Lynn Halloween update, LCC grants, Lynn selected for Racial Equity Municipal Action Plan, & more | October 1, 2020

OCTOBER 1, 2020

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A statement from Mayor McGee on Halloween during COVID-19

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As we begin the month of October, the state has released guidance for Halloween during COVID-19, which can be found by clicking here. The CDC categorizes traditional Halloween activities, like trick or treating, as high-risk. Please click here for a break down of the CDC’s low, moderate and high-risk activities.

As Lynn continues to fight to stop the spread of COVID-19, I strongly encourage all residents to refrain from engaging in high-risk Halloween activities and instead find alternative ways to celebrate this year that keep our community healthy and safe.

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

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Every week on the MA Department 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. Their numbers factor in the past week as well as the week before, giving 2 weeks worth of data.

An area of concern for the state is that there are currently 80 communities in the yellow category (with 4-8 cases per 100K), an increase of 15 from last week. Another concern is that there are now 23 communities in the red (with more than 8 cases per 100K), an increase of 11 from last week. These are both concerning numbers as they indicate COVID-19 is still running rampant in the state, but on the plus side Lynn’s numbers are lowering. Below are the statistics for the communities in the red category, which includes Lynn.

City/Town Total Case Count Case Count (Last 14 Days) Average Daily Incidence Rate per 100,000 (Last 14 days) Relative Change in Case Counts Total Tests Total Tests (Last 14 days) Total Positive Tests (Last 14 days) Percent Positivity (Last 14 days) Change in Percent Positivity
Attleboro 852 60 9.3 Higher 15602 2303 73 3.17% Higher
Avon 89 6 9.8 Higher 1897 245 6 2.45% Higher
Boston 17798 825 8.5 Higher 672668 179475 999 0.56% No change
Chelsea 3596 99 18.8 Lower 32105 4690 129 2.75% Lower
Dracut 563 38 8.4 Higher 14510 1891 42 2.22% Higher
Everett 2281 90 13.2 Higher 27094 4060 121 2.98% Higher
Framingham 2255 116 11.1 Lower 34259 5511 137 2.49% Lower
Haverhill 1553 129 14.0 Higher 31031 4466 146 3.27% Higher
Holliston 100 18 9.3 Higher 5972 1120 18 1.61% No change
Lawrence 4776 313 25.4 Higher 51773 6780 401 5.91% No change
Lowell 3463 179 10.9 Higher 59379 7196 195 2.71% Higher
Lynn 4862 143 10.1 Lower 54079 6068 202 3.33% Lower
Lynnfield 146 14 8.6 Higher 5487 859 18 2.10% Higher
Marlborough 1220 62 10.2 Higher 20809 2978 77 2.59% Lower
Methuen 1334 94 12.5 Higher 24992 3745 112 2.99% Higher
Middleton 207 18 12.5 Higher 3700 529 20 3.78% Higher
Nantucket 104 30 18.9 Lower 5640 961 31 3.23% Lower
New Bedford 2689 137 9.8 Higher 42317 5226 205 3.92% Higher
North Andover 532 111 26.2 Higher 32155 8335 119 1.43% Higher
Revere 2672 150 17.6 Lower 35219 5031 192 3.82% Lower
Springfield 3532 183 8.3 Higher 71487 11488 221 1.92% Higher
Winthrop 415 21 8.0 Lower 13220 2449 27 1.10% Lower
Worcester 6398 224 8.3 Lower 170086 36092 284 0.79% No change

Grant opportunities are now available from the Lynn Cultural Council

From the LCC: PEOPLE OF LYNN and surrounding areas, I hope you can help me spread this far and wide. We are accepting applicants Starting TODAY, October 1, 2020, to receive grants from the Lynn Cultural Council. These include school field trips, after-school programs, concerts, festivals, lectures, theater, dance, music, and film. LCC projects take place in schools, community centers, libraries, elder care facilities, town halls, parks, and wherever communities come together. Grants will be given next year, if the lockdown is still ongoing, then your project might be done virtually, there will be more instructions soon, but nevertheless, apply for an event as is.
Individuals, schools, and cultural organizations are eligible to apply for project support from their local council. Funding for cultural field trips is also available. Applicants should contact LCC before completing an application.
This year (2020/2021) Grants will be paid in advance instead of on a reimbursement basis. Once a grant is approved the grantee must submit a Grant Acceptance Form. At that time the grant will be processed and paid. When the program is complete the grantee must submit a Final Report within two weeks. (Grants will be released in 2021)
If you have any other questions, please message the LCC by clicking here. The deadline is on Nov. 16, but if I were you start your application now since it just opened today and don’t wait for the deadline, cool? Good luck!

Watch a step-by-step video on the application process by clicking here.

Click the image to take the survey. Available in English, Español, Português, Kreyòl Ayisyen, Việt, & 中文.

City of Lynn Selected to Participate in the Racial Equity Municipal Action Plan (REMAP) Program

The City of Lynn is one of six Greater Boston communities selected to receive technical assistance to create and begin to implement racial equity action plans through the Racial Equity Municipal Action Plan (REMAP) program. This program is a collaboration between the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (FRBB) to help cities and towns  transparently and effectively address racism and inequity.

MAPC, GARE, and FRBB received 22 applications for this first round of the REMAP program. Applications were evaluated on criteria including a commitment to implementation, ability to measure or quantify improvements, a commitment to regional collaboration, and valuing racial equity. Communities across the state and the country are grappling with the daily impacts of many concerns surrounding municipal hiring, funding priorities, the racial wealth divide, unequal law enforcement, and segregation.

“It is clear that we as a country, state, and city, still have tremendous work to do in order to truly achieve racial equity. My administration is committed to taking concrete steps to provide more equitable services and opportunities to all of our residents,” said Mayor Thomas M. McGee. “It was important to me that Lynn be part of this initiative, and we’re grateful to be one of only six communities in the Greater Boston area who will receive the resources needed to develop a strong racial equity plan. The REMAP program will allow us to engage in a difficult but necessary community conversation that begins to chip away at the existing obstacles caused by systemic racism. I am confident that our core team of city officials in collaboration with MAPC, GARE and FRBB, and the public will be committed to taking a hard look at our policies to ensure they are inclusive for all.”

The first four months of the year-long program will focus on training, reflection, and self- assessment. In the final eight months, each municipality will develop a racial equity municipal action plan and begin to implement elements of the plan. The goal of the program is to help municipalities achieve tangible community-level economic and administration improvements and address institutional and structural policies and practices that contribute to racial inequity.

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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 415 with 19 new cases today. 4,443 Lynn residents have recovered and 118 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 4,976. Please visit the City of Lynn COVID-19 Data Dashboard which is updated daily.

Please visit for more information on how you can get a free COVID-19 test in the City of Lynn until October 31st.

We will continue to provide regular updates on COVID-19 through the City website (, social media, and the Smart 911 emergency notification system (sign up at

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