December 6, 2021

Nov. 22 COVID-19 Update: Five New Cases in Old Lyme Take Cumulative Case Total to 467; Two New Cases Increase Lyme’s Total to 133

LYME-OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report issued Monday, Nov. 22, at 4 p.m. by the Connecticut Department of Health(CT DPH) shows five new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme taking that town’s total of cumulative cases to 467.

This means the cumulative total of confirmed cases for Old Lyme has now increased by 24 since last Wednesday, Nov. 10, when the total stood at 443.

In an email sent Thursday, Nov. 18, regarding the latest COVID-19 data, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD)  Director of Health Steven Mansfield states, “The number of new COVID cases within our jurisdiction has increased significantly, which is consistent with an increase in COVID cases statewide, according to DPH. Unfortunately, we expect this trend to continue as we move into the holiday season.”

He continued, “LLHD continues to focus our vaccination efforts on the homebound population and providing boosters to individuals who were vaccinated more than six months ago” [or two months, if you received the J & J vaccine.]

Two new cases were reported in Lyme, and so that town’s cumulative total increases to 133. Lyme had previously gone 35 days in succession without reporting a single new case.

The state does not issue reports over the weekend nor on public holidays. The next report from CT DPH will be issued Tuesday, Nov. 23, at around 4 p.m.

On Aug. 26, Old Lyme’s cumulative case total stood at 372, meaning there have been 95 new cases there since that date. Meanwhile, Lyme’s cumulative total on Aug. 26 was 114 indicating 19 new cases have also been confirmed there during the same period.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools started the new academic year Aug. 26.

COVID-19 Cases in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools

This is the latest information that we have with the most recent cases first — there may have been further updates, however, which we have not yet received.

On Monday, Nov. 22, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser informed the school community that a positive case of COVID-19 impacting Mile Creek School had been reported.

On Thursday, Nov. 18, Neviaser informed the school community that a positive case of COVID-19 impacting Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) had been reported.

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, Neviaser informed the school community that a positive case of COVID-19 impacting LOLHS had been reported.

On Sunday, Nov. 14, Neviaser informed the school community that over the weekend a positive case of COVID-19 impacting LOLHS had been reported.

On Wednesday, Oct. 20, Neviaser informed the school community that a positive case of COVID-19 impacting LOLHS had been reported.

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, Neviaser informed the school community that a positive case of COVID-19 impacting LOLHS had been reported the previous evening.

On Thursday, Oct. 23, Neviaser informed the school community of two intrafamilial positive cases of COVID-19 impacting Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School (LOLMS.) He stated, “We were able to complete our contact tracing and the one individual who must quarantine has been notified.”

On Thursday, Sept. 23, Neviaser informed the school community of two intrafamilial positive cases of COVID-19 impacting LOLMS. He noted, “We were able to complete our contact tracing and the one individual who must quarantine has been notified.”

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, Neviaser informed the school community of a positive case of COVID-19 impacting LOLHS.

On Thursday, Sept. 16, Neviaser informed the school community that a previously reported positive case of COVID-19 is now impacting Mile Creek School and Center School.

On Monday, Sept. 13, Neviaser informed the school community that a positive case of COVID-19,  which had been reported the previous day, was impacting LOLMS.

On Wednesday, Sept. 1, Neviaser informed the school community that a positive case of COVID-19 was impacting Mile Creek School.

On Tuesday, Aug. 31, Neviaser informed the school community that late on Monday, Aug. 30, a positive case of COVID-19 impacting LOLHS had been reported.

On Saturday, Aug. 28, Neviaser informed the school community that late on Friday, Aug. 27, a positive case of COVID-19 impacting Lyme School had been reported.

In all cases, contact tracing was completed and those individuals who needed to quarantine were notified. They will be able to return to school following their quarantine period. All other students and staff will continue to attend school as scheduled.

Fatalities Due to COVID-19 in Lyme, Old Lyme

There has been one COVID-related fatality of a Lyme resident: a 57-year-old male passed away Nov. 16, 2021. The state has yet to include this fatality in its data. We have asked Director of Health Steven Mansfield for an explanation of this but have not yet received a response.

Three COVID-related fatalities have been reported in Old Lyme. The first two fatalities from Old Lyme, which were reported in 2020, were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

Details of the third, which was reported in 2021, have not been made available.

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