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3/5/2020 - COVID-19 Updates 5/21/2020

New COVID-19 Information

For more information and resources, please visit our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) webpage.

What's new as of May 21, 2020: 

Reopen CT - May 20th Guidance

In response to Governor Lamont’s Reopen CT initiative for May 20th, we have provided you with links to the State guidance to help make this transition as smoothly as possible. 

Hair Salons and Barbershops

Museums and Zoos (Outdoor Only)

Offices

Restaurants (Outdoor Only)

Retail and Malls

More Information

In addition, here is Fairfield specific permit and guidance:

Temporary Tent and Patio Permit

Temporary Outdoor Seating Guidelines

Before your business can open your doors, you must self-certify that you are following strict safety guidelines to keep your employees and customers safe. The certification course can be found here

Reopen signage for businesses

Fairfield:

First Selectwoman:

  • 5/21 Update
  • Fairfield COVID-19 Relief Fund
  • Fairfield friendly caller program - Fairfield Public Health Nurses, Library Staff, and CERT Volunteers will make calls to those who want a friendly, informal chat, to let them know someone is thinking of them and to make sure they have everything they need and what resources are available. Contact Fairfield Social Services for more information 203-256-3166 or socialservices@fairfieldct.org. 
  • Fairfield's stance on physical/social distancing can be found here.    

Connecticut:

Governor Lamont:

National:

Current Data for COVID-19 Impact

For the latest numbers of cases, deaths and those recovered click here

For additional data and graphs of activity click here

Questions/Call centers

Connecticut Department of Public Health frequently asked questions

CDC frequently asked questions

CT residents can call 2-1-1 for general COVID-19 questions

Yale New Haven call center - 833-ASK-YNHH (275-9644) - open 7AM - 7PM

Testing

For up to date to date information on COVID-19 testing and antibody testing, please visit this webpage.   

Town of Fairfield Response

The Town of Fairfield is taking the COVID-19 issue very seriously and has activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the Emergency Management Team has been meeting regularly. In addition, the Town had already created a COVID-19 Community Mitigation Workgroup which is being led by Emergency Management and the Health Department. The workgroup, which includes additional representatives from Fire, Police, Schools, Social Services, Human Resources, Community and Economic Development, Fairfield U, Sacred Heart, EMS and others, has met to review those steps already taken and additional planned steps to prepare for the range of potential impacts to the Town. Departments were asked to review potential impacts and how they will maintain essential services to the community. The Workgroup collectively reviewed the Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions available to us and has broadly implemented many of these practices. The Health Department continues to post COVID-19 prevention actions, educational materials and guidance documents on their webpage and social media. Our First Responders, Schools/Universities, the Health Department, Health Care providers and others are following guidance from both State and Federal partners and we are continuing to distribute additional targeted guidance to various entities within the community. The Health Department continues to participating in multiple weekly conference call with the CDC and CT Department of Public Health to ensure the Town is receiving the most up to date information. These actions and our continued efforts are preparing us to respond to the range of potential impacts to the Town.

Preventative measures:

There is currently no vaccine or antiviral medication to prevent or lessen the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to it. The CDC recommends these everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick except to seek medical care.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitize. The health department has a video demonstrating how to wash your hands properly
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands after. The health department has video demonstrating the importance of covering your cough/sneeze
  • Avoid contact with people who may be sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.