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Lyme group organizes distribution of masks, information

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 4/13/2020 8:43:57 PM
Modified: 4/13/2020 8:43:53 PM

LYME — As COVID-19 continues to spread through New Hampshire and Vermont, an emergency response team in Lyme is helping to prepare residents.

Over the weekend, workers with the Lyme Emergency Response Team and CommunityCare of Lyme packed about 750 bags with two face masks each and notes on when to wear and how to sanitize them, said CCL President Martha Tecca.

The masks were picked up from the town offices on Monday morning by “neighborhood captains” — volunteer representatives from each neighborhood in Lyme — who will distribute them at every house around the town of 1,700 by the end of the week, Tecca said. Volunteers will follow up with phone calls to their neighbors at the end of the week.

The masks — which have filters, but are not N95s — are primarily meant to help residents prevent spreading the virus to others during an emergency trip out in public, Lyme’s Emergency Management Director Margaret Caudill-Slosberg said in an email to residents.

The Lyme COVID-19 Response Team was formed in early March in response to the growing number of cases across the country. Made up of members of the Emergency Response Team and CCL, as well as representatives from community groups and schools around Lyme, the team meets twice a week to discuss ways to provide support for Lyme residents throughout the pandemic, Tecca said.

They’ve managed a listserv about the virus and have printed posters to hang at well-trafficked spots around Lyme with information on hand washing techniques, staying inside, and other preventative measures. But one of the most significant tasks the group has undertaken is creating a database of who lives in Lyme and dividing the town into around 30 neighborhoods, according to Bill Waste, the group’s spokesman.

He said the database of Lyme neighborhoods makes passing along information about the virus easier. “Neighborhood captains” ensure the residents in their area get information about the virus, and help if they need it. That’s especially important in a rural area like Lyme, where some residents don’t have adequate cell or internet service, Waste said.

“Now (residents) know there’s someone they can be in touch with,” Waste said, adding that the neighborhood captains provide a human point of contact for people who may be more isolated within the town. “It creates a bridge.”

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