The Estuary Transit District’s Complimentary COVID Testing Transportation provides free accessible transportation to COVID test sites in the district seven days per week. Trips must begin in Clinton, Chester, Durham, Essex, East Haddam, Deep River, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook and may be to any testing site in those towns. Any resident regardless of age or ability is eligible, and up to four people may travel together.
Trips must be booked at least one day in advance by calling Curtin Transportation at 860-443-1655 between 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Wheelchair accessible vehicles are available upon request. Face coverings are required when riding. Full program details are available at www.estuarytransit.org and here.
On Friday, Dec. 4, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) is offering free Covid testing at the Lymes’ Senior Center. Details here.
Bill Denow, president of the Lyme Public Hall & Local History Archives, today issued the following statement:
“Due to the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, the published Lyme Public Hall and Lyme History Archives programs for the 2020 season are canceled. Programs previously listed as postponed are also canceled. Hall rentals will remain unavailable until the current situation returns to normal, hopefully following a successful vaccination period. We do expect to offer an online newsletter and possibly an online presentation via electronic media. The Local History Archives remains available for inquiries/requests by email at email@example.com or by phone 860-958-9760.”
On Tuesday, Jun. 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association will be distributing free face masks to Lyme and Old Lyme residents at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School. For the details of this event, see the flyer here.
The Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) has homemade face masks sewn by volunteers in Lyme and Old Lyme that are available free to any residents who request one. LYSB can deliver masks to residents’ homes or arrange for residents to pick them up. LYSB is also helping Lyme residents who may need financial assistance or help navigating and applying for assistance from other resources during the pandemic. All inquiries are confidential. To request masks or other help, contact LYSB at www.lysb.org/covid19 or call 860-434-7208, extension 0.
On April 14, the Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) announced on Facebook that, as part of its involvement in the Health Improvement Collaborative of SECT, the health district is surveying area residents to be better able to connect residents impacted by COVID-19 with resources and support. Lyme residents who would like to participate in the survey will find the English version of the survey here and the Spanish version here.
On April 14, the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) announced on Facebook that it is collecting homemade masks for senior citizens and Meals on Wheels recipients who live in Lyme and Old Lyme. Lyme residents are invited to deposit their clean, unused, homemade masks in the LYSB drop box at 59 Lyme Street. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
On April 3, the Estuary Council of Seniors posted the following statement on Facebook:
We need your help!
We are currently assembling shelf stable meals for our Meals on Wheels clients and need your help. We are asking everyone, if you have extra canned tuna or canned chicken you would be willing to donate, to please consider donating it to the seniors in our region. Drop off is at the senior center (220 Main St, Old Saybrook) anytime M-F from 9-4. A bin will be placed outside.
We are trying to assemble enough meals for every one of our Meals on Wheels clients to have enough for 1 to 2 weeks in the event we are unable to deliver. We currently have about half as much tuna/chicken as we need and have already gotten what we can from all of our supermarkets (without depleting their stock).
If you cannot assist with a donation of canned tuna but are in a position to make a monetary donation, you can do so through our website at www.ecsenior.org. We continue to shop for items as they become available and this would help immensely.
Thank you in advance! This is our most vulnerable population right now and we are doing everything we can to keep them healthy and safe.
On April 3, the Lyme Land Conservation Trust issued the following statement:
The health and safety of our Event Day participants in the Tour de Lyme is always our first concern. Given the projected course of the coronavirus pandemic, we have decided to postpone the Tour until Sunday, September 13th. Next year we will be returning to our regular time slot.
Our Tour de Lyme registration website will remain open between now and then. We hope to see you in September at our charity biking event, but if you have already registered and know that you cannot attend on that date, please email me and I will reimburse your full registration fee.
Continue to ride, visit our Preserves and stay healthy. We are all in this together.
Lyme Land Conservation Trust
On April 3, 9 Town Transit issued the following statement on service changes as a result of Covid-19:
As Shoreline area residents have done a great job in limiting travel, 9 Town Transit has seen a large decrease in riders. As a result, we are making the following temporary service adjustments beginning Monday, April 6th until further notice: Route 641 to Madison will operate on a Saturday schedule Monday through Saturday.
All other routes, Dial-A-Ride and ADA paratransit will continue to operate on a regular schedule.