COVID-19: LOCAL NEWS

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GE union demanding two-week shutdown due to virus

By Gayla Cawley | April 3, 2020

LYNN — Following weeks of citing health and safety concerns, the union representing more than 1,200 workers at Lynn’s GE Aviation plant demanded a two-week paid shutdown of the factory Thursday.

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To build or not to build: That is the question facing contractors

By Steve Krause | April 3, 2020

Gov. Charlie Baker has not issued a moratorium on building and construction projects in Massachusetts. And until he does, most local contractors say they are going to keep doing what they’re doing.

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Kowloon Restaurant in Saugus sets the bar high with mai tais to go

By Elyse Carmosino | April 3, 2020

SAUGUS — With restaurants across the country forced to close their dining rooms due to the COVID-19 health crisis, Kowloon Restaurant in Saugus decided to make the best of the situation and offer to-go mixes of its most popular drinks.  

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Lynn sees first COVID-19 death

By David Mclellan | April 2, 2020

LYNN — A city resident has died from COVID-19, Mayor Thomas McGee announced Wednesday. 

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Coronavirus deaths are expected to peak April 17

In a COVID-19 briefing at the White House Tuesday, public health experts cited the expectation that between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans could die in the next four months from COVID-19. An Item analysis of the data indicates that more Lynn residents may die from this virus than were killed in the Vietnam war.  

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Local housing authorities closing offices, but still providing services

By David Mclellan | April 2, 2020

The state has advised all public and private housing authorities to alter operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, suspending all pending non-essential evictions and filing of non-essential evictions. While offices for housing authorities have closed across the state, many are still providing services over the phone or by mail. 

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LHAND keeping services going during COVID-19 outbreak

By David Mclellan | April 2, 2020

LYNN — Despite offices being closed, the Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development (LHAND) is keeping its services running to help vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Revere mayor urges beachgoers to practice social distancing

By Elyse Carmosino | April 2, 2020

REVERE — Visitors to Revere Beach Saturday were greeted by the sounds of mayor Brian Arrigo shouting into a bullhorn, urging beachgoers to observe social distancing guidelines while he slowly drove along the boardwalk in a mobile City Hall van.

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Lynnfield doctor thinks out of the box to fight COVID-19

By Thor Jourgensen | April 2, 2020

LYNNFIELD — Dr. Julie Tammaro stepped up to fight coronavirus by adapting her medical skills to become an innovator and inventor. 

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Lynn’s GE workers voice safety concerns, suggest making ventilators

By Gayla Cawley | April 1, 2020

LYNN — Workers at Lynn’s GE Aviation plant held protests on Monday and Tuesday, citing the company’s failure to address their health and safety concerns at the factory amid the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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