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The original item was published from 3/31/2021 8:42:17 AM to 1/1/2022 12:00:05 AM.
Posted on: March 31, 2021
[ARCHIVED] March 30, 2021 Covid-19 Update
- As of yesterday, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts totaled 594,242.
- There have been 81 new cases of COVID-19 in Hingham over the past 14 days, and a total of 1,738 cases in Hingham since the start of the pandemic.
- According to public health data from the MA Department of Public Health (DPH) released last week, the Town’s designation remains “yellow,” indicating a “medium risk” of spread in the community.
- The average daily incidence rate for the Town of Hingham was 24.1 per 100,000 residents, and our percent positivity rate was 2.54% for the previous 14 days.
- CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky expressed serious concern yesterday about the number of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths rising across the country. She cautioned that these “continuing concerning trends” reflect a trajectory similar to some European countries that have experienced a “consistent and worrying spike in cases.” She advised Americans to recommit to public health prevention strategies and to “hold on a little while longer” and “get vaccinated when you can.”
- According to DPH’s daily COVID-19 vaccine report, over 1.27 million people in Massachusetts have been fully vaccinated as of yesterday.
- As we mentioned last week, DPH has started to report vaccination rates by community on a weekly basis. As of March 25, approximately 19.2% of Hingham residents have been fully vaccinated.
- As of March 22nd, residents age 60+ and certain workers – including workers in restaurants, grocery stores, retail, transportation, public works, and utilities – became eligible for the vaccine.
- As of next Monday, April 5th, residents age 55+ and residents with one certain medical condition become eligible.
- Two weeks later, on Monday, April 19th, the general public ages 16+ become eligible for the vaccine in Massachusetts.