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LEO head: ‘New normal’ more difficult, but doable

By Steve Krause | March 24, 2020

LYNN — Lynn Economic Opportunity CEO Birgitta S. Damon broke out a term that’s become common usage in the last two weeks — “the new normal” — to describe what’s going on with her agency.

In LEO’s case, “the new normal” is that the agency is providing services even though all its buildings remain closed. 

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Saugus Police warn of COVID-19 scams

SAUGUS — Saugus Police are warning residents about potential COVID-19 scams, which could include requests for donations or the sale of products that scammers claim will cure, prevent or detect the virus. 

Residents should not participate in any coronavirus testing from door-to-door solicitors, people who approach them at grocery stores or other community venues, or solicitors who call requesting financial information in return for a test, and they should not mail COVID-19 test offerings, said Interim Police Chief Ronald Giorgetti. 

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Lynn confirms first COVID-19 case

By David Mclellan | March 21, 2020

LYNN — The COVID-19 virus has made its way to Lynn.

The  city’s first case of the virus was confirmed Saturday, according to both the Lynn Board of Health and Mayor Thomas M. McGee’ office.

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Tedesco country club worker tests positive for coronavirus

MARBLEHEAD — An employee of Tedesco Country Club has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The announcement was made Sunday by club president David Campbell in an email to members.

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Beleaguered local businesses welcome help in tough time

By Thor Jourgensen | March 23, 2020

For Jim Appleton, a federal business disaster loan is great news. For Sarah Narcus, an interest-payment deferral on her loans is a life saver.

Appleton and Narcus run separate businesses in different communities — Lynn and Peabody — but as event rental providers they have seen business plummet as coronavirus cancels graduations, commencements and all other mass gatherings. 

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New Lynn playground off limits with COVID-19 ban

By Gayla Cawley | March 23, 2020

LYNN — There’s a mixture of excitement and concern from Ward 6 City Councilor Fred Hogan as the long-awaited installation of $50,000 worth of new playground equipment at Warren Street Park is nearly complete. 

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College prep program takes Lynn’s La Vida students online

By Steve Krause | March 23, 2020

LYNN — Peter Barros worries about how the high school juniors in this year’s La Vida Scholar program are going to fare under the provisions made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Nahant Fire Department to defer smoke, Carbon Monoxide inspections

NAHANT — Nahant Fire Chief Dean Palombo and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostrosky announced in a statement released Saturday the temporary deferral of smoke and CO inspections during the ongoing state of emergency in Massachusetts. 

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Winthrop man is state’s first virus death

Daily Item Staff | March 21, 2020

Massachusetts confirmed its first death from the coronavirus on Friday, an 87-year-old man from Winthrop.

The state Department of Public Health said he is the first person in Massachusetts to die from the illness caused by the virus.

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Union will be used for COVID-19 testing

By Steve Krause | March 21, 2020

The North Shore Medical Center’s Union Campus in Lynn will serve as a testing station for those concerned about whether they’ve contracted the COVID-19 virus.

North Shore Medical Center spokesman Matthew Roy said that drive-through testing tents will be set up adjacent to the urgent care center — formerly the Union emergency room.

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