COVID-19: LOCAL NEWS

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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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More COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Saugus

By Elyse Carmosino | March 24, 2020

SAUGUS – More cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Saugus, bringing the total number of local cases up to four. 

Town Manager Scott Crabtree announced Monday the Saugus Health Department received notification that more residents tested positive for the virus, which the CDC reports is transmitted primarily via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  

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Greater Lynn Senior Services meeting increased meal demands

By Gayla Cawley | March 24, 2020

LYNN — Greater Lynn Senior Services has increased its food delivery and output to meet the increasing demand from elderly clients left stranded by the coronavirus outbreak. 

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Governor’s essential service list keeping contractors on the job

By Thor Jourgensen | March 24, 2020

LYNN — Nick Meninno’s company has seven construction jobs around Massachusetts and three lines in Gov. Charlie Baker’s nine-page “COVID-19 essential services” list are keeping those sites open.

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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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