First, I want to thank our community for your understanding as I have been out of the office this week due to a family medical emergency. My son is in the ICU in a hospital with a recently diagnosed heart condition and I need to be with him and my family.
I'm overwhelmed by the kind thoughts and prayers from residents, town employees, and friends. While I may not be physically present in Town Hall, I wanted to provide you with an update for this week with some information that may be helpful to you. I have wonderful staff that are working to respond to all inquiries coming into the office while I’m with my son. I thank you again for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.
STORM RESPONSE UPDATE:
In our collective and continuing frustration with the public utilities and internet companies, there are a few upcoming events I want to bring to residents' attention. I still receive emails daily from residents who are without internet and we continue to put pressure on the representatives from Altice (Optimum).
PURA PUBLIC HEARING:
The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) is hosting a public hearing on the storm response from UI and Eversource, as well as the pending rate increases.
You can voice your concerns and experiences with UI's storm response by emailing comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the email above or be sure to include "Docket Number 20-08-03" in the subject line of the email.
PURA is statutorily charged with regulating the rates and services of Connecticut's investor owned electricity, natural gas, water, and telecommunication companies and is the franchising authority for the state’s cable television companies. If you would like to file a complaint with PURA, you can do so here.
FAIRFIELD UTILITY & INTERNET RELIABILITY & RATES INFORMATIONAL FORUM:
State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) along with State Reps. Brian Farnen (R-132), Laura Devlin (R-134), and Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-133) will be co-hosting an Informational Public Utilities & Internet Reliability Town Hall via Zoom with special guest Attorney Lee Hoffman, Chair of the Connecticut Business Industry and Association (CBIA) Energy Group and Partner at Pullman and Comley. I am not sure I will be able to join them for this webinar but hope our residents tune in to learn more about our utilities.
Attorney Hoffman has a storied legal history going before the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and the Connecticut Siting Council for different state proceedings.
The Virtual Town Hall will be on Friday, August 21st starting at 12:00 pm on Zoom. (link below)
With many Fairfield families working from home and the continued fall school distance learning due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, the Fairfield legislators have major concerns about the public utility and internet reliability for constituents especially after the mass electrical and internet outages due to Tropical Storm Isaias.
The legislators will review:
•Fairfield's current service providers
•Why does CT have highest energy costs in US?
•Telephone pole ownership
•How do higher rates get approved?
Please email any questions ahead of time to FairfieldZoom@housegop.ct.gov for legislators to answer.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 983 9895 8915
The call-in number: 1-646-558-8656
The Town of Fairfield has 731 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and a total of 145 of our residents have sadly lost their lives. Of the 731 residents who have tested positive in Fairfield, 343 have reported that they have fully recovered and 202 are assumed recovered.
Charts and data on Fairfield cases including age, gender, nursing home statistics, testing samples, and different trend lines can be found at fairfieldct.org/covid19data.
Traveling? Please take the time to check the CT Travel Advisory page to know what states are on the list as most impacted. If you travel to these states, you are required to quarantine for 14-days upon return to protect the members of our community.
One of the key tools we have to contain the spread of COVID-19 is Contact Tracing. For this initiative to be successful, the Health Department needs the cooperation of residents who test positive for COVID-19. The primary purpose of contact tracing is to identify and notify direct contacts of confirmed cases as quickly as possible and to ensure those exposed are self-quarantining. The information provided in the interviews with confirmed cases helps reduce the potential spread of the virus in our community.
There have been delays in reporting positive tests to the local health departments. Any Fairfield resident who tests positive for COVID-19 and has not received a phone call from the Fairfield Health Department or the Connecticut COVID Tracing system within 24 hours of receiving their result is urged to contact the Fairfield Health Department at 203-256-3022. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 please call your medical provider or the Fairfield Health Department for more information on testing locations and isolation guidelines. The Fairfield Health Department thanks all Fairfield residents for doing their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
At the beginning of the pandemic, our Health Department published a website to share Fairfield COVID-19 data with residents at www.fairfieldct.org/covid19data. Watch their recent video explaining the data here.