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NSMC has treated 11 for COVID-19

SALEM — The North Shore Medical Center has treated 11 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus since the health crisis hit the North Shore.

The hospital released the latest figures late Thursday afternoon.

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Winthrop confirms six cases of COVID-19

WINTHROP — There are six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Winthrop. 

Winthrop Town Manager Austin Faison and Public Health Director Meredith Hurley announced Wednesday they received notification from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health of two additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the town’s total up to six. 

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Lynn confirms seven COVID cases

By David Mclellan | March 26, 2020

LYNN — There are seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lynn, according to the office of Mayor Thomas McGee. 

The mayor’s spokeswoman, Elizabeth Gervacio, said the city was notified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that the cases are confirmed. 

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Popular Lynnfield resident dies from COVID-19

By Thor Jourgensen | March 26, 2020

LYNNFIELD — Town residents are mourning Steven Richard’s death Tuesday evening following what Board of Selectmen Chairman Philip Crawford said was confirmation that Richard had tested positive for coronavirus.

“He was one of the first positives confirmed in the town,” Crawford said.

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School closures extended to May 4, Lynn plans for further

By Gayla Cawley | March 26, 2020

LYNN — A day after School Superintendent Dr. Patrick Tutwiler said he did not anticipate students would return to classes on April 7, as scheduled, Gov. Charlie Baker announced he was extending the statewide school closures to May 4. 

Lynn Public Schools have been closed since Friday, March 13 due to concerns over the coronavirus. 

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Congressman Moulton and wife self-quarantine after showing COVID-19 symptoms

By Gayla Cawley | March 26, 2020

SALEM — U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass) said he has exhibited symptoms of the coronavirus and is under a self-quarantine. 

Although Moulton does not qualify for testing and will therefore not learn whether he has contracted the virus, he said he decided to publicly share his condition because it will cause him to miss a key House vote on a $2 trillion virus rescue bill that was approved by the U.S. Senate early Wednesday morning. 

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Once quarantined, now out of work, Lynn man may be out of luck

By Elyse Carmosino | March 26, 2020

LYNN — When Sal (not his real name) first started to feel ill early this month, he initially brushed off the signs. 

He was a contracted employee and had just started work at a well-known financial institution in the city. He couldn’t afford to take any time off. 

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Nahant creates hotline for questions on coronavirus

NAHANT — Nahant has created a non-emergency hotline for COVID-19-related questions. The hotline will remain in operation Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Changes at Lynn, Saugus Salvation Army sites prompted by COVID-19 crisis

By Steve Krause | March 25, 2020

The COVID-19 health crisis has affected the Salvation Army in a few ways — and in a few locations.

While the Lynn citadel at the bottom of Franklin Street has expanded its food program to run five days a week instead of its usual three, the donation and drop-off center in Saugus along with the family thrift store, all on Route 1 South next to the 99 Restaurant, have been closed until further notice.

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But for restaurants, a bare Market(Street) in Lynnfield

By Anne Marie Tobin | March 25, 2020

LYNNFIELD — How has the coronavirus affected the popular MarketStreet shopping center?

It depends on where you look.

At Whole Foods Market, it’s business as usual with shoppers coming and going all day long, crowding into the store as they check off their grocery lists.

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