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3rd COVID-19 Case Confirmed In Hingham Public Schools 

Greg Lane, Hingham Current Staff, October 1, 2020

A member of the Hingham Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. School officials say there have been no close contacts, defined as being within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes. 

In a letter addressed to the HPS Community this afternoon, Superintendent Paul Austin and Middle School Principal Derek Smith explained that the school community member who tested positive was not present in the building during their infectious period.

“Regardless, we encourage everyone in our community to continue to monitor for symptoms, and to stay home if anyone shows symptoms or is not feeling well,” expressed Austin and Smith. 

 

This latest announcement comes less than a week after officials made public that the school district was notified that two of its people had tested positive for the virus.  


Students have been back in school for a short time since the schools were shut down last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported that now twelve communities on the South Shore fall in the

COVID-19 test results by town as reported in the DPH COVID-19 Dashboard

“moderate risk” category. Marshfield, Milton Pembroke, Plymouth and Rockland moved up. 

 

Hingham remains in ‘yellow' moderate risk on Wednesday for the third week in a row.

According to the data by the Department of Public Health, there have been fourteen new cases of the virus in Hingham over the past two weeks. 

 

As of Wednesday, Sept. 30, Hingham has reported 338 confirmed cases since the start. Hingham health department officials urge residents to do their part and remain vigilant. 

 

“Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a face covering in public, avoid large gatherings, and frequently wash your hands,” health officials shared as part of their update and guidance last week.   

On the DPH website, communities are color-coded based upon the average number of reported cases in the last 14 days.  Red indicates that there were more than 8 cases on average per a population of 100,000 that were reported.  Yellow indicates an average daily case rate of 4-8 cases per 100,000 population; green indicates fewer than 4-8 cases per 100,000 population; and white indicates there were fewer than 5 cases reported in total.

DPH points out that their data is fluid. "Data for these tables are based on information available in the DPH surveillance database at a single point in time," says a notation on the spreadsheet. "Case counts for specific cities and towns change throughout the day as data cleaning occurs (removal of duplicate reports within the system) and new demographic information (assigning cases to their city or town of residence) is obtained."

Greg can be reached at greg@hinghamcurrent.com.