As of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 but it is only a matter of time before that changes. Our neighboring towns of Lyme and East Lyme do have positive cases, so it is even more important to practice social distancing and proper hand washing hygiene. If you are able to work from home, please do. The Governor’s overarching message is “stay safe, stay home” and we encourage our Old Lyme residents to heed this advice, if possible.
Over the past week we have received questions about summer residents returning early and out of town visitors who possibly have come from COVID-19 infected areas. In response, we issued a statement on our website asking these residents and visitors to please voluntarily quarantine themselves along with other traveling family members. Ideally, the quarantine period would be 14 days and people should closely monitor their health. During this time of emergency, it is even more important that we all be good neighbors to halt the spread of this disease within our community.
My office has complied several additional resources including a new directory of Old Lyme essential businesses that remain open, an updated local resources guide, and information for local businesses about how to receive help. The Lymes' Youth Service Bureau is maintaining a list of local take-out options. As a reminder, we are keeping all COVID-19 related information in one general location on our website. There you can also find a place to sign up to volunteer to help your fellow community members as well as a form to request help if you find yourself home bound and unable to pick up groceries, prescriptions, and the like.
It has been heartwarming to see our residents coming together to help those in need. As we prepare for inevitable confirmed cases here in town, your ongoing support of your neighbors and loved ones will be even more important. The Town will continue to communicate important information and together we will navigate through this unprecedented situation.
To receive text alerts, make sure to text OLCOVID19 to 888-777.
-Timothy Griswold, First Selectman