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Breaking News: Hingham Deemed Higher Risk (Red) Community for COVID-19

By Greg Lane, Hingham Current Staff, October 14, 2020

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Today, the Town of Hingham has been notified by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) that the community is now being designated as a higher risk (red) community.  A community is designated higher risk when the two week case rate exceeds more than 8 cases per 100,000. 

In the past two weeks, 38 Hingham residents have been confirmed positive for the COVID-19 virus.  This results in an 9.9 average daily incident rate per 100,000 persons.  Since reporting began, there have been a total of 371 positive cases in Hingham since reporting began.

At the Hingham Board of Selectmen meeting last night, Chair Mary Power expressed concern that over the past several weeks case counts continue to climb. She said that as a higher risk community, she strongly urge residents to adhere to social distancing guidelines, wear masks or face coverings, and avoid all unnecessary gathering.

The Commonwealth has committed to provide additional support to community designated a higher risk.  Additionally, the 38 positive cases in the past two weeks include only Hingham residents and do not include positive individuals who may work or do business in HIngham. 

The Health Department and the Massachusetts Department of Health continue to be responsible for conducting communicable disease investigation concerning the identified individuals. Such investigation would also include working with the individuals to identify others, relatives and associates, who may have had recent contact with them.

Additional information relative to community-level data, COVID-19 testing locations, and additional guidance, please visit www.mass.gov.

Greg can be reached at greg@hinghamcurrent.com.