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Virus death toll up to 85 in Lynn

By Gayla Cawley | May 22, 2020

Additional deaths were reported in Lynn and Swampscott on Thursday, but North Shore communities continue to see a small number of new COVID-19 cases each day. 

Two more Lynn residents have died since Wednesday, which brings the city’s death toll to 85. 

In Swampscott, another resident has died, which brings its number of virus fatalities to eight. 

Although Lynn continues to report additional deaths on a near-daily basis, the city continues to report a low number of new COVID-19 cases. 

Lynn reported just 21 new cases on Thursday, on par with what the city has seen so far this week. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the respective day-to-day case increases were 20, 22, and 20. 

By comparison, it’s been less than a month since the city saw its peak in cases, when 115 new cases were reported on April 24. Since that time, daily case increases have steadily declined and have largely been on par with Thursday’s figures for the past two weeks. 

However, Lynn continues to be one of the hardest hit areas in the state — the city has the fourth highest number of COVID-19 cases and the third highest infection rate. 

As of Thursday, Lynn has 3,151 cases, when factoring in those who have recovered (1,091) and those who have died. 

Although Swampscott reported an additional death on Thursday, its case count has remained the same at 119. 

Elsewhere, Lynnfield and Nahant reported no changes in their numbers on Thursday. Lynnfield has 91 cases and 11 deaths and in Nahant, 40 residents have been infected and six have died. 

Revere reported an additional 17 cases on Thursday, which brings the city’s caseload to 1,523 and 58 deaths. According to Mayor Brian Arrigo’s office, the city’s weekly average is now 12.6 new cases each day. 

On Thursday, Arrigo and the Revere Reopening Team expanded the city’s “Mask Up Revere” campaign to support Revere small businesses in acquiring personal protective equipment, according to Arrigo’s office.

Small businesses that are part of Phase One of the state’s reopening plan, which includes offices, hair salons and barber shops, pet services, car washes and curbside retail, may request a two-week supply of masks and gloves for their employees and customers, with a limit of 50, according to Arrigo’s office. 

“Our small businesses are the backbone of our city and while we can’t solve all of the challenges they’re facing today, we are going to show up and offer everything we can to help support them,” Arrigo said in a statement. 

At press time, Marblehead, Peabody and Saugus had not released updated numbers. 

As of Wednesday, Marblehead has 211 cases and 19 deaths, Peabody has 940 cases and 126 deaths, and in Saugus, 480 residents have been infected and 27 have died.