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COVID-19 Information

The Hopkinton Public Library has aggregated the following resources in order to help keep residents updated on the latest information about COVID-19. All of the resources linked are free. Some resources are provided through the library and may require the use of an up-to-date library card.

If you have questions please contact us at 508-497-9777 or email us at hopkintonlibrary@hopkintonma.gov.

National and International Government Health Agencies

World Health Organization - An overview of COVID-19 worldwide, including maps, situation reports, travel advisories, and more: WHO website

United States Center for Disease Control - An overview of COVID-19 through the United States, including maps, situation reports, symptoms, care, and more: CDC website

National Institutes of Health - The national medical research agency of the United States, providing a variety of resources: NIH website

National Library of Medicine - An access point for Genbank data, information on clinical trials, and academic papers: NLM Website

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has resources as well as a Rumor Buster.

The Federal Trade Commission is updating consumers on general scams and social security scams.

State and Local Government Health Agencies

The State of Massachusetts has regular updates available in a variety of languages: Mass.gov.

The State Library of Massachusetts has recently archived publications from official Massachusetts State Agencies regarding COVID-19: Mass.gov/archive.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health - Resources for residents, including case counts, information on Massachusetts state of emergency and emergency order protocols: Mass DPH website

Massachusetts 211 - Massachusetts informational and referral hotline. They are currently taking calls about COVID-19: Call 211 or visit their website.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency - MEMA provides information on preparing for and getting through emergency situations: MEMA website. MEMA also has a map of COVID-19 testing sites. You should contact the testing site prior to arrival: COVID-19 Testing Sites

Find mental health and substance abuse help with Network of Care Massachusetts.

Town of Hopkinton Health Department - The Town of Hopkinton Health Department has written and compiled a series of documents for residents including news, local details, and general fact sheets: Hopkinton Resident Resources.

The Town of Hopkinton has a Community Impact Hub that shows important town metrics.

INTERFACE is a mental health referral service for residents of the town of Hopkinton. The service is free for Hopkinton residents.

Hopkinton's Public Health Nurse is sharing updates, health information, and more on her Facebook Page.

Library News

We will be updating the library's homepage with news about closings and more: Library Homepage.

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, additional resources, notifications, and more.

We will also be sending out email alerts about closings and other important information. Register on our News and Events Sign-Up page.

Library staff will be available between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. by phone (508)-497-9777 and by email at hopkintonlibrary@hopkintonma.gov while we are closed to the public. You can also chat with staff virtually online via our Ask-A-Librarian service, which is available on our Homepage. Click the blue speech bubble to get started.

CWMARS has instituted temporary cards for Overdrive, our digital book lending service. If you don't have a library card or your library card is blocked, you can sign up for a temporary card to borrow e-books and e-audiobooks.

News, Tracking, and Updates

The World Health Organization is tracking events as they happen.

Johns Hopkins has a map and data tracker for help visualizing COVID-19 spread: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

Students and researchers from Brown, MIT, Harvard, and more have created and are updating https://explaincovid.org/ to fight misinformation and help folks make informed choices.

The CDC offers a situation summary, United States case counts, and a map.

The BBC is offering worldwidecoverage of COVID-19 updates: BBC COVID-19 Coverage.

The Town of Hopkinton has written and aggregated a series of resources about COVID-19. These resources are available on the town website.

HCAM has information about town closings and more.

Snopes provides accurate and timely myth-busting. They are currently offering a series on myths related to COVID-19.

The National Association of School Psychologists offers a guide on how to talk to kids about COVID-19.

Businesses, Employees, and Finance

The state of Massachusetts has information on resources for people who are unemployed due to COVID-19.

The IRS is releasing information about the Economic Impact Payments as it becomes available.

CareerOneStop offers help finding unemployment services.

The Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce has a variety of resources for consumers and owners of large and small businesses.

The State of Massachusetts has released guidance and resources for businesses in the state.

Score.org offers mentoring and tools for small business owners.

Information on Spanish-language unemployment help in MA is available on the Mass.gov website.

Mental Health

Remembering A Life has resources on grief as well as the challenges of planning a funeral during COVID-19: rememberingalife.com

Disaster Distress Helpline: "Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories."

Parents Helping Parents of Massachusetts has a helpline for parents who are stressed and need someone to talk to. The National Parent Helpline also has a variety of resources for parents.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness has an in-depth guide with tips, resources, instructions, and more.

Taxes and Economic Impact Payments

The IRS is offering options for free tax filing for some people whose 2019 adjusted gross income was $69,000 or less. The IRS is also taking more specific actions to offer relief to people who may be affected by the coronavirus. Find details and more information on their website.

People who do not file taxes but who are eligible for the Economic Impact Payment may file through the IRS.

You can check on the status of your payment through the IRS if you have your 2019 and/or 2018 tax return.

Other Resources

eHop has compiled a list of ways to lend a hand locally: ehop.org.

Veterans looking for aid can contact Veterans Inc for help. Veterans Inc is also looking for donations to continue supporting their outreach programs.

The CDC has instructions on how to make sew and no-sew face masks.

Internet Essentials by Comcast is offering 2 months free.

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

The CALD Resource Blog offers a list of companies that are offering free services during the outbreak, from Uhaul to Scholastic to the New York Times.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency offers a map showing the locations of food banks and other food security projects.

Extra resources are available for frontline workers through Frontlinema.org, an initiative of the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts.