Mayor McGee & Local Health Officials Urge Residents to Remain Home for Holidays over Next Two Weeks

Press release from Mayor McGee’s Office received December 23, 2020

LYNN- Mayor Thomas M. McGee, Dr. David Roberts, president of North Shore Medical Center  & Dr. Geoff Pechinsky, Chief Medical Officer for the City of Lynn of Lynn Community Health  Center and other local health officials are urging people to remain home for the holidays this  year. Local hospitals are already approaching their capacity limits and will be hard pressed to  adequately deal with another surge after this holiday season.

“With Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner, it is critical that Lynn residents remain  home and limit their exposure to COVID-19,” said Mayor Thomas M. McGee. “If we make this small sacrifice and refrain from gathering in person with people outside of our immediate  household now, we can ensure that we will all be able to resume our normal holiday traditions  next year. I understand this is a very difficult time of year to be away from friends and relatives,  but as people are already starting to get vaccinated, we can see the end of this pandemic is  approaching.”

There are a number of ways that residents can celebrate the holidays safely this year including the following Lower Risk Activities:

  • Limit in-person holiday gatherings to only people you live with.
  • Host a virtual holiday dinner with extended family or friends.
  • Prepare foods for family and neighbors and deliver them in a no-contact way. • Virtually attend your traditional holiday activities, such as a visit with Santa. • Consider virtual caroling or reciting. Provide a link to your virtual caroling to the people  you want to sing to.
  • View holiday lights from your car with those you live with.

“If you stay home this Christmas and only gather with members of your immediate household,  you could save the life of someone you love. Don’t be the reason your grandmother or uncle  ends up in the hospital. Stay home. Save lives.” said Dr. David Roberts, President of North Shore  Medical Center.

“We have entered a hopeful period of the year with not only the December holidays and a new  year approaching, but with the arrival of a vaccine to help us manage the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Geoff Pechinsky, Chief Medical Officer for the City of Lynn. “Please keep in mind that  even with a vaccine, we are not out of the woods yet. It will be challenging, but please celebrate  only with those family members you have been living with. It is not yet time to have large  celebrations as we are in the midst of another surge, with 20% of the COVID-19 tests of Lynn  residents conducted at Lynn Community Health Center returning positive. Our local hospitals are  getting full again, and we want to avoid repeating the further strain as we had in the spring.

So please do you part—wear a mask, socially distance, wash your hands, and celebrate only with  close family members. We have come together as a community thus far, let us continue to do so  and get the pandemic under control.”

Please visit https://www.mass.gov/news/december-holiday-guidance to get more information  about how to celebrate the holidays in a safe manner this year. Residents can also visit the City  of Lynn website for the most up to date information related to COVID-19 within the City of  Lynn.

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Weekly COVID-19 numbers from Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health

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Every week the MA Dept. of Public Health releases numbers for how COVID-19 has impacted the state, and we try to highlight some of these numbers so the community is informed about how COVID is impacting Lynn & the state. Their numbers factor in the past week as well as the week before, giving 2 weeks worth of data.

The City of Lynn is dealing with a serious surge of COVID-19 cases. Last Wednesday the 24-hr new case record was broken with 196 new cases. It has not been uncommon to see anywhere from 30-80 new cases a day in Lynn, but it had rarely gone above that in recent months. Before and since then we have had a high number of new 24-hr cases. We have seen a steady increase of new cases since the end of October, but in good news deaths related to COVID-19 seem to have slowed in the city with only 10 deaths reported in all of November.

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Storm updates from Lynn City Hall

The Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service – Boston has expired. However, as of 1pm, a Gale Warning will be in effect until 7PM & a Coastal Flood Advisory will be in effect until 4PM. As of 10:36AM the NWS is reporting 12.5 inches of snow for the City of Lynn.

LYNN’S PARKING BAN ENDS AT 7PM

Please remove all vehicles parked in designated City lots by 6:00 AM, Friday, December 18. All vehicles still in designated City lots will be subject to ticketing and towing.

A reminder that Waste Management Trash and Recycling collection will have a one day delay the remainder of the week.

The Lynn DPW and the Fire Department ask residents to clear any catch basins or fire hydrants that are in front of their property if they are able to.

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Please click here to read about snow removal, snow emergency procedures, parking lot list during bans, & more for the City of Lynn.

We will update this part of the post with any information we receive in from the City of Lynn, and other info. of interest to the Lynn Community.

  • Lynn City Hall will continue to be closed to the public on Thursday, Dec. 17th  & Friday, Dec. 18th offering city services through staff working remotely.
  • Lynn Public Schools will operate completely remotely both Thursday and Friday this week. Meal pickup at the designated schools will continue as planned on Friday. See below for LPS meal distribution plans for the next 2 weeks.
  • Waste Management Trash and Recycling Collection will be delayed on Thursday, December 17th to Friday, December 18th, with Friday’s normal scheduled pickup done on Saturday.
  • For Lynn residents that need it, there is a sand/Salt mix you can get in front of DPW on Commercial St., using your own bucket & shovel.

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Winter storm impacts Southern New England, updates from City of Lynn

Photo by LCTV staff

The National Weather Service’s Boston branch has issued a Winter Storm Warning for most of southern New England ahead of the storm. It will be in effect from Wednesday at 7PM until Thursday at 1PM.

Snow will be heavy at times overnight, with rates as high as 1-2 inches an hour, before tapering off by Thursday afternoon. If you must travel it is being recommended that you keep an extra flashlight, food, & water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

In addition to the heavy snowfall there will be strong wind gusts with the approaching storm, particularly along the coast (35-45 mph) and the Cape and Islands (50-60 mph). This may result in isolated power outages. Please check the National Grid Power Outage map by clicking here if you experience any issues.

   

  

Click the images above for graphics courtesy of the National Weather Service.

2020/2021 City of Lynn Winter Storm & Parking Information

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The information below is current as of February 6, 2021.


PARKING DURING A SNOW EMERGENCY

No vehicles may park on a public street or sidewalk during a declared Snow Emergency.

Residents can move their vehicles to Designated City Parking Lots at 9 PM when the Snow Emergency Blue lights are turned on.

Please refer to the list of designated parking lots below. Vehicles must be removed promptly from these lots at the end of a Snow Emergency or they will be towed.

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Today’s Licensing Commission meeting has been cancelled, and City Hall will be closed today & tomorrow to the public.  More info. at the bottom of this post.

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“City officials heard the community’s call regarding certain changes that need to be made in order to ensure our system is more just for all. Today’s agreement is a step in the right direction towards creating a more equitable Lynn for our residents,” said Mayor Thomas M. McGee. “I am grateful to the Lynn Police Association for their collaboration and willingness to act quickly with the City once we submitted this proposal. I strongly believe the use of body cameras will create a safer and more transparent environment both for members of the general public and Lynn Police officers.”

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Weekly COVID-19 numbers from Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health

Map courtesy of WCVB, click for full-resolution image

Every week the MA Dept. of Public Health releases numbers for how COVID-19 has impacted the state, and we try to highlight some of these numbers so the community is informed about how COVID is impacting Lynn & the state. Their numbers factor in the past week as well as the week before, giving 2 weeks worth of data.

The City of Lynn is dealing with a serious surge of COVID-19 cases. On Dec. 2nd we broke the 24-hr new case record with 169 cases, before it was shattered the next day with 191 cases on December 4th. On Wednesday this week the record was broken again with 196 new cases. It has not been uncommon to see anywhere from 30-80 new cases a day in Lynn, but it had rarely gone above that in recent months. We have seen a steady increase of new cases since the end of October, but in good news deaths related to COVID-19 seem to have slowed in the city with only 10 deaths reported in November.

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