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Posted on: May 5, 2021
[ARCHIVED] May 4th, 2021 COVID-19 Update
- As of yesterday, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts totaled 648,249.
- The 7-day average of new COVID-19 cases in the state has been trending downward since early April.
- 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.
- There have been 72 new cases of COVID-19 in Hingham over the past 14 days, and a total of 1,929 cases in Hingham since the start of the pandemic.
- The average daily incidence rate for the Town of Hingham was 21.4 per 100,000 residents, and our percent positivity rate was 2.43% for the previous 14 days.
- The general public ages 16+ became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts as of Monday, April 19th.
- According to DPH’s daily COVID-19 vaccine report, over 2.6 million people in Massachusetts have been fully vaccinated as of yesterday.
- As of April 29th, approximately 42% of Hingham residents have been fully vaccinated, up from 36% last week.
- Tomorrow, a team of Hingham Health and Fire Department staff will administer the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to 7 homebound residents.
- The State’s Homebound Vaccination Program is another resource for individuals who may require in-home vaccinations because they are unable to leave their home to get to a vaccination site, even with assistance. Individuals can contact the Homebound Vaccination Central Intake Line at 833-983-0485 to schedule an in-home vaccination through the State.
State Reopening Guidance
- As of last Friday, April 30th, the Governor relaxed the Face Coverings Order for some outdoor settings:
- In particular, face coverings will be required outside in public when it is not possible to socially distance, and at other times they are required by sector-specific guidance.
- However, please note that face coverings will continue to be required at all times at events, whether held indoors or outdoors and whether held in a public space or private home, except for when eating or drinking. In line with this guidance, masks are still required at Annual Town Meeting on Saturday.
- Face coverings will still be required at all times in indoor public places.
- At smaller gatherings in private homes, face coverings are recommended but not required.
- Additional changes will go into effect on Monday, May 10th, impacting large venues like stadiums, and arenas, amusement and theme parks, road races, sports tournaments, and indoor singing.
- Changes potentially going into effect on Saturday, May 29th may increase the gathering limits to 200 people indoors and 250 people outdoors for event venues, public settings, and private settings.
- As we reported last week, subject to public health and vaccination data, the state may lift all industry restrictions as of August 1st.