April 11, 2021

Resolution on Racism Raised Again in Old Lyme BOS; No Progress Made, ‘Nothing to Discuss’ (Selectman Kerr)

Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold (File photo)

OLD LYME — The subject of the Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis was again raised at the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen’s (BOS) meeting held this past Monday, April 5.

It came up first in Public Comment when George Clough of Old Lyme called in and said, “I want to ask the board of selectmen why the Resolution on Racism has not been acted upon.”

First Selectman Timothy Griswold (R) responded, saying, “I don’t subscribe to the idea that we have a public health crisis in Old Lyme.” He added that he felt the Resolution was written in a very negative way and “that it characterizes the townspeople” and “I just don’t buy it.”

Clough challenged Griswold’s response, noting other municipalities had already approved the Resolution and then asking, “So you don’t feel the problem of the systemic nature of racism is evident in Old Lyme at all?”

Griswold replied, “I don’t justify what other towns do. I’m just giving you my opinion.”

He invited the other two members of the board to give their opinions. Selectman Christopher Kerr (R) said, “I have no comment,” while Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal (D) noted she planned to speak to the issue in Other Business.

Clough continued, “As one resident, I’m not going to let this go unchallenged … We do have issues in this town and we need to address them.”

He added, “I would say that if we don’t, we’ll end up with a Planning Commission sending a letter to legislators saying that we want to keep the character of the town as it is and don’t support changes in zoning regulations regarding Affordable Housing.”

Clough stated firmly that he found the Old Lyme Planning Commission’s recent letter, “Offensive,” and told Griswold and the board, “If it’s your opinion that it’s not offensive, you’re not fully understanding the nature of the problem.”

He offered to sit down and discuss the issue on a one-to-one basis noting it was inappropriate to “tie up the phone line” during the meeting, but concluded by saying again, “This issue has not been brought to a vote and I’m asking why.”

Old Lyme Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal (File photo)

The board then moved to Other Business and Nosal followed up immediately with further comments on the Racism Resolution, expressing thanks to Clough for his support and reminding her fellow board members, “We’ve had many people calling in their support. People have come in [to do so] and a petition has been sent in.”

She noted that since August 2020, when she first mentioned the Resolution, she has been, “Requesting the board of selectmen to engage in a discussion to support the Resolution,” adding, “I’ve provided various versions [of the resolution] and lots of reading materials.”

Emphasizing that, “I have been sensitive to your concerns,” while mentioning that Griswold had, in fact, spoken at last year’s Black Lives Matter rally in Old Lyme, she said, “I hope we can have an open dialogue on it.”

Nosal noted, “CCM (Connecticut Conference of Municipalities) supports it. More than 21 towns have signed onto it. Our legislature is looking at it,” and then urged Griswold and Kerr to remember, “We don’t have to wait for a mandate.”

Saying, “We can show Old Lyme resolves to doing the work with the first step being to admit racism keeps people from enjoying the quality of life in Old Lyme,” she continued, “We should show a commitment to this goal by signing the Resolution and putting in place the time, effort and people to move forward.”

Noting that “So many people support this and are ready to help,” she said, “I’m asking the board to bring it up for a vote,’ adding that, as has been widely learned during the time of COVID, “We are all in this together.”

She invited Kerr and Griswold to discuss the matter.

Kerr responded, “I have nothing to discuss.”

Nosal said, “It’s really disappointing,” pointing out to her fellow board members that over the past eight months or so since she first brought attention to the matter, “Mostly I’ve talked … and you’ve ignored me. You haven’t been open to discussion,” commenting, “We can’t negotiate because we haven’t had a discussion.”

Stressing that she has been regularly raising the Resolution issue since last August, she concluded, “It’s been a long time. I will keep bringing it up, I will keep talking about it because by not signing it, we are on the wrong side of history.”

Editor’s Note: i) Nosal first raised the request at the Aug. 8, 2020 BOS meeting. It was not on the agenda at the Aug. 17 BOS meeting, but was discussed at the Sept. 8 BOS meeting and then again at the Sept. 22 BOS meeting.  Nosal raised the matter once more at both the Dec. 21 BOS meeting and the Jan. 4 BOS meeting.

ii) A draft of the Resolution is printed below for reference.

WHEREAS, racism is a social system with multiple dimensions: individual racism that is interpersonal and/or internalized or systemic racism that is institutional or structural, and is a system of structuring opportunity and assigning value based on the social interpretation of how one looks;

WHEREAS race is a social construct with no biological basis; 

WHEREAS racism unfairly disadvantages specific individuals and communities, while unfairly giving advantages to other individuals and communities, and saps the strength of the whole society through the waste of human resources; 

WHEREAS racism is a root cause of poverty and constricts economic mobility; 

WHEREAS racism causes persistent discrimination and disparate outcomes in many areas of life, including housing, education, employment, and criminal justice, and is itself a social determinant of health; 

WHEREAS racism and segregation have exacerbated a health divide resulting in people of color in Connecticut bearing a disproportionate burden of illness and mortality including COVID-19 infection and death, heart disease, diabetes, and infant mortality; 

WHEREAS Black, Native American, Asian and Latino residents are more likely to experience poor health outcomes as a consequence of inequities in economic stability, education, physical environment, food, and access to health care and these inequities are, themselves, a result of racism; 

WHEREAS more than 100 studies have linked racism to worse health outcomes; and 

WHEREAS the collective prosperity and wellbeing of TOWN depends upon equitable access to opportunity for every resident regardless of the color of their skin: 

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, that the TOWN Board of Selectmen

(1) Assert that racism is a public health crisis affecting our town and all of Connecticut; 

(2) Work to progress as an equity and justice-oriented organization, by continuing to identify specific activities to enhance diversity and to ensure antiracism principles across our leadership, staffing and contracting;

(3) Promote equity through all policies approved by the Board of Selectmen and enhance educational efforts aimed at understanding, addressing and dismantling racism and how it affects the delivery of human and social services, economic development and public safety;

(4) Improve the quality of the data our town collects and the analysis of that data—it is not enough to assume that an initiative is producing its intended outcome, qualitative and quantitative data should be used to assess inequities in impact and continuously improve;

(5) Continue to advocate locally for relevant policies that improve health in communities of color, and support local, state, regional, and federal initiatives that advance efforts to dismantle systemic racism;

(6) Further work to solidify alliances and partnerships with other organizations that are confronting racism and encourage other local, state, regional, and national entities to recognize racism as a public health crisis;

(7) Support community efforts to amplify issues of racism and engage actively and authentically with communities of color wherever they live; and

(8) Identify clear goals and objectives, including periodic reports to the Board of Selectmen, to assess progress and capitalize on opportunities to further advance racial equity.

April 8 COVID-19 Update: Old Lyme Falls From Red (Highest) Into Orange Zone, Lyme Stays in Gray (Lowest) for Two-Week Case Rates; Both Towns Up One in New Cases, OL at 317, Lyme at 98

This map, updated April 8, shows the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks. The Town of Old Lyme has moved down into the Orange (second highest) Zone, while Lyme remains in the (lowest) Gray Zone. (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 — The report issued Thursday, April 8, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) for the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks shows a very marginal improvement for the whole state.

The number of towns in the state in the Red (highest) Zone for two-week new case rates has fallen from 146 last week to 142 this week. Old Lyme, which last week was in the Red Zone, is now one of the 10 towns in the Orange (second highest) Zone.

Lyme remains in the Gray Zone for two-week case rates, recording a fourth straight week in the lowest zone. Thirteen towns were in this zone last week and that number is the same this week. (Four zones are specified by the CT DPH — see details below.)

Overall, the number of towns in each zone is shown below with the previous week’s number in parentheses:

  • 13 (13) towns are now in the (lowest case rate) Gray Zone
  • 4 (2) are in the (lowest but one) Yellow Zone
  • 10 (8) are in the (second highest case rate) Orange Zone.

All the remaining 142 towns are in the Red Zone.

Lyme joins 12 other towns in the Gray (lowest rate) Zone: Ashford, Canaan, Chaplin, Chester, Cornwall, Eastford, Franklin, Hampton, New Canaan, Norfolk, Scotland, and Warren.

The Yellow (second lowest rate) Zone now has four towns: Essex, Lisbon, Salem and Willington.

Old Lyme joins nine other towns in the Orange (second highest rate) Zone : Barkhamsted, Canton, East Lyme, Pomfret, Sharon, Simsbury, Stafford, Stonington, and Waterford.

  • 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.
  • The yellow 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 between five and nine reported cases.
  • The orange 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 between 10 and 14.
  • 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.

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

This report is issued daily, but only updated weekly on Thursdays. The most recent report was updated Thursday, April 8; the next updated report will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 15.

More Detail on Two-Week Case Rates

LLHD Director of Health Stephen Mansfield

On Thursday, April 8, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) also issued their latest weekly report of COVID data for the municipalities within their District. Ledge Light Director of Health Stephen Mansfield prefaces the report with the comment, “We continue to see relatively steady case numbers within our jurisdiction. Our contact tracers report clusters associated with daycares, schools, and workplaces, and transmissions linked to social gatherings and sporting events.”

He stresses, however, “Although we are making great strides with our COVID vaccination program, it is still imperative that we remain diligent in our mitigation strategies.”

The latest two-week case rates announced Thursday, April 8 (from 3/21 to 4/3) have decreased in both Lyme and Old Lyme.

The two-week case rates are as follows:

  • Old Lyme from 15.5 to 12.6
  • Lyme from 12.2 to 9.2

The same report shows that the case numbers in Week 1 and Week 2 respectively and recorded for the period 3/21 to 4/3  (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 3/14 to 3/27 shown in parentheses) are as follows:

  • Lyme had(2) cases in Week 1 and(2) in Week 2
  • Old Lyme had(7) cases in Week 1 and (9) in Week 2

This data was updated April 8, 2021. The next Ledge Light Weekly Data Report for its District will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 15.

Old Lyme – Cumulative Cases Up One

The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued Thursday, April 8, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT-DPH) for data as at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, shows that Old Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 309 confirmed COVID-19 cases and EIGHT probable casesmaking a TOTAL of 317 cases.

This represents an INCREASE of ONE  in the cumulative number of confirmed cases and NO CHANGE in the cumulative number of probable cases compared with those reported Wednesday, April 7.

The total number of Old Lyme residents tested is 4,988, an increase of 11 over Wednesday’s number of 4,977.

Lyme – Cumulative Cases Up One

Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 89 confirmed cases and 9 probable cases, making a TOTAL of 98 cases.

This represents NO CHANGE in the cumulative number of confirmed cases compared with those reported Wednesday, April 7, and INCREASE of ONE  in the number of probable cases.

The total number of Lyme residents tested is 1,354, an increase of four over Wednesday’s number of 1,350.

Vaccination Rates

At the request of several readers, we have started a new section reflecting the status of community vaccination rates in Lyme and Old Lyme. The data is taken from the COVID-19 Vaccinations by Town report published by CT-DPH, which is published roughly weekly.

Lyme is ahead of Old Lyme in terms of the percentage of its total population that have received a first dose, with 65.2 percent vaccinated compared with 57.08 percent in Old Lyme.

The percentages for both towns for the age segments 65-74 and 75+ are very encouraging with Lyme now having 107.66 percent of seniors 75 and above having received their first dose and 96.1 percent of the same age segment having received it in Old Lyme.

The detailed data below is the most recent and was updated April 8.

Old Lyme
Total population:  7,306
Estimated population age 65-74:  1,067
Estimated population age 75 and above:  794

DateTotal pop. 1st dose given1st dose given as % of total pop. 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop. 1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as % of age 75 & above pop.
3/12,11528.95%83578%73092%
3/82,62635,94%94588.57%76496.22%
3/153,07042.02%1,02796.25%797100.38%
3/243,24144.36%99893.53%75394.84%
3/313,55348.63%1,00193.81%75595.09%
4/74,17057.08%1,078101.08%76396.1%

Lyme
Total population:  2,316
Estimated population age 65-74:  372
Estimated population age 75 and above:  274

DateTotal pop. 1st dose gven1st dose given as % of total population 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop.1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as a % of age 75 & above pop.
3/160526.12%24466%22281%
3/876733.12%28175.54%22983.58%
3/1580134.59%26972.31%20675.18%
3/241,13549.01%36297.31%279101.82%
3/311,25954.36%372100.00%289105.47%
4/71,51065.2%414111.29%295107.66%

Three Fatalities in Old Lyme Since Pandemic Began, None in Lyme

According to the report mentioned above, there have now been THREE fatalities in Old Lyme. Asked Tuesday, Feb. 9, for details of this third fatality, Ledge Light Health Department Director of Health Stephen Mansfield responded, “We have not been notified of any recent deaths in Old Lyme. Keep in mind that that report is compiled by the Connecticut Department of Public Health; deaths are not reportable to local health districts.”

He added, “I can’t speak for their data sources.”

The two fatalities from Old Lyme previously reported in 2020 were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

No fatalities have been reported in Lyme.

Connecticut Hospital Occupancy

At the request of several readers, we have added a new report 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).

The most recent report is dated Feb. 19 and covers the two-week period from 2/12 to 2/18. No subsequent updates have been issued.

Hospital Name% Adult In-patient Occupancy % Adult ICU Occupancy
Data from 1/8 - 1/14
Backus84.424.2
Lawrence & Memorial90.891.4
Middlesex78.289.9
Yale-New Haven87.982.6
Statewide80.860.9
Data from 1/15 - 1/21
Backus83.224.2
Lawrence & Memorial84.090.7
Middlesex83.388.7
Yale-New Haven91.487.9
Statewide79.960.8
Data from1/22 - 1/29
Backus66.10.0
Lawrence & Memorial90.690.0
Middlesex77.286.3
Yale-New Haven84.425.8
Statewide81.262.3
Data from1/29 - 2/5
Backus8622
Lawrence & Memorial8893
Middlesex6661
Yale-New Haven9189
Statewide79.360.7
Data from 2/1 - 2/11
Backus83.822.2
L & M87.687.9
Middlesex68.881.5
Yale-New Haven91.788.3
Statewide80.261.0
Data from 2/12 - 2/18
Backus79.122.4
L & M84.182.1
Middlesex74.488.1
Yale-New Haven90.883.6
Statewide77.959.8

Editor’s Note: 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. In light of the ongoing rise in Coronavirus cases, we publish a new weekday update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. 

April 7 COVID-19 Update: Both Towns Hold at Previous Day’s Cumulative Case Totals, Lyme at 97, Old Lyme at 316

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. Photo courtesy of the CDC.

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued Wednesday, April 7, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT-DPH) for data as at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, shows that neither Lyme nor Old Lyme reported any increase in new COVID-19 cases over the number reported Monday, April 5.

Old Lyme reported a total of 316 cases for the second day in a row, while Lyme had a total of 97 cumulative cases for the fifth reporting day in succession, 

These Daily Reports are not issued by CT DPH on Saturday or Sundays and therefore Monday’s data includes new cases from both weekend days.

Old Lyme – No Change in Cumulative Cases

The Daily Data Report issued Wednesday, April 7, for data as at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, shows that Old Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 308 confirmed COVID-19 cases and EIGHT probable casesmaking a TOTAL of 316 cases.

This represents NO CHANGE in the cumulative number of confirmed or probable cases compared with those reported Tuesday, April 6.

The total number of Old Lyme residents tested is 4,977, an decrease of one over the previous day’s number of 4,978.

Lyme – No Change in Cumulative Cases

The Daily Data Report issued Wednesday, April 7, shows Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 89 confirmed cases and 8 probable cases, making a TOTAL of 97 cases.

This represents NO CHANGE in the cumulative number of confirmed or probable cases compared with those reported Tuesday, April 6.

The total number of Lyme residents tested is 1,350, an increase of two over the previous day’s number of 1,348.

Two-Week New Case Rates Make Depressing News for State, Local Towns

The report issued Wednesday, April 7, by the CT DPH for the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks contains distressing news for the whole state. This report is issued daily, but only updated weekly on Thursdays. The most recent report was updated Thursday, April 1; the next updated report will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 8.

There are now 146 towns in the state in the Red (highest) Zone for two-week new case rates and these include Old Lyme, which remains in that Zone for the second week in succession.

Lyme, however, is one of only 13 towns in the state in the Gray (lowest) Zone for two-week case rates, recording a third straight week in the lowest zone. (Four zones are specified by the CT DPH — see details below.)

Emphasizing the seriousness of the current situation, the Hartford Courant has today published an article by Alex Putterman titled, Seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate hits highest level in two months as variants spread in Connecticut; hospitalizations up

Overall, the state’s April 1 report contains disappointing news for the whole state with the number of towns in the Gray category staying constant and those in the Yellow and Orange Zones decreasing significantly this week (the previous week’s figures are shown in parentheses), reflecting a statewide  increase in infection rates:

  • 13 (13) towns are now in the (lowest case rate) Gray Zone
  • 2 (5) are in the (lowest but one) Yellow Zone
  • 8 (20) are in the (second highest case rate) Orange Zone.

All the remaining 146 towns are in the Red Zone, and the state as a whole is moving once again towards the map we published in November when every town in the state was in the Red Zone. The numbers are concerning in that the trend appears to be that cases are continuing to increase at this point.

Lyme joins only 12 other towns in the Gray (lowest rate) Zone: Ashford, Canaan, Chaplin, Cornwall, Eastford, Franklin, Hampton, New Canaan, Norfolk, Scotland, Sharon and Warren.

The Yellow (second lowest rate) Zone now has only two towns: Essex and Willington.

The Orange (second highest rate) Zone now has only eight towns, down from 20 in last week’s numbers: Chester, Columbia, East Haddam, East Hampton, Salisbury, Somers, Stonington, Vernon

  • 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.
  • The yellow 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 between five and nine reported cases.
  • The orange 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 between 10 and 14.
  • 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.

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

More Detail on Two-Week New Case Rates

LLHD Director of Health Stephen Mansfield

On Thursday, April 1, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) also issued their latest weekly report of COVID data for the municipalities within their District. Ledge Light Director of Health Stephen Mansfield prefaces the report with the comment, “We continue to see relatively steady case numbers within our jurisdiction. Our contact tracers report clusters associated with daycares, schools, and workplaces, and transmissions linked to social gatherings and sporting events.”

He stresses, however, “Although we are making great strides with our COVID vaccination program, it is still imperative that we remain diligent in our mitigation strategies.”

The latest two-week case rates announced Thursday, April 1 (from 03/14 to 3/27) have remained constant in Old Lyme and increased in Lyme.

The two-week case rates are as follows:

  • Old Lyme from 15.5 to 15.5
  • Lyme from 9.2 to 12.2

The same report shows that the case numbers in Week 1 and Week 2 respectively and recorded for the period 3/14 to 3/27  (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 3/07 to 3/20 shown in parentheses) are as follows:

  • Lyme had(1) cases in Week 1 and(2) in Week 2
  • Old Lyme had 7 (9) cases in Week 1 and (7) in Week 2

This data was updated April 1, 2021. The next Ledge Light Weekly Data Report for its District will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 8.

Vaccination Rates

At the request of several readers, we have started a new section reflecting the status of community vaccination rates in Lyme and Old Lyme. The data is taken from the COVID-19 Vaccinations by Town report published by CT-DPH, which is published roughly weekly.

Lyme is now ahead of Old Lyme in terms of the percentage of its total population that have received a first dose, with 54.36 percent vaccinated compared with 48.63 percent in Old Lyme.

The percentages for both towns for the age segments 65-74 and 75+ are very encouraging with Lyme now having 105.47 percent of seniors 75 and above having received their first dose and 95.09 percent of the same age segment having received it in Old Lyme.

The detailed data below is the most recent and was updated April 1.

Old Lyme
Total population:  7,306
Estimated population age 65-74:  1,067
Estimated population age 75 and above:  794

DateTotal pop. 1st dose given1st dose given as % of total pop. 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop. 1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as % of age 75 & above pop.
3/12,11528.95%83578%73092%
3/82,62635,94%94588.57%76496.22%
3/153,07042.02%1,02796.25%797100.38%
3/243,24144.36%99893.53%75394.84%
3/313,55348.63%1,00193.81%75595.09%
4/74,17057.08%1,078101.08%76396.1%

Lyme
Total population:  2,316
Estimated population age 65-74:  372
Estimated population age 75 and above:  274

DateTotal pop. 1st dose gven1st dose given as % of total population 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop.1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as a % of age 75 & above pop.
3/160526.12%24466%22281%
3/876733.12%28175.54%22983.58%
3/1580134.59%26972.31%20675.18%
3/241,13549.01%36297.31%279101.82%
3/311,25954.36%372100.00%289105.47%
4/71,51065.2%414111.29%295107.66%

Three Fatalities in Old Lyme Since Pandemic Began, None in Lyme

According to the report mentioned above, there have now been THREE fatalities in Old Lyme. Asked Tuesday, Feb. 9, for details of this third fatality, Ledge Light Health Department Director of Health Stephen Mansfield responded, “We have not been notified of any recent deaths in Old Lyme. Keep in mind that that report is compiled by the Connecticut Department of Public Health; deaths are not reportable to local health districts.”

He added, “I can’t speak for their data sources.”

The two fatalities from Old Lyme previously reported in 2020 were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

No fatalities have been reported in Lyme.

Connecticut Hospital Occupancy

At the request of several readers, we added a new report 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).

Since the most recent report is dated Feb. 19 and no subsequent updates have been issued, we have discontinued publishing this report until a new update is issued.

Editor’s Note: 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. In light of the ongoing rise in Coronavirus cases, we publish a new weekday update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. 

April 6 COVID-19 Update: Old Lyme Cumulative Cases Up Two to 316, Lyme Holds at 97 for 4th Day in a Row

Photo by CDC on Unsplash

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued Tuesday, April 6, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT-DPH) for data as at 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 5, shows that Old Lyme reported an increase of two new COVID-19 cases over the number reported Sunday, April 4. Lyme, however,  held steady at the same number of cases as Monday.

Old Lyme reported a total of 316 cases, while, for the fourth reporting day in succession, Lyme had a total of 97 cumulative cases

These Daily Reports are not issued by CT DPH on Saturday or Sundays and therefore Monday’s data includes new cases from both weekend days.

Old Lyme – Cumulative Cases Up One

The Daily Data Report issued Tuesday, April 6, for data as at 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 5, shows that Old Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 308 confirmed COVID-19 cases and EIGHT probable casesmaking a TOTAL of 316 cases.

This represents an INCREASE of ONE in the cumulative number of confirmed cases and similarly, an INCREASE of ONE in the cumulative number of probable cases compared with those reported Monday, April 5.

The total number of Old Lyme residents tested is 4,978, an increase of eight over Friday’s number of 4,970.

Lyme – No Change in Cumulative Cases

The Daily Data Report issued Tuesday, April 6, shows Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 89 confirmed cases and 8 probable cases, making a TOTAL of 97 cases.

This represents NO CHANGE in the cumulative number of confirmed or probable cases compared with those reported Monday, April 5.

The total number of Lyme residents tested is 1,348, an increase of seven over Friday’s number of 1,341.

Two-Week New Case Rates Make Depressing News for State, Local Towns

The report issued Tuesday, April 6, by the CT DPH for the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks contains distressing news for the whole state. This report is issued daily, but only updated weekly on Thursdays. The most recent report was updated Thursday, April 1; the next updated report will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 8.

There are now 146 towns in the state in the Red (highest) Zone for two-week new case rates and these include Old Lyme, which remains in that Zone for the second week in succession.

Lyme, however, is one of only 13 towns in the state in the Gray (lowest) Zone for two-week case rates, recording a third straight week in the lowest zone. (Four zones are specified by the CT DPH — see details below.)

Emphasizing the seriousness of the current situation, the Hartford Courant has today published an article by Alex Putterman titled, Seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate hits highest level in two months as variants spread in Connecticut; hospitalizations up

Overall, the state’s April 1 report contains disappointing news for the whole state with the number of towns in the Gray category staying constant and those in the Yellow and Orange Zones decreasing significantly this week (the previous week’s figures are shown in parentheses), reflecting a statewide  increase in infection rates:

  • 13 (13) towns are now in the (lowest case rate) Gray Zone
  • 2 (5) are in the (lowest but one) Yellow Zone
  • 8 (20) are in the (second highest case rate) Orange Zone.

All the remaining 146 towns are in the Red Zone, and the state as a whole is moving once again towards the map we published in November when every town in the state was in the Red Zone. The numbers are concerning in that the trend appears to be that cases are continuing to increase at this point.

Lyme joins only 12 other towns in the Gray (lowest rate) Zone: Ashford, Canaan, Chaplin, Cornwall, Eastford, Franklin, Hampton, New Canaan, Norfolk, Scotland, Sharon and Warren.

The Yellow (second lowest rate) Zone now has only two towns: Essex and Willington.

The Orange (second highest rate) Zone now has only eight towns, down from 20 in last week’s numbers: Chester, Columbia, East Haddam, East Hampton, Salisbury, Somers, Stonington, Vernon

  • 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.
  • The yellow 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 between five and nine reported cases.
  • The orange 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 between 10 and 14.
  • 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.

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

More Detail on Two-Week New Case Rates

LLHD Director of Health Stephen Mansfield

On Thursday, April 1, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) also issued their latest weekly report of COVID data for the municipalities within their District. Ledge Light Director of Health Stephen Mansfield prefaces the report with the comment, “We continue to see relatively steady case numbers within our jurisdiction. Our contact tracers report clusters associated with daycares, schools, and workplaces, and transmissions linked to social gatherings and sporting events.”

He stresses, however, “Although we are making great strides with our COVID vaccination program, it is still imperative that we remain diligent in our mitigation strategies.”

The latest two-week case rates announced Thursday, April 1 (from 03/14 to 3/27) have remained constant in Old Lyme and increased in Lyme.

The two-week case rates are as follows:

  • Old Lyme from 15.5 to 15.5
  • Lyme from 9.2 to 12.2

The same report shows that the case numbers in Week 1 and Week 2 respectively and recorded for the period 3/14 to 3/27  (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 3/07 to 3/20 shown in parentheses) are as follows:

  • Lyme had(1) cases in Week 1 and(2) in Week 2
  • Old Lyme had 7 (9) cases in Week 1 and (7) in Week 2

This data was updated April 1, 2021. The next Ledge Light Weekly Data Report for its District will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 8.

Vaccination Rates

At the request of several readers, we have started a new section reflecting the status of community vaccination rates in Lyme and Old Lyme. The data is taken from the COVID-19 Vaccinations by Town report published by CT-DPH, which is published roughly weekly.

Lyme is now ahead of Old Lyme in terms of the percentage of its total population that have received a first dose, with 54.36 percent vaccinated compared with 48.63 percent in Old Lyme.

The percentages for both towns for the age segments 65-74 and 75+ are very encouraging with Lyme now having 105.47 percent of seniors 75 and above having received their first dose and 95.09 percent of the same age segment having received it in Old Lyme.

The detailed data below is the most recent and was updated April 1.

Old Lyme
Total population:  7,306
Estimated population age 65-74:  1,067
Estimated population age 75 and above:  794

DateTotal pop. 1st dose given1st dose given as % of total pop. 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop. 1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as % of age 75 & above pop.
3/12,11528.95%83578%73092%
3/82,62635,94%94588.57%76496.22%
3/153,07042.02%1,02796.25%797100.38%
3/243,24144.36%99893.53%75394.84%
3/313,55348.63%1,00193.81%75595.09%
4/74,17057.08%1,078101.08%76396.1%

Lyme
Total population:  2,316
Estimated population age 65-74:  372
Estimated population age 75 and above:  274

DateTotal pop. 1st dose gven1st dose given as % of total population 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop.1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as a % of age 75 & above pop.
3/160526.12%24466%22281%
3/876733.12%28175.54%22983.58%
3/1580134.59%26972.31%20675.18%
3/241,13549.01%36297.31%279101.82%
3/311,25954.36%372100.00%289105.47%
4/71,51065.2%414111.29%295107.66%

Three Fatalities in Old Lyme Since Pandemic Began, None in Lyme

According to the report mentioned above, there have now been THREE fatalities in Old Lyme. Asked Tuesday, Feb. 9, for details of this third fatality, Ledge Light Health Department Director of Health Stephen Mansfield responded, “We have not been notified of any recent deaths in Old Lyme. Keep in mind that that report is compiled by the Connecticut Department of Public Health; deaths are not reportable to local health districts.”

He added, “I can’t speak for their data sources.”

The two fatalities from Old Lyme previously reported in 2020 were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

No fatalities have been reported in Lyme.

Connecticut Hospital Occupancy

At the request of several readers, we added a new report 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).

Since the most recent report is dated Feb. 19 and no subsequent updates have been issued, we have discontinued publishing this report until a new update is issued.

Editor’s Note: 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. In light of the ongoing rise in Coronavirus cases, we publish a new weekday update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. 

Old Lyme BOS Say Yes (Hopefully) to Memorial Day Parade, No to Midsummer Fireworks

Will there be a Memorial Day Parade in Old Lyme this year?

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen engaged in a lively discussion at their regular meeting yesterday regarding whether the town’s traditional Memorial Day parade should proceed this year. It was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 pandemic.

First Selectman Timothy Griswold noted the Governor’s current Emergency Order regarding the number of people that can gather at an event expires on May 20. Regarding the current situation, he said, “I think they’re talking about a wedding or a sporting event … when you march [in Old Lyme], they’re not packed shoulder to shoulder.”

He noted that the Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Middle School Band had indicated a willingness to participate this year but that he had not heard from the LOL High School Band. He also said he had heard that the Boy Scouts would like to march.

Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal commented, “I’m offended that you didn’t ask the Girl Scouts.”

Indicating general support for having the parade, Griswold added that he was happy to, “Leave it up to individuals to be smart [in terms of masks and social distancing.]”

Selectmen Christopher Kerr stated, “I think the town needs the parade.”

Recognizing general safety concerns and the possibility of a Governor’s order prohibiting the parade due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases, Nosal said, “I’m neutral at this point.”

Griswold then proposed that the board should ask parade organizer Anthony “Tony” Hendricks to ask, “The usual people,” if they are willing to participate and, “Check with the state.” On condition that affirmative responses are received from a majority of the participants and also from the state, he made a motion that the parade should go ahead.

The board of selectmen approved that motion unanimously.

The Town of Old Lyme’s fireworks display traditionally rounds off the Saturday when the Midsummer Festival is held in late July.

The next item on the agenda was whether to have the fireworks display traditionally held at the end of the Old Lyme  Midsummer Festival. The festival itself has already been cancelled by the organizers.

Griswold opened by saying, “I don’t think it’s a good idea. The festival has been cancelled and it’s a lot of money.”

Kerr asked, “Why have the the fireworks if we’re not having the Midsummer Festival?”

Nosal noted that the Hawks Nest neighborhood was considering a fireworks show on a barge and wondered f the Town was supporting that in a monetary fashion. Griswold said the organizers would need to make a specific request to the Old Lyme Board of Finance if they wish to seek town funding.

Nosal also questioned whether the other selectmen had reviewed her proposal made some six months ago for a drone firework display as an alternative to the ‘live’ display, especially since in future years the LOL High School’s new turf field might preclude having the firework display located there.

The selectmen agreed they needed to review the situation for 2022, but voted to cancel the fireworks for this year.

April 5 COVID-19 Update: Old Lyme Cumulative Cases Up One to 314, Lyme Holds at 97

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued Monday, April 5, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT-DPH) for data as at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 4, shows that Old Lyme reported an increase of one new COVID-19 case over the number reported Friday, April 2. Lyme, however,  held steady at the same number of cases as Friday.

Old Lyme reported a total of 314 cases, while, for the third reporting day in a row, Lyme had a total of 97 cumulative cases

These Daily Reports are not issued by CT DPH on Saturday or Sundays and therefore Monday’s data includes new cases from both weekend days.

Old Lyme – Cumulative Cases Up One

TheDaily Data Report for Connecticut issued Monday, April 5, by the CT-DPH for data as at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 4, shows that Old Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 307 confirmed COVID-19 cases and SEVEN probable casesmaking a TOTAL of 314 cases.

This represents an INCREASE of ONE in the cumulative number of confirmed cases and NO CHANGE in the cumulative number of probable cases compared with those reported Friday, April 2.

The total number of Old Lyme residents tested is 4,970, an increase of 22 over Friday’s number of 4,948.

Lyme – No Change in Cumulative Cases

Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 89 confirmed cases and 8 probable cases, making a TOTAL of 97 cases.

This represents NO CHANGE in the cumulative number of confirmed or probable cases compared with those reported Friday, April 2.

The total number of Lyme residents tested is 1,341, an increase of six over Friday’s number of 1,335.

Two-Week New Case Rates Make Depressing News for State, Local Towns

The report issued Friday, April 2, by the CT DPH for the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks contains distressing news for the whole state. This report is issued daily, but only updated weekly on Thursdays. The most recent report was updated Thursday, April 1; the next updated report will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 8.

There are now 146 towns in the state in the Red (highest) Zone for two-week new case rates and these include Old Lyme, which remains in that Zone for the second week in succession.

Lyme, however, is one of only 13 towns in the state in the Gray (lowest) Zone for two-week case rates, recording a third straight week in the lowest zone. (Four zones are specified by the CT DPH — see details below.)

Emphasizing the seriousness of the current situation, the Hartford Courant has today published an article by Alex Putterman titled, Seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate hits highest level in two months as variants spread in Connecticut; hospitalizations up

Overall, the state’s April 1 report contains disappointing news for the whole state with the number of towns in the Gray category staying constant and those in the Yellow and Orange Zones decreasing significantly this week (the previous week’s figures are shown in parentheses), reflecting a statewide  increase in infection rates:

  • 13 (13) towns are now in the (lowest case rate) Gray Zone
  • 2 (5) are in the (lowest but one) Yellow Zone
  • 8 (20) are in the (second highest case rate) Orange Zone.

All the remaining 146 towns are in the Red Zone, and the state as a whole is moving once again towards the map we published in November when every town in the state was in the Red Zone. The numbers are concerning in that the trend appears to be that cases are continuing to increase at this point.

Lyme joins only 12 other towns in the Gray (lowest rate) Zone: Ashford, Canaan, Chaplin, Cornwall, Eastford, Franklin, Hampton, New Canaan, Norfolk, Scotland, Sharon and Warren.

The Yellow (second lowest rate) Zone now has only two towns: Essex and Willington.

The Orange (second highest rate) Zone now has only eight towns, down from 20 in last week’s numbers: Chester, Columbia, East Haddam, East Hampton, Salisbury, Somers, Stonington, Vernon

  • 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.
  • The yellow 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 between five and nine reported cases.
  • The orange 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 between 10 and 14.
  • 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.

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

More Detail on Two-Week New Case Rates

LLHD Director of Health Stephen Mansfield

On Thursday, April 1, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) also issued their latest weekly report of COVID data for the municipalities within their District. Ledge Light Director of Health Stephen Mansfield prefaces the report with the comment, “We continue to see relatively steady case numbers within our jurisdiction. Our contact tracers report clusters associated with daycares, schools, and workplaces, and transmissions linked to social gatherings and sporting events.”

He stresses, however, “Although we are making great strides with our COVID vaccination program, it is still imperative that we remain diligent in our mitigation strategies.”

The latest two-week case rates announced Thursday, April 1 (from 03/14 to 3/27) have remained constant in Old Lyme and increased in Lyme.

The two-week case rates are as follows:

  • Old Lyme from 15.5 to 15.5
  • Lyme from 9.2 to 12.2

The same report shows that the case numbers in Week 1 and Week 2 respectively and recorded for the period 3/14 to 3/27  (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 3/07 to 3/20 shown in parentheses) are as follows:

  • Lyme had(1) cases in Week 1 and(2) in Week 2
  • Old Lyme had 7 (9) cases in Week 1 and (7) in Week 2

This data was updated April 1, 2021. The next Ledge Light Weekly Data Report for its District will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 8.

Vaccination Rates

At the request of several readers, we have started a new section reflecting the status of community vaccination rates in Lyme and Old Lyme. The data is taken from the COVID-19 Vaccinations by Town report published by CT-DPH, which is published roughly weekly.

Lyme is now ahead of Old Lyme in terms of the percentage of its total population that have received a first dose, with 54.36 percent vaccinated compared with 48.63 percent in Old Lyme.

The percentages for both towns for the age segments 65-74 and 75+ are very encouraging with Lyme now having 105.47 percent of seniors 75 and above having received their first dose and 95.09 percent of the same age segment having received it in Old Lyme.

The detailed data below is the most recent and was updated April 1.

Old Lyme
Total population:  7,306
Estimated population age 65-74:  1,067
Estimated population age 75 and above:  794

DateTotal pop. 1st dose given1st dose given as % of total pop. 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop. 1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as % of age 75 & above pop.
3/12,11528.95%83578%73092%
3/82,62635,94%94588.57%76496.22%
3/153,07042.02%1,02796.25%797100.38%
3/243,24144.36%99893.53%75394.84%
3/313,55348.63%1,00193.81%75595.09%
4/74,17057.08%1,078101.08%76396.1%

Lyme
Total population:  2,316
Estimated population age 65-74:  372
Estimated population age 75 and above:  274

DateTotal pop. 1st dose gven1st dose given as % of total population 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop.1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as a % of age 75 & above pop.
3/160526.12%24466%22281%
3/876733.12%28175.54%22983.58%
3/1580134.59%26972.31%20675.18%
3/241,13549.01%36297.31%279101.82%
3/311,25954.36%372100.00%289105.47%
4/71,51065.2%414111.29%295107.66%

Three Fatalities in Old Lyme Since Pandemic Began, None in Lyme

According to the report mentioned above, there have now been THREE fatalities in Old Lyme. Asked Tuesday, Feb. 9, for details of this third fatality, Ledge Light Health Department Director of Health Stephen Mansfield responded, “We have not been notified of any recent deaths in Old Lyme. Keep in mind that that report is compiled by the Connecticut Department of Public Health; deaths are not reportable to local health districts.”

He added, “I can’t speak for their data sources.”

The two fatalities from Old Lyme previously reported in 2020 were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

No fatalities have been reported in Lyme.

Connecticut Hospital Occupancy

At the request of several readers, we added a new report 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).

Since the most recent report is dated Feb. 19 and no subsequent updates have been issued, we have discontinued publishing this report until a new update is issued.

Editor’s Note: 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. In light of the ongoing rise in Coronavirus cases, we publish a new weekday update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. 

April 2 COVID-19 Update: Both Towns Report Same Cumulative Total as Previous Day; Old Lyme at 313, Lyme at 97

Photo by CDC on Unsplash

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued Friday, April 2, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT-DPH) for data as at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, shows that both Lyme and Old Lyme reported the same number of COVID-19 cases as the previous day. Lyme had a total of 97 cumulative cases while Old Lyme reported a total of 313.

These Daily Reports are not issued by CT DPH on Saturday or Sundays.

Old Lyme – No Change in Cumulative Cases 

TheDaily Data Report for Connecticut issued Friday, April 2, by the CT-DPH for data as at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, shows that Old Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 306 confirmed COVID-19 cases and SEVEN probable casesmaking a TOTAL of 313 cases.

This represents NO CHANGE in the cumulative number of confirmed or probable cases compared with those reported Thursday, March 31.

The total number of Old Lyme residents tested is 4,948, an increase of three over Thursday’s number of 4,945.

Lyme – No Change in Cumulative Cases

Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 89 confirmed cases and 8 probable cases, making a TOTAL of 97 cases.

This represents NO CHANGE in the cumulative number of confirmed or probable cases compared with those reported Thursday, April 1.

The total number of Lyme residents tested is 1,335, an increase of three over Thursday’s number of 1,332.

Two-Week New Case Rates Make Depressing News for State, Local Towns

The report issued Friday, April 2, by the CT DPH for the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks contains distressing news for the whole state. This report is issued daily, but only updated weekly on Thursdays. The most recent report was updated Thursday, April 1; the next updated report will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 8.

There are now 146 towns in the state in the Red (highest) Zone for two-week new case rates and these include Old Lyme, which remains in that Zone for the second week in succession.

Lyme, however, is one of only 13 towns in the state in the Gray (lowest) Zone for two-week case rates, recording a third straight week in the lowest zone. (Four zones are specified by the CT DPH — see details below.)

Emphasizing the seriousness of the current situation, the Hartford Courant has today published an article by Alex Putterman titled, Seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate hits highest level in two months as variants spread in Connecticut; hospitalizations up

Overall, the state’s April 1 report contains disappointing news for the whole state with the number of towns in the Gray category staying constant and those in the Yellow and Orange Zones decreasing significantly this week (the previous week’s figures are shown in parentheses), reflecting a statewide  increase in infection rates:

  • 13 (13) towns are now in the (lowest case rate) Gray Zone
  • 2 (5) are in the (lowest but one) Yellow Zone
  • 8 (20) are in the (second highest case rate) Orange Zone.

All the remaining 146 towns are in the Red Zone, and the state as a whole is moving once again towards the map we published in November when every town in the state was in the Red Zone. The numbers are concerning in that the trend appears to be that cases are continuing to increase at this point.

Lyme joins only 12 other towns in the Gray (lowest rate) Zone: Ashford, Canaan, Chaplin, Cornwall, Eastford, Franklin, Hampton, New Canaan, Norfolk, Scotland, Sharon and Warren.

The Yellow (second lowest rate) Zone now has only two towns: Essex and Willington.

The Orange (second highest rate) Zone now has only eight towns, down from 20 in last week’s numbers: Chester, Columbia, East Haddam, East Hampton, Salisbury, Somers, Stonington, Vernon

  • 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.
  • The yellow 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 between five and nine reported cases.
  • The orange 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 between 10 and 14.
  • 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.

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

More Detail on Two-Week New Case Rates

LLHD Director of Health Stephen Mansfield

On Thursday, April 1, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) also issued their latest weekly report of COVID data for the municipalities within their District. Ledge Light Director of Health Stephen Mansfield prefaces the report with the comment, “We continue to see relatively steady case numbers within our jurisdiction. Our contact tracers report clusters associated with daycares, schools, and workplaces, and transmissions linked to social gatherings and sporting events.”

He stresses, however, “Although we are making great strides with our COVID vaccination program, it is still imperative that we remain diligent in our mitigation strategies.”

The latest two-week case rates announced Thursday, April 1 (from 03/14 to 3/27) have remained constant in Old Lyme and increased in Lyme.

The two-week case rates are as follows:

  • Old Lyme from 15.5 to 15.5
  • Lyme from 9.2 to 12.2

The same report shows that the case numbers in Week 1 and Week 2 respectively and recorded for the period 3/14 to 3/27  (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 3/07 to 3/20 shown in parentheses) are as follows:

  • Lyme had(1) cases in Week 1 and(2) in Week 2
  • Old Lyme had 7 (9) cases in Week 1 and (7) in Week 2

This data was updated April 1, 2021. The next Ledge Light Weekly Data Report for its District will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 8.

Vaccination Rates

At the request of several readers, we have started a new section reflecting the status of community vaccination rates in Lyme and Old Lyme. The data is taken from the COVID-19 Vaccinations by Town report published by CT-DPH, which is published roughly weekly.

Lyme is now ahead of Old Lyme in terms of the percentage of its total population that have received a first dose, with 54.36 percent vaccinated compared with 48.63 percent in Old Lyme.

The percentages for both towns for the age segments 65-74 and 75+ are very encouraging with Lyme now having 105.47 percent of seniors 75 and above having received their first dose and 95.09 percent of the same age segment having received it in Old Lyme.

The detailed data below is the most recent and was updated April 1.

Old Lyme
Total population:  7,306
Estimated population age 65-74:  1,067
Estimated population age 75 and above:  794

DateTotal pop. 1st dose given1st dose given as % of total pop. 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop. 1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as % of age 75 & above pop.
3/12,11528.95%83578%73092%
3/82,62635,94%94588.57%76496.22%
3/153,07042.02%1,02796.25%797100.38%
3/243,24144.36%99893.53%75394.84%
3/313,55348.63%1,00193.81%75595.09%
4/74,17057.08%1,078101.08%76396.1%

Lyme
Total population:  2,316
Estimated population age 65-74:  372
Estimated population age 75 and above:  274

DateTotal pop. 1st dose gven1st dose given as % of total population 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop.1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as a % of age 75 & above pop.
3/160526.12%24466%22281%
3/876733.12%28175.54%22983.58%
3/1580134.59%26972.31%20675.18%
3/241,13549.01%36297.31%279101.82%
3/311,25954.36%372100.00%289105.47%
4/71,51065.2%414111.29%295107.66%

Three Fatalities in Old Lyme Since Pandemic Began, None in Lyme

According to the report mentioned above, there have now been THREE fatalities in Old Lyme. Asked Tuesday, Feb. 9, for details of this third fatality, Ledge Light Health Department Director of Health Stephen Mansfield responded, “We have not been notified of any recent deaths in Old Lyme. Keep in mind that that report is compiled by the Connecticut Department of Public Health; deaths are not reportable to local health districts.”

He added, “I can’t speak for their data sources.”

The two fatalities from Old Lyme previously reported in 2020 were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

No fatalities have been reported in Lyme.

Connecticut Hospital Occupancy

At the request of several readers, we added a new report 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).

Since the most recent report is dated Feb. 19 and no subsequent updates have been issued, we have discontinued publishing this report until a new update is issued.

Editor’s Note: 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. In light of the ongoing rise in Coronavirus cases, we publish a new weekday update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. 

April 1 COVID-19 Update: Old Lyme Stays in Red (Highest) Zone for Two-Week New Case Rate, Lyme in Lowest; OL Holds at 313 Cumulative Cases, Lyme Up One at 97

This map, updated April 1, shows the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks. The Town of Old Lyme remains in the (highest) Red Zone, while Lyme is still in the (lowest) Gray Zone. (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 — The report issued Thursday, April 1, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) for the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks contains distressing news for the whole state.

There are now 146 towns in the state in the Red (highest) Zone for two-week new case rates and these include Old Lyme, which remains in that Zone for the second week in succession.

Lyme, however, is one of only 13 towns in the state in the Gray (lowest) Zone for two-week case rates, recording a third straight week in the lowest zone. (Four zones are specified by the CT DPH — see details below.)

Emphasizing the seriousness of the current situation, the Hartford Courant has today published an article by Alex Putterman titled, Seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate hits highest level in two months as variants spread in Connecticut; hospitalizations up

Overall, the state’s April 1 report contains disappointing news for the whole state with the number of towns in the Gray category staying constant and those in the Yellow and Orange Zones decreasing significantly this week (the previous week’s figures are shown in parentheses), reflecting a statewide  increase in infection rates:

  • 13 (13) towns are now in the (lowest case rate) Gray Zone
  • 2 (5) are in the (lowest but one) Yellow Zone
  • 8 (20) are in the (second highest case rate) Orange Zone.

All the remaining 146 towns are in the Red Zone, and the state as a whole is moving once again towards the map we published in November when every town in the state was in the Red Zone. The numbers are concerning in that the trend appears to be that cases are continuing to increase at this point.

Lyme joins only 12 other towns in the Gray (lowest rate) Zone: Ashford, Canaan, Chaplin, Cornwall, Eastford, Franklin, Hampton, New Canaan, Norfolk, Scotland, Sharon and Warren.

The Yellow (second lowest rate) Zone now has only two towns: Essex and Willington.

The Orange (second highest rate) Zone now has only eight towns, down from 20 in last week’s numbers: Chester, Columbia, East Haddam, East Hampton, Salisbury, Somers, Stonington, Vernon

  • 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.
  • The yellow 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 between five and nine reported cases.
  • The orange 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 between 10 and 14.
  • 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.

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

This report is issued daily, but only updated weekly on Thursdays. The most recent report was updated Thursday, April 1; the next updated report will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 8.

More Detail on Two-Week Case Rates

LLHD Director of Health Stephen Mansfield

On Thursday, April 1, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) also issued their latest weekly report of COVID data for the municipalities within their District. Ledge Light Director of Health Stephen Mansfield prefaces the report with the comment, “We continue to see relatively steady case numbers within our jurisdiction. Our contact tracers report clusters associated with daycares, schools, and workplaces, and transmissions linked to social gatherings and sporting events.”

He stresses, however, “Although we are making great strides with our COVID vaccination program, it is still imperative that we remain diligent in our mitigation strategies.”

The latest two-week case rates announced Thursday, April 1 (from 03/14 to 3/27) have remained constant in Old Lyme and increased in Lyme.

The two-week case rates are as follows:

  • Old Lyme from 15.5 to 15.5
  • Lyme from 9.2 to 12.2

The same report shows that the case numbers in Week 1 and Week 2 respectively and recorded for the period 3/14 to 3/27  (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 3/07 to 3/20 shown in parentheses) are as follows:

  • Lyme had(1) cases in Week 1 and(2) in Week 2
  • Old Lyme had 7 (9) cases in Week 1 and (7) in Week 2

This data was updated April 1, 2021. The next Ledge Light Weekly Data Report for its District will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 8.

Old Lyme – No Change in Cumulative Cases 

The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued Thursday, April 1, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT-DPH) for data as at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, shows that Old Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 306 confirmed COVID-19 cases and SEVEN probable casesmaking a TOTAL of 313 cases.

This represents NO CHANGE in the cumulative number of confirmed or probable cases compared with those reported Wednesday, March 31.

The total number of Old Lyme residents tested is 4,945, an increase of six over Wednesday’s number of 4,939.

Lyme – Cumulative Cases Up One

Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 89 confirmed cases and 8 probable cases, making a TOTAL of 97 cases.

This represents an INCREASE of ONE in the cumulative number of confirmed cases compared with those reported Wednesday, March 31, and NO CHANGE in the number of probable cases.

The total number of Lyme residents tested is 1,332, an increase of three over Wednesday’s number of 1,329.

Vaccination Rates

At the request of several readers, we have started a new section reflecting the status of community vaccination rates in Lyme and Old Lyme. The data is taken from the COVID-19 Vaccinations by Town report published by CT-DPH, which is published roughly weekly.

Lyme is now ahead of Old Lyme in terms of the percentage of its total population that have received a first dose, with 54.36 percent vaccinated compared with 48.63 percent in Old Lyme.

The percentages for both towns for the age segments 65-74 and 75+ are very encouraging with Lyme now having 105.47 percent of seniors 75 and above having received their first dose and 95.09 percent of the same age segment having received it in Old Lyme.

The detailed data below is the most recent and was updated April 1.

Old Lyme
Total population:  7,306
Estimated population age 65-74:  1,067
Estimated population age 75 and above:  794

DateTotal pop. 1st dose given1st dose given as % of total pop. 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop. 1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as % of age 75 & above pop.
3/12,11528.95%83578%73092%
3/82,62635,94%94588.57%76496.22%
3/153,07042.02%1,02796.25%797100.38%
3/243,24144.36%99893.53%75394.84%
3/313,55348.63%1,00193.81%75595.09%
4/74,17057.08%1,078101.08%76396.1%

Lyme
Total population:  2,316
Estimated population age 65-74:  372
Estimated population age 75 and above:  274

DateTotal pop. 1st dose gven1st dose given as % of total population 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop.1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as a % of age 75 & above pop.
3/160526.12%24466%22281%
3/876733.12%28175.54%22983.58%
3/1580134.59%26972.31%20675.18%
3/241,13549.01%36297.31%279101.82%
3/311,25954.36%372100.00%289105.47%
4/71,51065.2%414111.29%295107.66%

Three Fatalities in Old Lyme Since Pandemic Began, None in Lyme

According to the report mentioned above, there have now been THREE fatalities in Old Lyme. Asked Tuesday, Feb. 9, for details of this third fatality, Ledge Light Health Department Director of Health Stephen Mansfield responded, “We have not been notified of any recent deaths in Old Lyme. Keep in mind that that report is compiled by the Connecticut Department of Public Health; deaths are not reportable to local health districts.”

He added, “I can’t speak for their data sources.”

The two fatalities from Old Lyme previously reported in 2020 were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

No fatalities have been reported in Lyme.

Connecticut Hospital Occupancy

At the request of several readers, we have added a new report 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).

The most recent report is dated Feb. 19 and covers the two-week period from 2/12 to 2/18. No subsequent updates have been issued.

Hospital Name% Adult In-patient Occupancy % Adult ICU Occupancy
Data from 1/8 - 1/14
Backus84.424.2
Lawrence & Memorial90.891.4
Middlesex78.289.9
Yale-New Haven87.982.6
Statewide80.860.9
Data from 1/15 - 1/21
Backus83.224.2
Lawrence & Memorial84.090.7
Middlesex83.388.7
Yale-New Haven91.487.9
Statewide79.960.8
Data from1/22 - 1/29
Backus66.10.0
Lawrence & Memorial90.690.0
Middlesex77.286.3
Yale-New Haven84.425.8
Statewide81.262.3
Data from1/29 - 2/5
Backus8622
Lawrence & Memorial8893
Middlesex6661
Yale-New Haven9189
Statewide79.360.7
Data from 2/1 - 2/11
Backus83.822.2
L & M87.687.9
Middlesex68.881.5
Yale-New Haven91.788.3
Statewide80.261.0
Data from 2/12 - 2/18
Backus79.122.4
L & M84.182.1
Middlesex74.488.1
Yale-New Haven90.883.6
Statewide77.959.8

Editor’s Note: 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. In light of the ongoing rise in Coronavirus cases, we publish a new weekday update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. 

March 31 COVID-19 Update: Cumulative Cases Up Two in Old Lyme to 313, Lyme Holds at 96

Photo by CDC on Unsplash

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued Wednesday, March 31, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT-DPH) for data as at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, shows that cumulative cases (confirmed and probable) since the pandemic began INCREASED BY TWO in Old Lyme to 313, but held steady in Lyme at 96 when compared with the numbers reported Monday, March 29.

Old Lyme – Cumulative Cases Up Two

Tuesday’s report shows that Old Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 306 confirmed COVID-19 cases and SEVEN probable casesmaking a TOTAL of 313 cases.

This represents an INCREASE of TWO in the cumulative number of confirmed cases compared with those reported Tuesday, March 30, and NO CHANGE in the number of probable cases.

The total number of Old Lyme residents tested is 4,930, an increase of four over Tuesday’s number of 4,935.

Lyme – No Change in Cumulative Cases

Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 88 confirmed cases and EIGHT probable cases, making a TOTAL of 96 cases.

This represents NO CHANGE in the cumulative number of confirmed or probable cases compared with those reported Tuesday, March 30.

The total number of Lyme residents tested is 1,329, an increase of one compared with Tuesday’s number of 1,328.

Two-Week Case Rates: Old Lyme Back in Red (highest) Zone, Lyme Stays in Gray (lowest) Zone

The report issued Wednesday, March 31, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) for the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks contains worrying news for the whole state including Old Lyme. Lyme, however, continues to maintain the low infection rate reported last week.

The report shows that Old Lyme has moved back into the Red (highest) Zone for two-week new case rates, but Lyme has retained its position in the Gray (lowest) Zone.

Last week, Old Lyme was in the (second highest) Orange Zone and so this change reflects a further increase in the two-week case rate over the previous week. In contrast, Lyme has recorded a second straight week in the lowest zone. (Four zones are specified by the CT DPH — see details below)

Overall, the report contains disappointing news for the whole state with the number of towns in the Gray, Yellow and Orange Zones all decreasing this week (the previous week’s figures are shown in parentheses), reflecting a statewide  increase in infection rates:

  • 13 (22) towns are now in the (lowest case rate) Gray Zone
  • 5 (9) are in the (lowest but one) Yellow Zone
  • 20 (33) are in the (second highest case rate) Orange Zone.

All the remaining 131 towns are in the Red Zone, and the state as a whole is moving once again towards the map we published in November when every town in the state was in the Red Zone. The numbers are concerning in that the trend appears to be that cases are continuing to increase at this point.

Lyme joins only 12 other towns in the Gray (lowest rate) Zone: Ashford, Chaplin, Cornwall, Eastford, Franklin, Hampton, New Canaan, North Stonington, Norfolk, Sharon, Scotland and Sprague.

The Yellow (second lowest rate) Zone now has only five towns: Essex, Griswold, Pomfret, Somers and Willington.

  • 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.
  • The yellow 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 between five and nine reported cases.
  • The orange 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 between 10 and 14.
  • 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.

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

This report is issued daily, but only updated weekly on Thursdays. The most recent report was updated Thursday, March 25; the next updated report will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 1.

More Detail on Two-Week Case Rates

LLHD Director of Health Stephen Mansfield

On Thursday, March 25, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) also issued their latest weekly report of COVID data for the municipalities within their District. Ledge Light Director of Health Stephen Mansfield prefaces the report with the comment, “We continue to see relatively steady case numbers within our jurisdiction. Our contact tracers report clusters associated with daycares, schools, and workplaces, and transmissions linked to social gatherings and sporting events.”

He stresses, however, “Although we are making great strides with our COVID vaccination program, it is still imperative that we remain diligent in our mitigation strategies.”

The latest two-week case rates announced Thursday, March 25, for the period 3/07 to 3/20 per 100,000 population (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 2/28 to 3/13) have again increased in Old Lyme and remained constant in Lyme.

The two-week case rates are as follows:

  • Old Lyme from 13.6 to 15.5
  • Lyme from 9.2 to 9.2

The same report shows that the case numbers in Week 1 and Week 2 respectively and recorded for the period 3/07 to 3/20  (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 2/28 to 3/13 shown in parentheses) are as follows:

  • Lyme had(3) cases in Week 1 and(0) in Week 2
  • Old Lyme had 9 (5) cases in Week 1 and (9) in Week 2

This data was updated March 25, 2021. The next Ledge Light Weekly Data Report for its District will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 1.

Vaccination Rates

At the request of several readers, we have started a new section reflecting the status of community vaccination rates in Lyme and Old Lyme. The data is taken from the COVID-19 Vaccinations by Town report published by CT-DPH, which is published roughly weekly.

Lyme is now ahead of Old Lyme in terms of the percentage of its total population that have received a first dose, with 49.01 percent vaccinated compared with 44.36 percent in Old Lyme. The percentages for both towns for the age segments 65-74 and 75+ are very encouraging with Lyme now having 101.82 percent of seniors 75 and above having received their first dose and 94.84 percent of the same age segment having received it in Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: We are skeptical of these figures for Old Lyme since they show the numbers vaccinated in the two age segments decreasing compared with last week. We are investigating further.

The detailed data below is the most recent and was updated March 25.

Old Lyme
Total population:  7,306
Estimated population age 65-74:  1,067
Estimated population age 75 and above:  794

DateTotal pop. 1st dose given1st dose given as % of total pop. 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop. 1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as % of age 75 & above pop.
3/12,11528.95%83578%73092%
3/82,62635,94%94588.57%76496.22%
3/153,07042.02%1,02796.25%797100.38%
3/243,24144.36%99893.53%75394.84%
3/313,55348.63%1,00193.81%75595.09%
4/74,17057.08%1,078101.08%76396.1%

Lyme
Total population:  2,316
Estimated population age 65-74:  372
Estimated population age 75 and above:  274

DateTotal pop. 1st dose gven1st dose given as % of total population 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop.1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as a % of age 75 & above pop.
3/160526.12%24466%22281%
3/876733.12%28175.54%22983.58%
3/1580134.59%26972.31%20675.18%
3/241,13549.01%36297.31%279101.82%
3/311,25954.36%372100.00%289105.47%
4/71,51065.2%414111.29%295107.66%

Three Fatalities in Old Lyme Since Pandemic Began, None in Lyme

According to the report mentioned above, there have now been THREE fatalities in Old Lyme. Asked Tuesday, Feb. 9, for details of this third fatality, Ledge Light Health Department Director of Health Stephen Mansfield responded, “We have not been notified of any recent deaths in Old Lyme. Keep in mind that that report is compiled by the Connecticut Department of Public Health; deaths are not reportable to local health districts.”

He added, “I can’t speak for their data sources.”

The two fatalities from Old Lyme previously reported in 2020 were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

No fatalities have been reported in Lyme.

Connecticut Hospital Occupancy

At the request of several readers, we have added a new report 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).

The most recent report is dated Feb. 19 and covers the two-week period from 2/12 to 2/18. No subsequent updates have been issued.

Hospital Name% Adult In-patient Occupancy % Adult ICU Occupancy
Data from 1/8 - 1/14
Backus84.424.2
Lawrence & Memorial90.891.4
Middlesex78.289.9
Yale-New Haven87.982.6
Statewide80.860.9
Data from 1/15 - 1/21
Backus83.224.2
Lawrence & Memorial84.090.7
Middlesex83.388.7
Yale-New Haven91.487.9
Statewide79.960.8
Data from1/22 - 1/29
Backus66.10.0
Lawrence & Memorial90.690.0
Middlesex77.286.3
Yale-New Haven84.425.8
Statewide81.262.3
Data from1/29 - 2/5
Backus8622
Lawrence & Memorial8893
Middlesex6661
Yale-New Haven9189
Statewide79.360.7
Data from 2/1 - 2/11
Backus83.822.2
L & M87.687.9
Middlesex68.881.5
Yale-New Haven91.788.3
Statewide80.261.0
Data from 2/12 - 2/18
Backus79.122.4
L & M84.182.1
Middlesex74.488.1
Yale-New Haven90.883.6
Statewide77.959.8

Editor’s Note: 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. In light of the ongoing rise in Coronavirus cases, we publish a new weekday update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. 

March 30 COVID-19 Update: Cumulative Cases Up One in Both Old Lyme (to 311) and Lyme (to 96)

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. Photo courtesy of the CDC.

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued Tuesday, March 30, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT-DPH) for data as at 8:30 p.m., Monday, March 29, shows that cumulative cases (confirmed and probable) since the pandemic began INCREASED BY ONE in both Old Lyme (to 311) and Lyme (to 96) when compared with the numbers reported Monday, March 29.

Old Lyme – Cumulative Cases Up One

Tuesday’s report shows that Old Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 304 confirmed COVID-19 cases and SEVEN probable casesmaking a TOTAL of 311 cases.

This represents an INCREASE of ONE in the cumulative number of confirmed cases compared with those reported Monday, March 29, and NO CHANGE in the number of probable cases.

The total number of Old Lyme residents tested is 4,935, an increase of eight over Friday’s number of 4,927.

Lyme – Cumulative Cases Up One

Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 88 confirmed cases and EIGHT probable cases, making a TOTAL of 96 cases.

This represents an INCREASE of ONE in the cumulative number of confirmed cases and NO CHANGE in the number of probable cases compared with those reported Monday, March 29.

The total number of Lyme residents tested is 1,328, an increase of four compared with Monday’s number of 1,324.

Two-Week Case Rates: Old Lyme Back in Red (highest) Zone, Lyme Stays in Gray (lowest) Zone

The report issued Tuesday, March 30, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) for the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks contains worrying news for the whole state including Old Lyme. Lyme, however, continues to maintain the low infection rate reported last week.

The report shows that Old Lyme has moved back into the Red (highest) Zone for two-week new case rates, but Lyme has retained its position in the Gray (lowest) Zone.

Last week, Old Lyme was in the (second highest) Orange Zone and so this change reflects a further increase in the two-week case rate over the previous week. In contrast, Lyme has recorded a second straight week in the lowest zone. (Four zones are specified by the CT DPH — see details below)

Overall, the report contains disappointing news for the whole state with the number of towns in the Gray, Yellow and Orange Zones all decreasing this week (the previous week’s figures are shown in parentheses), reflecting a statewide  increase in infection rates:

  • 13 (22) towns are now in the (lowest case rate) Gray Zone
  • 5 (9) are in the (lowest but one) Yellow Zone
  • 20 (33) are in the (second highest case rate) Orange Zone.

All the remaining 131 towns are in the Red Zone, and the state as a whole is moving once again towards the map we published in November when every town in the state was in the Red Zone. The numbers are concerning in that the trend appears to be that cases are continuing to increase at this point.

Lyme joins only 12 other towns in the Gray (lowest rate) Zone: Ashford, Chaplin, Cornwall, Eastford, Franklin, Hampton, New Canaan, North Stonington, Norfolk, Sharon, Scotland and Sprague.

The Yellow (second lowest rate) Zone now has only five towns: Essex, Griswold, Pomfret, Somers and Willington.

  • 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.
  • The yellow 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 between five and nine reported cases.
  • The orange 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 between 10 and 14.
  • 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.

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

This report is issued daily, but only updated weekly on Thursdays. The most recent report was updated Thursday, March 25; the next updated report will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 1.

More Detail on Two-Week Case Rates

LLHD Director of Health Stephen Mansfield

On Thursday, March 25, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) also issued their latest weekly report of COVID data for the municipalities within their District. Ledge Light Director of Health Stephen Mansfield prefaces the report with the comment, “We continue to see relatively steady case numbers within our jurisdiction. Our contact tracers report clusters associated with daycares, schools, and workplaces, and transmissions linked to social gatherings and sporting events.”

He stresses, however, “Although we are making great strides with our COVID vaccination program, it is still imperative that we remain diligent in our mitigation strategies.”

The latest two-week case rates announced Thursday, March 25, for the period 3/07 to 3/20 per 100,000 population (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 2/28 to 3/13) have again increased in Old Lyme and remained constant in Lyme.

The two-week case rates are as follows:

  • Old Lyme from 13.6 to 15.5
  • Lyme from 9.2 to 9.2

The same report shows that the case numbers in Week 1 and Week 2 respectively and recorded for the period 3/07 to 3/20  (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 2/28 to 3/13 shown in parentheses) are as follows:

  • Lyme had(3) cases in Week 1 and(0) in Week 2
  • Old Lyme had 9 (5) cases in Week 1 and (9) in Week 2

This data was updated March 25, 2021. The next Ledge Light Weekly Data Report for its District will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 1.

Vaccination Rates

At the request of several readers, we have started a new section reflecting the status of community vaccination rates in Lyme and Old Lyme. The data is taken from the COVID-19 Vaccinations by Town report published by CT-DPH, which is published roughly weekly.

Lyme is now ahead of Old Lyme in terms of the percentage of its total population that have received a first dose, with 49.01 percent vaccinated compared with 44.36 percent in Old Lyme. The percentages for both towns for the age segments 65-74 and 75+ are very encouraging with Lyme now having 101.82 percent of seniors 75 and above having received their first dose and 94.84 percent of the same age segment having received it in Old Lyme. Editor’s Note: We are skeptical of these figures for Old Lyme since they show the numbers vaccinated in the two age segments decreasing compared with last week. We are investigating further.

The detailed data below is the most recent and was updated March 245.

Old Lyme
Total population:  7,306
Estimated population age 65-74:  1,067
Estimated population age 75 and above:  794

DateTotal pop. 1st dose given1st dose given as % of total pop. 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop. 1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as % of age 75 & above pop.
3/12,11528.95%83578%73092%
3/82,62635,94%94588.57%76496.22%
3/153,07042.02%1,02796.25%797100.38%
3/243,24144.36%99893.53%75394.84%
3/313,55348.63%1,00193.81%75595.09%
4/74,17057.08%1,078101.08%76396.1%

Lyme
Total population:  2,316
Estimated population age 65-74:  372
Estimated population age 75 and above:  274

DateTotal pop. 1st dose gven1st dose given as % of total population 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop.1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as a % of age 75 & above pop.
3/160526.12%24466%22281%
3/876733.12%28175.54%22983.58%
3/1580134.59%26972.31%20675.18%
3/241,13549.01%36297.31%279101.82%
3/311,25954.36%372100.00%289105.47%
4/71,51065.2%414111.29%295107.66%

Three Fatalities in Old Lyme Since Pandemic Began, None in Lyme

According to the report mentioned above, there have now been THREE fatalities in Old Lyme. Asked Tuesday, Feb. 9, for details of this third fatality, Ledge Light Health Department Director of Health Stephen Mansfield responded, “We have not been notified of any recent deaths in Old Lyme. Keep in mind that that report is compiled by the Connecticut Department of Public Health; deaths are not reportable to local health districts.”

He added, “I can’t speak for their data sources.”

The two fatalities from Old Lyme previously reported in 2020 were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

No fatalities have been reported in Lyme.

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 Name% Adult In-patient Occupancy % Adult ICU Occupancy
Data from 1/8 - 1/14
Backus84.424.2
Lawrence & Memorial90.891.4
Middlesex78.289.9
Yale-New Haven87.982.6
Statewide80.860.9
Data from 1/15 - 1/21
Backus83.224.2
Lawrence & Memorial84.090.7
Middlesex83.388.7
Yale-New Haven91.487.9
Statewide79.960.8
Data from1/22 - 1/29
Backus66.10.0
Lawrence & Memorial90.690.0
Middlesex77.286.3
Yale-New Haven84.425.8
Statewide81.262.3
Data from1/29 - 2/5
Backus8622
Lawrence & Memorial8893
Middlesex6661
Yale-New Haven9189
Statewide79.360.7
Data from 2/1 - 2/11
Backus83.822.2
L & M87.687.9
Middlesex68.881.5
Yale-New Haven91.788.3
Statewide80.261.0
Data from 2/12 - 2/18
Backus79.122.4
L & M84.182.1
Middlesex74.488.1
Yale-New Haven90.883.6
Statewide77.959.8

Editor’s Note: 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. In light of the ongoing rise in Coronavirus cases, we publish a new weekday update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. 

March 29 COVID-19 Update: Cumulative Cases Up Two in Old Lyme to 310, Lyme Holds at 95

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued Monday, March 29, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT-DPH) for data as at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, March 28, shows that cumulative cases (confirmed and probable) since the pandemic began INCREASED BY TWO in Old Lyme to 310 but were UNCHANGED in Lyme for the third reporting day in a row at 95 when compared with the numbers reported Friday, March 26.

Old Lyme – Cumulative Cases Up Two

Monday’s report shows that Old Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 303 confirmed COVID-19 cases and SEVEN probable casesmaking a TOTAL of 310 cases.

This represents an INCREASE of TWO in the cumulative number of confirmed cases compared with those reported Friday, March 26, and NO CHANGE in the number of probable cases.

The total number of Old Lyme residents tested is 4,927, an increase of 22 over Friday’s number of 4,905.

Lyme – No Change in Cumulative Cases

Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 87 confirmed cases and EIGHT probable cases, making a TOTAL of 95 cases.

This represents NO CHANGE in the cumulative number of confirmed or probable cases compared with those reported Friday, March 26.

The total number of Lyme residents tested is 1,324, a decrease of one compared with Friday’s number of 1,325.

Two-Week Case Rates: Old Lyme Back in Red (highest) Zone, Lyme Stays in Gray (lowest) Zone

The report issued Monday, March 29, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) for the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks contains worrying news for the whole state including Old Lyme. Lyme, however, continues to maintain the low infection rate reported last week.

The report shows that Old Lyme has moved back into the Red (highest) Zone for two-week new case rates, but Lyme has retained its position in the Gray (lowest) Zone.

Last week, Old Lyme was in the (second highest) Orange Zone and so this change reflects a further increase in the two-week case rate over the previous week. In contrast, Lyme has recorded a second straight week in the lowest zone. (Four zones are specified by the CT DPH — see details below)

Overall, the report contains disappointing news for the whole state with the number of towns in the Gray, Yellow and Orange Zones all decreasing this week (the previous week’s figures are shown in parentheses), reflecting a statewide  increase in infection rates:

  • 13 (22) towns are now in the (lowest case rate) Gray Zone
  • 5 (9) are in the (lowest but one) Yellow Zone
  • 20 (33) are in the (second highest case rate) Orange Zone.

All the remaining 131 towns are in the Red Zone, and the state as a whole is moving once again towards the map we published in November when every town in the state was in the Red Zone. The numbers are concerning in that the trend appears to be that cases are continuing to increase at this point.

Lyme joins only 12 other towns in the Gray (lowest rate) Zone: Ashford, Chaplin, Cornwall, Eastford, Franklin, Hampton, New Canaan, North Stonington, Norfolk, Sharon, Scotland and Sprague.

The Yellow (second lowest rate) Zone now has only five towns: Essex, Griswold, Pomfret, Somers and Willington.

  • 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.
  • The yellow 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 between five and nine reported cases.
  • The orange 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 between 10 and 14.
  • 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.

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

This report is issued daily, but only updated weekly on Thursdays. The most recent report was updated Thursday, March 25; the next updated report will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 1.

More Detail on Two-Week Case Rates

LLHD Director of Health Stephen Mansfield

On Thursday, March 25, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) also issued their latest weekly report of COVID data for the municipalities within their District. Ledge Light Director of Health Stephen Mansfield prefaces the report with the comment, “We continue to see relatively steady case numbers within our jurisdiction. Our contact tracers report clusters associated with daycares, schools, and workplaces, and transmissions linked to social gatherings and sporting events.”

He stresses, however, “Although we are making great strides with our COVID vaccination program, it is still imperative that we remain diligent in our mitigation strategies.”

The latest two-week case rates announced Thursday, March 25, for the period 3/07 to 3/20 per 100,000 population (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 2/28 to 3/13) have again increased in Old Lyme and remained constant in Lyme.

The two-week case rates are as follows:

  • Old Lyme from 13.6 to 15.5
  • Lyme from 9.2 to 9.2

The same report shows that the case numbers in Week 1 and Week 2 respectively and recorded for the period 3/07 to 3/20  (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 2/28 to 3/13 shown in parentheses) are as follows:

  • Lyme had(3) cases in Week 1 and(0) in Week 2
  • Old Lyme had 9 (5) cases in Week 1 and (9) in Week 2

This data was updated March 25, 2021. The next Ledge Light Weekly Data Report for its District will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 1.

Vaccination Rates

At the request of several readers, we have started a new section reflecting the status of community vaccination rates in Lyme and Old Lyme. The data is taken from the COVID-19 Vaccinations by Town report published by CT-DPH, which is published roughly weekly.

Lyme is now ahead of Old Lyme in terms of the percentage of its total population that have received a first dose, with 49.01 percent vaccinated compared with 44.36 percent in Old Lyme. The percentages for both towns for the age segments 65-74 and 75+ are very encouraging with Lyme now having 101.82 percent of seniors 75 and above having received their first dose and 94.84 percent of the same age segment having received it in Old Lyme. Editor’s Note: We are skeptical of these figures for Old Lyme since they show the numbers vaccinated in the two age segments decreasing compared with last week. We are investigating further.

The detailed data below is the most recent and was updated March 245.

Old Lyme
Total population:  7,306
Estimated population age 65-74:  1,067
Estimated population age 75 and above:  794

DateTotal pop. 1st dose given1st dose given as % of total pop. 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop. 1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as % of age 75 & above pop.
3/12,11528.95%83578%73092%
3/82,62635,94%94588.57%76496.22%
3/153,07042.02%1,02796.25%797100.38%
3/243,24144.36%99893.53%75394.84%
3/313,55348.63%1,00193.81%75595.09%
4/74,17057.08%1,078101.08%76396.1%

Lyme
Total population:  2,316
Estimated population age 65-74:  372
Estimated population age 75 and above:  274

DateTotal pop. 1st dose gven1st dose given as % of total population 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop.1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as a % of age 75 & above pop.
3/160526.12%24466%22281%
3/876733.12%28175.54%22983.58%
3/1580134.59%26972.31%20675.18%
3/241,13549.01%36297.31%279101.82%
3/311,25954.36%372100.00%289105.47%
4/71,51065.2%414111.29%295107.66%

Three Fatalities in Old Lyme Since Pandemic Began, None in Lyme

According to the report mentioned above, there have now been THREE fatalities in Old Lyme. Asked Tuesday, Feb. 9, for details of this third fatality, Ledge Light Health Department Director of Health Stephen Mansfield responded, “We have not been notified of any recent deaths in Old Lyme. Keep in mind that that report is compiled by the Connecticut Department of Public Health; deaths are not reportable to local health districts.”

He added, “I can’t speak for their data sources.”

The two fatalities from Old Lyme previously reported in 2020 were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

No fatalities have been reported in Lyme.

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 Name% Adult In-patient Occupancy % Adult ICU Occupancy
Data from 1/8 - 1/14
Backus84.424.2
Lawrence & Memorial90.891.4
Middlesex78.289.9
Yale-New Haven87.982.6
Statewide80.860.9
Data from 1/15 - 1/21
Backus83.224.2
Lawrence & Memorial84.090.7
Middlesex83.388.7
Yale-New Haven91.487.9
Statewide79.960.8
Data from1/22 - 1/29
Backus66.10.0
Lawrence & Memorial90.690.0
Middlesex77.286.3
Yale-New Haven84.425.8
Statewide81.262.3
Data from1/29 - 2/5
Backus8622
Lawrence & Memorial8893
Middlesex6661
Yale-New Haven9189
Statewide79.360.7
Data from 2/1 - 2/11
Backus83.822.2
L & M87.687.9
Middlesex68.881.5
Yale-New Haven91.788.3
Statewide80.261.0
Data from 2/12 - 2/18
Backus79.122.4
L & M84.182.1
Middlesex74.488.1
Yale-New Haven90.883.6
Statewide77.959.8

Editor’s Note: 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. In light of the ongoing rise in Coronavirus cases, we publish a new weekday update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. 

March 26 COVID-19 Update: Cumulative Cases Up Four in Old Lyme to 308, Lyme Holds at 95

Photo by CDC on Unsplash

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued Friday, March 26, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT-DPH) for data as at 8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 25, shows that cumulative cases (confirmed and probable) since the pandemic began INCREASED BY FOUR in Old Lyme to 308 but were UNCHANGED in Lyme at 95 when compared with the numbers reported Thursday, March 25.

Old Lyme – Cumulative Cases Up Four

Friday’s report shows that Old Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 301 confirmed COVID-19 cases and SEVEN probable casesmaking a TOTAL of 308 cases.

This represents an INCREASE of FOUR in the cumulative number of confirmed cases compared with those reported Thursday, March 25, and NO CHANGE in the number of probable cases.

The total number of Old Lyme residents tested is 4,905, an increase of eight over Thursday’s number of 4,897.

Lyme – No Change in Cumulative Cases 

Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 87 confirmed cases and EIGHT probable cases, making a TOTAL of 95 cases.

This represents NO CHANGE in the cumulative number of confirmed or probable cases compared with those reported Thursday, March 25.

The total number of Lyme residents tested is 1,325, an increase of five over Thursday’s number of 1,320.

Two-Week Case Rates: Old Lyme Back in Red (highest) Zone, Lyme Stays in Gray (lowest) Zone

The report issued Thursday, March 25, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) for the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks contains worrying news for the whole state including Old Lyme. Lyme, however, continues to maintain the low infection rate reported last week.

The report shows that Old Lyme has moved back into the Red (highest) Zone for two-week new case rates, but Lyme has retained its position in the Gray (lowest) Zone.

Last week, Old Lyme was in the (second highest) Orange Zone and so this change reflects a further increase in the two-week case rate over the previous week. In contrast, Lyme has recorded a second straight week in the lowest zone. (Four zones are specified by the CT DPH — see details below)

Overall, the report contains disappointing news for the whole state with the number of towns in the Gray, Yellow and Orange Zones all decreasing this week (the previous week’s figures are shown in parentheses), reflecting a statewide  increase in infection rates:

  • 13 (22) towns are now in the (lowest case rate) Gray Zone
  • 5 (9) are in the (lowest but one) Yellow Zone
  • 20 (33) are in the (second highest case rate) Orange Zone.

All the remaining 131 towns are in the Red Zone, and the state as a whole is moving once again towards the map we published in November when every town in the state was in the Red Zone. The numbers are concerning in that the trend appears to be that cases are continuing to increase at this point.

Lyme joins only 12 other towns in the Gray (lowest rate) Zone: Ashford, Chaplin, Cornwall, Eastford, Franklin, Hampton, New Canaan, North Stonington, Norfolk, Sharon, Scotland and Sprague.

The Yellow (second lowest rate) Zone now has only five towns: Essex, Griswold, Pomfret, Somers and Willington.

  • 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.
  • The yellow 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 between five and nine reported cases.
  • The orange 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 between 10 and 14.
  • 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.

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

This report is issued daily, but only updated weekly on Thursdays. The most recent report was updated Thursday, March 25; the next updated report will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 1.

More Detail on Two-Week Case Rates

LLHD Director of Health Stephen Mansfield

On Thursday, March 25, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) also issued their latest weekly report of COVID data for the municipalities within their District. Ledge Light Director of Health Stephen Mansfield prefaces the report with the comment, “We continue to see relatively steady case numbers within our jurisdiction. Our contact tracers report clusters associated with daycares, schools, and workplaces, and transmissions linked to social gatherings and sporting events.”

He stresses, however, “Although we are making great strides with our COVID vaccination program, it is still imperative that we remain diligent in our mitigation strategies.”

The latest two-week case rates announced Thursday, March 25, for the period 3/07 to 3/20 per 100,000 population (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 2/28 to 3/13) have again increased in Old Lyme and remained constant in Lyme.

The two-week case rates are as follows:

  • Old Lyme from 13.6 to 15.5
  • Lyme from 9.2 to 9.2

The same report shows that the case numbers in Week 1 and Week 2 respectively and recorded for the period 3/07 to 3/20  (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 2/28 to 3/13 shown in parentheses) are as follows:

  • Lyme had(3) cases in Week 1 and(0) in Week 2
  • Old Lyme had 9 (5) cases in Week 1 and (9) in Week 2

This data was updated March 25, 2021. The next Ledge Light Weekly Data Report for its District will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 1.

Vaccination Rates

At the request of several readers, we have started a new section reflecting the status of community vaccination rates in Lyme and Old Lyme. The data is taken from the COVID-19 Vaccinations by Town report published by CT-DPH, which is published roughly weekly.

Lyme is now ahead of Old Lyme in terms of the percentage of its total population that have received a first dose, with 49.01 percent vaccinated compared with 44.36 percent in Old Lyme. The percentages for both towns for the age segments 65-74 and 75+ are very encouraging with Lyme now having 101.82 percent of seniors 75 and above having received their first dose and 94.84 percent of the same age segment having received it in Old Lyme. Editor’s Note: We are skeptical of these figures for Old Lyme since they show the numbers vaccinated in the two age segments decreasing compared with last week. We are investigating further.

The detailed data below is the most recent and was updated March 245.

Old Lyme
Total population:  7,306
Estimated population age 65-74:  1,067
Estimated population age 75 and above:  794

DateTotal pop. 1st dose given1st dose given as % of total pop. 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop. 1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as % of age 75 & above pop.
3/12,11528.95%83578%73092%
3/82,62635,94%94588.57%76496.22%
3/153,07042.02%1,02796.25%797100.38%
3/243,24144.36%99893.53%75394.84%
3/313,55348.63%1,00193.81%75595.09%
4/74,17057.08%1,078101.08%76396.1%

Lyme
Total population:  2,316
Estimated population age 65-74:  372
Estimated population age 75 and above:  274

DateTotal pop. 1st dose gven1st dose given as % of total population 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop.1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as a % of age 75 & above pop.
3/160526.12%24466%22281%
3/876733.12%28175.54%22983.58%
3/1580134.59%26972.31%20675.18%
3/241,13549.01%36297.31%279101.82%
3/311,25954.36%372100.00%289105.47%
4/71,51065.2%414111.29%295107.66%

Three Fatalities in Old Lyme Since Pandemic Began, None in Lyme

According to the report mentioned above, there have now been THREE fatalities in Old Lyme. Asked Tuesday, Feb. 9, for details of this third fatality, Ledge Light Health Department Director of Health Stephen Mansfield responded, “We have not been notified of any recent deaths in Old Lyme. Keep in mind that that report is compiled by the Connecticut Department of Public Health; deaths are not reportable to local health districts.”

He added, “I can’t speak for their data sources.”

The two fatalities from Old Lyme previously reported in 2020 were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

No fatalities have been reported in Lyme.

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 Name% Adult In-patient Occupancy % Adult ICU Occupancy
Data from 1/8 - 1/14
Backus84.424.2
Lawrence & Memorial90.891.4
Middlesex78.289.9
Yale-New Haven87.982.6
Statewide80.860.9
Data from 1/15 - 1/21
Backus83.224.2
Lawrence & Memorial84.090.7
Middlesex83.388.7
Yale-New Haven91.487.9
Statewide79.960.8
Data from1/22 - 1/29
Backus66.10.0
Lawrence & Memorial90.690.0
Middlesex77.286.3
Yale-New Haven84.425.8
Statewide81.262.3
Data from1/29 - 2/5
Backus8622
Lawrence & Memorial8893
Middlesex6661
Yale-New Haven9189
Statewide79.360.7
Data from 2/1 - 2/11
Backus83.822.2
L & M87.687.9
Middlesex68.881.5
Yale-New Haven91.788.3
Statewide80.261.0
Data from 2/12 - 2/18
Backus79.122.4
L & M84.182.1
Middlesex74.488.1
Yale-New Haven90.883.6
Statewide77.959.8

Editor’s Note: 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. In light of the ongoing rise in Coronavirus cases, we publish a new weekday update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. 

March 25 COVID-19 Update: Mirroring Much of CT, Old Lyme Returns to Red (Highest); Zone for Two-Week Case Rate; Lyme Stays in Gray (Lowest) Zone; Both Towns Up One New Case, OL to 304, Lyme to 95

This map, updated March 25, shows the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks. The Town of Old Lyme has moved up into the (highest) Red Zone, while Lyme remains in the (lowest) Gray Zone. (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 — The report issued Thursday, March 25, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) for the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks contains worrying news for the whole state including Old Lyme. Lyme, however, continues to maintain the low infection rate reported last week.

The report shows that Old Lyme has moved back into the Red (highest) Zone for two-week new case rates, but Lyme has retained its position in the Gray (lowest) Zone.

Last week, Old Lyme was in the (second highest) Orange Zone and so this change reflects a further increase in the two-week case rate over the previous week. In contrast, Lyme has recorded a second straight week in the lowest zone. (Four zones are specified by the CT DPH — see details below)

Overall, the report contains disappointing news for the whole state with the number of towns in the Gray, Yellow and Orange Zones all decreasing this week (the previous week’s figures are shown in parentheses), reflecting a statewide  increase in infection rates:

  • 13 (22) towns are now in the (lowest case rate) Gray Zone
  • 5 (9) are in the (lowest but one) Yellow Zone
  • 20 (33) are in the (second highest case rate) Orange Zone.

All the remaining 131 towns are in the Red Zone, and the state as a whole is moving once again towards the map we published in November when every town in the state was in the Red Zone. The numbers are concerning in that the trend appears to be that cases are continuing to increase at this point.

Lyme joins only 12 other towns in the Gray (lowest rate) Zone: Ashford, Chaplin, Cornwall, Eastford, Franklin, Hampton, New Canaan, North Stonington, Norfolk, Sharon, Scotland and Sprague.

The Yellow (second lowest rate) Zone now has only five towns: Essex, Griswold, Pomfret, Somers and Willington.

  • 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.
  • The yellow 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 between five and nine reported cases.
  • The orange 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 between 10 and 14.
  • 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.

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

This report is issued daily, but only updated weekly on Thursdays. The most recent report was updated Thursday, March 25; the next updated report will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 1.

More Detail on Two-Week Case Rates

LLHD Director of Health Stephen Mansfield

On Thursday, March 25, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) also issued their latest weekly report of COVID data for the municipalities within their District. Ledge Light Director of Health Stephen Mansfield prefaces the report with the comment, “We continue to see relatively steady case numbers within our jurisdiction. Our contact tracers report clusters associated with daycares, schools, and workplaces, and transmissions linked to social gatherings and sporting events.”

He stresses, however, “Although we are making great strides with our COVID vaccination program, it is still imperative that we remain diligent in our mitigation strategies.”

The latest two-week case rates announced Thursday, March 25, for the period 3/07 to 3/20 per 100,000 population (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 2/28 to 3/13) have again increased in Old Lyme and remained constant in Lyme.

The two-week case rates are as follows:

  • Old Lyme from 13.6 to 15.5
  • Lyme from 9.2 to 9.2

The same report shows that the case numbers in Week 1 and Week 2 respectively and recorded for the period 3/07 to 3/20  (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 2/28 to 3/13 shown in parentheses) are as follows:

  • Lyme had(3) cases in Week 1 and(0) in Week 2
  • Old Lyme had 9 (5) cases in Week 1 and (9) in Week 2

This data was updated March 25, 2021. The next Ledge Light Weekly Data Report for its District will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, April 1.

Old Lyme – Cumulative Cases Up One

The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued Thursday, March 25, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT-DPH) for data as at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, shows that Old Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 297 confirmed COVID-19 cases and SEVEN probable casesmaking a TOTAL of 304 cases.

This represents an INCREASE of ONE in the cumulative number of confirmed cases compared with those reported Wednesday, March 24, and NO CHANGE in the number of probable cases.

The total number of Old Lyme residents tested is 4,897, an increase of 11 over Wednesday’s number of 4,888.

Lyme – Cumulative Cases Up One

Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 87 confirmed cases and 8 probable cases, making a TOTAL of 95 cases.

This represents an INCREASE of ONE in the cumulative number of confirmed cases compared with those reported Wednesday, March 24, and NO CHANGE in the number of probable cases.

The total number of Lyme residents tested is 1,320, an increase of three over Wednesday’s number of 1,317.

Vaccination Rates

At the request of several readers, we have started a new section reflecting the status of community vaccination rates in Lyme and Old Lyme. The data is taken from the COVID-19 Vaccinations by Town report published by CT-DPH, which is published roughly weekly.

Lyme is now ahead of Old Lyme in terms of the percentage of its total population that have received a first dose, with 49.01 percent vaccinated compared with 44.36 percent in Old Lyme. The percentages for both towns for the age segments 65-74 and 75+ are very encouraging with Lyme now having 101.82 percent of seniors 75 and above having received their first dose and 94.84 percent of the same age segment having received it in Old Lyme. Editor’s Note: We are skeptical of these figures for Old Lyme since they show the numbers vaccinated in the two age segments decreasing compared with last week. We are investigating further.

The detailed data below is the most recent and was updated March 245.

Old Lyme
Total population:  7,306
Estimated population age 65-74:  1,067
Estimated population age 75 and above:  794

DateTotal pop. 1st dose given1st dose given as % of total pop. 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop. 1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as % of age 75 & above pop.
3/12,11528.95%83578%73092%
3/82,62635,94%94588.57%76496.22%
3/153,07042.02%1,02796.25%797100.38%
3/243,24144.36%99893.53%75394.84%
3/313,55348.63%1,00193.81%75595.09%
4/74,17057.08%1,078101.08%76396.1%

Lyme
Total population:  2,316
Estimated population age 65-74:  372
Estimated population age 75 and above:  274

DateTotal pop. 1st dose gven1st dose given as % of total population 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop.1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as a % of age 75 & above pop.
3/160526.12%24466%22281%
3/876733.12%28175.54%22983.58%
3/1580134.59%26972.31%20675.18%
3/241,13549.01%36297.31%279101.82%
3/311,25954.36%372100.00%289105.47%
4/71,51065.2%414111.29%295107.66%

Three Fatalities in Old Lyme Since Pandemic Began, None in Lyme

According to the report mentioned above, there have now been THREE fatalities in Old Lyme. Asked Tuesday, Feb. 9, for details of this third fatality, Ledge Light Health Department Director of Health Stephen Mansfield responded, “We have not been notified of any recent deaths in Old Lyme. Keep in mind that that report is compiled by the Connecticut Department of Public Health; deaths are not reportable to local health districts.”

He added, “I can’t speak for their data sources.”

The two fatalities from Old Lyme previously reported in 2020 were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

No fatalities have been reported in Lyme.

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 Name% Adult In-patient Occupancy % Adult ICU Occupancy
Data from 1/8 - 1/14
Backus84.424.2
Lawrence & Memorial90.891.4
Middlesex78.289.9
Yale-New Haven87.982.6
Statewide80.860.9
Data from 1/15 - 1/21
Backus83.224.2
Lawrence & Memorial84.090.7
Middlesex83.388.7
Yale-New Haven91.487.9
Statewide79.960.8
Data from1/22 - 1/29
Backus66.10.0
Lawrence & Memorial90.690.0
Middlesex77.286.3
Yale-New Haven84.425.8
Statewide81.262.3
Data from1/29 - 2/5
Backus8622
Lawrence & Memorial8893
Middlesex6661
Yale-New Haven9189
Statewide79.360.7
Data from 2/1 - 2/11
Backus83.822.2
L & M87.687.9
Middlesex68.881.5
Yale-New Haven91.788.3
Statewide80.261.0
Data from 2/12 - 2/18
Backus79.122.4
L & M84.182.1
Middlesex74.488.1
Yale-New Haven90.883.6
Statewide77.959.8

Editor’s Note: 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. In light of the ongoing rise in Coronavirus cases, we publish a new weekday update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. 

Old Lyme’s Inland Wetlands Commission Continues Public Hearing on Big Y’s Controversial Gas Station/Convenience Store Proposal to next Month

The site of the proposed Big Y Express at the western end of Halls Rd. in Old Lyme. Map courtesy of the Halls Rd. Improvement Committee.

OLD LYME — Around 50 people joined Tuesday’s Public Hearing for the proposal presented by Big Y Foods for a gas station/convenience store at 99 Halls Rd. and 25 Neck Rd., which was hosted Tuesday via Webex by the Old Lyme Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission (IWWC).

According to the application submitted to the IWWC, the proposal is for a 2,100 sq. ft. convenience mart and a gas station on a site surrounding Essex Savings Bank that is currently vacant and partially cleared. The application states that the fuel system consists of six dispensers under a protective canopy and two double wall fiberglass underground fuel tanks with electronic monitoring.

The IWWC’s role is to assess whether there is potential for significant impact to the watercourses located on the property proposed for the development. Commission Chairman Rachael Gaudio stressed both at the Feb. 23 meeting of the IWWC and at this meeting that it is not under this commission’s purview to consider zoning, planning or traffic matters.

The Commission had received written responses from the project engineer for the applicant, Ryan Scrittorale, PE, of Alfred Benesch & Co. to comments by the IWWC engineer Thomas Metcalfe and soil scientist Eric Davison of Davison Environmental. These have been published on the Town website at this link.

Since Martin Brogie, of Martin Brogie, Inc., the applicant’s soil scientist, was not able to attend the meeting due to being hospitalized for COVID, the applicant’s attorney, Robin Pearson, requested that the hearing be continued until next month.

The commission heard testimony from Dr. Michael W. Klemens, who has a PhD in Ecology/Conservation Biology. He was introduced by Marjorie Shansky, the attorney representing the intervenor at  85 Halls Road, LLC.

Krewson said that a major problem he was facing in terms of assessing the environmental impact of the proposed project was that “We don’t know where the boundary of the vernal pool is … we need to understand where the vernal pool is … to determine what is present in the vernal pool.” He noted that the most recent data available is from 2006, but emphasized, “There needs to be a lot more detail.”

He noted, “Wood frogs are a unique and special case. They are actually involved in nutrient recycling,” adding, “We need to see robust data on biodata.” Klemens said he would assume, “The majority of the migration comes from the north,” but stressed again, “We need to know [what is at the vernal pool.]”

The owner of the adjoining property Brain Farnham at 29 Neck Rd. responded to comments that he was not permitting access to his property to inspect the vernal pool. He said, “There are diucks in that pond. It’s their breeding season. That’s why I’m resisting people walking on my property.”

Gaudio countered that, as someone who had obtained two bachelor’s degrees, one in Biological Sciences and the second in Wildlife Conservation and Mangement, prior to attending law school and receiving a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy, she understood Farnham’s concerns. She stated, however, “I don’t think a scientist would go out and be a big impact [on the property or duck nests],” noting the inspection would primarily involve walking around the edge of the pool and looking for evidence of wildlife.

Chairman Gaudio agreed to continue the hearing until Tuesday, April 27, at 6 p.m., when it will be held again via Webex. She urged all parties, including members of the public, to submit any further comments by the end of the day on April 26.

The Public hearing will likely be closed on April 27, but the IWWC will not necessarily vote on the proposal at that meeting.

Editor’s Note: The full Minutes of the meeting have now been published on the Town of Old Lyme website at this link.

 

 

March 24 COVID-19 Update: Cumulative Cases in Lyme Up One to 94, Old Lyme’s Hold at 303

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. Photo courtesy of the CDC.

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued Wednesday, March 24, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT-DPH) for data as at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, shows that cumulative cases (confirmed and probable) since the pandemic began were UNCHANGED in Old Lyme at 303 but INCREASED BY ONE in Lyme to 94 when compared with the numbers reported Tuesday, March 23.

It should be noted that Monday reports always include data for the previous three days because reports are not issued on Saturdays or Sundays. The reporting period is 24 hours for all the other days reports are issued (Tuesday through Friday.)

The next CT DPH Daily Data Report for Connecticut will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, March 25.

Old Lyme – No Change in Cumulative Cases

The report shows that Old Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 296 confirmed COVID-19 cases and SEVEN probable casesmaking a TOTAL of 303 cases.

This represents no change in the cumulative number of confirmed or probable cases compared with those reported Tuesday, March 23.

The total number of Old Lyme residents tested is 4,888, an increase of eight  over the number of 4,886 reported Monday.

Lyme – Cumulative Cases Up One

Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 86 confirmed cases and 8 probable cases, making a TOTAL of 94 cases.

This represents an INCREASE of ONE in the cumulative number of confirmed cases and NO CHANGE  in the cumulative number of probable cases compared with those reported Monday, March 22.

The total number of Lyme residents tested is 1,317, an increase of one over Monday’s number of 1,316.

Old Lyme Moves Back into Orange (Second Highest) Zone for Two-Week New Case Rate, Lyme Drops to Gray (Lowest) Zone

The report issued Tuesday, March 23, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) for the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks contains good news for Lyme but bad news for Old Lyme.

This report is issued daily, but only updated weekly on Thursdays. The most recent report was updated Thursday, March 11; the next updated report will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, March 25.

It shows that Old Lyme has moved back into the Orange (second highest) Zone for two-week new case rates, but Lyme has fallen into the Gray (lowest) Zone.

Last week, Old Lyme was in the (second lowest) Yellow Zone and so this change reflects an increased two-week case rate over the previous week. In contrast, Lyme was in the ‘Red Zone’ — the category with the highest rate of new cases — last week and has now dropped to the lowest. (Four zones are specified by the CT DPH — see details below)

Overall, the report contains mixed news for the whole state with the number of towns in the Gray and Yellow Zone decreasing this week (the previous week’s figures are shown in parentheses), but the Orange Zone shows an increase:

  • 22 (25) towns are now in the (lowest case rate) Gray Zone
  • 9 (11) are in the (lowest but one) Yellow Zone
  • 33 (30) are in the (second highest case rate) Orange Zone.

All the remaining towns are in the Red Zone, but this still represents an obvious improvement from the map published in November when every town in the state was in the Red Zone. The numbers are concerning however, in that the trend appears to be that cases are not continuing to decrease at this point.

Lyme joins 21 other towns in the Gray (lowest rate)  Zone including Ashford, Bozrah, Bridgewater, Canaan, Chaplin, Colebrook, Cornwall, Eastford, Franklin, Goshen, Hampton, Hartland, Kent, New Canaan, North Stonington, Norfolk, Pomfret, Scotland, Union, Voluntown, and Warren.

The Yellow (second lowest rate) Zone includes Barkamsted, Colchester, East Windsor, Essex, Lisbon, Portland, Simsbury, Somers and Willington.

  • 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.
  • The yellow 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 between five and nine reported cases.
  • The orange 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 between 10 and 14.
  • 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.

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

This report is issued daily, but only updated weekly on Thursdays. The most recent report was updated yesterday, Thursday, March 11; the next updated report will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, March 25.

More Detail on Two-Week Case Rates

LLHD Director of Health Stephen Mansfield

On Thursday, March 18, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) also issued their latest weekly report of COVID data for the municipalities within their District. Ledge Light Director of Health Stephen Mansfield prefaces the report with the comment, “We continue to see relatively steady case numbers within our jurisdiction.”

He stresses, however, “Although we are making great strides with our COVID vaccination program, it is still imperative that we remain diligent in our mitigation strategies.”

The latest two-week case rates announced Thursday, March 18, for the period 2/28 to 3/13 per 100,000 population (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 2/21 to 3/06) have increased in Old Lyme and decreased in Lyme.

The two-week case rates are as follows:

  • Old Lyme from 6.8 to 13.6
  • Lyme from 18.3 to 9.2

The same report shows that the case numbers in Week 1 and Week 2 respectively and recorded for the period 2/28 to 3/13  (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 2/21 to 3/06 shown in parentheses) are as follows:

  • Lyme had(3) cases in Week 1 and(3) in Week 2
  • Old Lyme had (2) cases in Week 1 and (5) in Week 2

This data was updated March 18, 2021. The next Ledge Light Weekly Data Report for its District will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, March 25.

Vaccination Rates

At the request of several readers, we have started a new section reflecting the status of community vaccination rates in Lyme and Old Lyme. The data is taken from the COVID-19 Vaccinations by Town report published by CT-DPH, which is published roughly weekly.

Old Lyme is ahead of Lyme in terms of the percentage of its total population that have received a first dose, with 42.02 percent vaccinated compared with 34.59 percent in Lyme. The percentages for both towns for the age segments 65-74 and 75+ are very encouraging with Old Lyme now having 100.38 percent of seniors 75 and above having received their first dose and 75.18 percent of the same age segment having received it in Lyme. Editor’s Note: We are skeptical of these figures for Lyme since they show the numbers vaccinated decreasing compared with last week. We are investigating further.

The detailed data below is the most recent and was updated March 15.

Old Lyme
Total population:  7,306
Estimated population age 65-74:  1,067
Estimated population age 75 and above:  794

DateTotal pop. 1st dose given1st dose given as % of total pop. 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop. 1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as % of age 75 & above pop.
3/12,11528.95%83578%73092%
3/82,62635,94%94588.57%76496.22%
3/153,07042.02%1,02796.25%797100.38%
3/243,24144.36%99893.53%75394.84%
3/313,55348.63%1,00193.81%75595.09%
4/74,17057.08%1,078101.08%76396.1%

Lyme
Total population:  2,316
Estimated population age 65-74:  372
Estimated population age 75 and above:  274

DateTotal pop. 1st dose gven1st dose given as % of total population 1st dose given age 65-741st dose given as % of age 65-74 pop.1st dose given age 75 & above1st dose given as a % of age 75 & above pop.
3/160526.12%24466%22281%
3/876733.12%28175.54%22983.58%
3/1580134.59%26972.31%20675.18%
3/241,13549.01%36297.31%279101.82%
3/311,25954.36%372100.00%289105.47%
4/71,51065.2%414111.29%295107.66%

Three Fatalities in Old Lyme Since Pandemic Began, None in Lyme

According to the report mentioned above, there have now been THREE fatalities in Old Lyme. Asked Tuesday, Feb. 9, for details of this third fatality, Ledge Light Health Department Director of Health Stephen Mansfield responded, “We have not been notified of any recent deaths in Old Lyme. Keep in mind that that report is compiled by the Connecticut Department of Public Health; deaths are not reportable to local health districts.”

He added, “I can’t speak for their data sources.”

The two fatalities from Old Lyme previously reported in 2020 were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

No fatalities have been reported in Lyme.

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 Name% Adult In-patient Occupancy % Adult ICU Occupancy
Data from 1/8 - 1/14
Backus84.424.2
Lawrence & Memorial90.891.4
Middlesex78.289.9
Yale-New Haven87.982.6
Statewide80.860.9
Data from 1/15 - 1/21
Backus83.224.2
Lawrence & Memorial84.090.7
Middlesex83.388.7
Yale-New Haven91.487.9
Statewide79.960.8
Data from1/22 - 1/29
Backus66.10.0
Lawrence & Memorial90.690.0
Middlesex77.286.3
Yale-New Haven84.425.8
Statewide81.262.3
Data from1/29 - 2/5
Backus8622
Lawrence & Memorial8893
Middlesex6661
Yale-New Haven9189
Statewide79.360.7
Data from 2/1 - 2/11
Backus83.822.2
L & M87.687.9
Middlesex68.881.5
Yale-New Haven91.788.3
Statewide80.261.0
Data from 2/12 - 2/18
Backus79.122.4
L & M84.182.1
Middlesex74.488.1
Yale-New Haven90.883.6
Statewide77.959.8

Editor’s Note: 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. In light of the ongoing rise in Coronavirus cases, we publish a new weekday update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. 

Old Lyme Boys Exit Shoreline Basketball Tournament with Loss to Valley, Despite Remarkable Comeback Effort

DEEP RIVER — The Old Lyme boys ended an exciting season Tuesday when they lost to Valley Regional 65-56 in the quarterfinals of the Shoreline Conference tournament.

Playing away, Old Lyme had a nervous start and was down 19-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Wildcats continued to fall behind and found themselves on the wrong side of a 37-19 score at the half.

Early in the third quarter, things got even worse and Valley advanced to a 21-point lead.

But then Old Lyme finally came to life and fought back with grim determination, eventually reducing the lead to just four points. The comeback was almost complete when, in Coach Kirk Kaczor’s words, “The boys just ran out of gas.”

Colbe Andrews led the Wildcats with 16 points, while Jacob Ritchie added 14.

Valley was led by Jeremy Arnum with 21 points and James Marsden, who scored 17.

Old Lyme Boys Win Shoreline South Indoor Track Championship, Girls Take Second

Sophomore Jacob Rand tied for second place in the high jump in Saturday’s Indoor Track Shoreline Championship. All photos by David Walker.

OLD LYME — Competing in what was effectively their Shoreline Championship this past Saturday, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Indoor Track teams achieved commendable results with the boys’ team coming in first and the girls taking second.

Due to COVID precautions, the meet had a very different look from usual. To reduce the number of competitors at any time, the traditional All-Shoreline meet was divided into two separate events with one being held for Northern Shoreline schools and the other featuring Southern Shoreline schools.
Old Lyme hosted the Southern meet in which six teams participated, namely Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Valley, Hale Ray, and Morgan.

Senior Aidan Powers, who was one of the boys’ captains, gets the team pumped up in a pre-meet huddle. Powers also placed first place in the 600 meters and was part of the winning 4×200 relay.

There were three different meet slots to further reduce the number of people on the track so from 9 to 11 a.m., Westbrook competed against Valley; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Old Lyme and Morgan faced off; and from 1 to 3 p.m., Old Saybrook and Hale Ray took their turn.
At the end of the day, the results were compiled and winners announced.
Old Lyme had 13 first-place finishers, which also garnered each winning student the accolade of “First Team All-Shoreline.”

Senior Paige Kolesnik won the shotput and was also part of the winning sprint medley relay team.

The first-place winners were:
  • the girls’ sprint medley relay team of Bianca DaSilva, Paige Kolesnik, Alyssa Spooner, and Kelly Walsh
  • the girls’ 4 x 400 relay team of Alyssa Spooner, Gretchen Burgess, Hannah Britt, and Lyla Powers
  • the boys’ 4 x 200 relay team of Ashton Gratton, Nevin Joshy, Jesper Silberberg, and Aidan Powers
  • Paige Kolesnik in the girls’ shotput
  • Jesper Silberberg in the 55-meter dash
  • Aidan Powers in the 600 meters
  • Drew St. Louis in the pole vault and long jump
  • Harry Whitten in the shotput.
A number of other runners, jumpers and throwers also achieved significant success.
Asked his thoughts on both the results and the season in general, first-year coach Nick Walker (LOLHS Class of 2012) commented, “I couldn’t be prouder of our athletes. They have dealt with so much adversity this year: having normal high school landmarks canceled, being unable to hang out with friends, having to keep distance from one another, quarantining and missing weeks of school and sports at a moment’s notice … the list goes on.”

The boys’ and girls’ teams gather for a photo to celebrate their respective results.

He noted that although the season technically should have started in late November, “That was when we were going through that massive COVID-19 spike and so all winter sports were postponed.” Walker added, “It seemed unlikely at that point that we’d ever be able to have a season, but we were able to finally start in late January while taking lots of precautions.”
Noting that even when training started in January, the idea that the team would ever have any competitive meets seemed unlikely, Walker said, “These kids have had to be so patient, so willing to face whatever happens with equanimity.”
He continued, “Yet from the start of the season I was blown away by their work ethic and good cheer during a season that could have also been seen as a let-down and full of limitations. They were out there practicing on windy days in the mid-20s, bundled up as they were running track repeats and freezing their hands off throwing the shotput.”
“To come from such a situation to now having competitive competitions and placing so well at our final meet,” Walker said, noting, “I feel very glad for them. I think it goes to show the strength of their commitment to the team and sport, and also the lightness and playfulness of their spirit that they could enjoy what this season had to offer while pushing themselves to improve and learn more.”
Walker explained that many athletes tried out new events for the first time, such as the long jump, hurdles, pole vault, and high jump, and ultimately ended up placing in the tournament and contributing key points for the team.

Senior and a girls’ team captain Bianca DaSilva runs the 200-meter leg of the winning sprint medley relay team.

He also shared that he felt senior class also played, “A huge role in our successful season: first off by contributing so much hard work and athleticism in their events, but even more so by the positive and welcoming and fun atmosphere they helped foster on the team. They will certainly be very missed come next year.”
Pointing out that he looked forward to welcoming most of them back to Outdoor Track this spring, he noted, “We will lose some very strong runners and throwers to other spring sports.”
Walker concluded positively, “Overall, it’s been a real joy to coach these athletes alongside my co-coaches Alyssa Mercaldi and Garreck Seales. We’ve been continually impressed by this group of kids and are so glad for them that they have this fantastic performance to celebrate.”

March 22 COVID-19 Update: Cumulative Cases in Old Lyme Break 300, Rise by Four to 303; Lyme’s Hold at 92

Photo by CDC on Unsplash

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued Monday, March 22, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT-DPH) for data as at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, March 21, shows that cumulative cases (confirmed and probable) since the pandemic began INCREASED by FOUR in Old Lyme to 303 but WERE UNCHANGED in Lyme at 92 when compared with the numbers reported Friday, March 19.

It should be noted that Monday reports always include data for the previous three days because reports are not issued on Saturdays or Sundays. The reporting period is 24 hours for all the other days reports are issued (Tuesday through Friday.)

The next CT DPH Daily Data Report for Connecticut will be issued in the afternoon of Tuesday, March 23.

Old Lyme – Cumulative Cases Up Four

The report shows that Old Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 296 confirmed COVID-19 cases and SEVEN probable casesmaking a TOTAL of 303 cases.

This represents an increase of four in the cumulative number of confirmed cases compared with those reported Friday, March 18 and no change in the cumulative number of probable cases.

The total number of Old Lyme residents tested is 4,879, an increase of 23 over the number of 4,856 reported Friday.

Lyme – No Change in Cumulative Cases

Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 85 confirmed cases and 7 probable cases, making a TOTAL of 92 cases.

This represents NO CHANGE  in the cumulative number of confirmed or probable cases compared with those reported Friday, March 19.

The total number of Lyme residents tested is 1,314, an increase of five over Friday’s number of 1,309.

Old Lyme Moves Back into Orange (Second Highest) Zone for Two-Week New Case Rate, Lyme Drops to Gray (Lowest) Zone

The report issued Monday, March 22, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) for the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks contains good news for Lyme but bad news for Old Lyme.

This report is issued daily, but only updated weekly on Thursdays. The most recent report was updated Thursday, March 11; the next updated report will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, March 25.

It shows that Old Lyme has moved back into the Orange (second highest) Zone for two-week new case rates, but Lyme has fallen into the Gray (lowest) Zone.

Last week, Old Lyme was in the (second lowest) Yellow Zone and so this change reflects an increased two-week case rate over the previous week. In contrast, Lyme was in the ‘Red Zone’ — the category with the highest rate of new cases — last week and has now dropped to the lowest. (Four zones are specified by the CT DPH — see details below)

Overall, the report contains mixed news for the whole state with the number of towns in the Gray and Yellow Zone decreasing this week (the previous week’s figures are shown in parentheses), but the Orange Zone shows an increase:

  • 22 (25) towns are now in the (lowest case rate) Gray Zone
  • 9 (11) are in the (lowest but one) Yellow Zone
  • 33 (30) are in the (second highest case rate) Orange Zone.

All the remaining towns are in the Red Zone, but this still represents an obvious improvement from the map published in November when every town in the state was in the Red Zone. The numbers are concerning however, in that the trend appears to be that cases are not continuing to decrease at this point.

Lyme joins 21 other towns in the Gray (lowest rate)  Zone including Ashford, Bozrah, Bridgewater, Canaan, Chaplin, Colebrook, Cornwall, Eastford, Franklin, Goshen, Hampton, Hartland, Kent, New Canaan, North Stonington, Norfolk, Pomfret, Scotland, Union, Voluntown, and Warren.

The Yellow (second lowest rate) Zone includes Barkamsted, Colchester, East Windsor, Essex, Lisbon, Portland, Simsbury, Somers and Willington.

  • 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.
  • The yellow 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 between five and nine reported cases.
  • The orange 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 between 10 and 14.
  • 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.

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

This report is issued daily, but only updated weekly on Thursdays. The most recent report was updated yesterday, Thursday, March 11; the next updated report will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, March 25.

More Detail on Two-Week Case Rates

LLHD Director of Health Stephen Mansfield

On Thursday, March 18, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) also issued their latest weekly report of COVID data for the municipalities within their District. Ledge Light Director of Health Stephen Mansfield prefaces the report with the comment, “We continue to see relatively steady case numbers within our jurisdiction.”

He stresses, however, “Although we are making great strides with our COVID vaccination program, it is still imperative that we remain diligent in our mitigation strategies.”

The latest two-week case rates announced Thursday, March 18, for the period 2/28 to 3/13 per 100,000 population (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 2/21 to 3/06) have increased in Old Lyme and decreased in Lyme.

The two-week case rates are as follows:

  • Old Lyme from 6.8 to 13.6
  • Lyme from 18.3 to 9.2

The same report shows that the case numbers in Week 1 and Week 2 respectively and recorded for the period 2/28 to 3/13  (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 2/21 to 3/06 shown in parentheses) are as follows:

  • Lyme had(3) cases in Week 1 and(3) in Week 2
  • Old Lyme had (2) cases in Week 1 and (5) in Week 2

This data was updated March 18, 2021. The next Ledge Light Weekly Data Report for its District will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, March 25.

Vaccination Rates

At the request of several readers, we have started a new section today reflecting the status of community vaccination rates in Lyme and Old Lyme. The data is taken from the COVID-19 Vaccinations by Town report published by CT-DPH, which is published roughly weekly.

Old Lyme is ahead of Lyme in terms of the percentage of its total population that have received a first dose, with 42.02 percent vaccinated compared with 34.59 percent in Lyme. The percentages for both towns for the age segments 65-74 and 75+ are very encouraging with Old Lyme now having 100.38 percent of seniors 75 and above having received their first dose and 75.18 percent of the same age segment having received it in Lyme. Editor’s Note: We are skeptical of these figures for Lyme since they show the numbers vaccinated decreasing compared with last week. We are investigating further.

The detailed data below is the most recent and was updated March 15.

Old Lyme
Total population:  7,306
Estimated population age 65-74:  1,067
Estimated population age 75 and above:  794

Total population 1st dose administered: 3070 (2626)
1st dose administered as % of total population:  42.02% (35.94%) 

1st dose administered age 65-74:  1,027 (945)
1st dose administered as % of age 65-74 population:  96.25% (88.57%)

1st dose administered age 75 and above:  797 (764)
1st dose administered as % of age 75 and above population:  100.38% (96.22%)

Lyme
Total population:  2,316
Estimated population age 65-74:  372
Estimated population age 75 and above:  274

Total population 1st dose administered: 801 (767)
1st dose administered as % of total population:  34.59% (33.12%)

1st dose administered age 65-74: 269 (281) 
1st dose administered as % of age 65-74 population: 72.31% (75.54%)

1st dose administered age 75 and above: 206 (229)
1st dose administered as % of age 75 and above population: 75.18% (83.58%)

Three Fatalities in Old Lyme Since Pandemic Began, None in Lyme

According to the report mentioned above, there have now been THREE fatalities in Old Lyme. Asked Tuesday, Feb. 9, for details of this third fatality, Ledge Light Health Department Director of Health Stephen Mansfield responded, “We have not been notified of any recent deaths in Old Lyme. Keep in mind that that report is compiled by the Connecticut Department of Public Health; deaths are not reportable to local health districts.”

He added, “I can’t speak for their data sources.”

The two fatalities from Old Lyme previously reported in 2020 were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

No fatalities have been reported in Lyme.

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 Name% Adult In-patient Occupancy % Adult ICU Occupancy
Data from 1/8 - 1/14
Backus84.424.2
Lawrence & Memorial90.891.4
Middlesex78.289.9
Yale-New Haven87.982.6
Statewide80.860.9
Data from 1/15 - 1/21
Backus83.224.2
Lawrence & Memorial84.090.7
Middlesex83.388.7
Yale-New Haven91.487.9
Statewide79.960.8
Data from1/22 - 1/29
Backus66.10.0
Lawrence & Memorial90.690.0
Middlesex77.286.3
Yale-New Haven84.425.8
Statewide81.262.3
Data from1/29 - 2/5
Backus8622
Lawrence & Memorial8893
Middlesex6661
Yale-New Haven9189
Statewide79.360.7
Data from 2/1 - 2/11
Backus83.822.2
L & M87.687.9
Middlesex68.881.5
Yale-New Haven91.788.3
Statewide80.261.0
Data from 2/12 - 2/18
Backus79.122.4
L & M84.182.1
Middlesex74.488.1
Yale-New Haven90.883.6
Statewide77.959.8

Editor’s Note: 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. In light of the ongoing rise in Coronavirus cases, we publish a new weekday update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. 

March 19 COVID-19 Update: Cumulative Cases in Old Lyme Up Two to 299, Up One in Lyme to 92

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued Friday, March 19, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT-DPH) for data as at 8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 18, shows that cumulative cases (confirmed and probable) since the pandemic began INCREASED by TWO in Old Lyme to 299 and by ONE in Lyme to 92 when compared with the numbers reported Thursday, March 18.

The next CT DPH Daily Data Report for Connecticut will be issued in the afternoon of Monday, March 22.

Old Lyme – Cumulative Cases Up Two

The report shows that Old Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 292 confirmed COVID-19 cases and SEVEN probable casesmaking a TOTAL of 299 cases.

This represents an increase of two in the cumulative number of confirmed cases compared with those reported Thursday, March 18 and no change in the cumulative number of probable cases.

The total number of Old Lyme residents tested is 4,856, an increase of 17 over the number of 4,839 reported Thursday.

Lyme – No Change in Cumulative Cases

Lyme has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 85 confirmed cases and 7 probable cases, making a TOTAL of 92 cases.

This represents an INCREASE of ONE  in the cumulative number of confirmed cases and NO CHANGE in the number of probable cases compared with those reported Thursday, March 18.

The total number of Lyme residents tested is 1,307, an increase of three over Wednesday’s number of 1,304.

Old Lyme Moves Back into Orange (Second Highest) Zone for Two-Week New Case Rate, Lyme Drops to Gray (Lowest) Zone

The report issued Friday, March 19, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) for the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks contains good news for Lyme but bad news for Old Lyme.

This report is issued daily, but only updated weekly on Thursdays. The most recent report was updated Thursday, March 11; the next updated report will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, March 25.

It shows that Old Lyme has moved back into the Orange (second highest) Zone for two-week new case rates, but Lyme has fallen into the Gray (lowest) Zone.

Last week, Old Lyme was in the (second lowest) Yellow Zone and so this change reflects an increased two-week case rate over the previous week. In contrast, Lyme was in the ‘Red Zone’ — the category with the highest rate of new cases — last week and has now dropped to the lowest. (Four zones are specified by the CT DPH — see details below)

Overall, the report contains mixed news for the whole state with the number of towns in the Gray and Yellow Zone decreasing this week (the previous week’s figures are shown in parentheses), but the Orange Zone shows an increase:

  • 22 (25) towns are now in the (lowest case rate) Gray Zone
  • 9 (11) are in the (lowest but one) Yellow Zone
  • 33 (30) are in the (second highest case rate) Orange Zone.

All the remaining towns are in the Red Zone, but this still represents an obvious improvement from the map published in November when every town in the state was in the Red Zone. The numbers are concerning however, in that the trend appears to be that cases are not continuing to decrease at this point.

Lyme joins 21 other towns in the Gray (lowest rate)  Zone including Ashford, Bozrah, Bridgewater, Canaan, Chaplin, Colebrook, Cornwall, Eastford, Franklin, Goshen, Hampton, Hartland, Kent, New Canaan, North Stonington, Norfolk, Pomfret, Scotland, Union, Voluntown, and Warren.

The Yellow (second lowest rate) Zone includes Barkamsted, Colchester, East Windsor, Essex, Lisbon, Portland, Simsbury, Somers and Willington.

  • 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.
  • The yellow 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 between five and nine reported cases.
  • The orange 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 between 10 and 14.
  • 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.

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

This report is issued daily, but only updated weekly on Thursdays. The most recent report was updated yesterday, Thursday, March 11; the next updated report will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, March 25.

More Detail on Two-Week Case Rates

LLHD Director of Health Stephen Mansfield

On Thursday, March 18, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) also issued their latest weekly report of COVID data for the municipalities within their District. Ledge Light Director of Health Stephen Mansfield prefaces the report with the comment, “We continue to see relatively steady case numbers within our jurisdiction.”

He stresses, however, “Although we are making great strides with our COVID vaccination program, it is still imperative that we remain diligent in our mitigation strategies.”

The latest two-week case rates announced Thursday, March 18, for the period 2/28 to 3/13 per 100,000 population (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 2/21 to 3/06) have increased in Old Lyme and decreased in Lyme.

The two-week case rates are as follows:

  • Old Lyme from 6.8 to 13.6
  • Lyme from 18.3 to 9.2

The same report shows that the case numbers in Week 1 and Week 2 respectively and recorded for the period 2/28 to 3/13  (compared with the previous two-week case rate for 2/21 to 3/06 shown in parentheses) are as follows:

  • Lyme had(3) cases in Week 1 and(3) in Week 2
  • Old Lyme had (2) cases in Week 1 and (5) in Week 2

This data was updated March 18, 2021. The next Ledge Light Weekly Data Report for its District will be issued in the afternoon of Thursday, March 25.

Vaccination Rates

At the request of several readers, we have started a new section today reflecting the status of community vaccination rates in Lyme and Old Lyme. The data is taken from the COVID-19 Vaccinations by Town report published by CT-DPH, which is published roughly weekly.

Old Lyme is ahead of Lyme in terms of the percentage of its total population that have received a first dose, with 42.02 percent vaccinated compared with 34.59 percent in Lyme. The percentages for both towns for the age segments 65-74 and 75+ are very encouraging with Old Lyme now having 100.38 percent of seniors 75 and above having received their first dose and 75.18 percent of the same age segment having received it in Lyme. Editor’s Note: We are skeptical of these figures for Lyme since they show the numbers vaccinated decreasing compared with last week. We are investigating further.

The detailed data below is the most recent and was updated March 15.

Old Lyme
Total population:  7,306
Estimated population age 65-74:  1,067
Estimated population age 75 and above:  794

Total population 1st dose administered: 3070 (2626)
1st dose administered as % of total population:  42.02% (35.94%) 

1st dose administered age 65-74:  1,027 (945)
1st dose administered as % of age 65-74 population:  96.25% (88.57%)

1st dose administered age 75 and above:  797 (764)
1st dose administered as % of age 75 and above population:  100.38% (96.22%)

Lyme
Total population:  2,316
Estimated population age 65-74:  372
Estimated population age 75 and above:  274

Total population 1st dose administered: 801 (767)
1st dose administered as % of total population:  34.59% (33.12%)

1st dose administered age 65-74: 269 (281) 
1st dose administered as % of age 65-74 population: 72.31% (75.54%)

1st dose administered age 75 and above: 206 (229)
1st dose administered as % of age 75 and above population: 75.18% (83.58%)

Three Fatalities in Old Lyme Since Pandemic Began, None in Lyme

According to the report mentioned above, there have now been THREE fatalities in Old Lyme. Asked Tuesday, Feb. 9, for details of this third fatality, Ledge Light Health Department Director of Health Stephen Mansfield responded, “We have not been notified of any recent deaths in Old Lyme. Keep in mind that that report is compiled by the Connecticut Department of Public Health; deaths are not reportable to local health districts.”

He added, “I can’t speak for their data sources.”

The two fatalities from Old Lyme previously reported in 2020 were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

No fatalities have been reported in Lyme.

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 Name% Adult In-patient Occupancy % Adult ICU Occupancy
Data from 1/8 - 1/14
Backus84.424.2
Lawrence & Memorial90.891.4
Middlesex78.289.9
Yale-New Haven87.982.6
Statewide80.860.9
Data from 1/15 - 1/21
Backus83.224.2
Lawrence & Memorial84.090.7
Middlesex83.388.7
Yale-New Haven91.487.9
Statewide79.960.8
Data from1/22 - 1/29
Backus66.10.0
Lawrence & Memorial90.690.0
Middlesex77.286.3
Yale-New Haven84.425.8
Statewide81.262.3
Data from1/29 - 2/5
Backus8622
Lawrence & Memorial8893
Middlesex6661
Yale-New Haven9189
Statewide79.360.7
Data from 2/1 - 2/11
Backus83.822.2
L & M87.687.9
Middlesex68.881.5
Yale-New Haven91.788.3
Statewide80.261.0
Data from 2/12 - 2/18
Backus79.122.4
L & M84.182.1
Middlesex74.488.1
Yale-New Haven90.883.6
Statewide77.959.8

Editor’s Note: 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. In light of the ongoing rise in Coronavirus cases, we publish a new weekday update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. 

A Chilling Adventure: Hadlyme’s Theobald Describes His Extraordinary Journey Through the Northwest Passage

The ‘Bagan’ sails into the Northwest Passage.

LYME — The Northwest Passage—the sea route connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific— is widely considered the ultimate uncharted territory. Sailing from Newport, R.I., through the infamous Passage and around Alaska to Seattle, is an 8,500-mile trek filled with constant danger from ice, polar bears, and severe weather.

Sprague Theobald

Hadlyme resident Sprague Theobald, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and expert sailor, has completed this extraordinary journey.

In so doing, he and his crew became only the 24th non-military craft to have navigated the Passage since Roald Amundsen completed the first successful crossing of the fabled Northwest Passage in 1906.

Hear all about Theobald’s extraordinary journey and its harrowing story of survival, adventure, and, finally, redemption in a Zoom presentation hosted by the Friends of Lyme Library titled, The Other Side of the Ice,  tomorrow, (Saturday, March 20) at 3 p.m. Theobald himself will present the program.  

Email programreg@lymepl.org as soon as possible to register for this program and obtain the Zoom link.

Asked how he ever came up with the idea of undertaking that journey,  Theobald replied, “As far back as I can remember I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of a shortcut through the Arctic, but yet, nobody could find it. How could a place exist that nobody knows about but yet they go searching for it?”

Standing on the bow of the ‘Bagan’ as it sailed through the bitterly cold, unforgiving Northwest Passage.

Theobald continued, “As I grew older and started to read the incredible tragic history of those who went to search for the Passage I became absolutely intrigued. I can’t say that it was always on my mind but I spent many, many years on boats (I’ve about 40,000 off-shore miles) and the thought of attempting to transit the Passage was always in the back of my mind.”

He said triumphantly, “Finally, all the forces came together!” noting that it took about two and a half years, “… from my openly musing about the idea to finally leaving Newport,” aboard the Bagan.

In the 1850s, the Franklin Expedition left England to find the Northwest Passage. Beechy Island was one of their last known stopping areas. The expedition was frozen in the ice for two years. This grave marker cites where one of the crew was buried.

What followed was five months on the Bagan of unrelenting cold, hungry polar bears, and a haunting landscape littered with sobering artifacts from the tragic Franklin Expedition of 1845. Theobald will explain in his presentation the innumerable ways in which the incredibly challenging trip has impacted his life since he returned to land.

Asked which of those experiences had affected him the most, Theobald responded, “As you can imagine there were many experiences which truly changed my life but I think the most powerful one was the few days that we were trapped in the ice and slowly being driven ashore by a powerful underwater current.”

He continued, “Whether it was exhaustion or fatalism, I truly understood the feeling of simply letting go and making the best of it. It was simply survival. There was absolutely nothing I could do to keep us from being pushed into the rock-face cliffs. Try as I may, I couldn’t stop Mother Nature.”

As he worked to define that specific emotion in his mind, Theobald said, “The freedom of letting go allowed me to think through the process as to what I could possibly do in the various scenarios that faced us. Luckily the very force that was hinting at our demise also rescued us! The underwater current that was pushing us ashore must’ve had a back eddy in it, for once we came within a quarter of a mile from the rocks, we very slowly started going backwards in an arc.”

He concluded, “To this day, I am able to utilize that same great feeling of knowing when and ow to simply let go and to be able to stand back objectively and assess a situation rather than be caught up in it.”