LYME / OLD LYME – That Daily data report released Friday, April 15 by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) shows a new, confirmed COVID-19 case in Old Lyme and none in Lyme. This case raises Old Lyme’s cumulative case in total to 1070, while Lyme’s holds 264.
This is the fourth day in a row that Lyme has not reported any new cases.
Situation across the country – weekly update
On Thursday, April 14, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) released its latest weekly COVID-19 Alert Map (pictured above) indicating that 54 municipalities are now in the red (highest of four) zone for case rates. These cities include Lyme, while Old Lyme has moved into the yellow (second lowest) zone.
This number has increased by 29 from 25 cities registered in the red zone last week. Read this press release from CT DPH, emphasizing the need for caution with regard to COVID-19 infection at present.
Although this sum of Red Zone cities reflects an increase over last week’s numbers, it still shows a decrease in the number of Red Zone cities since January 27, when the total number was 168 out of 169 cities.
On April 14, a total of 54 corresponds to 32.0% of the cities in the state, which are in the red zone.
As of April 14, 2022, five cities in the Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) are in the red zone: Lyme, Waterford, New London, Ledyard and Stonington.
Two are in the orange (second highest) zone: – East Lyme and Groton.
Two are in the yellow (second lowest) zone: – North Stonington and Old Lyme.
There are no cities left in the gray (lowest) zone.
LLHD no longer issues reports with updated case rates and other metrics.
CT DPH will issue an updated map of the zones on Thursday 14 April – the map will be updated weekly on Thursday.
The color-coded zones are:
Red: Indicates cases over the last two weeks of more than 15 per. 100,000 inhabitants
Orange: Indicates cases between 10 and 14 cases per. 100,000 inhabitants
Yellow: Indicates case rates between 5 and 9 per. 100,000 inhabitants
Gray: Indicates cases lower than five per. 100,000 inhabitants
Cases in Lyme and Old Lyme – Daily Update
That Daily data reports released Friday, April 15 by CT DPH shows 0 a new, confirmed COVID-19 case in Old Lyme and none in Lyme. This case raises Old Lyme’s cumulative case in total to 1070, while Lyme’s holds 264.
The state’s COVID-19 daily positivity rate continues to rise. On Friday, April 15, the price rose to 6.51% from 6.26% on April 14.
This rate of 6.51% is the state’s highest recorded COVID-19 daily positivity rate since February 8, 2022, when the rate was 7.02%.
The next daily data report will be released by CT DPH on Monday 18 April at around 16.00
April 5, 2022 was the most recent day in which no new cases were reported in any of the cities.
Prior to March 25, Lyme had gone for 23 days in a row without any new cases being reported. Two new cases were reported in Lyme on March 25th.
Before April 5, the last day 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 February 24. The previous date before Feb. 24, where no new cases were reported in any of the cities, was December 12, 2021.
Situation across the country – Daily update
On April 15, the number of COVID-related admissions increased from 139 to 161.
In contrast, the number of COVID-related admissions on January 12, 2022 was 1,939.
Of those admitted on 15 April, 46 were not fully vaccinated (corresponding to 28.57%).
The total number of COVID-related deaths in Connecticut rose to 10,813 on April 15 from 10,809 on April 14, according to New York Times.
Increase in cases in Lyme and Old Lyme since August 2021
The total number of confirmed cases for Old Lyme has now increased by 627 since Wednesday, November 10, when the total number was 443 – that number had remained unchanged for a week since the previous Thursday, November 4.
August 26 – which was the day Lyme-Old Lyme Schools started the new academic year – Old Lyme’s cumulative cases were 372, meaning there have now been 698 new cases there since that date.
Meanwhile, Lyme’s cumulative total on 26 August was 114, indicating that 150 new cases have also been confirmed there during the same period.
Ledge Light Health District Update
LLHD no longer issues weekly updates unless there is “any significant change in case rates, hospitalizations, etc.”
On April 14, LLHD sent this to LymeLine.com press release issued by CT DPH the same day. It starts: With the current rise in COVID-19 cases – combined with the upcoming spring and family reunion schedule – the Connecticut Department of Public Health is reminding residents of the tools currently in place to help curb the spread of the virus.
In an email sent Thursday, March 24 regarding the latest COVID-19 data, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) Health Director Stephen Mansfield stated: “In New London County, residents are advised to:
LLHD continues to focus its vaccination efforts on home-grown populations and provide initial vaccinations and boosters to people who have been previously vaccinated. Information on vaccination options can be found at https://llhd.org/coronavirus-covid-19-situation/covid-19-vaccine/. “
COVID test options 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/
Deaths due to COVID-19 in Lyme, Old Lyme
There has been a COVID-related death for a resident of Lyme: a 57-year-old man died on November 16, 2021. On November 30, the state finally included this death in its data
Four COVID-related deaths have now been reported in Old Lyme. The first two killed from Old Lyme, which were reported in 2020, were a 61-year-old woman and an 82-year-old man.
Details of the third and fourth deaths, which were reported in 2021 and February 4, 2022, respectively, have not been released.
COVID-19 situation in LOL schools
Under new state protocols for schools, Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) schools are no longer required to perform 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 to schools, for the rest of this school year this information will be complied with on a weekly basis and will be available on our website at the following link: https://www.region18.org/parents/covid-data. “