COVID-19: LOCAL NEWS

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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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Health Center reaps what Brickyard sews

By Thor Jourgensen | March 21, 2020

LYNN — Community organizations Brickyard Collaborative and the Lynn Community Health Center are joining forces to ensure the Center has Centers for Disease Control (CDC) -approved protective masks while its workers fight coronavirus. 

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Saugus has Healthy plan for students to grab meals

By Elyse Carmosino | March 21, 2020

SAUGUS — With the number of families facing food insecurity expected to rise in coming weeks, Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus, alongside Whitsons Food Service, is partnering with Saugus Public Schools to provide “Grab and Go” meals during COVID-19 school closures.  

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St. Jean’s gives its customers credit

By David Mclellan | March 21, 2020

LYNN — St. Jean’s Credit Union has been around for 110 years. As the second oldest credit union in the country, it’s seen disaster before, and knows how to handle it. 

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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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