First Selectman’s Statement on First Positive COVID-19 Case in the Town of Lyme

The Connecticut Department of Public Health today confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 within the Town of Lyme. 

The first thing I want to say, on behalf of the entire Lyme community, is that our thoughts and prayers for a complete recovery are with this individual, their family and their loved ones.

For the community at large, our main goal continues to be slowing the spread of the virus.  The best way to do that is to practice social distancing and to follow the other public health recommendations that have been issued – everything from frequently washing your hands to eliminating all non-essential travel. 

For the most up-to-date information on the state’s public health guidance and other resources, residents are encouraged to visit www.ct.gov/coronavirus. We need to take our public health experts’ advice to heart and limit any unnecessary person-to-person contact until further notice.  These efforts are essential to help reduce the spread of the virus and limit the number of people who may become infected.

The Town’s COVID-19 Response Team and our Emergency Management Department are continuing to follow the comprehensive emergency response plans we have developed, practiced and refined over many years.

  • Our first responders – our fire company, our volunteer ambulance service and our Emergency Management Department – are mobilized and ready.
  • Our volunteer coordination effort has begun in anticipation of furthering outreach to our most vulnerable residents.
  • We continue to communicate and work closely with the Ledge Light Health District, the State Department of Public Health, the Governor’s office and other state and local partners.
  • The Town website and Facebook page continue to be updated with the latest public health news and information.
  • All residents continue to be encouraged to sign up for the Town email list on our website’s home page to receive important public health updates by email.

Our emergency response team will be on the job until it’s over. 

We will get through this, together.

Stay Safe.  Stay at Home.

Steven Mattson
First Selectman

 

Town of Lyme Closes Public Library, Transfer Station, Hamburg Recycling Center & Town Garage; All Employees To Work from Home – Effective Tuesday, March 24

Following the March 21, 2020, Governor’s order requiring all non-essential activities to cease, the Town of Lyme is taking the additional steps listed below in an effort to further reduce the exposure of residents and employees to the COVID-19 virus.  As a reminder, municipalities are considered an essential service and we will endeavor to continue operations where possible, albeit at a reduced level.

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020:

  1. The Lyme Public Library will close until further notice. Please follow the Library’s website at lymepl.org for instructions regarding the availability of online access to books and other information.
  2. All Town Hall employees will be instructed to work from home. Employees will be limited to a few hours each week at the Town Hall to maintain their department’s operations and address any required activities that may be received by U.S. mail. Such visits will be coordinated to assure only one employee is present in the building at any one time. Each department will monitor their emails and do their best to assist residents when possible. The email addresses of the major Town departments can be found on the website at townlyme.org/town-departments.
  3. The Town’s Transfer Station will close and disposal of landfill materials will not be possible until further notice.
  4. The Hamburg Recycling Center will close and recycling will not be possible until further notice. Residents will either need to hang onto their recyclables for disposal at a future date or dispose of them as household garbage – that is, via their trash service with Jansky Rubbish who will be remaining open and servicing the town.
  5. Town Boards and Commissions are instructed to hold any essential meetings via conference call only and encouraged to delay any business that is not mandatory. The Governor’s orders have approved such meetings, provided agendas are published on the Town’s website and provisions are made for interested residents to participate via phone. More information regarding the procedures to be used will be forthcoming and posted on the Town’s website when finalized.
  6. The Public Works Department will operate on a reduced schedule and will respond to emergencies only. The Town Garage will be closed.

As communicated previously:

  • Our first responders – our fire company, ambulance service and Emergency Management Department – have prepared and are on standby should their services be needed.
  • The Town has developed a list of vulnerable community residents whom we will contact and continue to follow up with, in order to assure that all residents have the support they require. Should an individual resident enter into isolation and wish to be included on this list, we ask that they email the Town Clerk at townclerk@townlyme.org and provide their name, street address, email address and phone number so we can include them.
  • We have also developed a volunteer list for Lyme residents interested in helping make follow-up calls to our vulnerable citizens, and providing additional help that may become needed in our community. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email the Town Clerk at townclerk@townlyme.org and provide your name, address, phone number and any skills that may become needed.

The main public health goal going forward continues to be slowing the spread of the virus.  The best way to do that is to practice social distancing and to follow the other public health recommendations that have been issued.  For the most up-to-date public health guidance from the State of Connecticut, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus. We must all take our public health experts’ advice to heart and limit any unnecessary person-to-person contact until further notice.  These efforts are essential to help reduce the spread of the virus and limit the number of people who may become infected.

All residents continue to be encouraged to sign up for the Town email list on our website’s home page, Townlyme.org, to receive important public health updates by email.  The Board of Selectmen can be reached by email at AsktheLymeBOS@gmail.com

Stay Safe.  Stay at Home.  We will get through this, together.

Steven Mattson
First Selectman

To read the executive order, click here.

 

Help for Vulnerable Community Residents

The Town of Lyme is continuing its preparations to help our most vulnerable citizens through the days ahead.

We have a list of our community’s most vulnerable residents which has long been maintained by our Social Services Director and the Emergency Management Department. We want to make sure, however, that no one who is isolated and vulnerable in our community is overlooked in the coming days.

If you know someone in Lyme who is isolated – or if you, yourself, are a vulnerable individual as a result of your age or other reason – please notify the Town Clerk at townclerk@townlyme.org.  If you do not have access to email, please call Town Hall at 860-434-7733.

As a reminder, the Town of Lyme has also issued a call for volunteers who are willing and able to help isolated individuals in our community.  Please email our Town Clerk at townclerk@townlyme.org if you are willing to help.  She will be compiling a list of resident volunteers. If you have other expertise you think may be valuable in serving others during the coming days, please mention that in your email.

Thank you for helping us look after one another.


 

Stay Informed

  • Residents are encouraged to visit the Town website and Facebook page frequently for the latest public health advisories and updates.
  • Residents are also encouraged to sign up for the Town email list here on our website to receive important public health updates by email.

 

Town of Lyme Issues Call for Volunteers

The coronavirus is the biggest public health challenge Lyme has faced in generations.  We want to make sure none of our vulnerable residents are facing this challenge alone. 

In preparation for anticipated needs in days ahead, the Town of Lyme is issuing a call for volunteers who are willing and able to help isolated individuals in our community.  We anticipate a need for volunteers who can pick up and deliver groceries, medications and other supplies; and volunteers who can offer ongoing emotional support by phone or email. In the future, there may be additional ways that you can help.

The volunteer coordination effort will be led by our Social Services Director and our Town Clerk, supported by our Emergency Management Department and Second Selectman.

Please email your name, address and phone number to our Town Clerk at townclerk@townlyme.org if you are willing to help.  She will be compiling a list of resident volunteers.  If you have other expertise you think may be valuable in serving others during the coming days, please mention that in your email.

Thank you for helping us look after one another.


Stay Informed

  • Residents are encouraged to visit the Town website and Facebook page frequently for the latest public health advisories and updates.
  • Residents are also encouraged to sign up for the Town email list here on our website to receive important public health updates by email.

Update on Town of Lyme’s Public Health Responses

On March 16, following the Governor’s declaration of a public health emergency, the Town has taken the following actions:

  • Meetings and conference calls with Ledge Light Health District, the State Department of Public Health and the Governor’s office have been held and we are receiving multiple updates each day.
  • We have advised all Town Boards and Commissions and most private organizations to limit the size of events and give special protection to the at-risk population above 60 years of age and those with underlying medical conditions. Most events are being cancelled.
  • The Town website has been reorganized around the public health response. The emergency-notification ability has been activated and we hope you all are checking for updates and have signed up for emergency notifications. The website will not be used for the moment-by-moment news available through many other outlets, but will communicate the Lyme-specific information as it changes.
  • A new email address is provided for contacting the Board of Selectmen for answers to your questions: AsktheLymeBOS@gmail.com
  • The CEO issued an Executive Order closing all town buildings to the public while maintaining our staff on-site to assist residents by phone or email (see website for contact information of the departments). Meetings of Town Boards and Commissions have been cancelled.
  • The First Selectman formed a COVID-19 Response Team based on the Emergency Operations Plan previously adopted and updated. Individual assignments are being made and all included organizations and departments have their planning activities underway.
  • First responder organizations (Fire, Ambulance and Emergency Management) have been mobilized and have entered their planning phases. Inventories of available materials and equipment have been made and efforts to acquire additional supplies are being sought. Volunteers to assist these groups will be needed.
  • The Response Team is forming a “high-risk resident outreach” and a “volunteer coordination” effort led by our Social Services Director and our Town Clerk, supported by the Emergency Management Department and our Second Selectman. Please email the townclerk@townlyme.org if you are willing to help. We anticipate the need to phone and check on residents and to transport or distribute food and supplies if things get really bad. Any other expertise should be mentioned should other needs arise. 
  • A list of isolated residents will hopefully become available and should residents want to be included on that list for follow-up, they can also contact us for inclusion.

At present, there has not been a positive case of COVID-19 in New London County, but it will happen, including here in Lyme. Lyme faces an unimaginable period that has never happened before. We will survive it. If all of us employ social distancing and look out for each other – which is one of the values that makes Lyme special – we can minimize the damage to our residents and our way of life. Please protect yourselves and your families and volunteer where you can and don’t panic.

Steven Mattson
First Selectman

[originally posted March 16]

Town of Lyme Closes Facilities to the Public, Suspends In-Person Board & Commission Meetings

On March 13, First Selectman Steven Mattson announced that, as part of the Town’s civil preparedness for the coronavirus, effectively immediately until midnight of April 30 unless otherwise announced, the Town of Lyme would:

  • close Town Hall, the Lyme Public Library and Lyme Fire Stations to the general public;
  • prohibit the use of Town facilities for nongovernmental activities and events; and
  • suspend in-person meetings of Town boards and commissions.

To read the executive order, click here.

The Town government will continue to operate as usual; residents may contact Town Hall during normal business hours by phone at 860-434-7733 or the Board of Selectmen by email at AsktheLymeBOS@gmail.com.  The Transfer Station and Hamburg Recycling Center will continue normal operations.

Residents are encouraged to visit the Town website and Facebook page frequently for the latest news and information related to the coronavirus. On the website, all of the news and information is being collected here.

Residents are also encouraged, if they haven’t already done so, to sign up for the Town email list on the home page of the Town website.

[originally posted March 13]

Update from the Lyme Public Library

The Lyme Public Library has issued the following statement:

In the wake of Governor Lamont’s declaration of a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 virus and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Ledge Light Health District, the Board of Directors of the Lyme Public Library has decided to suspend all Library programs and meeting room use from Sunday, March 15 – Saturday, April 4. We hope this will help stem the spread of the virus and protect our community and staff.

Individuals and groups who have reserved our meeting rooms during this period, will be notified.

The Library remains open for all other services. If you cannot travel to the library, remember our digital services are available 24/7. You can download books and audio books, and stream TV shows and movies from Overdrive, Hoopla, RB Digital, and Kanopy. If you have any questions, please call the library at 860-434-2272.

The library asks patrons to continue observing recommended procedures such as frequent hand washing with soap and water, and not visiting the library if you are ill.

Thank you.

 

Connecticut Launches Coronavirus Infoline for General Questions from the Public

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut is partnering with United Way of Connecticut to launch an information hotline for questions from the public regarding issues related to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). People who have questions can call 2-1-1 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211.

Answers to many of the questions people may have can already be found by visiting the state’s coronavirus information website at ct.gov/coronavirus. People are encouraged to review that website for answers to their questions first before calling the hotline.

This information hotline is only intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider to seek treatment.

“We understand people have specific questions but we want to stress that this call center is only intended for general information. Anyone looking for specific medical advice regarding symptoms they may be experiencing is strongly urged to seek medical treatment,” Governor Lamont said.

The 2-1-1 hotline is available 24 hours a day. Multilingual assistance and TDD/TTY access for those with a hearing impairment is also available.