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The original item was published from 5/12/2021 2:02:25 PM to 12/14/2021 12:00:02 AM.
Posted on: April 28, 2021
[ARCHIVED] April 27th, 2021 COVID-19 Update
- As of today, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts totaled 642,036.
- 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 80 new cases of COVID-19 in Hingham over the past 14 days, and a total of 1,907 cases in Hingham since the start of the pandemic.
- The average daily incidence rate for the Town of Hingham was 23.8 per 100,000 residents, and our percent positivity rate was 2.81% 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, nearly 2.4 million people in Massachusetts have been fully vaccinated as of today.
- As of April 22nd, approximately 36% of Hingham residents have been fully vaccinated, up from 27% two weeks ago.
- Last Friday, the CDC decided to resume use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. We were notified by DPH that all providers may resume administration of the J&J vaccine, effective immediately. The Town had received J&J vaccines to administer to 10 homebound residents in Hingham. Town staff are reaching back out to those residents and will move forward with administering J&J vaccines for those who are still interested.
State Reopening Guidance
- Today, the Baker Administration announced that Massachusetts will take a number of additional steps to reopen over the next few months.
- Some of the key dates they identified are April 30th, May 10th, May 29th, and August 1st.
- On April 30th, the Governor will relax the Face Coverings Order for some outdoor settings:
- Face coverings will only be required outside in public when it is not possible to socially distance, and at other times required by sector-specific guidance.
- Face coverings will still be required at all times in indoor public places.
- Face coverings will also 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.
- At smaller gatherings in private homes, face coverings are recommended but not required.
- Changes going into effect on Monday, May 10th will impact large venues (stadiums, 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.
- Subject to public health and vaccination data, the state may lift all industry restrictions as of August 1st.
- There are a lot of details to review and digest from today’s announcement. We encourage everyone to read the press release on the state’s website.