Town Administrator Tom Mayo presented the following report to the Select Board at their May 17 meeting:
In my report last Tuesday, I noted that Hingham’s COVID-19 numbers were up significantly and that this may trigger new protocols in the coming days.
As of Last Thursday, the CDC determined Plymouth County’s COVID-19 community level to be High. At this level, the CDC recommends:
- Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public places regardless of vaccination status.
- Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
- Follow the CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine.
- Get tested if you have been exposed.
Last Friday, we informed the community of the CDC’s determination and its recommendations through our web site & posting on Town buildings.
We’ve also reactivated the COVID-19 “dashboard” on our COVID 19 Updates web page
- The following data is from 4/24 - 5/7 compared to the previous week of 4/17 - 4/30:
- Hingham’s 14-day average incidence rate is 42.3, up from 30.4, a 39% increase from the previous week
- Hingham’s 14-day average positivity rate is 11.3%, up over 9.3% from the previous week
- We believe that some of the drivers for this increase include vacation spikes and testing due to travel plans and the removal of the mask mandate on public transportation and airlines.
- Going forward, we will update the dashboard on Monday’s before noon
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) looks at the combination of three metrics to measure COVID 19 levels in our County. This data is updated weekly, on Thursdays based on new admissions and inpatient bed metrics, based on the current level of new cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days.
We remain vigilant and will continue to monitor data and take coordinated action as needed.