (these metrics are cumulative since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic). You can see historical tracking and updates on ​Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard. The Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Interactive Dashboard is another valuable resource to review rates and trends:
mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting#covid-19-interactive-data-dashboard-

Booster Shot Info — NEW UPDATE
COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are available for the following Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least six months ago:
● 65 years and older
● 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
● 18+ who work in high-risk settings
● 18+ who live in high-risk settings

More info on the COVID-19 vaccine booster shots from the CDC can be found here: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots FAQs from Mass.gov
mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-booster-frequently-asked-questions

Drive-by COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Clinic — NEW UPDATE
Your Hopkinton Board of Health is hosting a drive-by COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Clinic
When: Sept. 30 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. AND Oct. 14 from 10 p.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Center School, 11 Ash Street, Hopkinton
Pre-registration is required. See below for more information:
Click here to view file as a pdf
Click here to view file in Google Docs

Hopkinton Public Schools — NEW UPDATE
The commissioner of education, Jeffrey Riley, has extended the mask mandate for Massachusetts Public Schools through Nov. 1.
For updates on COVID-19 cases in our schools, please see the HPS Dashboard:
hopkinton.k12.ma.us/parents-students/return-to-school-v2

Delta Variant Info — NEWLY UPDATED INFO FROM CDC
cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/variant-info.html — updated Sept. 23

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.

Boston Marathon
On Sept. 2, the Boston Athletic Association announced that entrants in the 125th Boston Marathon, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 11, will need to either provide proof of vaccination or produce a negative COVID-19 test in order to participate in the fall race. More info available here:
baa.org/baa-announces-participant-health-safety-policies-125th-boston-marathon

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

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

Hopkinton Youth & Family Services (HYFS)
The mission of Hopkinton Youth and Family Services is to provide access to comprehensive social services for youth and families & to enhance behavioral health for the entire Hopkinton community. HYFS has a number of resources available, and is here to assist residents in this uncertain time (and always!). Click here to learn more about their services: hopkintonma.gov/residents/youth_and_family_services.php

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.

In Hopkinton and during the month of August, Hopkinton residents contracted COVID-19 while traveling, attending large gatherings, interacting with others within hospital waiting rooms, work and hockey. At 19 households, traveling was the leading risk factor.

If you must travel, automobile travel is the safest alternative (single family in car). Utilize the other precautions listed above when in a high-risk environment.

When enrolling your child in a program or sport, verify that the organization has developed and implemented COVID-19 protocols.

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

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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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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