LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
JULY 24, 2020
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ICYMI: Yesterday we received guidelines for school transportation this fall and an update from the Lynn Public Schools.
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New show from GLSS comes to LCTV
starting this Monday
Below is a description from GLSS of this new show:
Watch GLSS TV on our public access channel on TV (Comcast: 3 / Verizon: 38) or on our website at LynnTV.org!
LPS Superintendent holds listening session for staff
KIPP students to hold “March for Mending” on Tuesday, July 28th at 3:30pm
From KIPP Academy: “No state shall…deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…” In 1868 the 14th Amendment was ratified. 152 years later black and brown people across our nation continue to face the deprivation of life, liberty, and property. The students at KALC (KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate) recognize the disparity in treatment of their fellow BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and undocumented peers. In accordance with the national movement for racial justice, we will no longer allow the continual oppression of our communities.
Join us Tuesday, July 28th as we exercise our first amendment right to peacefully assemble for a protest in the name of justice and unity. We will gather at 20 Wheeler Street, in the parking lot next to the KALC building at 3:30 PM to hear from some of KALC’s brightest students. From the KALC building we will march, while maintaining a safe social distance, to the Lynn Police Department, where we will honor those unjustly slain by police, and have student speakers throughout the march. After marching back to 20 Wheeler St, we will conclude with a joyous celebration. We, the young people of Lynn, will not allow injustice to thrive as it has for centuries, and neither should you. Come support local students, and the future of our nation as they forge a better world for all of us!
Please wear face masks to protect yourselves and our community, we can provide a face mask if necessary. Water will be provided. We will also be using disposable brushes and separated paint for the face painting so that no cross-contamination occurs
Questions and contact: Olivia Osgood email@example.com
New MA travel restrictions announced
Governor Charlie Baker announced a new travel order earlier today requiring all visitors to MA and residents returning from out of state to get a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for 14 days. The order goes into effect on August 1st.
All individuals entering MA over the age of 18 or an unaccompanied minor will be required to complete and submit the on-line MA Travel Form unless the individual meets an exemption or are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health. You will also be required to either quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. Failure to comply with this may result in a $500 fine per day.
Exemptions for this travel order are as follows:
- Lower-risk State: States are included on the list based on meeting two criteria: average daily cases per 100K below 6 AND positive test rate below 5%, both measured as a 7-day rolling average. As of July 21, 2020 this list includes Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, & Vermont. Massachusetts residents are urged to limit any out-of-State travel only to States designated as COVID-19 lower-risk States.
- Transitory travel: This extends only so long as is reasonably required for the traveler to complete their transit through the state, make any necessary airplane, bus, or train connection, or make use of travel services such as at a highway rest stop.
- Persons Commuting for Work or School:This exception applies only to and from the person’s residence and place of work or school. Workers or students who travel to any place that is not their home state for personal or leisure reasons cannot rely on this exemption.
- Patients Seeking or Receiving Medical Treatment: Patients who are traveling to MA to seek or receive specialized medical care from a physician located in the Commonwealth and persons accompanying and providing needed support to the patient.
- Military Personnel: Any person who is required to travel to MA at the order or directive of a Federal or State military authority.
- Workers Providing Critical Infrastructure Services: Workers who enter MA to perform critical infrastructure functions as specified in Version 3.1 of the listing published by the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are exempt from quarantine while they are commuting to or from or while at work. For the first 14-days after arrival, when the worker is not at work or commuting to work they must quarantine.
Updates from state government
- As of Thursday night, DPH reported a total of 107,683 cases of COVID-19. The state has now confirmed a total of 8,265 deaths from the virus. The number of active COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts increased in the last week and new coronavirus infections are outpacing recoveries, according to data released Wednesday by the Department of Public Health. Last week, there were 2,586 people isolated with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and DPH said this week there were 2,712 people under isolation.
- The rise in active and confirmed cases of the respiratory disease is only the second since DPH began reporting the number at the start of June that there has been an increase. Between the report published July 15 and the report released July 22, Massachusetts confirmed 1,285 new cases of COVID-19. Over the same time period, 1,062 people recovered from their bouts with the illness and 97 people died with the virus. When the state first began reporting the number of recoveries and of people under isolation on June 3, there were 7,012 people isolated. That number of active cases rose to 7,300 in the June 10 report but had been falling or steady each week since.
- The House on Thursday continued debate on their version of a comprehensive police reform legislation (H.4860). House lawmakers will continue into a third day of debate Friday on police reform legislation. Over the course of 12 hours, lawmakers adopted four individual amendments, two consolidated bundles that dispensed with 46 amendments, and rejected 17.
- The Senate on Thursday approved a plan to erect a memorial in the House chamber containing the text of the address that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered in that room on April 22, 1965. The proposed resolve aims to create a permanent tribute to remarks that King delivered to a joint House-Senate convention.
- The small group tasked with producing a compromise bill to fund more than $17 billion in transportation improvements is now in place. The Senate on Thursday appointed its three conference committee members: Transportation Committee Co-chair Sen. Joe Boncore, Ways and Means Committee Chair Sen. Michael Rodrigues, and Fitchburg Republican Sen. Dean Tran. The House on Wednesday named its conferees: Transportation Committee Co-chair Rep. William Straus, Revenue Committee Co-chair Rep. Mark Cusack, and Lakeville Republican Rep. Norman Orrall. The conference committee will work privately to reconcile an $18 billion House bill (H 4547) and a roughly $17 billion Senate version (S 2836) of transportation bond legislation.
- Following years of disagreement between craft brewers and wholesale beer distributors, the Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill that lawmakers hailed as a major compromise. The bill (S 2829) would make it easier for small brewers to end their relationship with a wholesaler. Sen. Paul Feeney (D-Attleboro) praised the “spirit of commonality” that brewers and distributors brought to negotiations, and the fact that a larger craft brewer, Jim Koch of Boston Beer Company, stepped aside so the bill could focus on companies that produce fewer than 250,000 barrels per year.
- The Senate also approved legislation dealing with transport protocols for stroke patients and designation of comprehensive stroke centers. The next action in the Senate would likely be appointment of a conference committee to negotiate a compromise version of the wide-ranging proposals.
- The Department of Public Health is integrating its hotlines that provide assistance and resources to people dealing with substance use issues and problem gambling, and an official said it could result in having up to 20,000 additional people screened for problem gaming. As of the start of July, the two helplines are being operated by Health Resources in Action (HRiA). HRiA now is in charge of providing support and referrals for problem gambling, substance use and mental health.
- A group of businesses wrote to House leaders to urge that lawmakers take up a bill to address environmental injustices before the current session ends. Advocates and certain business groups have been making a steady push to get the Legislature to act on climate-related bills by the end of the session, currently slated for July 31. In a letter to Speaker Robert DeLeo and Ways and Means Chairman Aaron Michlewitz, a group of businesses highlighted their support for a bill (H 4264) that would codify a definition of “environmental justice population” in state law and bolster the review process for projects proposed in environmental justice communities.
- The Legislature’s Housing Committee is launching a public feedback period on a proposal that would keep a mandatory pause on virtually all evictions and foreclosures in place for at least a year. The committee opened a virtual hearing process to receive written testimony on two bills (H 4878 / S 2831) aimed at preventing housing insecurity during both the COVID-19 public health emergency and the recovery period. The bills, filed by Housing Committee Co-chair Rep. Kevin Honan, Rep. Mike Connolly and Sen. Patricia Jehlen, would extend the state’s eviction and foreclosure moratorium until one year after Gov. Charlie Baker lifts the state of emergency.
- The bills would also freeze rents for one year after the emergency and create a fund to support landlords with 15 or fewer units who were affected financially during the pandemic. Governor Baker earlier this week pushed the existing moratorium from its Aug. 18 expiration until Oct. 17, but its fate after that date remains unclear.
- Mitchell Adams, died in his Beacon Hill home last Saturday. He was 75. He served as commissioner of the Department of Revenue from 1991 to 1998 under Governor Bill Weld.
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 428 with 2 new cases today. 3,298 Lynn residents have recovered and 108 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 3,834. Please visit the new City of Lynn COVID-19 Data Dashboard which is updated daily.
STOP THE SPREAD Initiative:
Next week, there will again be free mobile COVID-19 testing in the Lynn Classical parking lot from 10:00AM-4:00PM from Monday, July 27 through Friday, July 31. You can also make an appointment for a COVID-19 test at Lynn Community Health Center by calling 781-581-3900 or Health Innovations to schedule a test at the mobile van location at (774)-264-0604. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Please visit http://www.ci.lynn.ma.us/