LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
OCTOBER 1, 2020
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A statement from Mayor McGee on Halloween during COVID-19
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
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|
Grant opportunities are now available from the Lynn Cultural Council
Watch a step-by-step video on the application process by clicking here.
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.
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 http://www.ci.lynn.ma.us/covid19/resources.shtml#p7GPc1_2 for more information on how you can get a free COVID-19 test in the City of Lynn until October 31st.