COVID Test Kits Delayed + Hospital Capacity: New London News

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Welcome back, New London. Here's all the local news, events, and community posts you need for Friday, Dec. 31.

First, today's weather:

Patchy fog in the morning. High: 48 Low: 44.

Here are the top stories today in New London:

  1. COVID-19 Test Kits Delayed; New London Officials Update On Event: New London officials provide update on the planned COVID-19 at-home test distribution event. (New London Patch)

  2. Latest: Check Hospital Capacity In New London Area: Updated federal data shows how many hospital beds are currently filled in New London County. (New London Patch)

  3. New London Weather Forecast For The Weekend Ahead (New London Patch)

  4. Check Out 2 New Houses On The Market In The New London Area (New London Patch)

  5. New London Area Pet Adoption: Dogs, Cats & More (New London Patch)

  6. Indoor yard sale revived at new downtown New London location (

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Today in New London:

From my notebook:

  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy: "From where it started on Day 1 to now being one day away from the new year... #USCGA Class of 2022, it's about to be your time! 🎉💪" (Facebook)

  • Naval Submarine Base New London: "What a difference a year makes! 💉 😷 The first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were given one year ago to frontline health care providers at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune. Today, the US military has vaccinated more tha..." (Facebook)

  • Naval Submarine Base New London: "ICYMI - Captain and Mrs. Curtin along with the SUBASE MWR team handed out goody bags on Christmas morning to our Sailors and Civilians who stood the watch that day. Seasons Greeting and Happy New Year to all." (Facebook)

  • Coast Guard Academy Lacrosse: "BEARS STICK TOGETHER (KEY WEST): just got this great photo featuring COAST GUARD ACADEMY MEN’S LACROSSE program “Old Bears” LTJG Nick Wittrock, CGA ‘19 (Midfield/Dillon, CO/Summit); LTJG Mike McCaslin, CGA ‘19 (Defense/Stevensville, MD/K..." (Facebook)

  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association: "As the year draws to a close, we reflect on our collective impact at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and beyond. Thank you for helping us achieve more and helping us build a better future for our cadets and alumni. Help us increase our impa..." (Facebook)

  • Grampy’s Charities: "Grampy's Charities is proud to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southwest Florida!" (Facebook)

  • Public Library of New London, CT: "This one-hour webinar will introduce nonprofit leaders, board members, and staff to the strategic planning process as an effective management tool. By the end of this interactive webinar, participants will better understand both the elem..." (Facebook)

  • Public Library of New London, CT: "The library will be closed Friday, 12/31, Saturday, 1/1, and Sunday, 1/2. We will reopen with our regular hours the following Monday. Our digital collection is always open. Visit for more details." (Facebook)

  • Public Library of New London, CT: "There is still time to sponsor books for our Adopt-a-Book fundraiser. Check these books about superheroes in our Children's collection. All books are available for sponsorship at $5 each. Visit for a full list of tit..." (Facebook)

  • Public Library of New London, CT: "The library will be closed Friday, 12/31, Saturday, 1/1, and Sunday, 1/2. We will reopen with our regular hours the following Monday. Hope everyone has a safe holiday and a happy new year!" (Facebook)

  • Public Library of New London, CT: "The Public Library of New London & New London Area Food Pantry would like to thank everyone for their contributions making Food for the Holidays a success! We appreciate your support and generosity for our community!" (Facebook)

  • Spark Makerspace: "Join us every Thursday @ 6pm for Electronics Night at 7 Union Street. . . . #makerspace #sparkmakerspace #newlondonct #connecticut #CT #make #create #collaborate #7union #electronics #3dprint #coding" (Facebook)

  • Custom House Maritime Museum: "today - Thursday, December 30, 7 PM Auld Lang Syne: Unpacking the Blessings of the Season Join us for a year-end online session with hospice minister Victoria Burdick on Thursday, December 30, at 7 PM. Victoria will lead a discussion, wi..." (Facebook)

  • Cultural Coalition- Culturesect: "110 Grants were awarded to eastern CT for $2,788,900 (in the 42 towns served by the Cultural Coalition)" (Facebook)

  • Public Library of New London, CT: "Join us on January 6th @ 3:00pm for DIY Tile Coasters! We'll provide supplies to make coasters using sheet music, maps, and patterned scrapbook paper. Space is limited and registration is required. To register please visit: https://bit.l..." (Facebook)

  • New London Harbor Light: "New London’s Lighthouse Inn moves toward long-anticipated reopening Published December 19. 2021 7:38PM The Lighthouse Inn on Friday, March 26, 2021, on Guthrie Place in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day) The Lighthouse Inn on Friday, M..." (Facebook)

  • Cultural Coalition- Culturesect: "How you can support artists- “It starts with making sure we support their ability to be artists and continue to make a living. First, we can validate artists’ needs. They are workers, after all, subject to the same economic challenges an..." (Facebook)

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Now you're in the loop and ready to start this Friday off right! I'll catch up with you bright and early tomorrow with your next update.

Chris Rhatigan

About me: Chris Rhatigan is a freelance writer and editor.

This article originally appeared on the New London Patch