Weekly COVID-19 numbers from Mass DPH, LPS extends remote learning until February, Christmas Parade cancelled, & more | November 13, 2020

NOVEMBER 13, 2020

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Weekly COVID-19 numbers from Massachusetts 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.

The City of Lynn has seen over a month of rapidly growing numbers, indicating that the City is deep into a second wave of COVID-19. The average daily incidence rate per 100,000 over 14 days this week was 45.1;  the previous 3 weeks were 34.4, 25.7, & 17.3. The positivity rate this week was 7.48; the previous 3 weeks were 6.53%, 5.70%, & 4.26%. Last week there were 20,000 less total tests, indicating more people are getting tested every week. While this does indeed mean that case numbers will go up, the number to watch is positivity rate. The higher the positivity rate the more the virus is spreading, regardless of number of cases or tests.

The outlook for the nation is not much better. We currently have 10.6 million cases, with well over 120K+ new cases being reported daily for the past week. We only reached 9 million cases 2 weeks ago, and over the past week new records have been set almost daily. Just yesterday the United States reported 160,000 new cases, a world record for the 3rd day in a row. The death toll nationwide is at 243K, with close to 1,200 in the last 24 hours alone.

There are currently 109 communities in the yellow category, & 30 communities in the red category in Massachusetts. Last week there were 91 in the yellow and 16 in the red, the week before there were 77 in the yellow and 121 in the red. The reason for the drastic difference in the numbers of communities in these categories the two previous weeks was due to new classification systems being used by Mass DPH.

Communities with populations less than 10,000 residents, between 10,000 & 50,000 residents, & more than 50,000 residents have had new metrics applied to them. Their results fall into 4 color categories; grey, green, yellow, & red. Positivity rates & average daily cases will continue to be determined by two-week rolling average. Officials say the new categories help to make the community-specific data more nuanced, and better account for increases in cases in smaller communities. They will also incorporate examples where cases at colleges, nursing homes, or jails may push an entire community into the red category. The new metrics are as follows:

  • For communities with fewer than 10,000 residents:
    • Grey = 10 or fewer cases
    • Green = 15 or fewer cases
    • Yellow = 25 or fewer cases
    • Red = More than 25 cases.
  • For communities with between 10,000 and 50,000 residents:
    • Grey = 10 or fewer cases
    • Green = Less than 10 average cases per 100,000 residents & more than 10 cases
    • Yellow = 10 or more cases per 100,000 residents or a test positivity rate of 5% or more
    • Red = 10 or more cases per 100,000 residents and a test positivity rate of 5% or more
  • For communities with more than 50,000 residents:
    • Grey = 15 cases or less
    • Green = 10 average cases per 100,000 residents and more than 15 cases
    • Yellow = 10 or more cases per 100,000 residents or a test positivity rate of 4% or more
    • Red = 10 or more cases per 100,000 residents and a test positivity rate of 4% or more


Below are the statistics for Lynn & the state.

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
Lynn 6,128 636 45.1 Higher 80,027 9,870 738 7.48% Higher
STATEWIDE 172,471 20,197 20.7 Higher 6,906,649 1,024,534 23,507 2.29 Higher

If you would like to find out full statistics for the entire state, including maps & town-by-town data, you can find the full weekly report from MA Dept. of Public Health by clicking here.

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We also post the next week’s schedule to our Facebook page every Friday afternoon while street sweeping is being done in Lynn.

Lynn Public Schools extends remote learning until February

Dear LPS Families,
First and foremost, I want to express my deep gratitude for your continued cooperation. We continue to proceed and progress in uniquely challenging times. Forward progress happens in large part depending on the extent to which the community stays together. I appreciate our partnership during these times. I am writing to inform you that last night, the Lynn School Committee approved a proposal to continue with remote learning until February 5, 2021. The proposal also includes an intent to provide in-person learning for high needs special education students and those with limited formal or interrupted education beginning January 19, 2021.
I take no pleasure in extending remote learning. I know full well the impact that this approach has on students and families alike. Further, I continue to believe deeply in the research that places in-person learning and all of the related benefits over virtual learning. That said, the current context of surging positive COVID-19 cases among school age children and adults alike in our community has created a situation that makes the introduction of an in-person hybrid schedule for all students inappropriate. Furthermore, in our community, an increase in positive COVID-19 cases following holidays carries with it an unfortunate predictability. The decision to remain in remote learning until February 5th is based on the current state of affairs in Lynn as well as the medical community’s prediction for the coming weeks. This and all decisions are always anchored in what we believe creates the safest conditions for students and staff.
The groups of students who are invited to begin receiving in person instruction on January 19th are those whose needs we struggle to meet the most in the remote learning format. The selection of these groups is not at all intended to marginalize the experiences or needs of other students or to suggest that these are the only students for whom the remote learning is difficult. The students invited for in-person learning are those whose learning and growth needs cannot be met in remote learning, regardless of the skill set or technological approach. The start date of January 19th was selected to allow for any holiday-related surges to decrease before students return. Families with students in these programs will receive communication under separate cover.
We have certainly come a long way with respect to facilitating student learning and growth in remote fashion and we will continue to work to provide the most optimal and impactful approaches to remote teaching and learning. Our partnership means a lot and thus I welcome you to be in touch with staff at
your student’s school to answer any questions or discuss any necessary supports. I will continue to keep the lines of communication open. I will host a Virtual Town Hall for all families on December 2, 2020 at 6 p.m. Links for this event will be shared on Tuesday, December 1st
Yours in partnership,
Patrick Tutwiler, PhD
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Annual Lynn Christmas Eve Parade Cancelled

Photo courtesy of Parade Facebook page

The news broke yesterday from parade organizers that this year there would be no parade, in a message signed from “Santa & Mrs. Claus” posted on their Facebook page.

“COVID-19 restrictions & heath concerns” were cited as the reason for the cancellation. However, they do plan to return next year. The post ended by saying, “It is Christmas Eve so if you behave you might get a glimpse of Santa & his reindeer flying by. We wish you all a healthy & safe Christmas!”
We reached out to Ward 7 Councilor Jay Walsh for further comment. “For my family personally we don’t know what else to do that night”, Walsh said. “This is what I’ve done that night for 35 years, starting when I was 5. I’m pretty distraught over this, but I still think it’s the right decision.”
He explained that this wasn’t a decision made by the Mayor’s office, it was made by the parade’s committee. The Committee then told the Mayor and Health Director about the decision, who agreed it was the right call. A major concern cited by Walsh was the inability to properly distance people, with him questioning “how can you safely distance 6,000 people on Eastern Ave.?”
Walsh went on to add, “Cancelling the parade wasn’t something that was easy for all these people that volunteer their time year after year to do this parade. It’s totally put on by people in this community that donate their time, materials, and family’s time to put it on. We’ve had a lot of people reach out via our Facebook page in support of our decision. Some people have not been as supportive, and the disappointment we understand. But it’s definitely a decision I want people to know we didn’t make in haste, it was a personal decision.”
Every year LCTV staff works together to put together special holiday programming. In the past we’ve aired an old Christmas Carol film, classic holiday cartoons, musical performances, and more. This year will be no different. Even though we can’t all be together outside watching the parade this year it is our hope that we can still bring people together to watch one (around a tv at least).
Our Programming Director will be working with other staff on this, and you can expect to hear more on this in the coming weeks.
Watch the 2019 Christmas Eve Parade on our website by clicking here.

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 868 with 87 new cases today. 5,440 Lynn residents have recovered and 126 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 6,434. Please visit the City of Lynn COVID-19 Data Dashboard which is updated daily.Stop the Spread Initiative Testing have been extended until December 31st

*Testing Hours at Lynn English High School have been updated from 8:00am-2:00pm beginning, Thursday, November 12th*

  • Fallon Ambulance offers testing at the following locations. Walk up Only:
    • Parking lot at Lynn English High School
      • Mon – Sat from 8:00am until 2:00pm

o   Parking Lot behind Fire Station at 725 Western Ave, off of Federal Street

  • Mon – Sat 12:00pm-6:00pm

o   Residents who have been tested for COVID-19 through Fallon Ambulance can call 617-765-0176 with any questions related to your COVID-19 test results.

  • Call Lynn Community Health Center (781)-581-3900 to make a COVID-19 test appointment at 9 Buffum Street location

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 December 31st.

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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