City of Lynn

Welcome to the Public Health Division Webpage

The Public Health Division is a division of Inspectional Services Department and is responsible for ensuring the health and welfare to the inhabitants of the City through the oversight of all health related issues.

List Public Health Department
Email Address
Michele Desmarais
(781) 598-4000
(781) 595-9447
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  Public Health Resources Addiction, Zika and Other Resources
  Seasonal Resources Storm Prep, Insect Safety and More
  City of Lynn Ordinances City Food, Tobacco and Other Regulations

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City of Lynn Public Health Notices and Events

National Grid and Eversource Present: Utility Financial Assistance Webinar

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many new and stressful situations for all of us. We understand these are challenging times, and we’re here to help.

Eversource and National Grid are partnering to raise awareness around financial assistance programs available to income-eligible customers. Even if you’ve never qualified before, you may be eligible for financial assistance now.

Please join an upcoming free webinar to learn about:

  • Discount Rates
  • Payment Arrangements
  • Budget Plans
  • Ways to Pay
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Fuel Assistance Grants

For your convenience, we are offering four webinars. Please choose the one that is best for your schedule and language preferences:

- English Webinar - Tuesday, October 20 - 7 PM - Click Here To Register

- Portuguese Webinar - Wednesday, October 21 - 4 PM - Click Here To Register

- English Webinar - Thursday, October 22 - 10 AM - Click Here To Register

- Spanish Webinar - Thursday, October 22- 4 PM - Click Here To Register

There is no charge to participate in this webinar. This event requires registration and space is limited.

Important Information On Mask Selection and Cleaning From The CDC!
CDC Posters - English CDC Posters - Spanish
Germs Are All Around You! Germs Are All Around You!
Wash Your Hands ! Wash Your Hands !
Stop The Speard Of Germs! Stop The Spread Of Germs!
SPRING - SUMMER 2020 - COVID-19 Announcements
Important Beach and 4th Of July Safety Tips!
FDA Advises Consumers not to use these hand sanitizer products.
Starting June 1, 2020, menthol cigarettes and all other flavored tobacco products like flavored cigars, flavored chewing tobacco, and flavored vapes will no longer be sold in stores like gas stations and corner stores in Massachusetts. This includes brands with mint and menthol flavored products like Newports, Kools, and menthol Pall Malls. Read The Full Notice - No_Menthol_June_1, 2020
Mass General Brigham's "Safe Care Committment"
English - Arabic - Chinese - Haitian-Creole - Portuguese - Spanish
Modernizing Tobacco Control Act - In Effect June 1, 2020 (English and Spanish)
Read The Lynn Curfew and Social Behavior Order
Read The Essential Services Order
For Additional News and Announcements Visit the CODVID-19 Resources Page
Food Distribution & Emergency Services - LEO Inc.
Help Prevent The Spread of Norovirus ("Stomach Bug")
Union Hospital Update - Closing November 07, 2019
Know-Plan-Prepare - DPH - Sept. 2019
Preventing Mosquito Bites - CDC - Sept. 2019
Make A Family Emergency Plan - MEMA - Sept. 2019
Click Here For Safety Tips And Other Information From MEMA

MEMA Encourages Residents to Stay Safe During Extreme Heat

“MEMA urges residents to take precautions during periods of extreme heat. Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle, find an air-conditioned public space, cooling center, or other cool spot for relief, and watch for heat-related illnesses. Please check on your family, friends, or neighbors to make sure they are safe during the extreme heat.

Extreme Heat Safety Tips

  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20°F within 10 minutes.
  • Slow down and avoid strenuous activity.
  • Drink plenty of fluids — even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine. If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink, ask how much you should drink during hot weather.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect heat and sunlight, and help maintain normal body temperature.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. Do not leave pets outside for extended periods of time.
  • If you must be outdoors, limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening hours. Try to rest often in shady areas so your body temperature will have a chance to recover. Use sunscreen with a high SPF and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Use fans to stay cool and avoid using your stove and oven. Consider spending time in air-conditioned public spaces, such as schools, libraries, theaters, and other community facilities.
  • Check with your local authorities or Call 2-1-1 to find locations of cooling centers or shelters near you.
  • On hot days, more people cool off around bodies of water. Playing in and around water can increase the risk of drowning. Learn how to keep yourself and your children safe in and around water with these Water Safety Tips.
  • If there are power outages during warm weather, you may need to take additional precautions or go to a cooling center or emergency shelter to stay cool.
  • Know the symptoms of and watch out for heat-related illnesses. Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, those who may need additional assistance, and those who may not have air conditioning.

Types of Heat-related Illnesses
During extreme heat, people are susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Learn how to recognize and respond to them:

  • Heat Cramps are muscular pains and spasms caused by heavy sweating.
    • Symptoms: Muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen
    • Treatment: Get the person to rest in a comfortable position in a cooler place. Give the person water or fluids with electrolytes help them rehydrate.

  • Heat Exhaustion typically occurs when people overexert themselves in a warm, humid place, and often affects those doing strenuous work in hot weather. Body fluids are lost through heavy sweating and blood flow to the skin increases, causing blood flow to vital organs to decrease. This results in a form of mild shock.  
    • Symptoms:  Cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, nausea, dizziness, headache, weakness, and/or exhaustion
    • Treatment: Get the person to rest in a comfortable position in a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths, such as towels or sheets. If the person is conscious, give them half a glass of cool water or fluids with electrolytes every 15 minutes, making sure the person drinks slowly. Watch the person carefully for changes in his or her condition and call 9-1-1 if it doesn’t improve.

  • Heat Stroke is the most serious heat emergency and is life-threatening. Heat stroke develops when systems in the body begin to stop functioning due to extreme heat. Heat stroke may cause brain damage or death if the body is not cooled quickly.  
    • Symptoms: Extremely high body temperature, hot and red skin (dry or moist), loss of consciousness, changes in level of responsiveness rapid and weak pulse, rapid and shallow breathing, vomiting, confusion, and/or seizures
    • Treatment: A person suffering from heat stroke needs immediate assistance. Call 9-1-1 and move the person to a cooler place. Immerse the individual in a cool bath, wrap in cold wet sheets, or cover the person in bags of ice.

See more information on heat-related illnesses and graphics here.

MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA's staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector - individuals, families, non-profits and businesses - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth's ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. Click for additional information about MEMA and Emergency Preparedness.

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