News and Notes:
Lyme EOC COVID-19 Update From 8/20/2021
“As the summer of 2021 comes closer to an end this is not what I had hoped to be discussing. The fact is that infection with the SARS COV-2 virus has gained strength in its ability to mutate and that the number of COVID cases has been increasing. In the past two weeks NH has seen an increasing number of cases and now all counties have achieved a substantial level of transmission.
The delta variant (a variant of concern) is a mutation of the SARS CO-V2 virus that has increased in prevalence in the U.S. and has been associated with increased case numbers and possibly increased illness severity. Those who are not vaccinated have experienced serious illness and death.
Currently 70.5% of our community has been vaccinated and while being vaccinated is associated with a high level of protection from serious illness and death related to COVID it may not keep you from becoming infected. Unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals who become infected can transmit the virus to others. This allows COVID to spread in the community and endangers the unvaccinated and more vulnerable vaccinated community members.
What should you do?
Get vaccinated if you are not and are 12 yrs or older. If you need assistance finding out where to go or getting there contact CommunityCare of Lyme 603/795-0603 or go to https://www.vaccines.gov/ for vaccination sites.
With the number of cases increasing at the current rate, all NH counties are at a substantial transmission level and it is recommended that you resume wearing masks in public places whether you are vaccinated or not, particularly indoors, maintaining 6 ft. distancing. Frequent use of hand hygiene with soap and water or hand sanitizer is important as it has always been.
A triple layer or at least a double layered mask is recommended. Double masking with a disposable mask under cloth masks or using masks with filters or N95/KN95 masks are suitable for public places. Cloth masks should be washed after use. Masks should be handled so that contact with the front of the mask is avoided and your hands washed before and after removal.
If you should develop new, even mild upper respiratory symptoms (for example – cough, runny nose, fatigue, fever) consider COVID testing (https://www.covid19.nh.gov/resources/testing-guidance ) and isolate at home until test results are back.
Quarantine information for unvaccinated household members after exposure to a COVID positive person can be found here: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/covid19/documents/self-quarantine-covid.pdf
In the weeks to come resources to accomplish booster vaccines against COVID will become available. For those who are immunosuppressed DHMC just released a resource description at https://mydhpatientemails.cmail20.com/t/ViewEmail/r/8F994DD81405DCF82540EF23F30FEDED/2A9750F2670F1038ED8367FBA2854891
We will also share resources for vaccination against influenza this fall as they become available.
Stay tuned for further developments as they unfold. Be Safe!
Contact us if you have questions, and we’ll do our best to get you to the most up-to-date answers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-795-0603.
Celebrating this month …
Family Fun Month. The month of August is a celebration of fun! As the days of summer wear on, we’ll share some fun ideas to make this month, well, fun! Here are a few fun ideas:
- TODAY – August 26: National Dog Day. Plan a fun adventure with your furry friend! We’d love to hear your plans, and see photos too!
Please email email@example.com if you have ideas for our community summer bucket list. We’d love to hear from you!
National Make-a-Will Month. Wills are how we let others know our goals and plans for our assets (like our money and our home) and our health care, so that when we’re gone or can no longer make our own decisions, our wishes are honored. AARP is a wonderful resource and posted an article titled, “6 Common Mistakes People Make When Writing A Will” (Amend, Patricia. December 12, 2020) To read this article, please visit the AARP site.
Weekly health and well-being tips, resources, and recipes …
Monday’s Menu. Click here to read this week’s recipe, Trail Mix Cookies, from Anna Pippin, MSHN. Anna says, “These naturally gluten free, dairy free, and nut free cookies are so delicious and hearty! The perfect mid-morning snack or a great pick me up on the trail! Loaded with wholesome ingredients like sun butter, oatmeal, flax seed, raisins, pumpkin seeds, coconut, maple syrup, and a sprinkle of chocolate chips! These are quick and easy to put together and are going to be your new favorite cookie!” Click here to see all the Monday’s Menu recipes.
Wellness Wednesday. Click here for this week’s post to learn more about 2021 Lyme Health & Wellness Fair scheduled for Saturday, September 25 on the Lyme Common. See the growing list of Community Partners and visit our “Lyme Health and Wellness Fair” webpage for the latest news! See all the Wellness Wednesday posts here.
If you have a wellness tip or a healthy recipe you would like to share, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those Guys Tent Rentals!
Those Guys are renting their tents for this outdoor season. As always, funds raised through this effort are distributed to community organizations. This post includes all the details. We are extremely grateful for Those Guys’ support. What a crew!
We are here. Every day. 603-795-0603 or email@example.com.
Reach out when you or someone you care about needs a hand. If you could use information, help, a listening ear or ways to bring someone else joy, contact us at 603-795-0603 or help@CCLyme.org. Our phone is answered every day, usually in person. Our welcoming living room in the Lyme Center Academy is a terrific place to relax, read, visit with friends, or meet with a CCL team member. It is now open often during the week and by appointment. Give us a call to confirm times. Be in touch, any time. You’ll reach a friendly voice, a little (or a lot of) help, and creative, safe ways to be involved.
There is a LOT going on out there! Check out the Lyme Events Calendar (a selection of events from lots of calendars), the Valley News Calendar (especially for all kinds of arts in the area, but lots more), Lyme organizations (see several links at the end of this message) or the Aging Resource Center for ideas.
Lyme is happening!
We are pleased to pass on news shared by Lyme organizations about their summer plans.
- CommunityCare of Lyme office hours. Give a call (603-795-0603) or stop in and visit our cool and friendly living room. Monday through Thursday mornings next week, regular hours after Labor Day.
- Lyme Food Pantry. CLOSED ON 8/31, as our hard-working volunteers take a one-week vacation. Back on September 7th, CCL hosts every Tuesday at 1pm at Lyme Congregational Church. Call ahead to let us know what you’d like (603-795-0603), or just stop by. DELIVERY AVAILABLE. If you need something this next week, just give a call and we can help.
- Lyme Town Band. Final concert of the season coming up on Sunday 8/29 at 4pm. Family fun!
- Bargain Barn. Open with M,W,F and Saturday hours. ONE MORE WEEK! Big sale on all remaining items. There’s a lot of great merchandise! Proceeds benefit area nonprofit organizations.
- Lyme Historians. Museum and Barn are open on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Chesley Schoolhouse open this Sunday (8/29).
- VegiCare. Monday drop-offs of gardeners’ bounty and love-filled produce deliveries to neighbors.
- Lyme Gardeners. “Pardon my Garden” on Tuesdays. Weekly visits to local gardens. No visit this upcoming week. Three Lyme gardens to enjoy in September.
- Those Guys. Monthly first Wednesday in-person meetings, now at Stella’s at 7:30am.
- Lyme Library. Open for regular hours through August 29th. New public hours starting Monday, August 30th, Please review this notice here.
Live Music is Happening!
Here are some of the many live music happening around the Upper Valley. Lots of the season’s final concerts coming up this week!
- Black Musicians Matter. TONIGHT (Thursday, 8/26) in Bradford. Free concert and great food, celebrating music, community, and connection, with a power lineup of BIPOC artists. Contributions welcome.
- Front Porch Concert Series. Thursday starting at 7pm at Colburn Park in Lebanon. TONIGHT (8/26) Conniption Fits!
- Acoustic Hump Day. Wednesdays at 7pm at Salt Hill Pub, 2 West Park St. in Lebanon.
- Fairlee Summer Music Series. Tuesday 8/31 6:30pm on the Fairlee Town Common. Bow Thayer Band.
- The Weekend Tune Up Series. Every Friday at 7pm at the Salt Hill Pub in West Lebanon, enjoy “the Upper Valley’s best live acoustic rock”.
- Front Porch Music Series. Saturdays at 4pm at Salt Hill Pub in West Lebanon. Enjoy acoustic rock, country and Americana on their front porch.
- Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland Four Corners. Wednesday Open Mic 5:30-8:30pm, and live bands on Fridays 5:30-8:30pm
Save the Date:
- Tuesday (9/14): Our Hour Zoom : Appreciating Autumn. All are welcome. Please bring your ideas, memories, poems, hopes, stories, and recipes that relate to Autumn to share at our zoom meeting. Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you the zoom link.
- Saturday (9/25): The Lyme Health & Wellness Fair and Lyme Fest, on the Common. Planning is underway for a big day! Please reach out to Shelby@cclyme.org if you’d like to learn more or be a part of it.
- Sunday (10/17): CCL Blue Jeans and Bluegrass Community Appreciation Celebration, 3-7pm at the Ramsden’s barn on Breck Hill. Dan Freihofer and the Dinosaurs will play! LOTS more to come.