LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
FEBRUARY 15, 2021
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The City of Lynn is currently in Phase 3 Step 1 of the MA Reopening Plan.Click here for more information.
A vaccination site has opened at Lynn Tech for residents
of Lynn & Nahant. Read more by clicking here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Baker-Polito Administration Launches New Vaccine Location Finder & Appointment Finder for Some Sites
The Baker-Polito Administration Friday launched a new tool to help residents more easily find COVID-19 vaccination locations available to all residents and view appointment availability for some sites. The tool, called the COVID-19 Vaccine Finder, enables residents to search for a vaccination location and view appointment availability before scheduling. The tool can be accessed via the state’s vaccination website at www.mass.gov/COVIDvaccine or directly at https://vaxfinder.mass.gov.
The tool enables users to search for locations near them by entering their ZIP code, city/town name, or the name of a vaccination location. It also allows residents to filter results by site type, such as mass vaccination locations, locations run by local health departments, retail pharmacies or health care locations.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Finder displays all vaccination locations open to all residents across the Commonwealth, but only includes appointment availability details for mass vaccination locations and some sites operated by local health departments at this time.
Visibility for additional sites will be built up over time. Once a user selects a vaccination location, residents can view:
- Available appointments (currently select sites only)
- Vaccines offered (Pfizer/Moderna)
- Directions via Google Maps and MBTA Trip Planner information
- Specific site instructions and whether the site is indoors or outdoors
- Disability access information
The tool updates appointment availability every 5 minutes for participating vaccination locations. In the coming weeks, availability for additional locations will be added. Appointment availability is based on supply from the federal government and remains limited. The tool is available in a wide range of languages. The COVID-19 Vaccine Finder was built as part of an ongoing partnership between Project Beacon and the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Response Command Center.
Massachusetts will continue to add vaccine appointments and locations as the distribution process continues, and the Administration will continue to make improvements to the process that make it easier for residents to find and schedule an appointment. Residents can use www.mass.gov/COVIDvaccine to check if they are eligible, find and schedule an appointment and prepare for their appointment. Residents 75 and older who do not have internet or cannot use the website can call 2-1-1 to access the Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line, to schedule an appointment over the phone.
This press release is courtesy of the MA Executive Office of Health
and Human Services.
MA Passes More Than One Million Vaccine Doses Administered, 20,000 Appointments Available at Mass Vax Sites, & COVID-19 Vaccination Call Center Extends Hours to Assist Residents 75 and Older
On Friday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts has exceeded one million doses of vaccines administered, over 20,000 vaccine appointments are available at mass vaccination sites and extended hours for the call center to support 75+ residents seeking assistance to schedule an appointment for a vaccine.
MA Passes One Million Doses Administered to Residents
The Commonwealth has hit a vaccine milestone of more than one million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to residents. As of Thursday night, 1,034,018 doses have been administered across the state.
The Administration has surpassed the first benchmark set for Phase 2 vaccinations, 242,000 per week capacity, and administered 242,000 doses administered since Sunday.
Available Vaccine Appointments at Mass Vaccination Sites
As of Friday morning, over 20,000 appointments for the coming days are still available across four mass vaccination sites in Danvers, Springfield, Foxboro and Boston.
Eligible residents can book an appointment online here. 75+ Residents may be accompanied by a companion with a scheduled appointment for mass vax sites only.
Over the course of this week, more than 70,000 new vaccination appointments were made available at mass vaccination sites and pharmacies.
MA Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line
Starting Saturday, February 13, the Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line will extend its hours of operation to include weekends and weekday evenings.
These extended hours will further support people 75 and older to schedule a COVID-19 appointment if they are unable to use or have difficulty accessing the internet.
The new call center hours of operation:
- Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For assistance scheduling, dial 2-1-1 and follow the prompts for vaccine appointments. The Massachusetts Scheduling Resource Line is available in English and Spanish and has translators available to support residents in approximately 100 additional languages.
The most efficient scheduling option is still on the Commonwealth’s website: www.mass.gov/CovidVaccine.
This press release is courtesy of the MA Executive Office of Health
and Human Services.
The Salvation Army food pantry serves Lynn, Saugus, Swampscott, Nahant, Lynnfield. Anyone outside those areas are welcome to call them and they can refer them to a Salvation Army for their area.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Lynn-Swampscott Veterans’ Services Announces Veterans COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for those 50+ on VA Healthcare
Lynn-Swampscott Veterans’ Services announces that the Department of Veterans Affairs Bedford will host a “Veterans COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic” in Lynn on Saturday, February 20 from 9:00am-4:00pm at the Breed Middle School at 90 O’Callaghan Way. Any veteran who is 50 and older and enrolled in the VA Healthcare is eligible to receive the vaccine at the Lynn clinic. To make an appointment, veterans may contact the VA 781-687-4000 and Lynn-Swampscott veterans may also contact the Lynn-Swampscott Department of Veterans’ Services at 781-586-6911.
The above info. was sent to us by Mayor McGee’s office.
REMINDER: Lynn Public Schools meal
distribution updates for this week
- Monday: February 15th | CLOSED
- Wednesday, February 17th | 5 days of meals will be served, Wednesday PM meal distribution will remain the same
- Monday: February 19th | CLOSED
- Regular meal service will resume on Monday, February 22nd.
A list of locations, in English & Spanish, is below.
The above info. is courtesy of the Lynn Public Schools.
The daily COVID-19 update from Mayor McGee’s office will be
posted here when it is available.