COVID-19: LOCAL NEWS

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Lynn’s GE union asking for paid time off during COVID-19 outbreak

By Gayla Cawley | March 20, 2020

LYNN — A union representing the city’s General Electric employees is concerned about the aviation plant’s “unsafe work environment” caused by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and is seeking two weeks of paid leave.

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Swampscott resident contracts COVID-19, town reacting

By David Mclellan | March 20, 2020

SWAMPSCOTT — A Swampscott resident has contracted COVID-19, according to the town’s Board of Health Chairwoman Marianne Hartmann.

Hartmann would not give out identifying information about the resident, but said the resident is isolated at home and is in regular communication with town officials.

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Area restaurants feeling the strain of coronavirus

By Steve Krause and Elyse Carmosino | March 20, 2020

Stanley Wong has one overriding question as he prepares to talk about how his family’s restaurant — Kowloon in Saugus — is weathering the social isolation that’s been almost mandated by the town and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the wake of the COVID-19 virus.

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Mutual Aid Lynn providing connections during coronavirus crisis

By Thor Jourgensen | March 20, 2020

LYNN — Armed with resource lists, social media and compassion for one another, local residents are organizing Mutual Aid Lynn to provide connections while coronavirus continues to necessitate social distancing.

“In this time of growing uncertainty, fear, and isolation, it’s more important than ever for us to come together for mutual support and solidarity,” said Lynn resident Jonathon Feinberg.

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Senior Shopping Hours

Some of the local supermarkets are opening up at earlier hours so older citizens may come and shop. This is to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. People ages 60 and older, and those with pre-existing health conditions, are at higher risk of serious complications should they contract the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Three local residents test positive for coronavirus

By Gayla Cawley and David Mclellan | March 19, 2020

In addition to a Lynn church, the Town of Marblehead and City of Revere reported their first presumptive cases of the coronavirus Wednesday. 

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No time off for Lynn students during COVID-19 closures

By Gayla Cawley | March 19, 2020

LYNN — Public school closures in Lynn don’t mean time off for students as they are expected to complete resources that are available online to continue their education. 

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Greater Lynn Chamber looking to help businesses struggling with COVID-19 impact

By David Mclellan | March 19, 2020

LYNN — Advice on intermediate planning, state funds for small businesses, a survey on federal disaster assistance — the Greater Lynn Chamber of Commerce wants its more than 400 member organizations to know resources are available to minimize the impact of COVID-19. 

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Lynn Mini Movers redefine (on) line dancing

By Elyse Carmosino | March 19, 2020

LYNN — Considering Jackie Bowden started her mobile dance studio as a way to encourage kids to be more active, one could say recent North Shore school closures are the Lynn native’s call to arms. 

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Lynn Family and Children’s Services to close amid COVID-19 concerns

By Steve Krause | March 19, 2020

Family and Children’s Service will close its Lynn and Chelsea offices to the general public until further notice.

FCS’ Lynn office is on 111 North Common St.

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