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COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: February 17, 2021

February 23, 2021 Covid-19 Update

COVID-19 Data

  • 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 106 new cases of COVID-19 in Hingham over the past 14 days, and a total of 1,525 cases in Hingham since the start of the pandemic.
  • The average daily incidence rate for the Town of Hingham was 31.5 per 100,000 residents, and our percent positivity rate was 2.89% for the previous 14 days.
  • Even though these numbers are lower than what was reported for our community last week, Hingham’s average daily incidence rate and percent positivity rate remain higher than the state averages for this reporting period, indicating a need for continued vigilance.
  • As of today, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts have risen to 540,794.

Vaccine Rollout

  • According to DPH’s daily COVID-19 vaccine report, a total of 1,061,335 first doses and 414,941 second doses have been administered in Massachusetts as of today.  85.4% of the total doses shipped to our state have been reported as administered. 
  • At this time, all Phase 1 priority groups as well as the first two priority groups in Phase 2 are eligible to receive the vaccine in Massachusetts.  Eligible Phase 2 individuals include people age 65+, individuals with two or more certain medical conditions, and residents and staff of low-income and affordable senior housing. 
  • As we reported last week, on February 17th, the Town was informed that we will no longer be receiving first dose vaccines from the State.  This means that we will not be able to schedule additional first-dose vaccination clinics in Hingham.  Town staff have contacted individuals who pre-registered with the Town to inform them of this change and to redirect them to other vaccine resources.
  • The State has indicated that Hingham will still receive second vaccine doses for individuals who already received their first dose through our local clinics. We have received second doses for Phase 1 individuals and first responders we served in early local clinics.  We have also ordered second doses for our 75+ residents who were served in the local clinic on February 4th.  
  • I would like to recognize and thank our Health Department and Fire Department staff for all of their work throughout this process. They truly stepped up when residents needed them the most, and we are proud of the work the Town has done thus far to vaccinate our first responders, health care workers, and senior population. 

Vaccine Resources

  • As the Commonwealth moves forward and as many more people become eligible to receive the vaccine, the State is placing an emphasis on mass vaccination sites and regionalized clinics. There is also a growing number of pharmacies and other retail locations administering vaccines. 
  • The State’s Vaccine Finder website (vaxfinder.mass.gov) allows residents to search for vaccine sites and schedule appointments.  
  • DPH also recently announced that vaccine appointments are available at CVS pharmacies around the Commonwealth through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.  Please visit www.cvs.com to schedule an appointment.  The closest participating CVS pharmacies include CVS locations in Weymouth, Braintree, and Hanover. 
  • The best resource for COVID-19 vaccine information continues to be the mass.gov website.  Residents can also call the State at 2-1-1 for assistance with vaccine information and appointments.  
  • Residents can also direct questions to CovidQuestions@hingham-ma.gov.   

ization and no longer need to be on the Town of Hingham list, please let us know by emailing CovidQuestions@hingham-ma.gov.   

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