COVID-19 testing in Lynn this week
Located at 398 Blossom St. in Lynn
The City of Lynn has been selected as one of four communities across the Commonwealth for a COVID-19 express testing site through at least March 31st. The site will be run by Project Beacon which specializes in high-volume appointment only testing.
The site will be located at the Blossom Street Extension parking lot, commonly known as the Lynn Ferry Terminal, and will have the capacity to perform up to 2,000 tests per day once the site. Residents will be able to schedule their test appointment in advance, drive up to the site at their assigned time, be tested from the comfort of their car, and receive their results within 24 hours. There will be no pedestrian, walk-up access allowed at this site. For all Massachusetts residents, there is no cost for this test, no health insurance is required, and you will not be asked about your immigration status.
Residents can create an account, make appointments, and view their test results all through one, online platform for the Project Beacon COVID-19 Express Testing site at the Blossom Street Extension by visiting app.beacontesting.com. If you have questions about getting tested or issues regarding appointments or results at Project Beacon, please go to www.mass.gov/express-testing, call Project Beacon’s Call Center at 617-741-7310, or email at email@example.com. Appointments will become available several days in advance at a time.
MANNING FIELD (MONDAYS ONLY)
Located on Ford St. in Lynn
The City of Lynn is pleased to announce a new COVID-19 testing option through a partnership between Mass General Brigham and North Shore Medical Center. A mobile van will offer free walk-up testing for asymptomatic Lynn adults and children every Monday from 1:00-5:00pm in the Manning Field parking lot (entering on Ford Street) for the duration of the winter and spring.
This program is made possible in part through funding from the National Institutes of Health grant and RADx-UP (Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics in Underserved Populations). For more information please visit http://www.kraftcommunityhealth.org/mobile-covid-testing.
LYNN COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
Located at 50 Blake St. in Lynn
Testing for COVID-19 is available for everyone in the Greater Lynn Community at Lynn Community Health Center through March 31st. You may be tested regardless of your symptoms or exposure to COVID-19. Call 781-581-3900 for an appointment. Appointments are strongly recommended, limited walk-in appointments are available. You do not need to be a patient at LCHC or have health insurance.
Two trailers were set up along the Blake Street side of the lot directly across from the health center to continue testing this winter. Patients enter the site through the gate across from the Mulberry Street alleyway and enter the first trailer for registration. They will exit the first trailer and proceed to the second trailer for testing. After their test they will exit the second trailer and leave the site through the gate across from the LCHC entrance. Patient movement will be one-way through the site,with plans in place to support social distancing at all times.
LCHC has created a video that helps explains how to make an appointment, what happens when you get to LCHC for your test, & how to access your testing results. Please click here to view the video.
COVID-19 testing times this week at LCHC:
- Monday, Wednesday, & Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
- Tuesday: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
- Thursday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Testing at Lynn Urgent Care – 776 Western Ave in Lynn
- This location accepts MassHealth & tests children. Walk-ins are accepted, but it is recommended to make an appointment. This location is open from 8am-8pm every day, and you can call them at 781-281-7081 for more info. & to set up an appointment.
- Testing at CVS on South Common Street in Lynn
Every individual who wants a test must make an appointment by clicking here. Bring proof of identity & in-state residence, as well as test confirmation email/text message. Be sure to have your mobile phone in case we need to reach you. Stay in your car. Minors ages 10-15 will need to be accompanied by an adult. Confirm charge for asymptomatic testing online, before booking your appointment.
- Interactive map of COVID-19 testing sites in State of MA
This map provides an easy way to locate a COVID-19 test site near you. Click/tap on a test site within the map for more details. All information is sourced from site operators and healthcare providers, and it is encouraged to contact the site prior to arrival in case it has changed.
- Additional resources, although some info. may now be out of date:
The information above was taken from the City of Lynn, Lynn Community Health Center, & State of Massachusetts websites.
Lynn Public Schools will be holding a virtual Town Hall on YouTube tomorrow at 6PM. Tune in for updates, info. related to the 3rd quarter of the 2020-21 school year, and a Q&A.
Please click here to go to the YouTube live stream.
Lynn Public Schools Pre-Registration for Sep. 2021 begins Monday, April 5th
Beginning Monday, April 5th the Lynn Public Schools will begin pre-registration for the 2021-2022 school year. Registration Is By Appointment Only. Please call the Welcome Center at 781-592-8796 for an appointment to register your child or ask any questions you may have. Information on the Pre-K lottery can be found by clicking here. The wait list to place a child for out of district school requests will begin on Monday April 19, 2021.
Virtual Orientation Sessions will occur on the first and last Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm. Find the link on Lynn Public Schools Welcome Center page, when it becomes available, by clicking here.
Regular Office Hours:
- Monday through Thursday: 7:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
- Friday: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
- Extended Hours: Tuesdays until 7:45 p.m. April to September
Entrance Age Requirements
The Lynn School Committee voted on Tuesday, November 25, 1997, to change the school entrance age. Age requirements are:
- Kindergarten Program (5-year-olds) | Born between Sept. 1, 2015 and Sept. 1, 2016
- Grade One (6-year-olds) | Born between Sept. 1, 2014 and Sep. 1, 2015
Documents Required to Register
- Immunization Record | See requirements by clicking here.
- Proof of Age | Original Birth Certificate
- Proof of address (less than 60 days) | Includes utility bills, rent lease, mortgage, etc. (One type required)
- Evidence of Legal Guardianship | Includes birth certificate or probate court guardianship order
- Parent photo ID (up to date)
The above information is courtesy of the Lynn Public Schools.
MBTA virtual public meeting on Wednesday, recording of previous meeting available
The MBTA Service Planning team will provide information about temporary schedule changes that go into effect in March and April of 2021 at a virtual public meeting beginning at 6 PM on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
As part of the presentation, the service planning team will cover the following:
- Why route changes are necessary.
- The service planning process.
- Specifics of the service changes and impacted routes.
- Other key elements on MBTA’s response to the pandemic.
During the meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input on future service changes.
The meeting will be held via a Zoom webinar. Members of the public may register here. After registering, a confirmation email will be sent that contains information about joining the webinar. If you do not have computer access, please call 617-448-4374 to get the call-in number for the meeting.
These meetings are accessible to people with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency. Accessibility accommodations and language services will be provided free of charge, upon request, as available. Such services include documents in alternate formats, translated materials, assistive listening devices, and interpreters (including American Sign Language).
For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation and/or language services, please firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information service changes this spring, please visit www.mbta.com/servicechanges.
WATCH LAST WEEK’S VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING BELOW:
The above information & video are courtesy of the MBTA.
MassDOT Statewide Exit
Renumbering Project update
Please be advised that MassDOT is in the process of converting all exit numbers on freeways to a milepost-based numbering system, per Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requirements. Work takes place on each corridor in the east to west or north to south direction. Work typically is completed during the overnight hours and the contractors are required to complete the full interchange before moving along to the next exit.
- Corridor: Interstate 95
- Approximate start date: Feb. 23
- Approximate construction duration: 10 weeks
- Location: Construction will be broken up into four segments
- Between the NH Border and Route 120
- Between the Route 1 Interchange and Route 20
- Between the I-90 Interchange and Westwood/Canton
- Between Neponset Street and and the RI Border
- Hours of operation: 8:00 PM – 5:00 AM
Updates from state government
- As of Sunday night, DPH reported a total of 539,644 cases of COVID-19. The state reported 1,316 new confirmed cases. The state has now confirmed a total of 15,508 deaths from the virus.
- After the frustration and chaos of the Thursday morning failure of the state vaccine appointment website, the Baker administration said 60,000 appointments were booked after all and passed along a statement in which a vendor whose technology has caused problems elsewhere took the blame. In an unsigned statement, PrepMod, a Maryland-based online clinic management and appointment scheduling system, said it took “full responsibility” for the website problems and vowed that it would not happen again.
- The cause of the problem, the company said, was “a sudden and unprecedented surge in traffic to the site.” The Baker administration said PropMod addressed the issues and the state was pressure testing it to check the vendor’s work. PropMod, which said it is “the state’s biggest online appointment vendor,” has been blamed for problems with vaccine distribution and appointment scheduling in other states over the last month and a half.
- This week a legislative committee has invited Governor Baker to testify before the panel at the first oversight hearing of the new Committee on COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness. Sen. Jo Comerford, who is co-chairing the committee with Rep. William Driscoll said that she doesn’t know if Governor Baker will accept the invitation to testify this Thursday.
- The committee has also invited Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, Assistant Public Health Commissioner Jana Ferguson and Assistant Public Health Commissioner and Director of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences Kevin Cranston. In addition, three other committees, Health Care Financing, Public Health, and Racial Equity, Civil Rights and Inclusion, have been asked to assemble expert panels to present to the oversight committee.
- The Joint Ways and Means Committee scheduled the first virtual hearing to consider Governor Baker’s $45.6 billion fiscal year 2022 budget proposal for March 2, where technology will be a focus. The committee plans to hear testimony from Administration and Finance Secretary Michael Heffernan, constitutional officers, the state inspector general, and the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security. Technology has emerged as a bigger issue in the pandemic era, with wide swaths of business shifted into remote settings, website crashes slowing the state’s vaccine rollout, and cybersecurity threats always looming.
- In August 2020, Governor Baker signed a $1.8 billion information technology bond bill to invest in the state government’s digital infrastructure. Governor Baker’s budget proposes slightly more than $50 million in spending on the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security, a slight increase over the $48.4 million projected for fiscal 2021. Lawmakers this session also convened a new Committee on Advanced Information Technology, the Internet and Cybersecurity.
- Governor Baker proposed reducing overall state spending by about $300 million, or 0.7 percent from FY21. His budget proposes using about $1.6 billion from the state’s “rainy day” savings fund amid fiscal and service challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Just over a month before its report is due, the Legislature’s panel investigating the deadly Holyoke Soldiers’ Home coronavirus outbreak is getting a new co-chair. Sen. Michael Rush, a U.S. Navy Reserves officer, was subbed in by President Karen Spilka on Thursday as Senate chair of the joint special committee. The House is keeping as its co-chair Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, an Army veteran, who led the probe along with Sen. Walter Timilty from the time it was established last July.
- Campbell and Timilty have continued holding oversight hearings this year ahead of a March 31 deadline to recommend reforms at the Holyoke facility. At least 76 veterans died there last year in a disastrous COVID-19 outbreak that ultimately led to the resignation of Veterans’ Services Secretary Francisco Urena.
Special thanks to MassAcess for providing the above summary.
From Mayor McGee’s office: The Lynn Public Health Department has confirmed that as of today, the number of active, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases is 369 with 39 new cases today. 14,853 Lynn residents have recovered and 193 have died. The total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Lynn since March 21, 2020, including those who have died and recovered, is 15,415. Please visit the City of Lynn COVID-19 Data Dashboard which is updated daily.
Please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Page at https://www.lynnma.gov/covid19/vaccine.shtml#gpm1_3 to answer any question or concerns you may have related to the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available at Lynn Tech Fieldhouse for people who live or work in Lynn & Nahant or are Lynn Community Health Center Patients and meet state eligibility requirements (Massachusetts Phase 1 & Phase 2 Step 1 & 2: 65 year of age or older or with two or more chronic health conditions. Residents age 75+ may be accompanied by one caregiver who can book an appointment themselves.) Please visit https://www.lchcnet.org/covid-19-vaccine-scheduling to make an appointment online. Residents can call 2-1-1 to make an appointment 7 days a week.
Please visit http://www.ci.lynn.ma.us/covid19/resources.shtml#p7GPc1_2 for the most up to date COVID-19 testing information, as well as more detailed information on the State and City of Lynn’s Reopening Guidelines. We will continue to provide regular updates on COVID-19 through the City website (www.lynnma.gov), social media, and the Smart 911 emergency notification system (sign up at www.smart911.com).