We have confirmed with the Ledge Light Health District that there are now three confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme, and it is safe to assume that the actual number of residents with this illness is much larger. I encourage you to continue practicing due diligence by staying home as much as possible and washing your hands many times throughout the day. When you must go to a store, please limit your visit to one family member, follow social distancing standards, and consider the use of gloves. If you choose to wear gloves, please dispose of them in a garbage can.
The Town continues to actively monitor the situation and has participated on calls with Governor Lamont’s office. Our social services group, made up of LYSB, my office, and our social services department, continues to monitor the needs of our residents and maintains a volunteer database of over 70 people. If you would like to be included in the database, please click here. Additionally, this week we added a section to our website with mental health resources because we know this is a stressful and anxious time for so many of you. If you or your child need mental health assistance, please visit this new page to see what is available to you.
I want to take a moment to thank every Old Lyme resident on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. A heart-felt thank you to our emergency services personnel (EMS, fire, police), to all our healthcare workers, our grocery store workers, and everyone else who is helping to keep essential services running during this time of crisis. We thank you for your dedication, commitment, and bravery.
As an expression of our appreciation, we are asking residents to place a colorful heart on your front door to show your support of these workers. As frontline workers and volunteers drive through town it would be an uplifting show of community support for them to see this small act of kindness in their honor. Town Hall has already done this in order to lead the way and we have laminated hearts available for pick up outside the building.
My office will continue to provide essential updates moving forward. As a reminder, we are keeping all COVID-19 related information on our website and you can text OLCOVID19 to 888-777 to receive a daily text message.
-Tim Griswold, First Selectman