August 19, 2022

COVID-19 Update: 52 Cases Confirmed in Past 28 Days in Old Lyme, Eight in Lyme Over Same Period

This map shows the distribution of COVID-19 cases by town for the past seven days. To protect confidentially, the data in towns with fewer than five (5) cases or five (5) positive NAAT tests in the past seven (7) days are suppressed. Map from CT DPH — see details regarding how to access the map in the text below.

Old Lyme’s Total Cumulative COVID-19 Cases Now 1388, Lyme’s Equivalent Number is 336

LYME/OLD LYME — We have not issued a COVID-19 update since June 29, 2022, which coincided with the Connecticut Department of Health (CT DPH) significantly changing its COVID reporting structure on June 27, which included no longer issuing details of towns in the established red, orange, yellow and gray zones.

The CT DPH stated that in its efforts to “update and streamline the reporting of COVID-19 cases, deaths, and testing data … As of 6/27/2022, the data will be published in four tables instead of 12.” At that time, it seemed case numbers were falling but, in fact, the state’s Positivity Rate had already begun to rise from its 2022 low of 7.52% on June 20 to 8.67% on June 27.

On June 27, Old Lyme reported a cumulative total of 1336 cases while Lyme’s total was 328.

Today (Monday, July 25), Old Lyme’s total has risen to 1388 reflecting an increase of 52 cases in 28 days whereas Lyme’s total has only increased to 336, showing eight new cases in the same period.

The map above shows CT DPH’s new map reporting COVID-19 cases in the past seven days, which is now updated daily on a rolling basis. On the map above dated July 22, Old Lyme is shown as having 11 cases in the past seven days while Lyme’s number is suppressed as it is less than five. The original of the map is at this link (scroll down to reach section titled COVID-19 Cases and Tests by Town) and is interactive in that one can click on each town to view that town’s data, but be aware it will change later today when new data is issued.

As previously stated, Connecticut’s Positivity Rate was 8.67% on June 27, but now that has risen to 11.09% with the rising dominance of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5.

Visit this link to view additional historical data and detailed graphics on COVID-19 vaccination levels and positive cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. The site is updated by Old Lyme resident William Fitzgerald.

There have been no additional fatalities in Lyme or Old Lyme since Feb. 4, 2022, when the death of an Old Lyme resident was reported. No details of the individual’s age or gender were made available.

On Nov. 21, 2021, the death of a Lyme resident — a 57-year-old male — was reported

A total of three COVID-related fatalities were reported in Old Lyme in 2020 and 2021. The first two, which were reported in 2020, were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male. The third fatality also occurred in 2021, but no details were made available.