November 26, 2020

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Old Lyme Remain at 53; Confirmed Cases in Lyme at 12, One Probable

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LYME/OLD LYME — Ledge Light Health District’s (LLHD) weekly COVID-19 summary dated Nov. 13, which was sent out Friday (Nov. 13) afternoon, reported 53 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme including two fatalities, and 12 confirmed cases in Lyme with an additional probable one in that town.

These numbers are the same as those we reported last Friday, Nov. 6. They are also the same as those reported daily this week by the Connecticut Department of Health (CT DPH) indicating no change in the number of confirmed cases has occurred in either Lyme or Old Lyme in the past week.

The report from LLHD also reports 13 new confirmed cases in Old Lyme between Oct. 25 and Nov. 7. Since no new cases were reported in Old Lyme by the state in the week between Nov. 6 and Nov. 13, we must assume those 13 cases were confirmed during the week of Oct. 25 through Nov. 7.

We monitor the Connecticut COVID Data Portal (which provides centralized access to data on COVID-19) daily and will report any new confirmed cases in Lyme or Old Lyme as soon as we are aware of them.

Stephen Mansfield, LLHD Director of Health, said in the introduction to the report emailed Friday, Nov. 13, “Our contact tracers continue to report that they have observed many instances of family and social gathering connections.”

He adds, “We are also seeing a significant number of cases associated with sporting events, as well as person to person transmission within foodservice establishments; these foodservice cases have been almost exclusively employee to employee, rather than employee to patron.”

He stresses, “Cases associated with schools and long-term care facilities remain relatively low.”

There was an ongoing discrepancy between LLHD and CT DPH figures for several weeks prior to Nov. 6, but it now has been resolved by LLHD adopting CT DPH’s numbers. Ledge Light Health Department is no longer releasing details of individual cases (age and gender) and so we cannot provide a comprehensive listing of cases as we were previously.

On Friday, Nov. 6, Mansfield told LymeLine, “We are no longer tracking and reporting case numbers independent of the state report. We will only be publishing what DPH reports to us each Friday … Simply put, due to the workload associated with the increase in cases, we do not have the resources to duplicate the efforts of DPH, nor provide a more detailed analysis of the cases in our communities.”

The total number of cases in Old Lyme, of which we have details, is 36 including two fatalities. The number of surviving cases in Old Lyme now comprises 18 males and 16 females ranging in age from 17- to 82-years-old. The two fatalities were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

The total number of cases in Lyme, of which we have details, remains at 11 comprising five females and six males ranging in age from one- to 68-years-old. There have been no fatalities in Lyme.

Gender and age details of the confirmed cases in Lyme to date are:

  1. Male, age 34
  2. Female, age 61
  3. Female, age 34
  4. Male, age 1
  5. Male, age 34
  6. Male, age 20
  7. Male, aged 68
  8. Female, age 21
  9. Female, age 62
  10. Male, age unknown
  11. Female, age 51

To demonstrate the growth in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme, the table below is a summary of the cases that LymeLine.com has reported since March 31 when the first case was announced and also includes both fatalities.

DateCumulative no. of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme
March 311
April 44
April 96
April 107
April 1510
April 1812
May 113
May 1515
May 2616
June 817
June 1018
June 1419
June 2221
June 2422
July 1722
July 2823
Sept. 224
Sept. 426
Sept. 1527
Oct. 128
Oct. 829
Oct. 1630
Oct. 1631
Oct. 1632
Oct. 3034
Nov. 436
Nov. 653

Details of all Old Lyme’s confirmed surviving cases to date are as follows:

  1. Female, age 64
  2. Female, age 21
  3. Male, age 27
  4. Female, age 53
  5. Female, age 61
  6. Female, age 29
  7. Male, age 40
  8. Male, age 53
  9. Female, age 60
  10. Male, age 45
  11. Female, age 20
  12. Female, age 43
  13. Female, age 48
  14. Male, age 70
  15. Male, age 67
  16. Female, age 68
  17. Male, age 50
  18. Male, age 21
  19. Female, age 48
  20. Female, age 34
  21. Male, age 20
  22. Male, age 28
  23. Male, age 74
  24. Male, age 61
  25. Female, age 19
  26. Male, age 31
  27. Female, age 25
  28. Male, age 61
  29. Male, age 35
  30. Female, age 38
  31. Male, age 56
  32. Male, age 20
  33. Male, age 18
  34. Female, age 17

Griswold has previously noted that the 21-year-old female with a confirmed case (#2 in the list immediately above) was tested in Florida, but used an Old Lyme address although she does not live here. Because she gave the Old Lyme address, Griswold said that LLHD must report her as an Old Lyme resident.

Residents and businesses are urged to access up-to-date information regarding the pandemic from reputable sources including the Ledge Light Health District website (www.llhd.org), Facebook (@LedgeLightHD), Twitter (@LedgeLightHD), and Instagram (@LedgeLightHD).

Editor’s Note: Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) serves as the local health department in southeast Connecticut for the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme as well as East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London, North Stonington,  Stonington and Waterford. As a health district, formed under Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-241, LLHD is a special unit of government, allowing member municipalities to provide comprehensive public health services to residents in a more efficient manner by consolidating the services within one organization.

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