Vaccine rollout advances tomorrow, info for Thursday’s storm, Preschool Lottery Applications, + more | February 17, 2021

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
FEBRUARY 17, 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.


Baker-Polito Administration Announces Vaccine Appointment Booking for Individuals Ages 65+, Individuals with 2+ Certain Medical Conditions to Begin on February 18th

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Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced individuals ages 65 and over and those with 2+ certain medical conditions, including Asthma, can visit www.mass.gov/covidvaccine to start booking an appointment for vaccine beginning tomorrow, February 18th.

With this announcement, almost 1 million individuals are newly eligible for vaccine.

Due to extremely high demand for appointments and limited vaccine supply, it could take more than a month for all eligible individuals to secure an available appointment, unless federal supply significantly increases. Recently, Massachusetts has been receiving approximately 110,000 first doses per week from the federal government. Residents are encouraged to keep checking the website as appointments are added on a rolling basis.

Individuals 65 and over:

Individuals 65 and over, including residents and staff of low income and affordable public and private senior housing are eligible to receive vaccine effective tomorrow, February 18th.

Residents and staff of low income and affordable public and private senior housing can learn more about vaccination options here.

Individuals with 2+ Certain Medical Conditions:

Individuals 16 and older with two or more of certain medical conditions (defined below) are eligible for vaccine, effective tomorrow.

In concert with CDC guidelines, the Commonwealth has adopted the list of conditions that cause individuals to be at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Massachusetts has also identified moderate to severe asthma as an eligible medical condition.

Phase 2 eligible conditions:

  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Learn more from CDC: COVID-19: People with Certain Medical Conditions+

Mass Vaccination Appointments: 

Tomorrow morning, over 70,000 appointments are scheduled to be posted at mass vaccination sites (Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Double Tree Hotel in Danvers, Fenway Park in Boston and Gillette Stadium in Foxboro).

Details for booking can be found via the COVID-19 Vaccine Finder, which 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.

Individuals that are unable to access appointments via the internet can call 211 and follow the prompts for vaccine appointments.

There are currently over 170 vaccination locations across the Commonwealth. Currently, almost 95% of our population lives within a 45-minute drive of a mass vaccination site or within 30 minutes of a regional (high volume site) – not counting the pharmacies, provider and community health center vaccination sites.

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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.

The above press release is courtesy of the Mass Dept. of Public Health & Lynn vaccination info is courtesy of Mayor McGee’s office.


City Council Meeting: Broadcast update

Due to technical difficulties last night’s City Council Subcommittee & Regular meetings were not able to be broadcast live.

However, we were able to record them and have uploaded them (& the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting) to our Video on Demand section. Watch them with the links below.

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Find a vaccine location near you by clicking here.
Schedule an appointment at the Lynn Tech Vaccination site by clicking here.

For phasing details and the most up-to-date status of where MA is in our vaccination timeline please click here.



2021-2022 Preschool Lottery Applications now available via LPS

The Lynn Public Schools announced this week that their 2021-2022 school year applications for preschool lottery are now available. A Preschool Lottery is held each year in the Spring. To be eligible for the lottery, children must be 4 years of age on or before September 1st of that year.

In accordance with the Massachusetts General Law MGL (603 CMR 28.00: Special Education), the Lynn Public Schools has a number of Integrated Preschool Programs for children with and without special needs.  The primary purpose of the program is to integrate three and four year old children with special needs in a preschool classroom with typically developing (non-special needs) four year old children serving as role models. The program provides children with special needs the opportunity to learn from their peers as well as from the instructional staff.

PLEASE NOTE THAT TRANSPORTATION IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENT/GUARDIAN OF THE TYPICALLY DEVELOPING CHILD.

Applications available online
(Links download a PDF)

Applications available in-person at

  • The main office of any Lynn Public School
  • The main desk of the Lynn Public Library
  • The front desk the School Administration Building (100 Bennett St.)

You can either drop off completed applications at the main desk of the
School Administration Building (100 Bennett St.) or mail to:

Lynn Public Schools
Att: Jacqueline Gallo
Administration Building – 100 Bennett Street – Lynn, MA 01905

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration will begin March 2, 2020. Families can call the Parent Information Center (781) 592-8796 to schedule appointments beginning January 27, 2020. The Preschool Lottery is expected to take place in March. Please check here for updates.

All above info. was taken from the LPS Early Childhood Dept.’s website.


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Info. for upcoming winter storm

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A winter storm is expected to impact the area late Thursday into later on Friday. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect for all of the state, minus Cape Cod, from Thursday AM through Friday AM. The NWS expects accumulations of 6-8 inches for our area, possibility of ice accumulation of a light glaze, & hazardous road conditions.

The City of Lynn has not made any snow-related announcements yet, but as soon as we receive announcements we will share them. They will be posted to our Facebook page & appear as a crawl on our tv channels. If a snow emergency and parking ban are called you can find out more information about what that means by clicking here. In the event of a parking ban we encourage you to use the interactive map below to find the nearest city lot to park in.


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Today, February 17th from 6:00-8:00pm the MBTA is holding a virtual public meeting to discuss temporary schedule changes that will go into effect in March and April 2021. The only change relative to Lynn is weekday service on the 435 bus from Liberty Tree Mall to Danvers Square. You can view the full list of changes here: https://www.mbta.com/customer…/spring-2021-service-changes

LCTV will make an attempt to get a recording of this meeting for future broadcast. If we do we will share here on our blog & Facebook page.


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“Winter’s End Book Swap” fundraiser to benefit local literacy programs

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Clear your bookshelves and replenish your reading stock at the first annual Winter’s End Book Swap, sponsored by Leading Ladies and hosted by The Book Shop of Beverly Farms on Saturday, March 20th from 10 AM – 2 PM. Rain/snow date is Sunday, March 21st.

Bring books to swap or purchase books in the side yard of the Book Shop at 40 West Street. All proceeds will be donated to local literacy programs, including Lynn’s REAL Program. Anyone who swaps or buys a book will receive a coupon for 15% off all book purchases on that day at The Book Shop. Refreshments by Cha Cha LaMer, also of Beverly Farms, will be on sale.

Leading Ladies is a non-partisan, North Shore-based organization committed to galvanizing voters and supporting legislation and lawmakers  who fight for every person’s right to food, shelter, and good health care; the well-being of the environment; common sense gun laws; the end of discrimination on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation; a woman’s right to make decisions about her own health and health care; immediate and effective solutions to the national opioid epidemic; and families being kept together. Learn more at leadingladiesvote.org.
The above press release was submitted to us by “
Leading Ladies”.

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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 677 with 27 new cases today. 14,402 Lynn residents have recovered and 191 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 15,270. 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 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).

 

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