January 21, 2021

Jan. 19 COVID-19 Update: Cumulative Cases in Old Lyme Hold at 222; Lyme’s Increase by One to 68

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LYME/OLD LYME — Old Lyme’s COVID-19 cumulative case numbers held steady at 222 over the previous day’s in the report issued Tuesday, Jan. 19, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) while Lyme’s cumulative total rose by one to 68.

The state issues a COVID-19 metric report daily around 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, which includes current data up to the previous evening. The Monday reports include data for the weekend as well as the previous Friday.

The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) for data as at 8:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 shows the following:

Both Lyme and Old Lyme are still in the state-identified ‘Red Zone;’ where they have been for the past several weeks.

As of the Jan. 19 report, only three towns in the state — Canaan, Cornwall and Warren — remain in the ‘Gray Zone.’

  • The red category is defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town exceeds 15.
  • The gray category is defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town is less than five or less than five reported cases.

In all cases, this rate does not include cases or tests among residents of nursing home, assisted living, or correctional facilities.

Old Lyme

Old Lyme now has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 216 confirmed COVID-19 cases and SIX probable cases, making a TOTAL of 222 cases.

This represents NO CHANGE in the cumulative number of total cases (211) reported Friday, Jan. 15,

The total number of Old Lyme residents tested is 4,229.

There have been two fatalities in Old Lyme.

CT DPH Two-Weekly Report

The Jan. 19 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from 12/27/20 through 01/09/21, Old Lyme had 34 cases in Week 1 and 19 in Week 2. This data was updated Jan. 14, 2021.

The case rate in Old Lyme for 100,000 population is 51.4, reflecting an increase from the previously reported two-week rate of 29.1. A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

Lyme

Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 63 confirmed cases and FIVE probable cases, making a TOTAL of 68 cases.

This represents an INCREASE OF ONE in the number of confirmed cases and a NO CHANGE in probable cases from the numbers reported Monday, Jan. 18.

There have been no fatalities in Lyme.

The total number of Lyme residents tested is 1,124.

Connecticut Hospital Occupancy

At the request of several readers, we are adding a new report today showing the respective rates of hospital occupancy at local hospitals. The data for this report is obtained from the Connecticut Hospital Occupancy Report published weekly by the CT DPH and extracted from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) facility-level data for hospital utilization aggregated on a weekly basis (Friday to Thursday).

Hospital NameTownStaffed BedsAdult In-patient Occupancy 01/8-01/14Adult ICU Occupancy 01/8-01/14
BackusNorwich18384.424.2
Lawrence & MemorialNew London25290.891.4
MiddlesexMiddletown20778.289.9
Yale-New HavenNew Haven1,549
87.982.6
Statewide80.860.9

CT DPH Two-Weekly Report

The Jan. 19 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from 12/27 through 01/09/21, Lyme had 13 cases in Week 1 and 11 in Week 2. This data was updated Jan. 14, 2021.

The case rate in Lyme for 100,000 population is 78.3 reflecting a increase from the previously reported two-week-rate of 36.7. A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

Editor’s Note: In light of the serious rise in Coronavirus cases, we have started a new weekday update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. The next CT DPH Daily Data Report for Connecticut will be issued Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.

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Old Lyme Library Hosts Mindfulness Workshop Tonight, Pre-Registration Required

Julie Ann Liefeld

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library hosts a Mindfulness Workshop, Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Explore different meditation forms with Dr. Julie Liefeld, RN, LMFT, Phd, ERYT 500. Liefeld is an experienced registered yoga teacher with over 500 hours of training at the Yoga Shop and Certified Yin Instructor through Josh Summers and North End Yoga Boston Mass.

Experience the numerous benefits the world of meditation has to offer in this series featuring Yoga Nidra and more.

Set up for success with comfortable clothing, a pillow, blanket and space to lie down on your back. No experience necessary and all abilities welcome. Attend one or all sessions. This workshop is virtual (via Zoom), select the date above to register and receive a link to this program.

To receive a link to this program, register here or email: kbalocca@oldlymelibrary.org 

 

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Presidential Inaugural Committee Invites Everyone to Light a Candle at 5:30pm This Evening to Memorialize American Lives Lost to COVID

LYME/OLD LYME — The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) will be hosting a memorial to remember and honor the lives lost to COVID-19 in cities and towns across the country this evening, Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m.

A Washington, D.C. ceremony will feature a lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. It will be the first-ever lighting around the Reflecting Pool to memorialize American lives lost.

The PIC is inviting cities and towns around the country to join Washington, D.C. in illuminating buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. ET in a national moment of unity and remembrance. You can get involved by:

Encouraging your elected officials to light up city buildings in the color amber.

Asking your clergy or non-profit agencies to ring bells. Note Lyme Congregational Church already ahs a ceremony planned to join this nationwide event. 

Lighting a candle in your window on Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. to join in the countrywide moment of remembrance

Fill out or share this form for participation in the memorial.

Information excerpted from email from: Rina Patel, Associate Director of Coalitions , Presidential Inaugural Committee.

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Jan. 18 COVID-19 Update: Cumulative Cases in Old Lyme Rise by 11 to 222; Lyme’s Increase by One to 67

This map published Jan. 19 shows the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks. Only cases among persons living in community settings are included in this map; the map does not include cases among people who reside in nursing home, assisted living, or correctional facilities.

LYME/OLD LYME — Old Lyme’s COVID-19 cumulative case numbers reached 222 in the report issued Monday, Jan. 18, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) while Lyme’s cumulative total rose to 67.

The state issues a COVID-19 metric report daily around 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, which includes current data up to the previous evening. The Monday reports include data for the weekend as well as the previous Friday.

The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) for data as at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 shows the following:

Both Lyme and Old Lyme are still in the state-identified ‘Red Zone;’ where they have been for the past several weeks.

As of the Jan. 18 report (see map above), only three towns in the state — Canaan, Cornwall and Warren — remain in the ‘Gray Zone.’

  • The red category is defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town exceeds 15.
  • The gray category is defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town is less than five or less than five reported cases.

In all cases, this rate does not include cases or tests among residents of nursing home, assisted living, or correctional facilities.

Old Lyme

Old Lyme now has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 216 confirmed COVID-19 cases and SIX probable cases, making a TOTAL of 222 cases.

This represents an INCREASE of 11 in the cumulative number of total cases (211) reported Friday, Jan. 15,

The total number of Old Lyme residents tested is 4,198.

There have been two fatalities in Old Lyme.

CT DPH Two-Weekly Report

The Jan. 14 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from 12/27/20 through 01/09/21, Old Lyme had 34 cases in Week 1 and 19 in Week 2. This data was updated Jan. 14, 2021.

The case rate in Old Lyme for 100,000 population is 51.4, reflecting an increase from the previously reported two-week rate of 29.1. A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

Lyme

Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 62 confirmed cases and FIVE probable cases, making a TOTAL of 67 cases.

This represents an INCREASE OF TWO in the number of confirmed cases and a DECREASE OF ONE in probable cases from the numbers reported Friday, Jan. 15.

There have been no fatalities in Lyme.

The total number of Lyme residents tested is 1,117.

Connecticut Hospital Occupancy

At the request of several readers, we are adding a new report today showing the respective rates of hospital occupancy at local hospitals. The data for this report is obtained from the Connecticut Hospital Occupancy Report published weekly by the CT DPH and extracted from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) facility-level data for hospital utilization aggregated on a weekly basis (Friday to Thursday).

Hospital NameTownStaffed BedsAdult In-patient Occupancy 01/8-01/14Adult ICU Occupancy 01/8-01/14
BackusNorwich18384.424.2
Lawrence & MemorialNew London25290.891.4
MiddlesexMiddletown20778.289.9
Yale-New HavenNew Haven1,549
87.982.6
Statewide80.860.9

CT DPH Two-Weekly Report

The Jan. 14 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from 12/27 through 01/09/21, Lyme had 13 cases in Week 1 and 11 in Week 2. This data was updated Jan. 14, 2021.

The case rate in Lyme for 100,000 population is 78.3 reflecting a increase from the previously reported two-week-rate of 36.7. A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

Editor’s Note: In light of the serious rise in Coronavirus cases, we have started a new weekday update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. The next CT DPH Daily Data Report for Connecticut will be issued Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

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Winter Sports Start in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools with Practices, Games Begin Feb. 8

Basketball practices start today for both the boys’ and girls’ squads at Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.

LYME/OLD LYME — Not only do Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools reopen today after the Martin Luther King Day holiday, but the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) winter high school sports season also starts.

This latter situation became possible after the CIAC Board of Control approved the CIAC Winter Sports Plan at a meeting last Thursday, Jan. 14, which allows students to start practicing (CIAC) winter sports of basketball, fencing, gymnastics and ice hockey Jan. 19 and to commence competition, Feb. 8.

In the same way as the fall season, the winter sports plan will be shorter and stay closer to home since, again, there will be no state tournaments, which can cause teams to travel all over the state. There will, however, be an equivalent of  the Shoreline Conference Tournament for Lyme-Old Lyme Schools held March 15-28. Not all member schools will necessarily compete, however, as the CIAC has permitted the final decision regarding whether to participate in winter sports to be made at school level.

The winter season is scheduled to run through March 28 and, at this point, the spring sports season is planned to start March 29.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained exclusively to LymeLine that the plan for LOL Schools winter sports season is that, “All sports [which include basketball, fencing, gymnastics and ice hockey] except wrestling and indoor track,” will start practicing today. The CIAC has deemed wrestling a high-risk activity meaning, it, “does not recommend any activities beyond small group conditioning and non-contact skill building for the duration of the winter season.”

Although indoor track has been categorized as a “moderate and lower risk sports,” and can therefore start practices today, Neviaser states, “We are working to find ways to have indoor track outside so we may be able to hold competitions that way.” The CIAC is not allowing indoor track meets until March at the earliest.

Masks will be required at all times by athletes, coaches, game personnel and officials, but Lyme-Old Lyme Schools will not be allowing spectators at any games or sporting events.

Asked to comment on the overall CIAC’s Winter Sports Plan, Neviaser said by email, “The lack of virus transmission during fall sports supports the CIAC’s current position,” adding, “We are glad to see our students once again having the opportunity to exercise and compete against their peers at other schools.”

He noted in conclusion, “Unfortunately, we cannot have fans but will live stream as many games as we can.” LymeLine will publish details of all games, which are being live-streamed, as soon as they are available.

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LYSB Screens ‘LIKE’ Documentary to Spark Community Discussion on Real Impact of Social Media, Jan. 26

LYME/OLD LYME — Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau hosts a virtual screening of the compelling new documentary LIKE, Tuesday, Jan. 26, at  7 p.m. The event is free of charge and all are welcome.

Parents, educators and community members interested in attending must pre-register for the Zoom link either here or by visiting www.lsyb.org.

More than 2 billion people have smartphones today … and we check our phones on average 150 times every day. Technology makes our lives easier in so many ways – but what is the cost of our dependence, and our children’s reliance, on screens?

LIKE is a new documentary exploring the impact of social media on our lives. It reveals the true effects of technology on the brain and uncovers the impact social media can have on our lives. The film’s mission is to educate, inform and inspire people to effectively self-regulate their screen time.

Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care… but is that what is really happening? When social media users chase “likes” or seek followers, they lose sight of the fact that their devices are now using them. The goal of the screening is to raise awareness about the hidden costs of social media as well as start a conversation about how to ensure our own, and our children’s, healthy use of technology.

The LIKE screening will be followed by an informative panel discussion featuring experts from the film.

The following day, Wednesday, Jan. 27, the film will be viewed by all students at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle and High Schools.  This is a great opportunity to start conversation with your children about a real issue in their every day lives.

The film features interviews with experts including Max Stossel, Head of Education & Content at Center for Humane Technology; Leah Pearlman, Co-Creator of the Facebook “Like” button; Dr. Jerry Bubrick, Senior Psychologist at Child Mind Institute; Professor Jevin West, DataLab, iSchool, University of Washington; John Borthwick, CEO, Betaworks; and Professor Katie Davis, author of The App Generation.

To learn more about LIKE, visit http://thelikemovie.com

Editor’s Note: IndieFlix Group Inc is a global screening and streaming service that promotes and supports social impact films to create positive change in the world. IndieFlix screening service books offline community screenings in schools and corporations around the world while IndieFlix online streaming offers a monthly subscription based service to access thousands of high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, and series from around the world.

For more information, visit https://www.indieflix.com/

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Lyme Church Hosts Gathering with Candles for COVID Victims, Prayers for Peaceful Inauguration, This Evening

LYME — The First Congregational Church of Lyme will join the National Lighting Ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m. when all are welcome to gather on the church lawn for candle lighting in memory of those lost to COVID-19, and conclude with prayers for peace during the Presidential Inauguration being held the following day.

This will be a very short event and held only if the weather permits.

Attendees are requested to wear masks, and households should distance from other households.

Even if the weather does not allow the gathering, local residents should listen for the church bells, which will toll at 5:30 p.m. in concert with churches all over the country celebrating the National Lighting Ceremony.

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LYSB Hosts Virtual, Interactive ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ Program, Aims to Heighten Awareness of Drug Use/Abuse, Tonight

This bedroom looks innocent enough but vaping materials, drug paraphernalia and more may be “hidden in plain sight.”

LYME/OLD LYME — Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) and two other organizations* host an interactive online workshop via Zoom, Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. for parents, caregivers, and adults who work with youth.

This presentation is extremely important because:

  • One in five Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) youth in grades 7-12 report vaping.
  • By 12th grade, over 40 percent of LOL youth report vaping.
  • Data says that youth are at risk for developing nicotine addiction that becomes a gateway to other substances, and physical harm from vaping.

Titled, Hidden in Plain Sight, participants are invited to browse a mock bedroom that is filled with items that can be easily used to hide drugs and paraphernalia.

This will be followed by a drug education workshop on ways to:

  • Understand the types of inexpensive, easily accessible products available.
  • Recognize warning signs of drug use, both obvious and hidden.
  • Determine what to do if a problem is suspected.
  • Practice skills for having tough conversations with young people in your life.
  • Learn about resources available in your community.

This program is free and open to the public. Register at this link.

For more information, contact Alli Behnke, MSW, Prevention Coordinator at abehnke@lysb.org.

*This program is presented by Connecticut Association of Prevention Professionals, Lyme-Old Lyme Prevention Coalition and LYSB.

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Jan 15 COVID-19 Update: Cumulative Cases in Old Lyme Reach 211; Griswold Urges, ‘We Can’t Let Our Guard Down Now’

Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold

LYME/OLD LYME — Old Lyme’s COVID-19 case numbers increased by five in the report issued Friday afternoon (Jan. 15) by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) taking the cumulative total for the town since the pandemic began to 211.

On Friday, Jan. 8, the report issued by CT DPH that day gave Old Lyme’s cumulative total as 173, meaning that in the following week (1/8-1/15), 38 new cases were confirmed.

Lyme’s number was unchanged from the previous day, standing at a cumulative total of 66.

Asked his thoughts on the recent significant rise in COVID-19 cases in the town, Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold told LymeLine exclusively, “These troubling numbers are typical of what’s happening through the state and the country. The salient point is that we’ve been seeing it [the number of cases] gradually picking up, but now they’re really ramping up.”

He added, “You’ve had the holidays and now it’s incumbent on all of us to keep doing what we’re doing,” stressing, “We can’t let our guard down now.”

Referring to the expansion of the vaccine program, Griswold noted optimistically that with the combination of that and people continuing to be vigilant, “We can hopefully begin to get the curve down.”

 

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Death of Patience “Penny” Zawacki of Old Lyme Announced

OLD LYME —  Patience “Penny” Zawacki, of Old Lyme passed away Jan. 11, 2021. She was born Sept. 23, 1937, in New Britain, the daughter of Archibald and Ida Johnson Waters …

… She was a member of the Lady’s Auxiliary for the South End’s Fire Department in Old Lyme. She loved to get together with her girlfriends weekly and paint ceramics. She was also a first basemen for the Old Lyme Seafood’s Women’s softball team …

… Calling hours will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Lane, Old Lyme. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme.

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Jan. 14, 2021 in The Day.

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Ledge Light Report Shows Significant Increase in New COVID Cases in Lyme, Old Lyme in Past Two Weeks

LYME/OLD LYME — This afternoon (Jan. 15), Ledge Light Health Department (LLHD) released its latest Weekly COVID-19 Report for the municipalities within their District, which include both Lyme and Old Lyme.

Stephen Mansfield, LLHD Director of Health, prefaces the report with this statement, “As expected, we continue to see an increase in cases within our jurisdiction, due in part to COVID transmissions associated with holiday gatherings.”

The report shows that in the past two weeks from Dec. 27, 2020 to Jan. 9, 2021, COVID Cases in Lyme and Old Lyme have almost doubled in both towns in the past two weeks compared with the previous two-week period.

The detailed numbers are Old Lyme had 53 new cases between 12/27/20 and 1/9/2021, up from 30 in the previous two-week period. Meanwhile Lyme recorded 24 new cases in that period, up from 12 in the previous two-week period.

This report only includes cases and tests among persons residing in community settings; it does not include cases or tests among residents of nursing home, assisted living, or correctional facilities.

It also details that 987 Old Lyme residents had molecular tests and antigen tests in the past two weeks, up from 847 in the previous two-week period, while the equivalent number for Lyme residents was 333, up from 290 in the previous two-week period.

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Death of Helen Hilda Goss Way Announced, Born 1930 in Old Lyme

NEW LONDON – Helen Hilda Goss Way, 90, born April 8, 1930, passed away Jan. 2, 2021. Beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Born in Old Lyme, loved and enjoyed gardening and cooking with her mother Ellen Fratus Goss. She was a great mom who will be loved and missed by all …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Jan. 6, 2021 in The Day.

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Ledge Light Announces COVID Vaccine Registration Options for Individuals Age 75 & Over

Photo by CDC on Unsplash.

LYME/OLD LYME — UPDATED JAN. 15 (see text in red below): On Thursday, Jan. 14, the State of Connecticut opened COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to individuals aged 75 and older.

Individuals aged 75 and older who wish to be vaccinated can register for a vaccination through a number of channels:

Old Lyme Emergency Services Director David Roberge contacted us this morning to emphasize that the easiest way for people aged 75 and over is to register for the vaccine via the LLHD website. Anyone registering this way should then expect to receive two emails after registering, one from the Connecticut Department of Health and the second from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Roberge also stressed that people in this age group, who do not have access to a computer, should use the phone number given above to register.

He added that relatives, friends and neighbors of persons aged 75 and over could be very helpful in checking that the person [aged 75 and over] has successfully registered for the vaccine by any method.

In addition to these methods, some individuals may be contacted by their healthcare provider to schedule a vaccination, if their provider is participating in the vaccination program. 

All vaccinations are offered by appointment; people must first register through one of the systems listed above to secure an appointment. Vaccine supply remains limited and patience is requested. 

Although the availability of vaccine will help reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with COVID-19 long term, it is only one of the tools that we have in our toolbox to fight this pandemic; it is an imperative that everyone remain diligent and continue to practice social distancing and appropriate mask protocols.

Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) is committed to assuring that all individuals have access to vaccinations as they become eligible, and as vaccine is available.

While LLHD is one of the vaccination providers, LLHD does not make decisions about who is eligible for vaccinations. Ledge Light Health District staff are monitoring information regarding vaccine eligibility as it is released by the State of Connecticut.

The State has indicated that certain frontline essential workers as well as individuals between the ages of 65 and 74 and those individuals ages 16 to 64 who have underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk will become eligible in the coming weeks.

Visit the LLHD’s website and social media pages frequently for up-to-date information.

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Jan. 14 COVID-19 Update: Cumulative Cases Climb by One in Old Lyme to 204, Lyme’s Rise by Two to 66

This map published Jan. 14 shows the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks. Only cases among persons living in community settings are included in this map; the map does not include cases among people who reside in nursing home, assisted living, or correctional facilities.

LYME/OLD LYME — Old Lyme’s COVID-19 case numbers increased by one in the report issued by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) today taking the cumulative total for the town since the pandemic began to 204.

In light of the serious rise in Coronavirus cases, we have started a new weekday update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme.

The state is now issuing a COVID-19 metric report daily around 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, which includes current data up to the previous evening. The Monday reports include data for the weekend as well as the previous Friday.

The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) for data as at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 shows the following:

Both Lyme and Old Lyme are still in the state-identified ‘Red Zone;’ where they have been for the past several weeks.

As of the Jan. 14 report (see map above), only three towns in the state — Canaan, Cornwall and Warren — remain in the ‘Gray Zone.’

  • The red category is defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town exceeds 15.
  • The gray category is defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town is less than five or less than five reported cases.

In all cases, this rate does not include cases or tests among residents of nursing home, assisted living, or correctional facilities.

Old Lyme

Old Lyme now has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 199 confirmed COVID-19 cases and FIVE probable cases, making a TOTAL of 204 cases.

This represents an INCREASE of ONE in the number of confirmed cases (198) reported Wednesday, Jan. 13, and NO CHANGE in the number of probable cases (5) reported the same day

The total number of Old Lyme residents tested is 4,095 (+6 over 1/13 report).

There have been two fatalities in Old Lyme.

CT DPH Two-Weekly Report

The Jan. 14 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from 12/27/20 through 01/09/21, Old Lyme had 34 cases in Week 1 and 19 in Week 2. This data was updated Jan. 14, 2021.

The case rate in Old Lyme for 100,000 population is 51.4, reflecting an increase from the previously reported two-week rate of 29.1. A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

Lyme

Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 60 confirmed cases and six probable cases, making a TOTAL of 66 cases.

This represents NO CHANGE in the number of confirmed or probable cases from the numbers reported Wednesday, Jan. 13.

There have been no fatalities in Lyme.

The total number of Lyme residents tested is 1,082 (+1 over 1/13 report).

CT DPH Two-Weekly Report

The Jan. 14 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from 12/27 through 01/09/21, Lyme had 13 cases in Week 1 and 11 in Week 2. This data was updated Jan. 14, 2021.

The case rate in Lyme for 100,000 population is 78.3 reflecting a increase from the previously reported two-week-rate of 36.7. A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

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The next CT DPH Daily Data Report for Connecticut will be issued Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

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Two New Shows on View at Lyme Art Association: ‘First Impressions’ & ‘New Elected Artists’

‘September’s Sunflowers’ is one of the features works in the New Elected Artists Show opening at the Lyme Art Association, Jan. 15.

OLD LYME — On Friday, Jan. 15, two new shows open at the Lyme Art Association (LAA).

The First Impressions Exhibition is a juried exhibition of the Association’s Associate Artist members, accomplished artists who have been successfully exhibiting in selective shows at the Lyme Art Association for a number of years. This exhibit will include a variety of media and themes: landscape, portrait, and still life paintings, as well as sculpture.

The New Elected Artists show in the Goodman Gallery will present work from four new Elected Artists. This year the Elected Artists welcome Michael Centrella, Jacqueline Jones, Susan Termyn, and Len Swec into this most selective and talented group of artists. Both exhibits run through March 11, 2021.

 

‘Foxglove’ by Betsy Barry is one of the featured works in the ‘First Impressions’ exhibition opening Jan. 15, at the LAA

“The Annual Associate Artists Exhibition highlights the range, creativity, and excellence of our Associate Artist members. This exhibition includes a variety of subjects, media, and styles: paintings or sculptures that capture the range of human emotion, the beauty and grandeur of the Connecticut landscape, or the personal objects and surroundings of everyday life,” notes Jocelyn Zallinger, LAA’s Gallery Manager.

She adds, “The New Elected Artists show in the Goodman Gallery promises to be impressive; our new class of Elected Artists is very accomplished.”

First Impressions and New Elected Artists are on view through March 11, 2021. Visitors to the LAA are asked to wear a face covering when visiting and practice social distancing.

The LAA was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community.

The LAA is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within an historic district. Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.

For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call 860-434-7802 or visit www.lymeartassociation.org

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Old Lyme Planning Commission Hosts Public Hearing Tonight on Conservation & Development Draft Plan

OLD LYME — The first item on Old Lyme Planning Commission’s agenda for their regular meeting being held this evening is a Public Hearing for the ‘Adoption of the 2020 Plan of Conservation & Development.’

The meeting, which starts at 5 p.m. and will be held via via WebEx, will consider and hear comments on the plan, a draft of which has been published on the Town of Old Lyme website at this link.

Readers can join the meeting by using this link: https://oldlymect.webex.com/oldlymect/j.php?MTID=m55a2f585111f7b29596eea… along with Meeting Number (access code): 179 105 9119 and Meeting Password: YsbhfM47Z2A or calling in by phone at +1-408-418-9388 with Meeting Number (access code): 173 8212293.

The plan opens with this statement: In compliance with Section 8-23 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Old Lyme Planning Commission periodically reviews and updates its local Plan of Conservation and Development. The comprehensive plan makes fascinating reading and contains a blueprint for the future of the town.

This Public Hearing offers an opportunity for members of the public to comment on the draft plan prior to its submission to the state.

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Lyme Library Presents ‘Climate Change & You’ Tonight via Zoom

LYME — This evening, Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m., the Friends of the Lyme Public Library present “Climate Change & You,” a Zoom presentation by Climate Reality Leadership Corps member Patricia Sisson.

The presentation will address some of the many specific threats posed by climate change, identify societal approaches for dealing with them and highlight the most powerful actions individuals can take.

To register for this free program and receive the Zoom invitation, send an email to programreg@lymepl.org.

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‘The Country School’ Hosts Virtual Open House, Jan. 25

Learning about how the molecular world works in the face of an invisible crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic currently being experienced, 8th Grader, Caleb Butler of Westbrook, who attends The Country School, loads a gel with his PCR product prior to electrophoresis. The Country School hosts a Virtual Open House, Jan. 25.

MADISON, CTThe Country School (TCS) is hosting a Virtual Open House on Monday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

Hear from the admission team, current parents, students, faculty and administration.

Learn about the school’s admission process; rigorous academic program; Signature Programs of STEAM, Elmore Leadership, Global Citizenship, Outdoor Education, and Public Speaking; rich offerings in the arts and athletics; and TCS’s Merit Scholarship opportunity for students entering Grades 4-8.

The Country School honors students’ creativity, sense of wonder, and intellectual curiosity. The school’s integrated curriculum aligns academics with a commitment to character and leadership development.

Founded in 1955, The Country School serves students in Pre-School through Grade 8 on its 23-acre campus in Madison, Conn.

Register for the Open House at this link. You will be sent the Zoom link for the event after registering.

For more information about The Country School, visit www.thecountryschool.org.

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Death Announced of Marlene Joan Goss DeGray, Graduated 1953 from Old Lyme High School

EAST LYME — Marlene Joan Goss DeGray was born April 11, 1935, and passed Dec. 29, 2020. She met William K. DeGray while square dancing and they married May 18, 1957. They celebrated 52 years of marriage before his passing …

… She was a 1953 graduate of Old Lyme High School where she played field hockey, softball, and basketball. She also belonged to many clubs and committees, and earned herself the “Most Talkative” superlative. …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Dec. 29, 2020 in The Day.

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