The number of positive COVID19 cases in Hull has been declining.
There were 62 positive cases in the past two weeks (from Jan. 19 through Feb. 2) as compared to 192 in the previous two weeks. It’s unclear whether the individuals testing positive were vaccinated or unvaccinated, according to Public Health Director Joan Taverna.
“There really isn’t a way to get an exact number of how many of these cases involved vaccinated individuals,” she said. “It’s a question we ask during contract tracing [of those who have been in close proximity to individuals who have tested positive for COVID19], but some don’t want to provide that information.”
Of the 507 Hull residents ages 5 to 11, 212, or 42%, have been vaccinated (149 fully vaccinated, 63 partially vaccinated).
Hingham continues to conduct a regional COVID19 drive-through testing site in partnership with Hull, Cohasset, and Scituate, at 335 Lincoln St. near the Hingham Shipyard.
The testing center is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. PCR tests are available at no cost to the public. Online registration is required; no tests will be administered without an appointment. All participants will be notified of test results by email.
However, Hingham Town Administrator Tom Mayo noted recently that activity at the test site is declining. On Thursday, Jan. 28, for example, the vendor completed 29 tests. This number is down from a high of 115 tests on Saturday, Jan. 15.
“I’m disappointed with the test site performance and volume,” he reported. ”We are working with the vendor to improve performance at the site.”
There are no vaccination clinics scheduled in Hull. Most pharmacies, including Nantasket Pharmacy, offer vaccinations, or residents can visit www.vaxfinder.mass.gov to search for an available location, Taverna said.
The Hull Board of Health is offering free COVID19 rapid self-test kits to Hull residents only at a drive-through site in the DCR parking lot on George Washington Boulevard while supplies last. The date is Saturday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Proof of residency, such as a valid ID or a utility bill, is required. There’s a limit of two test kits per household, with two tests included in each kit. The tests were provided by the Plymouth County CARES program.