I would like to provide an update on what the town has been doing in preparation for the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, and reduce the potential spread of the illness here in Fairfield.
Our town formed a Community Mitigation Workgroup that has been meeting regularly. Yesterday, I met with our Health Department Director and his staff, our Police & Fire Chiefs, the Superintendent of Schools, and my administration. Together, we reviewed data from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, what other states are doing, and information from the CDC. We also discussed strategies about how we move forward and prepare for all potential scenarios.
Last evening, I also participated on the first of a weekly phone call hosted by the Governor with other community leaders and state elected officials, in an effort to keep cities and towns updated and answer any questions.
Based on the advice of experts and utilizing best practice examples from other states, we suggest residents consider limiting attendance at mass gatherings. Mass gatherings are defined as events where large numbers of people are within an arm's length of one another. We encourage the public to practice these suggested guidelines for social distancing.
Starting this week, the town will begin the process of cancelling and postponing town offered events that would be considered mass gatherings.
The Superintendent will be communicating further with parents and staff regarding decisions for school related planned gatherings.
While tensions are high we need to remain calm and focused, and take precautions to limit community transmission. The most important message I want to communicate to all our residents is that if you or members of your family are feeling sick, PLEASE STAY HOME, and seek professional medical advice by calling your medical provider before going to the office.
There is a lot of information below including numbers to call if you have questions and links to get the latest information and timely updates. Please know that I’m working every day to ensure our community is safe.
Brenda L. Kupchick