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4/14/2020 - 4.14 COVID-19 UPDATE


Good Afternoon Fairfielders,

The most recently published data shows Connecticut has 13,381 positive cases, 602 deaths, and 1,760 hospitalizations. The Town of Fairfield has 197 residents who have tested positive for COVID and as of this morning, sadly four more residents have passed away bringing our total to 12 residents who have lost their lives. These losses weighs heavy on us all. I hope everyone in our community will keep these Fairfield families in your thoughts and prayers. Of the 197 residents who have tested positive in Fairfield, 63 have reported that they have fully recovered.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation shared an update on modeling for peak activity, and forConnecticutthat means the peak dates for hospitalizations have shifted from April 15th to April 25th, and peak dates for deaths have shifted from April 22nd to April 26th.

Social Distancing is Working

Some of our residents are not happy we closed parks, beaches, and town-owned spaces, however in consultation with Emergency Operations, including our Health Director, I felt it was crucial in the effort to stop the spread of this highly contagious virus. We are not stuck at home, we are safe at home. Our actions help ensure the safety of our health care professionals, first responders and residents in our community who are most at risk.

The CDC recently recommended that citizens wear a cloth covering over your mouth when going into grocery stores, pharmacies or public places. The Town of Fairfield encourages our residents to do the same and our Emergency Operations Team has recommended to grocery stores that they require this of their employees.

Real Estate and Sewer Tax Deferral

We know a lot of homeowners and businesses are struggling in these uncertain times. The Governor issued an executive order that gave towns options to help defer taxes. Last night, the Fairfield Representative Town Meeting (RTM) approved a deferment program for taxpayers in Fairfield. Any real estate, motor vehicle, personal property or sewer taxes that became due on April 1st will not be considered delinquent if paid by July 1st. Also, all taxes that become due on July 1st will not be considered delinquent if paid by October 1st. Please note that Fairfield landlords can learn more about how to qualify by contacting the tax collector's office. For anyone with questions, please click here.

The Town of Fairfield's budget process is underway with virtual meetings. You can follow along and listen to meetings on Fair TV. The schedule and agendas are posted on the Town website.

Looking Ahead

Governor Lamont announced yesterday a multi-state council has been established to help reopen the economy and get people back to work. This council will include representatives from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Massachusetts. While the health and safety of our residents remain our top priority, it is also important that our state begins this process of establishing a plan with our neighboring states to reopen our economy.

Better days are ahead and our town is doing everything within our power to help make that happen as soon as possible. However, this can only be achieved with your help and cooperation in fulfilling your civic responsibility by adhering to CDC guidelines, practicing safe physicaldistancing, and only interacting with those inside your household.

You can find more information on resources for our business community, unemployment benefits, and other programs below.

Please, stay home, stay safe, and let's continue to flatten the curve. We can get through this together if we stay apart.

Sincerely,


Brenda L. Kupchick
First Selectwoman


P.S. Please watch the latest video from our health department on cloth face coverings.




The Fairfield COVID-19 Relief Fund was established to provide limited, one-time assistance to Fairfield residents who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Use of the funds must be directly related to the effects of the virus. Donate to the fund or apply for relief by visiting www.fairfieldct.org/covidrelieffund

Thanks to an anonymous donor, we now have a matching program for every dollar donated, we will receivea matching dollar up to $25,000.




BIGELOW CENTER FOR SENIOR ACTIVITIES
The Bigelow Center At-Home Newsletter is now available. It’s filled with COVID-19 Resources, assistanceavailable at Social Services, as well as online activities to keep you busy as you’re safely at home.

Fairfield Social Services is partnering with Operationto operate a mobile food pantry. Fairfield Social Services/Bigelow Center is also providing home-delivered lunches to frail and at-risk seniors.

For more information and eligibility, please call Social Services 203-256-3170.



MORTGAGE RELIEF
The state has provided a FAQ which is a resource to help answer many of your questions about unemployment, mortgage relief and more. Please read it here. The Governor provided information on mortgage payment relief with over 50 credit unions and banks to help residents and businesses impacted by COVID-19. Participating financial institutions are now offering mortgage-payment forbearances of up to 90 days.



BUSINESSES
For more information on state and federal support for businesses, click here.There is a Small Business Owner’s Guide to the Federal CARES Act here.

Paycheck Protection Program: Small businesses and sole proprietors can apply for financial assistance through their banks and credit unions.Businesses and sole proprietorships should contact their banks directly.You can apply through any participating financial institution.The U.S. Small Business Administration has more information about the loans, a list of participating lenders, an application form and more.

You can find more information about federal and state programs on the state’s coronavirus website.



UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
If you become unemployed due to coronavirus (COVID-19), you should file for unemployment benefits. Click here for more information. For frequently asked questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) for workers and employers click here.

The Department of Labor FAQ may help. Click here.



PUBLIC SAFETY REQUESTS
In an Emergency, please Dial 911. Our Police and Fire Departments remain fully staffed, ready and able to respond to any emergency.

For non-emergency complaints or requests for service, please utilize the phone numbers below:
Police: (203) 254-4800
Fire: (203) 254-4700



COVID-19 TESTING
At this time, testing priority is given to those who are high risk. For more information on testing sites and protocols click here or visit www.fairfieldct.org/covid19.



GROCERY STORES
We are in continued communication with grocery store managers in town and have spoken with state officials. The Governor put out an executive order which requires all retail establishments that have been allowed to remain open to ensure six feet of distance between customers and employ touchless payment technology wherever available. It also suspends the tax on single-use checkout plastic bags and prohibits employers from requiring employees to place items in customers' reusable bags. Refer to our website for more information.



RESTAURANTS
Fairfield is lucky to have countless restaurants that have altered their businesses to provide take out, delivery and curbside pick up.

Click on the image to the right view the full listing.



TOWN GOVERNMENT
Each department will have new guidelines as to how you can reach them on various services. Please visit this summary page for an overview and follow links to specific departments for more information.




IMPORTANT SEWER NOTICE FROM WPCA
Please DO NOT flush rubber gloves, disinfectant wipes (or any type of wipes), paper towels, facial tissue or any materials other than toilet paper down your toilet as they are NOT designed to break down in the wastewater treatment process.



FAIRFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY: OPEN ONLINE!
Did you know the Fairfield Library has digital resources, instant cards and can answer questions remotely? They also have virtual programs. Follow them on
Facebook or visit their website!

Sign up for the library newsletter here.



HELP FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS
The Center for Family Justiceclosed its main Bridgeport offices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic but staff is now working remotely to serve clients in crisis.

The hotline numbers are:
Domestic Violence: 203-384-9559
Sexual Violence: 203-333-2233
Spanish Hotline: 888-568-8332



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Important COVID-19 Links:

Fairfield Health Department coronavirus website:fairfieldct.org/covid19

Bridge Loans for Business from State of CT: click here

For the latest numbers of cases, deaths and those recoveredclick here

For additional data and graphs of activityclick here

For guidance and updates on Connecticut’s coronavirus preparedness efforts, visit:ct.gov/coronavirus

 

 

Contact Information:

For general questions you cancall 211

Hartford HealthCare’sCOVID-19 Clinical Command Center hotline, staffed by healthcare professionals, is now available to the community. To reach the 24-hour hotline, call860.972.8100or (toll-free)833.621.0600.

YNHH has a call center number it’s 1-833-ASK YNHH that’s open from 7am - 7pm.

For additional information and prevention tips, refer to the Health Department website at: www.fairfieldct.org/health or the Fairfield homepage under news atwww.fairfieldct.org.

 

 

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