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Lynn, Peabody report more virus deaths

By Gayla Cawley | May 21, 2020

Lynn and Peabody reported additional deaths on Wednesday, while several other North Shore communities saw a handful of new COVID-19 cases. 

Another Lynn resident died on Wednesday, which brings the city’s death toll to 83, according to city data. 

In Peabody, three more residents have died since Monday, when figures were last reported. The city’s death toll is now 126, according to Peabody Health Director Sharon Cameron. 

Although the two communities continue to report fatalities on a near-daily basis, the number of their new COVID-19 cases has been trending downward in recent weeks. 

Lynn reported just 20 new cases on Wednesday, which is on par with the numbers seen on Monday and Tuesday, when there were 20 and 22 new cases respectively, according to city data. 

Peabody has only had 29 new cases since Monday, which brings its caseload to 940. 

Although Lynn’s case numbers have been on the decline, the city still has the fourth highest number of cases in the state, with 3,122, and the third highest infection rate, at 3,089 per 100,000 residents, according to data from the city and the state Department of Public Health (DPH). 

Only Boston, Brockton and Worcester have more cases, and Lynn is only trailing Chelsea and Brockton in terms of infection rate, which indicates the municipalities that have the worst outbreak, according to the DPH. 

In Revere, which has the state’s sixth highest infection rate at 2,472 per 100,000 residents, six new cases were reported on Wednesday. The city now has 1,506 cases and 58 residents have died. 

Elsewhere, a handful of new cases were reported between several other North Shore communities. 

As of Wednesday, Lynnfield has 91 cases and 11 deaths, Marblehead has 211 cases and 19 deaths, Nahant has 40 cases and six deaths, Saugus has 480 cases and 27 deaths, and in Swampscott, 119 people have been infected and seven have died, according to the DPH.