December 17, 2020 by Carol Britton Meyer
Hingham remains in the COVID-19 "yellow" zone for the fifth consecutive week, according to this week's Massachusetts Department of Public Health statistics, despite an increase of 76 cases since the Dec. 10 report.
The "yellow" category is between the high-risk "red" zone and the lower-risk "green" category.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Hingham since Jan. 1 is now 698, with 135 new cases reported in the last 14 days.
An average of roughly 150 COVID-19 PCR swab tests are administered daily at the new mPathy COVID-19 testing site at 308 Cushing St.
The hours are Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments may be made online at mpathy.org/schedule.
Priority access is given to Hingham residents and town employees from 7 to 10 a.m. each testing day. After 10 a.m., appointments will be available to the general public. Walk-ins are welcome but will generally result in a longer wait time than for those with scheduled appointments.
The town has formed a Vaccine Planning Group as part of its COVID-19 Incident Management Team to coordinate vaccine rollout logistics for the town. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
This week Town Administrator Tom Mayo urged residents to rethink any holiday travel plans or gatherings due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases statewide and in town.
The Hingham Health Department posts weekly COVID-19 data from the MDPH and the Hingham Public Schools in a new dashboard that is updated every Friday at https://www.hingham-ma.gov/