COVID-19 FORUM with Mayor Nicholson - January 26th at 7 PM Via Zoom
The City of Lynn, in partnership with Mass General Brigham-Salem Hospital/North Shore Physicians Group and Lynn Community Health Center, is hosting a COVID-19 Virtual Community Forum to provide residents with helpful information and answer questions related to COVID-19. It is also an opportunity for residents to speak about issues affecting them in relation to the ongoing pandemic.
Community Forum Panelists
- Mayor Jared Nicholson
- Michelle Desmarais, Lynn Public Health Director
- Dr. Barbara Lambi, Salem Hospital
- Dr. Christine Valdes, Salem Hospital/North Shore Physican's Group
- Dr. Hanna Haptu, LCHC
- Dr. Clark Van DenBerghe, LCHC
For residents without internet access,
call +1 301-715-8592 at the time of the event
using the following Webinar ID: 850 2294 1122 to listen live.
In addition to this Virtual Community Forum, Mayor Nicholson’s Office is launching a second opportunity for Lynn residents and business owners to provide their input and feedback regarding their ongoing experience and needs during the COVID-19 pandemic via an online questionnaire. This questionnaire will also be used to help inform the discussion during the forum.
City of Lynn Institutes Face Coverings Mandate in All Indoor Public Locations
Today, Mayor Thomas M. McGee and Lynn Department of Public Health Director Michele Desmarais signed an Order that will go into effect on Monday, December 20th requiring any individual, regardless of their vaccination status, who is age two or older to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or face-covering when inside any public location. This action is being taken as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly affect the life and health of our community, as well as the economy; therefore, it is critical to take this additional step to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to protect the health and welfare of the people in the City of Lynn.
“The City of Lynn has made great strides to keep our community safe by offering and encouraging free testing and vaccines, but masking indoors continues to be an incredibly important tool in the toolbox, especially during the holidays and winter season,” said Mayor Thomas M. McGee. That is why the CDC, US Surgeon General, and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as well as other federal and state medical authorities recommend this, and in consultation with Director Desmarais and Mayor-Elect Nicholson, I feel strongly that by putting this measure in place, we can all do our small part to help drive our positive case numbers down again and keep our community healthy.”
“This pandemic continues to have a strong presence here in Lynn,” said Public Health Director Michele Desmarais. “Our positive cases in the last few months have steadily increased again, some days in triple digits, and although we have done a tremendous job with vaccinations which often tempers COVID symptoms, the virus is easily transmittable via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so wearing a mask specifically indoors in group settings will go a long way in helping to stop the spread and protect the most vulnerable among us.”
Public location is defined as any place open to the public, including, but not limited to, municipal and school buildings, grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, places of worship, funereal homes, convenience stores, fitness centers, all retail stores, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, public transportation, taxis, livery, and other ride sharing vehicles, and any location, including event venues, and private clubs that hosts indoor events or performances. Public location also includes any facility where members of the public are permitted to enter to conduct business while such members of the public are within the facility.
Exceptions to this order include for people who are unable to wear a mask or face covering due to medical or disabling condition, where it would impede communication by or with a person who has a hearing impairment or other disability, and while actively eating or drinking, receiving dental care or other health care, or swimming.
The Order requires all businesses, healthcare facilities and any other establishments open to the public to post a notice at entry requiring those entering to wear a face-covering or mask.
The Lynn Public Health Department has confirmed that there have been 813 positive COVID-19 cases reported since Friday, December 24 and 176 positive COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours. The total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Lynn since March 21, 2020, including those who have recovered, is 23,599. 245 Lynn residents have died.
We will provide weekly updates every Friday.
SOLID WASTE FEE - Due to rising solid waste costs effective January 1st, 2021 any residence with additional barrels leased through Waste Management will incur an additional solid waste fee from the City. Please call the DPW with any questions. (781) 268-8000.