COVID-19 Updates & Precautions November 24, 2020 update

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Previous updates and additional information and resources can be found here: https://coronavirus-hopkintonma.hub.arcgis.com/
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Hopkinton Town Hall reopened to the public as of Monday August 10th. Appointments are required, and details are provided in the updates section below. 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 11/24/20, 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 You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard: Hopkinton’s 16 active cases represent the highest level our community has seen since May. 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 Governor Baker - NEW UPDATE
Wear a mask. Keep your distance. Get tested. Let's get back to the things we love.
More info here: https://www.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 Governor Baker’s Travel Order, will be transitioning from Hybrid to fully remote learning during the week of November 30th through December 4th.

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 below link for more information.
https://www.mass.gov/news/thanksgiving-during-covid-19

Town Hall & Municipal Offices will be Closed on Thur 11/26 & Fri 11/27:
Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, Town Hall and Municipal Offices will be closed on Thursday 11/26 and Friday 11/27.

Library Hours During Thanksgiving Week:
On Wednesday, November 25, the library's in-building browsing hours will be from 10 am-12:30 pm. 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 should also offer COVID-19 tests
to students living off campus that 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 below link for more information.
https://www.mass.gov/news/regional-coalition-of-northeastern-governors-a...

Any time you’re near people you don’t live with:
● Wear a mask when not eating or drinking
● Wash your hands often with soap and water
● Stay at least six feet apart from others
● Consider if those around you may be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as older
adults or those with certain medical conditions, and take extra precautions
● If gathering indoors, improve ventilation by opening windows and doors

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
where 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 I or Phase II
of the reopening plan. These New Orders & Advisories were issued on Monday 11/2/2020 and went into
effect Friday 11/6/2020.

More information can be found at following link: https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-targeted...

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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