May 16, 2022

May 16 COVID-19 Update: Second Highest Daily Number of Cases in Old Lyme for Entire Pandemic, 39 Cases in OL Take Cumulative Total to 1223, Eight Cases in Lyme Raise its Total to 300

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report issued Monday, May 16, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) shows a total of 39 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme and eight in Lyme.

These cases raise Old Lyme’s cumulative case total to 1223 from 1184 on May 13, and Lyme’s to 300 from 292, also on May 13.

This total of 39 cases is the second highest single day case total for Old Lyme for the entirety of the pandemic. The highest number recorded ever during the pandemic was 59 on Jan . 10, 2022. Today’s number if inflated because CT DPH does not issue reports over the weekend, but this situation is the same for every Monday during the pandemic

April 5, 2022 was the most recent day on which no new cases were reported in either town.

Prior to March 25, Lyme had gone for 23 consecutive days with no new cases being reported. Two new cases were reported in Lyme on March 25.

Prior to April 5, the most recent day on which no new cases were reported in either Lyme or Old Lyme was March 24. There were also no new cases on March 9 and 4, and Feb. 24. The previous date prior to Feb. 24 when no new cases were reported in either town was Dec. 12, 2021.

Statewide Situation – Weekly Update

This map, updated May 12, 2022 shows the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks. Both Lyme and Old Lyme remain in the Red (highest) Zone. One hundred and fifty eight (158) towns (representing a total of 93.5% of the state) are now found in the Red 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. Map: Ver 12.1.2020 Source: CT Department of Public Health Get the data Created with Datawrapper.

On Thursday, May 12, the (CT DPH) also released its latest weekly COVID-19 Alert Map (pictured above), which indicates that 158 municipalities are now in the Red (highest of four) Zone for case rates. These towns in the Red Zone include both Lyme and Old Lyme.

This number has increased by 13 over the 145 towns recorded in the Red Zone last weekthus increasing the number of towns in the Red Zone to 93.5% of the state.

This total of 158 Red Zone towns is moving rapidly towards the Jan. 27, 2022 number, when the total was 168 out of 169 towns.

As of May 12, 2022, all nine towns in the Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) remain in the Red Zone. The LLHD is no longer issuing reports with updated Case Rates and other metrics.

The CT DPH will issue an updated map of the zones Thursday, May 19 — the map is updated weekly on Thursdays.

The color-coded zones on the map above are:

Red: Indicates case rates over the last two weeks of greater than 15 per 100,000 population
Orange: Indicates case rates between 10 to 14 cases per 100,000 population
Yellow: Indicates case rates between 5 and 9 per 100,000 population
Gray: Indicates case rates lower than five per 100,000 population

CDC Categorizes New London, Fairfield Counties at Medium Risk: All Other Counties are High

Map issued May 13 by the CDC showing Community Levels in Connecticut. Map courtesy of CDC.

On May 13, the CDC listed six Connecticut counties in the “High” category as part of its COVID-19 ‘Community Levels’ Map (see above). Only Fairfield and New London Counties are listed in the “Medium” category.

The COVID-19 Community Levels map—which was launched in late February—informs CDC recommendations on prevention measures, such as masking and testing. The guidelines include a color-coded system available on the CDC website of “Low,” “Medium” and “High.”

This approach focuses on preventing hospitals and health care systems from being overwhelmed and directing prevention efforts toward protecting people at high risk for severe illness.

“This latest update comes as no surprise considering the trajectory that this latest omicron sub-variant is taking,” said Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD. “And I cannot stress enough that the tools to combat this virus are in place and easily accessible. These include vaccines, first and second boostersTest to Treat locations, therapeuticsself-tests and state-supported testing.

Residents who live in New London (which includes Lyme and Old Lyme) and Fairfield Counties—which is listed in the Yellow/Medium Category—who are at high risk for severe illness in these counties should talk to their health care providers about when they need to wear a mask and take other precautions. These residents should also stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms.

Residents living in the High/Orange categories—Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, Tolland and Windham Counties—should wear a mask indoors in public; stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. Additional precautions may be needed for residents who are at high risk for severe illness.

Ledge Light Health District continues to focus its vaccination efforts on homebound populations and providing initial vaccinations and boosters to individuals, who were vaccinated previously. Information about vaccination opportunities can be found at https://llhd.org/coronavirus-covid-19-situation/covid-19-vaccine/.

An explanation of the new CDC Community Levels tool by Thomas Gotowka can be found at this link.

Statewide Situation – Daily Update

The state’s COVID-19 Daily Positivity Rate broke the 10% watershed on May 4 at 10.32%. It has now broken the 13% mark — the May 16 Rate of 13.05% is down marginally from the May 13 Rate of 13.71%, which was the state’s highest recorded COVID-19 Daily Positivity Rate since Jan. 25, 2022 when the Rate stood at 13.74%.

On May 16, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations increased to 331 from the 323 recorded on May 13.

In contrast, on Jan. 12, 2022, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations was 1,939.

Of those hospitalized on May 16, the number not fully vaccinated was 104 (representing 31.42%).

The total number of COVID-related deaths in Connecticut held at 10,914 on May 16, according to The New York Times.

The next Daily Data Report will be issued by CT DPH Tuesday, May 17, around 4 p.m.

Increase in Cases in Lyme & Old Lyme Since August 2021

The cumulative total of confirmed cases for Old Lyme has now increased by 780 since Wednesday, Nov. 10, when the total stood at 443 — that number had stood unchanged for a week since the previous Thursday, Nov. 4.

On Aug. 26 — which was the day Lyme-Old Lyme Schools started the new academic year — Old Lyme’s cumulative case total stood at 372, meaning there have now been 851 new cases there since that date.

Meanwhile, Lyme’s cumulative total on Aug. 26 was 114 indicating 186 new cases have also been confirmed there during the same period.

Ledge Light Health District Update

The LLHD is no longer issuing weekly updates unless there is, “any significant change in case rates, hospitalizations, etc.”

On April 14, LLHD sent LymeLine.com this press release issued by CT DPH the same day. It begins: With the current uptick of COVID-19 cases—coupled with the upcoming schedule of spring holidays and family gatherings—the Connecticut Department of Public Health is reminding residents of the tools currently in place to help contain the spread of the virus. 

The new Community Levels tool created by the CDC can be viewed at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

Ledge Light Health District continues to focus its vaccination efforts on homebound populations and providing initial vaccinations and boosters to individuals, who were vaccinated previously. Information about vaccination opportunities can be found at https://llhd.org/coronavirus-covid-19-situation/covid-19-vaccine/.

An explanation of the new CDC Community Levels tool by Thomas Gotowka can be found at this link.

COVID testing opportunities can be found at COVID-19 Testing | Ledge Light Health District (llhd.org)

The following link provides centralized access to Connecticut COVID data: https://data.ct.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-data/wa3g-tfvc/

Fatalities Due to COVID-19 in Lyme, Old Lyme

There has been one COVID-related fatality of a Lyme resident: a 57-year-old male passed away Nov. 16, 2021. On Nov. 30, the state finally included this fatality in its data

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

Details of the third and fourth fatalities, which were reported respectively in 2021 and on Feb. 4, 2022, have not been made available.

COVID-19 Situation in LOL Schools

Under new state protocols for schools, Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools are no longer required to carry out contact tracing.

LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained the latest developments in LOL Schools COVID protocols in an email dated April 1 to the school community, saying, “As noted in my email of February 17, 2022, beginning April 1, 2022 we will no longer report daily COVID-19 cases in the schools.”

He then stated, “For the remainder of this school year, that information will be complied on a weekly basis and will be available on our website at the following link: https://www.region18.org/parents/covid-data.”

Details published to date show the following number of positive cases in LOL Schools by week.
April 3-9: 0
April 10-16: 0
April 17-23: Spring Break
April 24-30: 7
May 2-7: 27
May 8-14: 41

The total number of cases recorded in Lyme and Old Lyme for the week May 8-14 was 51, indicating the majority of cases had a connection to Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.

For a summary of cases in LOL Schools between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2022, visit this link.

View a full listing of cases between 8/26/21 – 12/23/21 at this link.

Photographer Skip Hine Gives Author Talk on His New Book at Lyme Library, Saturday

LYME — On Saturday, May 21, Lyme Public Library hosts acclaimed photographer Skip Hine from 2 to 3 p.m. to discuss his new book Memories in Hine Sight: My Life with a Camera.

Hine’s free presentation will include examples of his photographs and the fascinating stories that went into taking them.

With over 45 years of experience, this artist/author has traveled around the world photographing breathtaking landscapes, and taking portraits of some of the most famous celebrities, athletes and politicians in the world.

Register at this link for a unique “behind the lens” tour of life through the eyes of this award-winning photographer. There are only 30 places available for this talk, so register asap!

 

‘Friends of Music’ Hosts ‘Great Gatsby Gala’, May 26; All Welcome

OLD LYME — On Thursday, May 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Friends of Music (FOM) will host a Great Gatsby Gala at the Old Lyme Inn.

This scholarship fundraising event is sure to be an enjoyable evening, with plenty of food/drinks, and  entertainment. 1920s attire is strictly optional, but encouraged at the themed cocktail party.

There will also be an extensive Silent Auction, including wonderful gift baskets, gift certificates from local businesses for dining, goods, and luxury experiences; plus one of a kind artwork and antiques.

Tickets are $50/person. All are welcome. Seats are limited so prompt reservations are recommended.

Visit this link to buy your tickets online and/or to donate.

Send your payments/donation via mail to:
Friends of Music
PO Box 4
Old Lyme, CT 06371

Consider attending this event and help FOM continue their mission of providing scholarships and supporting music enrichment for Lyme-Old Lyme students.

Friends of Music is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

May 13 COVID-19 Update: Five New Cases in Lyme Take Cumulative Total to 292, Two in OL Take Its Total to 1184

Photo by CDC on Unsplash.

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report issued Friday, May 13, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) shows a total of two new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme and five in Lyme.

These cases raise Old Lyme’s cumulative case total to 1184 and Lyme’s to 292.

April 5, 2022 was the most recent day on which no new cases were reported in either town.

Prior to March 25, Lyme had gone for 23 consecutive days with no new cases being reported. Two new cases were reported in Lyme on March 25.

Prior to April 5, the most recent day on which no new cases were reported in either Lyme or Old Lyme was March 24. There were also no new cases on March 9 and 4, and Feb. 24. The previous date prior to Feb. 24 when no new cases were reported in either town was Dec. 12, 2021.

Statewide Situation – Weekly Update

This map, updated May 12, 2022 shows the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks. Both Lyme and Old Lyme remain in the Red (highest) Zone. One hundred and forty five towns (representing a total of 93.5% of the state) are now found in the Red 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. Map: Ver 12.1.2020 Source: CT Department of Public Health Get the data Created with Datawrapper.

On Thursday, May 12, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) also released its latest weekly COVID-19 Alert Map (pictured above), which indicates that 158 municipalities are now in the Red (highest of four) Zone for case rates. These towns in the Red Zone include both Lyme and Old Lyme.

This number has increased by 13 over the 145 towns recorded in the Red Zone last week, thus increasing the number of towns in the Red Zone to 93.5% of the state.

This total of 158 Red Zone towns is moving rapidly towards the Jan. 27, 2022 number, when the total was 168 out of 169 towns.

As of May 12, 2022, all nine towns in the Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) remain in the Red Zone. The LLHD is no longer issuing reports with updated Case Rates and other metrics.

The CT DPH will issue an updated map of the zones Thursday, May 19 — the map is updated weekly on Thursdays.

The color-coded zones on the map above are:

Red: Indicates case rates over the last two weeks of greater than 15 per 100,000 population
Orange: Indicates case rates between 10 to 14 cases per 100,000 population
Yellow: Indicates case rates between 5 and 9 per 100,000 population
Gray: Indicates case rates lower than five per 100,000 population

CDC ‘Community Levels’ Categorization

Map issued May 13 by the CDC showing Community Levels in Connecticut. Map courtesy of CDC.

On May 13, the CDC listed six Connecticut counties in the “High” category as part of its COVID-19 ‘Community Levels’ Map (see above). Only Fairfield and New London Counties are listed in the “Medium” category. 

The COVID-19 Community Levels map—which was launched in late February—informs CDC recommendations on prevention measures, such as masking and testing. The guidelines include a color-coded system available on the CDC website of “Low,” “Medium” and “High.”

This approach focuses on preventing hospitals and health care systems from being overwhelmed and directing prevention efforts toward protecting people at high risk for severe illness.  

“This latest update comes as no surprise considering the trajectory that this latest omicron sub-variant is taking,” said Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD. “And I cannot stress enough that the tools to combat this virus are in place and easily accessible. These include vaccines, first and second boosters, Test to Treat locations, therapeutics, self-tests and state-supported testing.  

Residents who live in New London (which includes Lyme and Old Lyme) and Fairfield Counties—which is listed in the Yellow/Medium Category—who are at high risk for severe illness in these counties should talk to their health care providers about when they need to wear a mask and take other precautions. These residents should also stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. 

Residents living in the High/Orange categories—Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, Tolland and Windham Counties—should wear a mask indoors in public; stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. Additional precautions may be needed for residents who are at high risk for severe illness. 

Ledge Light Health District continues to focus its vaccination efforts on homebound populations and providing initial vaccinations and boosters to individuals, who were vaccinated previously. Information about vaccination opportunities can be found at https://llhd.org/coronavirus-covid-19-situation/covid-19-vaccine/.

An explanation of the new CDC Community Levels tool by Thomas Gotowka can be found at this link.

Statewide Situation – Daily Update

The state’s COVID-19 Daily Positivity Rate broke the 10% watershed on May 4 at 10.32%. It has now broken the 13% mark — Friday’s rate of 13.71% is the state’s highest recorded COVID-19 Daily Positivity Rate since Jan. 25, 2022 when the Rate stood at 13.74%.

On May 13, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations increased to 323 from the 291 recorded on May 12.

In contrast, on Jan. 12, 2022, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations was 1,939.

Of those hospitalized on May 12, the number not fully vaccinated was 102 (representing 31.58%).

The total number of COVID-related deaths in Connecticut rose to 10,914 on May 12, according to The New York Times.

The next Daily Data Report will be issued by CT DPH Monday, May 16, around 4 p.m.

Increase in Cases in Lyme & Old Lyme Since August 2021

The cumulative total of confirmed cases for Old Lyme has now increased by 741 since Wednesday, Nov. 10, when the total stood at 443 — that number had stood unchanged for a week since the previous Thursday, Nov. 4.

On Aug. 26 — which was the day Lyme-Old Lyme Schools started the new academic year — Old Lyme’s cumulative case total stood at 372, meaning there have now been 812 new cases there since that date.

Meanwhile, Lyme’s cumulative total on Aug. 26 was 114 indicating 178 new cases have also been confirmed there during the same period.

Ledge Light Health District Update

The LLHD is no longer issuing weekly updates unless there is, “any significant change in case rates, hospitalizations, etc.”

On April 14, LLHD sent LymeLine.com this press release issued by CT DPH the same day. It begins: With the current uptick of COVID-19 cases—coupled with the upcoming schedule of spring holidays and family gatherings—the Connecticut Department of Public Health is reminding residents of the tools currently in place to help contain the spread of the virus. 

The new Community Levels tool created by the CDC can be viewed at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

Ledge Light Health District continues to focus its vaccination efforts on homebound populations and providing initial vaccinations and boosters to individuals, who were vaccinated previously. Information about vaccination opportunities can be found at https://llhd.org/coronavirus-covid-19-situation/covid-19-vaccine/.

An explanation of the new CDC Community Levels tool by Thomas Gotowka can be found at this link.

COVID testing opportunities can be found at COVID-19 Testing | Ledge Light Health District (llhd.org)

The following link provides centralized access to Connecticut COVID data: https://data.ct.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-data/wa3g-tfvc/

Fatalities Due to COVID-19 in Lyme, Old Lyme

There has been one COVID-related fatality of a Lyme resident: a 57-year-old male passed away Nov. 16, 2021. On Nov. 30, the state finally included this fatality in its data

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

Details of the third and fourth fatalities, which were reported respectively in 2021 and on Feb. 4, 2022, have not been made available.

COVID-19 Situation in LOL Schools

Under new state protocols for schools, Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools are no longer required to carry out contact tracing.

LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained the latest developments in LOL Schools COVID protocols in an email dated April 1 to the school community, saying, “As noted in my email of February 17, 2022, beginning April 1, 2022 we will no longer report daily COVID-19 cases in the schools.”

He then stated, “For the remainder of this school year, that information will be complied on a weekly basis and will be available on our website at the following link: https://www.region18.org/parents/covid-data.”

Details published to date show the following number of positive cases in LOL Schools by week.
April 3-9: 0
April 10-16: 0
April 17-23: Spring Break
April 24-30: 7
May 2-7: 27
May 8-14: 41

The total number of cases recorded in Lyme and Old Lyme for the week May 8-14 was 51, indicating the majority of cases had a connection to Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.

For a summary of cases in LOL Schools between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2022, visit this link.

View a full listing of cases between 8/26/21 – 12/23/21 at this link.

Ledge Light Health District Offers COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Local Senior Centers; Friday in Waterford

AREAWIDE — UPDATED WITH DETAILS OF ADDITIONAL CLINIC: Ledge Light Health District has scheduled the following COVID-19 vaccine clinics, which Lyme and Old Lyme residents can attend:

  • Friday, May 20, 11am-1pm, Waterford Senior Center (24 Rope Ferry Road). Call Waterford Senior Services at 860-444-5839 to schedule an appointment. 
  • Monday, May 23, 2-4pm, East Lyme Senior Center, 37 Society Road, Niantic
  • Tuesday, June 7, 1-3pm, Groton Senior Center, 102 Newtown Road, Groton

Only the Moderna vaccine will be available at these clinics, for individuals 18 years or older who need a 1st or 2nd dose (primary series) or are eligible for a 1st or 2nd booster dose.

The following groups are eligible for a 1st booster shot at this clinic:

  • individuals 18 years of age and older who have completed a primary series of a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) and it has been at least 5 months since completion of primary series
  • individuals 18 years of age and older who have had a primary dose of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine and it has been at least 2 months and would like a mRNA booster

The following groups are eligible for a 2nd booster shot at this clinic:

  • individuals 50 years of age and older who have received a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine and it has been at least 4 months since first booster dose

The clinics are free and open to the public. No appointment (except for the clinic at Waterford on Friday, May 20), insurance, or ID is necessary. Bring your CDC vaccination card if you have one. CDC recommends that everyone ages 5 years and older get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and that everyone ages 12 years and older also receive a booster.

For a complete list of community clinics including those where vaccinations are available for people younger than 18, visit LLHD.org.

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

Rep. Carney Hosts Post-Session Office Hours in Old Lyme, Wednesday Evening

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd)

OLD LYME — State Rep. Carney (R-23rd) offers residents of Lyme and Old Lyme an opportunity to meet with him on Wednesday, May 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Community Room.

He will be available to discuss the recently concluded 2022 legislative session and any questions you may have about state issues.

Rep. Carney will also hold Post-Session Office Hours, Tuesday, May 24, in Old Saybrook at Acton Library from 5 to 6 p.m.

Readers, who are unable to attend, but would like to contact Rep. Carney may do so by email at Devin.Carney@housegop.ct.gov.

Needleman Unanimously Endorsed to Run for Third Term Representing State Senate 33rd District, Includes Lyme

State Senator Norm Needleman

ESSEX/LYME — State Senator Norm Needleman this week received unanimous support for re-election to a third term in the Connecticut State Senate, representing the 33rd District, which includes Lyme, Conn.

Sen. Needleman was originally elected to the State Senate in 2018 and won re-election in 2020.

As Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee, Sen. Needleman led the “Take Back Our Grid Act,” which requires the companies to provide reimbursements and credits for extended power outages after serious weather events.

In that same role, he also led passage of legislation adding hours of wind power and battery storage along with an increase to the amount of solar resources authorized to be built in the state, bringing Connecticut closer to generating all electricity from renewable resources.

Additionally, Sen. Needleman helped pass a bipartisan two-year budget investing in education, municipal aid and focusing on Connecticut’s future, and an adjustment to that budget supplying the state with $600 million in tax cuts.

He also supported workforce pipeline training to promote regional manufacturing job growth, and voted to expand recycling programs and ban use of PFAS “forever chemicals” in several industries.

In addition to his work as State Senator, Sen. Needleman also serves as First Selectman of Essex, currently in his sixth term in the role, and is founder and CEO of Tower Laboratories in Essex, the largest producer of effervescent products in the United States.

Old Lyme Boys’ Tennis Crush Old Saybrook 6-1, Advance to Six-Game Winning Streak; “I’m So Proud of Them All” (Coach Tyrol)

Freshman Andy Sicuranza prepares to make a shot in a recent match, when he played as part of the #2 doubles team.

OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Girls’ Tennis team has been having an extraordinary season but let’s not forget the boys, who, thanks to Friday’s 6-1 win over Old Saybrook and Thursday’s 7-0 victory over Portland, are now on a six-game winning streak.

In rookie coach Andrew Tyrol’s enthusiastic words, “We’re making a run toward the state tournament!”

Tyrol, who is a 2013 graduate of LOLHS and now has returned to is high school as a Special Education teacher, comments, “We have a match Friday against Old Saybrook, then our Senior Night against Waterford on Saturday, followed by HK [Haddam-Killingworth], Morgan, and Stonington to round out our regular season prior to the individual and state tournaments.”

The Lyme-Old Lyme Boys’ Tennis team has been enjoying a strong end to the season.

Asked how he felt about his team’s improving form, Tyrol responded by email, saying, “The boys have found their stride in the back half of the season and it really came after a couple of tough losses to HK and Valley. After the HK loss, I saw the Old Lyme boys rally together and start to gain traction with a new competitive and positive team culture.”

He noted, “Practices raised their intensity and I saw a desire and motivation to get better every day. We’ve been talking all season about growth-mindset and I’m so proud of them all for understanding the true meaning of failure–as an opportunity to get better.”

Senior Co-Captain Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum serves in a recent match.

Tyrol stressed that he wished to acknowledge the leadership of senior captains Mike Klier and Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, and sophomore captain, Griffin McGlinchey on, “… pushing everyone on this team to continue to improve, especially after losses.”

After losing to Valley (who are undefeated and the #1 team in the state) in a tough third set with a score of 3-4, Tyrol said, “We saw the potential that this team has. Every member of our team, has been playing an integral role from practice to game days.”

He concluded, “We are excited to close out the regular season and improve our chances on making a run in the state tournament.”

The boys’ four previous wins to Thursday’s over Portland were Cromwell (7-0), Westbrook (4-3), Coginchaug (7-0), and Waterford (6-1).

Old Lyme would actually be on an eight-game streak if they had defeated Valley on April 29, but they came home with a 3-4 loss instead. In Tyrol’s words, “It was an absolutely incredible match from Griffin McGlinchey [of Old Lyme] and Tomas Dahl,” which went to a nail-biting three sets, but which Dahl ultimately won.

Here are the full results from April 18 to date:

May 13
Old Lyme (H) Defeats Old Saybrook 6-1
Singles:
1. Charles Hinckley vs. Logan Medbury: 6-0, 6-0
2. Griffin McGlinchey vs. Victor Fuda: 6-0, 6-3
3. Will Danes vs. Daniel Steindl: Forfeit Loss (Illness)
4. Aidan Kerrigan vs. Brent Ling: 6-0, 6-3

Doubles:
1. Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum & Micah Bass vs. Jack Forrestt & Mike Kapij: 6-2, 6-3
2. Mike Klier & Andy Sicuranza vs. Zach Nichols & Joe Maselli: 6-0, 6-3
3. Alis Bicic & Leland Hine vs. Forfeit Win
May 12
Old Lyme (H) Defeats Portland 7-0
Singles:
1. Charles Hinckley vs. Ryan Kerr: 6-0, 6-0
2. Griffin McGlinchey vs. Ben McGrew: 6-2, 6-0
3. Will Danes vs. Cooper Rettich: 6-2, 6-3
4. Aidan Kerrigan vs. Elliott Rowland: 6-2, 6-3
Doubles:
1. Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum & Micah Bass vs. Yusuf Kadrich & Patrick May: 6-0, 6-3
2. Mike Klier & Andy Sicuranza vs. Forfeit Win
3. Alis Bicic & Leland Hine vs. Forfeit Win
May 11
Old Lyme (H) Defeats Cromwell 7-0
Singles:
1. Charles Hinckley vs. Tyler Daniele: 6-2, 7-5
2. Griffin McGlinchey vs. Zach Daniele: 6-1, 6-3
3. Will Danes vs. Darragh McNeil: 6-4, 6-0
4. Aidan Kerrigan vs. Gowrish Sriramalinga: 6-3, 6-2
Doubles:
1. Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum & Micah Bass vs. Thomas Garcia & Quentin Shorter: 6-0, 6-1
2. Mike Klier & Andy Sicuranza vs. Forfeit Win
3. Alis Bicic & Leland Hine vs. Forfeit Win

May 10
Old Lyme (A) Defeats Westbrook 4-3
Singles:
1. Charles Hinckley vs. Joey Caslin: Win–Scratch
2. Griffin McGlinchey vs. Elliot Koplas: 0-6, 1-6
3. Will Danes vs. Jonah Freund: 7-5, 5-7, 7-2 (3rd set tiebreak)
4. Aidan Kerrigan vs. Josh Davey: 6-2, 6-3

Doubles:
1. Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum & Micah Bass vs. Mason Malchiodi & Ryan Engels: 1-6, 4-6
2. Mike Klier & Andy Sicuranza vs. Enzo Adorno & Jon Freund: 6-4, 6-1
3. Alis Bicic & Leland Hine vs. Dev Patel & Justin Tapia: 6-0, 6-2

May 3
Old Lyme (A) Defeats Coginchaug 7-0
Singles:
1. Charles Hinckley vs. Zack Ryer: 6-1, 6-1
2. Griffin McGlinchey vs. Luke Charest: 6-0, 6-0
3. Will Danes vs. Will Fournier: 6-0, 6-0
4. Aidan Kerrigan vs. Forfeit Win

Doubles:
1. Micah Bass & Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum vs. Liam Ullman & Cole Wright: 6-0, 6-0
2. Andy Sicuranza & Jed Arico vs. Nick Piscatelli & Yusha Hossein: 6-3, 6-0
3. Alis Bicic & Leland Hine vs. Forfeit Win
April 30
Old Lyme (A) defeats Waterford 6-1
Singles:
1. Charles Hinckley vs. Ian Balfour: 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. Griffin McGlinchey vs. Enzo Guarnieri: 6-0, 6-1
3. Will Danes vs. Peter Colonis: 3-6, 3-6
4. Aidan Kerrigan vs. Noah Westkott: 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
Doubles:
1. Micah Bass & Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum vs. Gabriel Povent & Corey Sewndoru: 6-4, 6-7, 6-2
2. Andy Sicuranza & Mike Klier vs. Max Whitlock & Quinn LeBelle: 6-4, 6-2
3.  Alis Bicic & Leland Hine vs. Alistair Wayland & Andrew Bertrond: 6-0, 6-1
April 29
Valley Defeats Old Lyme 4-3
Singles:
1. Charles Hinckley vs. Nick Wyszkowski: 1-6, 4-6
2. Griffin McGlinchey vs. Tomas Dahl: 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
3. Will Danes vs. Hayden Lombardi: 4-6, 6-7
4. Aidan Kerrigan vs. Jack Whittacker: 1-6, 2-6
Doubles:
1. Micah Bass & Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum vs. Kaid Matesky &Aidan Garrity: 6-4, 6-1
2. Andy Sicuranza & Mike Klier vs. Sawyer Joy & Peter Fitton: 6-1, 6-0
3. Alis Bicic & Nevin Joshy vs. Charlie Whelan & Shep Whitney: 6-1, 4-6, 4-6
April 27
Old Lyme Defeats Morgan 5-2
Singles:
1. Charles Hinckley vs. Joseph Morse: 3-6, 2-6
2. Griffin McGlinchey vs. Steve Kinser: 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
3. Will Danes vs. Matt Lopez: 6-4, 6-2
4. Jed Arico vs. Nick Bausch: 2-6, 1-6
Doubles:
1. Micah Bass & Nikolai Stephens Zumbaum vs. Tarik Hasic & Damian Sevieri: 3-6, 6-3,  6-3
2. Andy Sicuranza and Mike Klier vs. Nate Kinser and Ryder Watson: 6-2, 6-4
3. Alis Bicic and Leland Hine vs. Page Cuptill and Ryan Mansfield: 6-1, 7-5
April 22
Old Lyme Defeats Portland 4-1
Singles:
1. Charles Hinckley vs. Ryan Kerr: 6-1, 6-2
2. Andy Sicuranza vs. Ben McGrew: 6-4, 6-1
3. Ryan Clark vs. 6-2, 1-6, 4-6
4. N/A
Doubles:
1. Micah Bass and Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum vs. Yusuf Kodric and Pat May: 6-0, 6-2
2. Leland Hine and Will Danes vs. Forfeit
3. N/A
April 18
East Hampton Defeats Old Lyme 6-1
Singles:
1. Griffin McGlinchey vs. Pat Gavrylchuk: 6-1, 1-6, 2-6
2. Will Danes vs. Konrad Piech: 7-5, 6-1
3. Ryan Clark vs. Ben Fields: 1-6, 0-6
4. Owen Ingersoll-Bonsack vs. Reilly Howard: 0-6, 0-6
Doubles:
1. Micah Bass & Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum vs. Matt Piela & Roman LeFloc’h: 2-6, 0-6
2. Andy Sicuranza & Leland Hine vs. Anthony Miro & Chris Anderson: 6-2, 5-7, 4-6
3. Nihad Bicic & Alis Bicic vs. Ben Maynard & Ethan Fields: 2-6, 2-6

May 12 COVID-19 Update: Over 93% of CT Now in Red Zone, CT Positivity Rate Over 13%; 13 New Cases in Old Lyme Take Cumulative Total to 1182, Three New Cases Take Lyme’s Total to 287

This map, updated May 12, 2022 shows the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks. Both Lyme and Old Lyme remain in the Red (highest) Zone. One hundred and forty five towns (representing a total of 93.5% of the state) are now found in the Red 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. Map: Ver 12.1.2020 Source: CT Department of Public Health Get the data Created with Datawrapper.

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Reports issued Thursday, May 12, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) shows a total of 13 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme and three in Lyme.

These cases raise Old Lyme’s cumulative case total to 1182 and Lyme’s to 287.

On Thursday, May 12, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) also released its latest weekly COVID-19 Alert Map (pictured above), which indicates that 158 municipalities are now in the Red (highest of four) Zone for case rates. These towns in the Red Zone include both Lyme and Old Lyme.

This number has increased by 13 over the 145 towns recorded in the Red Zone last week, thus increasing the number of towns in the Red Zone to 93.5% of the state.

This total of 158 Red Zone towns is moving rapidly towards the Jan. 27, 2022 number, when the total was 168 out of 169 towns.

As of May 12, 2022, all nine towns in the Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) remain in the Red Zone. The LLHD is no longer issuing reports with updated Case Rates and other metrics.

The CT DPH will issue an updated map of the zones Thursday, May 19 — the map is updated weekly on Thursdays.

The color-coded zones on the map above are:

Red: Indicates case rates over the last two weeks of greater than 15 per 100,000 population
Orange: Indicates case rates between 10 to 14 cases per 100,000 population
Yellow: Indicates case rates between 5 and 9 per 100,000 population
Gray: Indicates case rates lower than five per 100,000 population

CDC Places All Eight CT Counties in COVID-19 High ‘Community Transmission’ Category
New London, Fairfield Counties are in Medium ‘Community Level’ Category, All Other Counties are High 

Map issued May 13 by the CDC showing Community Transmission levels in Connecticut. Map courtesy of CDC.

On May 13, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed all eight Connecticut counties as having “High” Community Transmission (see map above).

Map issued May 13 by the CDC showing Community Levels in Connecticut. Map courtesy of CDC.

On May 13, the CDC listed six Connecticut counties in the “High” category as part of its COVID-19 Community Levels Map (see above). Only Fairfield and New London Counties are listed in the “Medium” category. 

The COVID-19 Community Levels map—which was launched in late February—informs CDC recommendations on prevention measures, such as masking and testing. The guidelines include a color-coded system available on the CDC website of “Low,” “Medium” and “High.”

This approach focuses on preventing hospitals and health care systems from being overwhelmed and directing prevention efforts toward protecting people at high risk for severe illness.  

“This latest update comes as no surprise considering the trajectory that this latest omicron sub-variant is taking,” said Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD. “And I cannot stress enough that the tools to combat this virus are in place and easily accessible. These include vaccines, first and second boosters, Test to Treat locations, therapeutics, self-tests and state-supported testing.  

Residents who live in New London (which includes Lyme and Old Lyme) and Fairfield Counties—which is listed in the Yellow/Medium Category—who are at high risk for severe illness in these counties should talk to their health care providers about when they need to wear a mask and take other precautions. These residents should also stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. 

Residents living in the High/Orange categories—Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, Tolland and Windham Counties—should wear a mask indoors in public; stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. Additional precautions may be needed for residents who are at high risk for severe illness. 

More on the Local Situation

April 5, 2022 was the most recent day on which no new cases were reported in either town.

Prior to March 25, Lyme had gone for 23 consecutive days with no new cases being reported. Two new cases were reported in Lyme on March 25.

Prior to April 5, the most recent day on which no new cases were reported in either Lyme or Old Lyme was March 24. There were also no new cases on March 9 and 4, and Feb. 24. The previous date prior to Feb. 24 when no new cases were reported in either town was Dec. 12, 2021.

Statewide Situation – Daily Update

The state’s COVID-19 Daily Positivity Rate broke the 10% watershed on May 4 at 10.32%. It has now broken the 13% mark — Thursday’s rate of 13.24% is the state’s highest recorded COVID-19 Daily Positivity Rate since Jan. 25, 2022 when the Rate stood at 13.74%.

On May 12, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations decreased to 291 from the 300 recorded on May 11.

In contrast, on Jan. 12, 2022, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations was 1,939.

Of those hospitalized on May 12, the number not fully vaccinated was 102 (representing 35.05%).

The total number of COVID-related deaths in Connecticut held at 10, 883 on May 12, according to The New York Times.

The next Daily Data Report will be issued by CT DPH Friday, May 13, around 4 p.m.

Increase in Cases in Lyme & Old Lyme Since August 2021

The cumulative total of confirmed cases for Old Lyme has now increased by 739 since Wednesday, Nov. 10, when the total stood at 443 — that number had stood unchanged for a week since the previous Thursday, Nov. 4.

On Aug. 26 — which was the day Lyme-Old Lyme Schools started the new academic year — Old Lyme’s cumulative case total stood at 372, meaning there have now been 810 new cases there since that date.

Meanwhile, Lyme’s cumulative total on Aug. 26 was 114 indicating 173 new cases have also been confirmed there during the same period.

Ledge Light Health District Update

The LLHD is no longer issuing weekly updates unless there is, “any significant change in case rates, hospitalizations, etc.”

On April 14, LLHD sent LymeLine.com this press release issued by CT DPH the same day. It begins: With the current uptick of COVID-19 cases—coupled with the upcoming schedule of spring holidays and family gatherings—the Connecticut Department of Public Health is reminding residents of the tools currently in place to help contain the spread of the virus. 

The new Community Levels tool created by the CDC can be viewed at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

Ledge Light Health District continues to focus its vaccination efforts on homebound populations and providing initial vaccinations and boosters to individuals, who were vaccinated previously. Information about vaccination opportunities can be found at https://llhd.org/coronavirus-covid-19-situation/covid-19-vaccine/.

An explanation of the new CDC Community Levels tool by Thomas Gotowka can be found at this link.

COVID testing opportunities can be found at COVID-19 Testing | Ledge Light Health District (llhd.org)

The following link provides centralized access to Connecticut COVID data: https://data.ct.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-data/wa3g-tfvc/

Fatalities Due to COVID-19 in Lyme, Old Lyme

There has been one COVID-related fatality of a Lyme resident: a 57-year-old male passed away Nov. 16, 2021. On Nov. 30, the state finally included this fatality in its data

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

Details of the third and fourth fatalities, which were reported respectively in 2021 and on Feb. 4, 2022, have not been made available.

COVID-19 Situation in LOL Schools

Under new state protocols for schools, Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools are no longer required to carry out contact tracing.

LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained the latest developments in LOL Schools COVID protocols in an email dated April 1 to the school community, saying, “As noted in my email of February 17, 2022, beginning April 1, 2022 we will no longer report daily COVID-19 cases in the schools.”

He then stated, “For the remainder of this school year, that information will be complied on a weekly basis and will be available on our website at the following link: https://www.region18.org/parents/covid-data.”

Details published to date show the following number of positive cases in LOL Schools by week.
April 3-9: 0
April 10-16: 0
April 17-23: Spring Break
April 24-30: 7
May 2-7: 27
May 8-14: 41

The total number of cases recorded in Lyme and Old Lyme for the week May 8-14 was 51, indicating the majority of cases had a connection to Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.

For a summary of cases in LOL Schools between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2022, visit this link.

View a full listing of cases between 8/26/21 – 12/23/21 at this link.

It’s Prom/Summer Party Season! Let’s Work Together to Stop Teen Access to Alcohol

LYME/OLD LYME — With Prom and summer just around the corner, it’s a great time to focus awareness in Lyme and Old Lyme on underage drinking. Remember alcohol continues to be the number one substance used by youth. 

One way we can work to prevent teens from drinking is to prevent easy access to alcohol and recognizing that teen drinking is not inevitable.

The Lyme-Old Lyme 2021 Youth Survey reports that 62 percent of high school seniors do not drink alcohol regularly.

Unfortunately, 70 percent of 12th graders report that it is easy to get alcohol. Most teens who drink get alcohol without having to pay for it. They obtain it from friends (83 percent) or family members, at parties, or by taking it without permission.  

The 2021 Youth Survey shows that nearly 50 percent of students, who report drinking, take it from their parents with and without permission. Underage drinkers, who pay for alcohol, usually give money to someone else to purchase it for them.

Here’s what you can do to reduce access to alcohol:

  • At home, make sure teens can’t access alcohol without your knowledge. Unmonitored alcohol, including alcohol stored in a cabinet, refrigerator, basement or garage, can be a temptation. When in doubt, lock it up.
  • Liquor stickers can be a helpful tool and are available at Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau.
  • Exercise your influence. Data shows that teens continue to care what their parents think, even while they are in high school and college – 63 percent of students choose not to drink because they feel their parents would disapprove. Let your teen know that you don’t want them to drink and that most teens, in fact, don’t drink.

  • Speak up, because silence can be misinterpreted. It may have happened already. A neighbor announces she is hosting a teen party, but you shouldn’t worry — she’s taking the car keys from every kid who comes in. Or a colleague says he’s serving alcohol to his high school son’s friends so they can “learn to drink responsibly.”
  • If you hear about a situation, say that you don’t want other people serving alcohol to your teen or condoning teen drinking. Let your friends, neighbors, and family members know that the minimum drinking age is a policy that protects teens, and that you don’t want your teen to drink.
  • Take action before a situation arises. Start talking to the parents of your child’s friends early — as early as 6th grade. Tell them about the risks of teen drinking and let them know that you don’t want anyone to allow your teen to drink alcohol.
  • Talk to adults, who host teen parties. Let them know that the overwhelming majority of parents support the legal drinking age and agree that it is not okay to serve alcohol to someone else’s teen — and not okay to turn a blind eye to teen alcohol consumption.
  • Let local law enforcement know that you encourage active policing of noisy teen parties that may signal alcohol use.
  • Tell local alcohol retailers that you want them to check ID’s before selling alcohol. Limiting alcohol sales to legal purchasers is an important goal and well worth the time it takes.
  • Consider joining the Lyme-Old Lyme Prevention Coalition.

For more information on how to help your teen make healthy choices surrounding drugs or alcohol, visit www.lysb.org/prevention or contact Alli Behnke, Prevention Coordinator, abehnke@lysb.org

Alli Behnke

About the Author: Alli Behnke, MSW, MA is the Prevention Coordinator at Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau. She has been a Social Worker for 20 years working in the fields of prevention, therapy, youth leadership, and health coaching. Alli believes strongly in providing accurate information, education, and tools for success when empowering the Lyme/Old Lyme Prevention Coalition and REACH Youth Coalition to work together on strengths-based campaigns. The Coalitions address substance abuse and other risky behaviors challenging our youth and families. Contact her at abehnke@lysb.org or visit  www.lysb.org to become involved in this important community work.

Duck River GC Hosts Program on Creating Wildlife Habitats with Native Plants, May 25; All Welcome

OLD LYME — The Duck River Garden Club of Old Lyme will hold its monthly meeting and program on Wednesday, May 25, at Memorial Town Hall on Lyme St. in Old Lyme. A community social begins at 6:45 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m., which is open to all.

A business meeting for all active members will be held prior to the social, at 6 p.m.

The May program is titled Creating Wildlife Habitat with Native Plants, and is presented by Shaun Roche, who is  Visitor Services Manager at the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in Westbrook, Conn.

Roche focuses on education and outreach at the Refuge.

The focus of his talk will be how to make a difference in your yard in terms of its attractiveness to wildlife. Roche will demonstrate how you can invite wildlife to your own yard and neighborhood simply by planting native plants that provide habitat for beautiful creatures.

He comments, “Imagine more singing songbirds, happy hummingbirds, flitting butterflies and myriad other small creatures visiting your home. What a sight to see and what a positive difference you can make with simple changes and additions to your garden.”

Roche grew up in Waterbury and attended Central Connecticut State University, earning a degree in public history. He  worked for the National Park Service at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (home of Theo. Roosevelt) in Oyster Bay, NY from 2004-2010 and then returned to Connecticut in 2010 to work with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Guests and potential members are always welcome to DRGC programs, and no registration is needed.

Contact Karen Geisler at (860) 434-5321 if you would like more information about the program or the club.

Editor’s Note: For more information on the work in which Roche is currently involved, visit the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge Facebook page.

 

May 10 & 11 COVID-19 Update: 10 New Cases in Old Lyme Over Two Days Take Cumulative Total to 1159, Three in Lyme Take its Total to 284

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Reports issued Tuesday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 11, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) shows a total of 10 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme and three in Lyme.

These cases raise Old Lyme’s cumulative case total to 1169 and Lyme’s to 284.

Old Lyme recorded five cases each day on May 10 and 11; Lyme recorded no cases on May 10 and three on May 11.

April 5, 2022 was the most recent day on which no new cases were reported in either town.

Prior to March 25, Lyme had gone for 23 consecutive days with no new cases being reported. Two new cases were reported in Lyme on March 25.

Prior to April 5, the most recent day on which no new cases were reported in either Lyme or Old Lyme was March 24. There were also no new cases on March 9 and 4, and Feb. 24. The previous date prior to Feb. 24 when no new cases were reported in either town was Dec. 12, 2021.

Statewide Situation – Weekly Update

This map, updated May 5, 2022 shows the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks. Both Lyme and Old Lyme remain in the Red (highest) Zone. One hundred and forty five towns (representing a total of 85.8% of the state) are now found in the Red 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. Map: Ver 12.1.2020 Source: CT Department of Public Health Get the data Created with Datawrapper.

On Thursday, May 5, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) also released its latest weekly COVID-19 Alert Map (pictured above), which indicates that 145 municipalities are now in the Red (highest of four) Zone for case rates. These towns in the Red Zone include both Lyme and Old Lyme.

This number has increased by 14 over the 131 towns recorded in the Red Zone last week, thus increasing the number of towns in the Red Zone to 85.8% of the state.

This total of 145 Red Zone towns is moving rapidly towards the Jan. 27, 2022 number, when the total was 168 out of 169 towns.

As of May 5, 2022 all nine towns in the Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) remain in the Red Zone.

The LLHD is no longer issuing reports with updated Case Rates and other metrics.

The CT DPH will issue an updated map of the zones Thursday, May 12 — the map is updated weekly on Thursdays.

The color-coded zones are:

Red: Indicates case rates over the last two weeks of greater than 15 per 100,000 population
Orange: Indicates case rates between 10 to 14 cases per 100,000 population
Yellow: Indicates case rates between 5 and 9 per 100,000 population
Gray: Indicates case rates lower than five per 100,000 population

Statewide Situation – Daily Update

The state’s COVID-19 Daily Positivity Rate broke the 10% watershed on May 4 at 10.32%. It has now broken the 13% mark — Wednesday’s rate of 13.01% is the state’s highest recorded COVID-19 Daily Positivity Rate since Jan. 25, 2022 when the Rate stood at 13.74%.

On May 11, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations increased to 300 from the 239 recorded on May 10.

In contrast, on Jan. 12, 2022, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations was 1,939.

Of those hospitalized on May 11, the number not fully vaccinated was 112 (representing 37.33%).

The total number of COVID-related deaths in Connecticut increased by eight to 10, 883 on May 11 from 10,875 on May 10, according to The New York Times.

The next Daily Data Report will be issued by CT DPH Thursday, May 12, around 4 p.m.

Increase in Cases in Lyme & Old Lyme Since August 2021

The cumulative total of confirmed cases for Old Lyme has now increased by 726 since Wednesday, Nov. 10, when the total stood at 443 — that number had stood unchanged for a week since the previous Thursday, Nov. 4.

On Aug. 26 — which was the day Lyme-Old Lyme Schools started the new academic year — Old Lyme’s cumulative case total stood at 372, meaning there have now been 797 new cases there since that date.

Meanwhile, Lyme’s cumulative total on Aug. 26 was 114 indicating 170 new cases have also been confirmed there during the same period.

Ledge Light Health District Update

The LLHD is no longer issuing weekly updates unless there is, “any significant change in case rates, hospitalizations, etc.”

On April 14, LLHD sent LymeLine.com this press release issued by CT DPH the same day. It begins: With the current uptick of COVID-19 cases—coupled with the upcoming schedule of spring holidays and family gatherings—the Connecticut Department of Public Health is reminding residents of the tools currently in place to help contain the spread of the virus. 

The new Community Levels tool created by the CDC can be viewed at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

Ledge Light Health District continues to focus its vaccination efforts on homebound populations and providing initial vaccinations and boosters to individuals, who were vaccinated previously. Information about vaccination opportunities can be found at https://llhd.org/coronavirus-covid-19-situation/covid-19-vaccine/.

An explanation of the new CDC Community Levels tool by Thomas Gotowka can be found at this link.

COVID testing opportunities can be found at COVID-19 Testing | Ledge Light Health District (llhd.org)

The following link provides centralized access to Connecticut COVID data: https://data.ct.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-data/wa3g-tfvc/

Fatalities Due to COVID-19 in Lyme, Old Lyme

There has been one COVID-related fatality of a Lyme resident: a 57-year-old male passed away Nov. 16, 2021. On Nov. 30, the state finally included this fatality in its data

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

Details of the third and fourth fatalities, which were reported respectively in 2021 and on Feb. 4, 2022, have not been made available.

COVID-19 Situation in LOL Schools

Under new state protocols for schools, Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools are no longer required to carry out contact tracing.

LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained the latest developments in LOL Schools COVID protocols in an email dated April 1 to the school community, saying, “As noted in my email of February 17, 2022, beginning April 1, 2022 we will no longer report daily COVID-19 cases in the schools.”

He then stated, “For the remainder of this school year, that information will be complied on a weekly basis and will be available on our website at the following link: https://www.region18.org/parents/covid-data.”

Details published to date show the following number of positive cases in LOL Schools by week.
April 3-9: 0
April 10-16: 0
April 19-23: Spring Break
April 24-30: 7
May 2-7: 27

For a summary of cases in LOL Schools between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2022, visit this link.

View a full listing of cases between 8/26/21 – 12/23/21 at this link.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Middle School Announce Q3 Honor Rolls   

Lyme-Old Lyme High School
Honor Roll
2021-22 Quarter 3

HIGH HONORS
Grade 12:
Emily Almada, Hannah Britt, John Caulkins, Ryan Clark, John Conley, Elise DeBernardo, Elizabeth Duddy, Eleanor Dushin, Lauren Enright, Shawn Grenier, Austin Halsey, Lillian Herrera, Daniel Hoblin, Fiona Hufford, Julia Johnston, Nevin Joshy, Kian Kardestuncer, Quinn Kegley, Cora Kern, Robyn King, Felse Kyle, William Larson, Reese Maguire, Stephanie Mauro, Elle Myers, Emily Nickerson, Bella Orlando, Isabel Prentice, Olivia Schaedler, McLean Signora, Abby Speckhals, Drew St.Louis, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Victoria Stout, Madison Thompson, Olivia Turtoro, John Videll, Evan Visgilio, Aidan Ward, Melanie Warren, Ellie Wells, Jenna Woods, Avery Wyman, Jerry Zhang

Grade 11:
William Barry, Callie Bass, Livie Bass, Jordan Beebe, Gillian Bradley, Jamie Bucior, John Buckley, Hayley Cann, Liam Celic, William Danes, Anna Davis, Jacob Derynioski, John Eichholz, Zachary Eichholz, Arber Hoxha, Owen Ingersoll-Bonsack, Charlotte Judge, Jair LataYanza, Ford Macadam, Marielle Mather, Kennedy McCormick, Madeleine Morgado, Alexander Olsen, Alain Pecher-Kohout, Kelsey Pryor, Rhyleigh Russell, Eli Ryan, Stefan Ryer, Anders Silberberg, Alyssa Spooner, Mary Surprenant, Tova Toriello, Gesami Vazquez, Kaitlyn Ward, Harry Whitten

Grade 10:
Alexis Antonellis, Beatrice Barnett, Emma Bayor, Oliver Berry, Drew Brackley, Natalie Buckley, Sophia Cheung, William Coppola, Ava Cummins, Ella Curtiss-Reardon, Eric Dagher, Sydney Doboe, Amelia Gage, Marcia Geronimo, Calla Gilson, Sydney Goulding, Alexis Grasdock, Justin Green, Douglas Griswold, Katherine Gryk, Abby Hale, Ella Halsey, Agatha Hunt, Beatrice Hunt, Sabina Jungkeit, Grady Lacourciere, Katherine Mullaney, Delaney Nelson, Ronald Olin, Grace Phaneuf, Jack Porter, Hannah Thomas, Keara Ward, Louisa Warlitz, Summer Wollack, Duohui Yan, Grace Zembruski

Grade 9:
Quinn Arico, Molly Boardman, Mark Burnham, Mason Bussmann, Chase Calderon, Andrew Clougherty, Tabitha Colwell, Chloe Datum, Andrea DeBernardo, Zoe Eastman-Grossel, Caeli Edmed, Anna Eichholz, Grace Ferman, Manu Geronimo, Ava Gilbert, Kaela Hoss, Rowan Hovey, Shyla Jones, Simon Karpinski, Aven Kellert, Olivia Kelly, Ella Kiem, Peter Kuhn, Ada LaConti, Elise Leonardo, Andrew Liu, Abigail O’Brien, Kanon Oharu, Sophie Pennie, Mutia Quarshie, Ysabel Rodriguez, Ryan Shapiro, Kelly Sheehan, Paula DeSilva, Drea Simler, Madeline Supersano, Charlotte Tinniswood, Nicholas Turtoro, Kathleen Walsh, Gabriella Ziegler

HONORS
Grade 12:
John Almy, Grace Arnold, Nihad Bicic, Mackenzie Bussolotti, Evan Clark, Caroline Crolius, Michael DeGaetano, Liam Fallon, Victoria Gage, Aiden Goiangos, Meyer Goldberg, Ethan Goss, Liam Grethel, Nicolette Hallahan, Jackson Harris, Andrew Hedberg, Madison Hubbard, Zoe Jensen, Abigail Manthous, Grace McAdams, Jacob Ritchie, Calvin Scheiber, Abigail Sicuranza, Daniel Stack, Alexandra Tinniswood

Grade 11:
Whitney Barbour, Ava Brinkerhoff, Gretchen Burgess, Sarah Burnham, Jennifer Cajamarca, Luke Celic, Alexander Chrysoulakis, Grace Colwell, Nicholas Cox, Alexis Fenton, Matthew Grammatico, Willa Hoerauf, Aidan Kerrigan, Phoebe Lampos, Jonah Lathrop, Sophia Marinelli, Madalyn McCulloch, Joseph Montazella, Cooper Munson, Olivia Powers, Jaden Reyes, Izzadora Reynolds, Benjamin Roth, Jenna Schauder, Dylan Sheehan, Ned Smith, Samantha Tan

Grade 10:
Peighton Andrews, Alis Bicic, Elliot Bjornberg, Jackson Bullock, Macklin Cushman, Lucas DaSilva, Eva D’Onofrio, Mohamad Hamou, Jordan Hanes, Sedona Holland, John Holzworth, Griffin McGlinchey, Matthew Miller, Elaina Morosky, Isabelle O’Connor, Kayla O’Leary, Luisa Raby, Cailin Ruhling, Noah Sanford, Haley Shaw, Madeleine Soriano, Mason Wells, Tyler Wells

Grade 9:
Christopher Anderson, Micah Bass, Hannah Bonilla, Benedict Frazier, Hoshena Gemme, Abigail Griffith, Kyle Ingersoll-Bonsack, Hannah Johnston, Evan LeQuire, Colette Marchant, Nathan Morgan, Filip Pecher-Kohout

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School
Honor Roll
2021-22 Quarter 3

HIGH HONORS
Grade 8:
Sienna Bari, Ilona Binch, Zoe Brunza, Alec Butzer, Trevor Buydos, Makayla Calderon, Tyler Cann, Annabelle Coppola, Colman Curtiss-Reardon, Christopher Dagher, James Dahlke, Sophia D’Angelo, Rose Dimmock, William Donnelly, Alexa Donovan, Elena Gerardo, Chase Gilbert, Alexander Glaras, Scarlette Graybill, Teagan Iglesias, Christopher Kachur, Thomas Kelly, Katherine King, Jade Lawton, Jayden Livesey, Emily Looney, Ian Maeby, Carter McGlinchey, Ryan Miller, Madeline Murphy, Nina Nichols, Ryan Olsen, Ryan Ortoleva, Isabella Presti, Taylor Quintin, Jenna Salpietro, Luca Signora, Emma Singleton, Addison Spooner, Louis St., Pierre St., Andrew Taylor, Meredith Thompson, Margaret Thuma, Madeleine Trepanier, John Turick, Eve Videll, Elisabeth Viera, Warren Volles, Oliver Wyman, Stella Young, Carl Zapatka

Grade  7:
Lucia Arico, Addison Arndt, Zak Avelange, Mia Bonatti, Ceciley Buckley, Marla Bulas, Brooke Burgess, William Burgess, Anna Bussmann, Brennan Butzer, Lillian Calabrese, Chase Catalano, Isaac Chartier, Sophia D’Amico, Amirah D’Lizarraga, Elliot Dunn-Sims, Samson Edmed, Lauren Fulara, Taiyo Gemme, Angeline Gencarella, Antonio Gencarella, Samuel Gilbert, Gavin Goulis, Harrison Goulis, Skylar Graybill, Tessa Grethel, Owen Holth, Marley Iaia, Marley Igersheimer, Josephine Kiem, Alexa Legein, Olivia Lovendale, Kaylee McCarthy, Matilda Miller, John Morosky, Emelia Munster, Grace Osborne, Eva Oulahan-Smith, Mia Palmer, Arthur Riccio, Ainsley Rinoski, Cameron Russell, Allegra Schaedler, Owen Shapiro, Kevork Shegirian, Nicholas Sokolowski, Madeline Stiles, Carli Teixeira, Magdalena Tooker, Ethan Trepanier, Kaylyn Vernon, Ivy Wilson, Brody Ziolkovski

Grade 6:
Kaitlyn Ackerman, Lillian Acosta, Lauren Belval, Scarlett Blatter, Vivian Boller, Lana Brunza, Naomi Cameron, Gabrielle Clark, John Comstock, Colin Discordia, Albert Enman, Katharine Ferman, Jonah Filardi, Avery Goiangos, Frederick Goss, Elaina Graves, Gavin Gray, Sawyer Graybill, Alistair Hampton-Dowson, Colleen Harrington, Jordyn Harris, Morgan Harris, Ryan Hill, Sophia Huang, Fiona Judge, Jillian Kleefeld, Kaedyn Koproski, Treyton LaConti, Holden Leonardo, Graham Macadam, Benjamin Mattox, Liam McCormick, Rowan McCormick, Charles McEwen, Caitlyn McHugh, William McKeever, Clarissa Mock, Addyson Morosky, Grace Morrissette, Marielle Munster, Theodore Neary, Mila Pacelli, Remi Patz, Jonah Scheckwitz, Audrey Sheehan, Avery Spooner, Charlotte Thuma, Delilah Tooker, Jonathan Toriello, Renee Viera, Ashlynn Ward, Avery Wesch, Charles Zapatka, Avery Zbierski, Ella Ziolkovski

HONORS
Grade 8:
Charlotte Antonino, Julia Clark, Jack Conroy, Benjamin Goulding, Elizaveta Gregoire, Harrison Kleefeld, William Landon, Maya LeQuire, Sebastian Lopez-Bravo, Elise Marchant, Samuel Masanz, Sybil Neary, Quenten Patz, Marleigh Piacenza, Sophia Shaposhnikova, Tanner Snurkowski, Lucian Tracano, Connor Vautrain, Katherine Zhang

Grade 7:
Collin Anderson, Phineas Barrett, Zachary Belval, Morgan Buerger, Aidan Carpentino, Brady Donovan, Kaedin Gerster, Zachariah Guidi, Charles Halsey, Lauren Herrera, Curtiss Johnson, Elsa Jungkeit, Allisondra Krol, Callahan Lacourciere, Maddux Murphy, Kaitlyn Pannier, Alexandria Sanford, Bowen Turick

Grade 6:
Anna Bjornberg, Noah Brant, Ashlynn Edwards, Alistair Grenier, Warner Grenier, Aiden Guidi, Gift Mahwayi, David McAdams, Ava Novak, Grayson Standish, Judah Waldo,

Essex Savings Bank Announces 2022 Community Investment Program Ballot Results, High Hopes of Old Lyme Takes #8 Spot

ESSEX, CT – Essex Savings Bank has announced the results from its recent customer voting efforts in the Bank’s Community Investment Program (CIP). The balloting  portion began Feb. 1, and concluded Feb. 28.

The program, which is now in its 27th year, entitles the Bank’s customers to select up to three charities from this year’s list of 74 qualified non-profit organizations. Fund allocations are awarded based on the results of these  votes.

Since inception in 1996, the ballot portion of the Bank’s CIP has provided nearly $1.6  million to over 200 nonprofit organizations. Of that, over $628,000 has gone to the top 10 recipients, which include vital programs such as the Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry (26  times) and High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. (26 times). 

According to Diane H. Arnold, President & CEO of Essex Savings Bank, a total of $90,235 was  made available through this year’s CIP ballot portion. She commented, “COVID has had a detrimental effect on nonprofit fundraising efforts both locally and nationwide. It has also created and exacerbated hardships for many throughout our community and beyond.”

Arnold continued, “As such, I am especially pleased that  the Bank’s CIP is able to provide over $250,000 in total to support our local nonprofits in fulfilling  their important missions this year.”

Since inception, the program will have provided over $5.25  million to nonprofits throughout the area. 

For more information on the Community Investment Program, the annual ballot and Essex Savings  Bank, visit www.essexsavings.com. 

Results of Essex Savings Bank Customer Balloting Community Investment Program 2022

Organization  Amount Awarded 
The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries, Inc.  $8,203
Forgotten Felines, Inc.  $4,525
Valley Shore Animal Welfare League  $4,124
The Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. – Meals on Wheels  $4,102
Essex Fire Engine Company No. 1  $3,009
Old Saybrook Fire Department Number One, Inc.  $2,407
Camp Hazen YMCA  $2,318
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.  $2,251
Essex Library Association  $2,229
Deep River Ambulance Association, Inc.  $2,185
Visiting Nurses of The Lower Valley, Inc.  $1,939
The Chester Hose Company Incorporated  $1,895
Essex Land Trust, Inc.  $1,761
Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation, Inc.  $1,761
Valley Shore YMCA  $1,739
Vernon A. Tait All Animal Adoption, Preservation and Rescue Fund, Inc.  $1,739
A Little Compassion / The Nest Coffee House  $1,672
Chester Historical Society  $1,672
Ivoryton Library Association  $1,605
Old Lyme Fire Department, Inc.  $1,583
FISH (Friends in Service Here)  $1,538
Connecticut Cancer Foundation, Inc.  $1,315
Friends of Hammonasset, Inc.  $1,271
Essex Historical Society, Inc.  $1,226
Lyme Ambulance Association, Inc.  $1,204
Old Lyme Land Trust, Inc  $1,159
Deep River Historical Society, Inc.  $1,137
Lyme Fire Company  $1,048
Valley Soccer Club Inc.  $1,048
The Connecticut River Foundation at Steamboat Dock  $1,025
Tri-Town Youth Services  $959
Friends of Acton Library  $914
Friends of Chester Public Library  $892
Region 4 Education Foundation, Inc. (R4EF)  $892
Chester Land Trust  $869
Common Good Gardens, Inc.  $869
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Inc.  $869
Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau  $869
Deep River Land Trust, Inc.  $825
Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Association, Inc.  $825

 

Deep River Junior Ancient Fife and Drum Corp. $802 

Old Saybrook Land Trust, Inc.  $780
SARAH, Inc.  $780
Madison Ambulance Assoc., Inc. Dba Madison Emerg. Medical  Svces  $758
Community Music School  $736
Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore CT  $736
Lyme Old Lyme Food Share Garden  $736
Lyme Public Hall & Local History Archives, Inc.  $713
Angel Charities, Inc.  $691
Sister Cities Essex Haiti, Inc.  $646
Essex Winter Series  $624
Old Lyme Historical Society, Inc.  $624
The Ivoryton Village Alliance  $602
Con Brio Choral Society  $557
Essex Community Fund, Inc.  $535
Westbrook Youth and Family Services, Inc.  $535
Ruth Ann Heller Music Foundation, Inc.  $513
Sailing Masters Of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps, Inc.  $513
Vista Life Innovations, Inc.  $490
Westbrook Historical Society, Inc.  $446
HOPE Partnership, Inc.  $424
Cappella Cantorum, Inc.  $401
Lyme Art Association, Inc.  $401
Essex Elementary School PTO  $334
Lymes’ Elderly Housing, Inc. (Lymewood)  $334
Old Saybrook Education Foundation  $312
Westbrook Project Graduation, Inc.  $290
Act II Thrift Shop, Inc.  $245
E.C. Scranton Memorial Library  $245
Guilford Youth Mentoring  $245
Brazilian American Youth Cultural Exchange (BRAYCE)  $223
The Country School, Inc.  $201
CT Waverunners  $178
Sound View Beach Association, Inc.  $112
Totals  $90,235

 

Editor’s Note: Essex Savings Bank is a FDIC insured, state chartered, mutual savings bank established in 1851. The  Bank serves the Connecticut River Valley and shoreline with six offices in Essex (2), Chester, Madison,  Old Lyme and Old Saybrook providing a full complement of personal and business banking. Financial,  estate, insurance and retirement planning are offered throughout the state by the Bank’s Trust Division,  Essex Trust and wholly-owned subsidiary, Essex Financial Services, Inc., a Registered Investment  Advisor.

May 9 COVID-19 Update: Highest Single-Day Case Total Since Jan. 24 for Old Lyme; 22 New Cases in OL Take Cumulative Total to 1159, Lyme Holds at 281

Photo by CDC on Unsplash,

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Reports issued Monday, May 9, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) shows 22 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme and none in Lyme. This number of 22 is the highest single-day total for Old Lyme since Jan. 24, 2022, when 24 cases were reported on a single day.

These cases raise Old Lyme’s cumulative case total to 1159 while Lyme’s hold at 281.

The CT DPH does not issue reports on Saturdays or Sundays so this is the first report since Friday, May 6.

April 5, 2022 was the most recent day on which no new cases were reported in either town.

Prior to March 25, Lyme had gone for 23 consecutive days with no new cases being reported. Two new cases were reported in Lyme on March 25.

Prior to April 5, the most recent day on which no new cases were reported in either Lyme or Old Lyme was March 24. There were also no new cases on March 9 and 4, and Feb. 24. The previous date prior to Feb. 24 when no new cases were reported in either town was Dec. 12, 2021.

Statewide Situation – Weekly Update

This map, updated May 5, 2022 shows the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks. Both Lyme and Old Lyme remain in the Red (highest) Zone. One hundred and forty five towns (representing a total of 85.8% of the state) are now found in the Red 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. Map: Ver 12.1.2020 Source: CT Department of Public Health Get the data Created with Datawrapper.

On Thursday, May 5, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) also released its latest weekly COVID-19 Alert Map (pictured above), which indicates that 145 municipalities are now in the Red (highest of four) Zone for case rates. These towns in the Red Zone include both Lyme and Old Lyme.

This number has increased by 14 over the 131 towns recorded in the Red Zone last week, thus increasing the number of towns in the Red Zone to 85.8% of the state.

This total of 145 Red Zone towns is moving rapidly towards the Jan. 27, 2022 number, when the total was 168 out of 169 towns.

As of May 5, 2022 all nine towns in the Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) remain in the Red Zone.

The LLHD is no longer issuing reports with updated Case Rates and other metrics.

The CT DPH will issue an updated map of the zones Thursday, May 12 — the map is updated weekly on Thursdays.

The color-coded zones are:

Red: Indicates case rates over the last two weeks of greater than 15 per 100,000 population
Orange: Indicates case rates between 10 to 14 cases per 100,000 population
Yellow: Indicates case rates between 5 and 9 per 100,000 population
Gray: Indicates case rates lower than five per 100,000 population

Statewide Situation – Daily Update

The state’s COVID-19 Daily Positivity Rate broke the 10% watershed on May 4 at 10.32%. It has now broken the 11% mark — Monday’s rate of 11.3% is the state’s highest recorded COVID-19 Daily Positivity Rate since Jan. 25, 2022 when the Rate stood at 13.74%.

On May 9, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations increased by 37 to 276 from 239.

In contrast, on Jan. 12, 2022, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations was 1,939.

Of those hospitalized on May 9, the number not fully vaccinated was 90 (representing 32.61%).

The total number of COVID-related deaths in Connecticut increased by 1 to 10,875 on May 9, according to The New York Times.

The next Daily Data Report will be issued by CT DPH Tuesday, May 10

, around 4 p.m.

Increase in Cases in Lyme & Old Lyme Since August 2021

The cumulative total of confirmed cases for Old Lyme has now increased by 716 since Wednesday, Nov. 10, when the total stood at 443 — that number had stood unchanged for a week since the previous Thursday, Nov. 4.

On Aug. 26 — which was the day Lyme-Old Lyme Schools started the new academic year — Old Lyme’s cumulative case total stood at 372, meaning there have now been 787 new cases there since that date.

Meanwhile, Lyme’s cumulative total on Aug. 26 was 114 indicating 167 new cases have also been confirmed there during the same period.

Ledge Light Health District Update

The LLHD is no longer issuing weekly updates unless there is, “any significant change in case rates, hospitalizations, etc.”

On April 14, LLHD sent LymeLine.com this press release issued by CT DPH the same day. It begins: With the current uptick of COVID-19 cases—coupled with the upcoming schedule of spring holidays and family gatherings—the Connecticut Department of Public Health is reminding residents of the tools currently in place to help contain the spread of the virus. 

The new Community Levels tool created by the CDC can be viewed at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

Ledge Light Health District continues to focus its vaccination efforts on homebound populations and providing initial vaccinations and boosters to individuals, who were vaccinated previously. Information about vaccination opportunities can be found at https://llhd.org/coronavirus-covid-19-situation/covid-19-vaccine/.

An explanation of the new CDC Community Levels tool by Thomas Gotowka can be found at this link.

COVID testing opportunities can be found at COVID-19 Testing | Ledge Light Health District (llhd.org)

The following link provides centralized access to Connecticut COVID data: https://data.ct.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-data/wa3g-tfvc/

Fatalities Due to COVID-19 in Lyme, Old Lyme

There has been one COVID-related fatality of a Lyme resident: a 57-year-old male passed away Nov. 16, 2021. On Nov. 30, the state finally included this fatality in its data

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

Details of the third and fourth fatalities, which were reported respectively in 2021 and on Feb. 4, 2022, have not been made available.

COVID-19 Situation in LOL Schools

Under new state protocols for schools, Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools are no longer required to carry out contact tracing.

LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained the latest developments in LOL Schools COVID protocols in an April 1 email to the school community, saying, “As noted in my email of February 17, 2022, beginning April 1, 2022 we will no longer report daily COVID-19 cases in the schools.”

He then stated, “For the remainder of this school year, that information will be complied on a weekly basis and will be available on our website at the following link: https://www.region18.org/parents/covid-data.”

Details published to date show the following number of positive cases in LOL Schools by week.
April 3-9: 0
April 10-16: 0
April 19-23: Spring Break
April 24-30: 7
May 2-7: 27

For a summary of cases in LOL Schools between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2022, visit this link.

View a full listing of cases between 8/26/21 – 12/23/21 at this link.

Old Lyme Girls’ Tennis Defeats Cromwell 7-0, Clinch Shoreline Conference Title

The Lyme-Old Lyme (left) and Cromwell High School teams listen to the ‘team talk’ prior to the start of yesterday’s match. Old Lyme went on to win the match 7-0 and also secured the Shoreline Conference title. Photo by A. Fenton.

OLD LYME — Playing on their home courts yesterday, the Old Lyme Girls’ Tennis team continued their extraordinary, unbeaten season with a 7-0 victory over Cromwell, confirming the girls as Shoreline Conference 2022 winners.

Read our recent article about Coach Lauren Rahr and her team at this link.

The full results were (Old Lyme girls in blue):

1st Singles:
Abby Sicuranza vs Kelly McTeague 6-2, 6-3

2nd Singles: 
Callie Bass vs Caroline Rogozinski 6-0, 6-0

3rd Singles: 
Elaina Morosky vs Emily Green 6-0, 6-2

4th Singles: 
Olivia Schaedler vs Amina Beskovic 6-2, 6-1

1st Doubles: 
Livie Bass / Alexis Fenton 6-1, 6-0
Gabriella Voccio / Amira Abdelghany

2nd Doubles:
Aggie Hunt/ Beatrice Hunt 6-0, 6-0
Julia Baymuradova / Olivia Lusitani

3rd Doubles:
Fiona Hufford / Izzy Reynolds 6-1, 6-0
Julia Drew / Aisling Gollareny

May 6 COVID-19 Update: Eight New Cases in Old Lyme Take Cumulative Total to 1137, Four New Cases Take Lyme’s Total to 281

Photo by CDC on Unsplash.

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Reports issued Friday, May 6, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) shows eight new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme and four in Lyme.

These cases raise Old Lyme’s cumulative case total to 1137 and Lyme’s to 281.

Old Lyme reported eight new cases on Friday while Lyme reported four.

April 5, 2022 was the most recent day on which no new cases were reported in either town.

Prior to March 25, Lyme had gone for 23 consecutive days with no new cases being reported. Two new cases were reported in Lyme on March 25.

Prior to April 5, the most recent day on which no new cases were reported in either Lyme or Old Lyme was March 24. There were also no new cases on March 9 and 4, and Feb. 24. The previous date prior to Feb. 24 when no new cases were reported in either town was Dec. 12, 2021.

Statewide Situation – Weekly Update

This map, updated May 5, 2022 shows the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks. Both Lyme and Old Lyme remain in the Red (highest) Zone. One hundred and forty five towns (representing a total of 85.8% of the state) are now found in the Red 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. Map: Ver 12.1.2020 Source: CT Department of Public Health Get the data Created with Datawrapper.

On Thursday, May 5, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) also released its latest weekly COVID-19 Alert Map (pictured above), which indicates that 145 municipalities are now in the Red (highest of four) Zone for case rates. These towns in the Red Zone include both Lyme and Old Lyme.

This number has increased by 14 over the 131 towns recorded in the Red Zone last week, thus increasing the number of towns in the Red Zone to 85.8% of the state.

This total of 145 Red Zone towns is moving rapidly towards the Jan. 27, 2022 number, when the total was 168 out of 169 towns.

As of May 5, 2022 all nine towns in the Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) remain in the Red Zone.

The LLHD is no longer issuing reports with updated Case Rates and other metrics.

The CT DPH will issue an updated map of the zones Thursday, May 12 — the map is updated weekly on Thursdays.

The color-coded zones are:

Red: Indicates case rates over the last two weeks of greater than 15 per 100,000 population
Orange: Indicates case rates between 10 to 14 cases per 100,000 population
Yellow: Indicates case rates between 5 and 9 per 100,000 population
Gray: Indicates case rates lower than five per 100,000 population

Statewide Situation – Daily Update

The state’s COVID-19 Daily Positivity Rate broke the 10% watershed on May 4 at 10.32%. It has now broken the 11% mark — Friday’s rate of 11.2% is the state’s highest recorded COVID-19 Daily Positivity Rate since Jan. 25, 2022 when the Rate stood at 13.74%.

On May 6, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations increased by six to 239.

In contrast, on Jan. 12, 2022, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations was 1,939.

Of those hospitalized on May 6, the number not fully vaccinated was 81 (representing 33.89%).

The total number of COVID-related deaths in Connecticut increased by 16 to 10,874 on May 6, according to The New York Times.

The next Daily Data Report will be issued by CT DPH Monday, May 9, around 4 p.m.

Increase in Cases in Lyme & Old Lyme Since August 2021

The cumulative total of confirmed cases for Old Lyme has now increased by 694 since Wednesday, Nov. 10, when the total stood at 443 — that number had stood unchanged for a week since the previous Thursday, Nov. 4.

On Aug. 26 — which was the day Lyme-Old Lyme Schools started the new academic year — Old Lyme’s cumulative case total stood at 372, meaning there have now been 765 new cases there since that date.

Meanwhile, Lyme’s cumulative total on Aug. 26 was 114 indicating 167 new cases have also been confirmed there during the same period.

Ledge Light Health District Update

The LLHD is no longer issuing weekly updates unless there is, “any significant change in case rates, hospitalizations, etc.”

On April 14, LLHD sent LymeLine.com this press release issued by CT DPH the same day. It begins: With the current uptick of COVID-19 cases—coupled with the upcoming schedule of spring holidays and family gatherings—the Connecticut Department of Public Health is reminding residents of the tools currently in place to help contain the spread of the virus. 

The new Community Levels tool created by the CDC can be viewed at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

Ledge Light Health District continues to focus its vaccination efforts on homebound populations and providing initial vaccinations and boosters to individuals, who were vaccinated previously. Information about vaccination opportunities can be found at https://llhd.org/coronavirus-covid-19-situation/covid-19-vaccine/.

An explanation of the new CDC Community Levels tool by Thomas Gotowka can be found at this link.

COVID testing opportunities can be found at COVID-19 Testing | Ledge Light Health District (llhd.org)

The following link provides centralized access to Connecticut COVID data: https://data.ct.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-data/wa3g-tfvc/

Fatalities Due to COVID-19 in Lyme, Old Lyme

There has been one COVID-related fatality of a Lyme resident: a 57-year-old male passed away Nov. 16, 2021. On Nov. 30, the state finally included this fatality in its data

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

Details of the third and fourth fatalities, which were reported respectively in 2021 and on Feb. 4, 2022, have not been made available.

COVID-19 Situation in LOL Schools

Under new state protocols for schools, Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools are no longer required to carry out contact tracing.

LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained the latest developments in LOL Schools COVID protocols in an April 1 email to the school community, saying, “As noted in my email of February 17, 2022, beginning April 1, 2022 we will no longer report daily COVID-19 cases in the schools.”

He then stated, “For the remainder of this school year, that information will be complied on a weekly basis and will be available on our website at the following link: https://www.region18.org/parents/covid-data.”

Details published to date show the following number of positive cases in LOL Schools by week.
April 3-9: 0
April 10-16: 0
April 19-23: Spring Break
April 24-30: 7

For a summary of cases in LOL Schools between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2022, visit this link.

View a full listing of cases between 8/26/21 – 12/23/21 at this link.

Letter to the Editor: Keep the Vision of Public Access to Public Land Alive in Old Lyme

To the Editor:

The Republican Party has a long history of protecting one of our nation’s most precious resources – the beauty of our natural environment. President Theodore Roosevelt, known as “The Conservation President”, established the United States Forest Service and during his administration preserved over 230 million acres of public land  to be kept in its natural state and to be enjoyed by the public. President Johnson spearheaded the Clean Water Act during his administration and President Nixon followed up with the Clean Air Act during his tenure. Our party is also proud to have worked with our Democrat friends to keep America beautiful.

Why do we live in Old Lyme? One of the top answers is because it is the most beautiful rural small town along the Connecticut coastline. We are second to none with a landscape bounded by the Long Island Sound, rivers, wooded hills and filled with a very biodiverse ecology. The question that needs to be asked is, “How do we protect this beauty and still enjoy it with all our senses?”

Recently, there have been several news stories about a parcel of town owned property located at 36-1 Buttonball Road. It was deeded to the town with a restriction that it shall be used by the public for waterfront access. A representative from CT DEEP indicated that if the town went forward with that plan and an environmental impact study were to be done, then it would be very probable that DEEP would permit some minimal development to access the water based on an on-site observation. There would be room to park a vehicle and then access the water by way of a minimally impacting boardwalk to launch a kayak or to just enjoy the salt marsh ecology.

We support and encourage the town to pursue the wishes of this property’s donor to allow the public to have waterfront access. Furthermore, we stress the importance of responsible stewardship for these generous gifts. Proper stewardship will demonstrate that we value and will protect a donor’s wishes; and, it will encourage future donors to gift parcels of land for the public benefit knowing that their gift’s purpose will be honored.

We do understand that this parcel falls within jurisdictional aspects of several town authorities and so we encourage a post haste resolution of this jurisdictional issue so that the town may expeditiously move forward with a DEEP application for an environmental impact study.

It has been well over a century since President Theodore Roosevelt made it a national vision to protect and enjoy nature. Let’s continue to keep this vision alive in Old Lyme!

Robert A. Nixon,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is the chairman of the Old Lyme Republican Town Committee.

May 5 COVID-19 Update: Over 85% of CT Now in Red Zone, CT Positivity Rate Breaks 10%; Five New Cases in Old Lyme Take Cumulative Total to 1129, One New Case Takes Lyme’s Total to 277

This map, updated May 5, 2022 shows the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks. Both Lyme and Old Lyme remain in the Red (highest) Zone. One hundred and forty five towns (representing a total of 85.8% of the state) are now found in the Red 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. Map: Ver 12.1.2020 Source: CT Department of Public Health Get the data Created with Datawrapper.

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Reports issued Thursday, May 5, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) shows five new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme and one in Lyme.

These cases raise Old Lyme’s cumulative case total to 1129 and Lyme’s to 277.

Old Lyme reported two new cases on Tuesday and five on Wednesday. Lyme reported one new case on each day.

Statewide Situation – Weekly Update

On Thursday, May 5, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) also released its latest weekly COVID-19 Alert Map (pictured above), which indicates that 145 municipalities are now in the Red (highest of four) Zone for case rates. These towns in the Red Zone include both Lyme and Old Lyme.

This number has increased by 14 over the 131 towns recorded in the Red Zone last week, thus increasing the number of towns in the Red Zone to over 85.8%) of the state.

This total of 145 Red Zone towns is moving rapidly towards the Jan. 27, 2022 number, when the total was 168 out of 169 towns.

As of May 5, 2022 all nine towns in the Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) remain in the Red Zone.

The LLHD is no longer issuing reports with updated Case Rates and other metrics.

The CT DPH will issue an updated map of the zones Thursday, May 12 — the map is updated weekly on Thursdays.

The color-coded zones are:

Red: Indicates case rates over the last two weeks of greater than 15 per 100,000 population
Orange: Indicates case rates between 10 to 14 cases per 100,000 population
Yellow: Indicates case rates between 5 and 9 per 100,000 population
Gray: Indicates case rates lower than five per 100,000 population

More on the Local Situation

April 5, 2022 was the most recent day on which no new cases were reported in either town.

Prior to March 25, Lyme had gone for 23 consecutive days with no new cases being reported. Two new cases were reported in Lyme on March 25.

Prior to April 5, the most recent day on which no new cases were reported in either Lyme or Old Lyme was March 24. There were also no new cases on March 9 and 4, and Feb. 24. The previous date prior to Feb. 24 when no new cases were reported in either town was Dec. 12, 2021.

Statewide Situation – Daily Update

The state’s COVID-19 Daily Positivity Rate broke the 10% watershed on May 4 at 10.32%. It rose again on May 5 to 10.35%.

Thursday’s rate of 10.35% is the state’s highest recorded COVID-19 Daily Positivity Rate since Jan.26, 2022 when the Rate stood at 10.93%.

On May 5, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations decreased by 12 to 233.

In contrast, on Jan. 12, 2022, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations was 1,939.

Of those hospitalized on May 5, the number not fully vaccinated was 82 (representing 35.19%).

The total number of COVID-related deaths in Connecticut remained at 10,858 on May 4, according to The New York Times.

The next Daily Data Report will be issued by CT DPH Friday, May 6, around 4 p.m.

Increase in Cases in Lyme & Old Lyme Since August 2021

The cumulative total of confirmed cases for Old Lyme has now increased by 686 since Wednesday, Nov. 10, when the total stood at 443 — that number had stood unchanged for a week since the previous Thursday, Nov. 4.

On Aug. 26 — which was the day Lyme-Old Lyme Schools started the new academic year — Old Lyme’s cumulative case total stood at 372, meaning there have now been 757 new cases there since that date.

Meanwhile, Lyme’s cumulative total on Aug. 26 was 114 indicating 163 new cases have also been confirmed there during the same period.

Ledge Light Health District Update

The LLHD is no longer issuing weekly updates unless there is, “any significant change in case rates, hospitalizations, etc.”

On April 14, LLHD sent LymeLine.com this press release issued by CT DPH the same day. It begins: With the current uptick of COVID-19 cases—coupled with the upcoming schedule of spring holidays and family gatherings—the Connecticut Department of Public Health is reminding residents of the tools currently in place to help contain the spread of the virus. 

The new Community Levels tool created by the CDC can be viewed at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

Ledge Light Health District continues to focus its vaccination efforts on homebound populations and providing initial vaccinations and boosters to individuals, who were vaccinated previously. Information about vaccination opportunities can be found at https://llhd.org/coronavirus-covid-19-situation/covid-19-vaccine/.

An explanation of the new CDC Community Levels tool by Thomas Gotowka can be found at this link.

COVID testing opportunities can be found at COVID-19 Testing | Ledge Light Health District (llhd.org)

The following link provides centralized access to Connecticut COVID data: https://data.ct.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-data/wa3g-tfvc/

Fatalities Due to COVID-19 in Lyme, Old Lyme

There has been one COVID-related fatality of a Lyme resident: a 57-year-old male passed away Nov. 16, 2021. On Nov. 30, the state finally included this fatality in its data

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

Details of the third and fourth fatalities, which were reported respectively in 2021 and on Feb. 4, 2022, have not been made available.

COVID-19 Situation in LOL Schools

Under new state protocols for schools, Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools are no longer required to carry out contact tracing.

LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained the latest developments in LOL Schools COVID protocols in an April 1 email to the school community, saying, “As noted in my email of February 17, 2022, beginning April 1, 2022 we will no longer report daily COVID-19 cases in the schools.”

He then stated, “For the remainder of this school year, that information will be complied on a weekly basis and will be available on our website at the following link: https://www.region18.org/parents/covid-data.”

Details published to date show the following number of positive cases in LOL Schools by week.
April 3-9: 0
April 10-16: 0
April 19-23: Spring Break
April 24-30: 7

For a summary of cases in LOL Schools between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2022, visit this link.

View a full listing of cases between 8/26/21 – 12/23/21 at this link.

Death of Mary Blossom Turner Announced, Widow of Jack, Who Founded LymeLine.com; Service May 22 in Old Lyme

Mary Blossom Turner: January 1, 1932 – April 30, 2022

OLD LYME — We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Mary Blossom Turner, the widow of Jack Turner, who founded LymeLine.com. To quote from the obituary published in The Day, Mary passed, “easily in her sleep April 30, 2022, at 90 years old.”

Mary was a remarkable woman, as her full obituary published below testifies. I met her on several occasions during the time I worked for Jack as the first News Editor of his fledgling online publication, LymeLine.com. That was back in 2003 (when LymeLine.com was launched) through 2005, when Jack died. She was the most cheerful and supportive companion to Jack — and therefore, in turn, me — imaginable.

Jack and Mary’s relationship was truly wonderful in so many ways. After Jack’s untimely death, it was dear Mary with whom we negotiated the purchase of LymeLine.com — she made it quite clear that she personally had no interest in continuing its publication but was very happy to see someone else pursue Jack’s legacy.

We send sincere condolences to Mary’s children, Mariette and John, and their families. (For the record, it was Mariette, who recommended me to Jack to be his News Editor. Jack lured me away from the Main Street News … and the rest is history!)

A memorial service for Mary will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, May 22, at the Grassy Hill Church in Old Lyme.

Kindly make any memorial donations to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, at: https://curealz.org/giving/donate/.

I will never forget Mary … or Jack.

Olwen Logan, Publisher & Editor: LymeLine.com

Mary’s obituary follows:

Mary Turner was the first baby born in Port Chester, NY in 1932, to Mary Drummond and Earl Blossom. She had a pony and a dog growing up in Westport, CT where her father’s home studio smelled like turpentine. Her elder brother, David, put whiskey in the dog bowl and the dog got drunk. Mary tended to the dog while David joined the Coast Guard before becoming a commercial illustrator like their father. The dog recovered and Mary went off to Bennington College, where she learned proper grammar.

Mary met Jack Turner of Wilton CT at a party, and since they both liked cats, they decided to marry. Jack would become Mary’s lifelong hero. He joined the Marines after graduating from Colgate, but the two managed to see each other enough to produce two children, Mariette and John, one of whom turned out perfectly.

The young family moved to an apartment in Bloomfield. Mary ran shotgun while Jack and friends distilled vodka from potatoes and conceived Soundings at the dining room table. Children were to be seen and not heard, but Mary saw them as hers to sculpt—by instilling the Golden Rule and correcting grammar.

After moving to Wethersfield as Jack grew Soundings, Mary kept a successful portrait business, sold real estate, made wicked Halloween costumes, practiced yoga, shopped and prepped for Jack’s cooking, and briefly owned a bakery where she produced healthy donuts.

Frostbite sailing on Wethersfield Cove was a family affair and a social immersion—with racing and cocktails for the adults and racing to grow up for the kids. Mary kept her children grounded in an alluring, challenging world.

Block Island vacations exaggerated regular life without the work, and while packs of young cousins ran wild, Mary sojourned to paint watercolors. The children felt important and grown-up as she always took time to explain just why, or what, we might do, or to patiently describe what would be proper, or to make a sardine sandwich.

Jack and Mary gardened, cooked, leisured, and worked to assure a wholesome family atmosphere while Mariette and John tackled high school and college. Ever supporting her husband and children, Mary endured fiberglass boatbuilding in the driveway, amplified rock-n-roll, polyester fumes, milk and butter tasting of plastic, orange juice re-purposed as bong-water and rolling cohorts of teenagers, dogs, and cats in the house. As surrogate second but present authority, Mary anchored existence in Jack’s absence—rising each day to exemplify cheer, vigor, empathy, and purpose.

When Soundings moved to Essex and the family to Old Lyme, Mary continued painting portraits, working in real-estate, taking walks, and absorbing what she sensed best in life. Jack left Soundings, built another boat, and started Lymeline.

The children married and moved away to grow the tree—with three grandchildren, (Marilee Root, Brittany Figueroa and John Paul Turner IV) and five great-grandchildren, all stars in no small part due to Mary’s examples of excellent grammar, adherence to the Golden Rule, and casual parenting.

Jack died in 2005. Mary forged on without him, walking daily to the Chocolate Shell for a fix with Molly, the last of the many dogs and cats. She pursued her artwork until advancing years betrayed her capacity.

None would envy her long experience with Alzheimer’s.

We remember Mary smiling as she hummed, “Happy Days are Here Again,” or shrieking what she called the “Cry of the Happy Housewife.” If we transgressed in right and wrong, she would say: “You wouldn’t want someone to do that to you, would you?”

With a name like Mary Blossom Turner, we would expect to learn from her.

Mary leaves two children (Mariette and John); three grandchildren (Marilee Root, Brittany Figueroa, and John Turner IV), four great-grandchildren, (Tyler Root, Annabelle, Damien, and their soon-to-be little sister Figueroa), and five nephews and their families. She joins—eternally—her partner, hero and husband, Jack; her brother David; her granddaughter, Halle Root; and her eldest nephew, David Blossom.

We all miss her dearly.