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Information, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Post Date:03/19/2020 6:00 PM

Please note: this information will be updated regularly, as needed. Also, feel free to visit the city's COVID-19 information section: fairfaxva.gov/coronavirus .

 The city has implemented a Limited Access Plan for City Hall. Click here for information.

 

March 27, 2020

 

shopping button 300x300 covid-19How to Support Local Businesses, and Local Business Support

Our local businesses are crucial to our community. Look to Business Connected, the Fairfax City Economic Development Authority website, for information on local businesses (https://fairfaxcityconnected.com).

Click on the button, left, to visit the Fairfax City EDA website, which has information on business operations and services, and ideas on how you can support them.

Local businesses will find a wealth of information from Business Connected on support for their businesses, from tax due date changes, local support options, utility notices, and disaster relief programs.

 

CAI Support Available

Community Associations Institute (CAI) is offering civic association leaders the following free Coronavirus-related resources on the CAI website at caionline.org/coronavirus.

  • FAQs about community associations and COVID-19, including common area restrictions (gyms, pools, playgrounds, etc.), board meetings and elections, guest restrictions, etc.
  • COVID-19 sample forms and templates for association boards.
  • Government Action Regarding Community Associations & COVID-19. CAI is closely monitoring the latest policy and health updates related to COVID-19 and its impact on the 73.5 million Americans living in community associations.

 

Metro Services: March 27-29: Metro service limited to 26 bus routes, reduced rail service; expect wait times of 30 minutes; customers urged to travel only if essential

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, Metro will operate significantly reduced rail and bus service this weekend, maintaining a core network of 26 “lifeline” bus routes and providing twice-hourly rail service for our region’s essential travel needs. Essential travel includes medical providers and hospital staff, first responders, critical government functions, individuals involved in helping the community respond to COVID-19, grocery and pharmacy trips, among others.
  • Please follow urgent guidance from state and local officials: Stay at home.
  • Metro is intended for essential trips only. Do not take Metro to view cherry blossoms or other non-essential trips.
  • If you are not feeling well, do not take public transportation. Call your healthcare provider before you leave your home and follow their guidance.

Click here for service information and details.

 

March 26, 2020

Local Social Security Administration Offices Closed

The Social Security Administration closed all local Social Security offices to the public for in-person service, effective March 17. Click here to read the announcement: https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/2020/#3-2020-2

Click here for information from SSA regarding the COVID-19 situation: https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/

 

March 25, 2020

FAQs on Executive Order 53

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has published FAQs to help Virginians understand and comply with Executive Order 53: Temporary Restrictions on Restaurants, Recreational, Entertainment, Gatherings, Non-Essential Retail Businesses, and Closure of K-12 Schools Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-29).

Click here to read the FAQs.

Click here to download FAQs as a PDF.

Click here to read Executive Order 53.

Click here to other executive orders issued by Governor Northam.


March 24, 2020:

Fairfax City Park Facilities Close, and Parks Remain Open

The City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department has closed the following park facilities citywide, for health purposes:

  • playground equipment
  • athletic fields for group play
  • basketball courts
  • dog park
  • pickle ball court
  • skate park

City parks remain open.

Please adhere to closure notices — and current social distancing recommendations of keeping six feet of distance between yourself and others in public place.

 

Fairfax Health District Consolidates Services to Two Sites

The Fairfax Health District has consolidated services across its five district offices to two locations:

These offices will remain open for essential services offered by appointment only, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — including immunizations, pregnancy tests, STI services, TB testing and yellow fever immunizations. Click here to visit the health department website for details.

The city contracts with the Fairfax County Health Department for public health services.

 

Accotink Stream Tributary Restoration Project Temporarily Stopped

Contractors have temporarily stopped construction of Phase I of the “Stream Restoration Project along an Unnamed Tributary of the Accotink Creek” project and recalled all crew members due to COVID-19 impacts.  Construction crews are based out of state and there were increasing concerns with their hotel and food accommodations during their work week here, and the potential for difficulties in returning home in the future. There is not estimated date to resume construction. The site has been stabilized and city staff will monitor the site during dormancy.

 

Metro Service Updates

All Metrobus riders are asked to enter and exit the bus using the rear door at all times, except anyone needing the ADA boarding ramp (e.g. people using wheelchairs), or anyone requesting the bus to “kneel” to facilitate their boarding.

WMATA is strategically closing Metrorail stations, reducing the frequency of trains, and encouraging riders to reduce travel on Metro to essential trips only — which has reduced Metrorail ridership by 90 percent in recent weeks.

Visit the WMATA website ( https://www.wmata.com/about/news ) for updates on services and facilities

 

March 22, 2020:

Fairfax County Public Schools continue the Grab and Go food distribution at 18 locations, including Providence Elementary School.  The food distribution is set up outside the schools.  

Through Monday, March 23, breakfast will be served from 8-10:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:30-2 p.m. weekdays.

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, the hours change to 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays.

This information is subject to change; please click here to visit the Fairfax County Public Schools website for information.

 

 

March 21, 2020:

The City of Fairfax Police Department headquarters lobby (3730 Old Lee Highway) is closed until further notice. There is a phone accessible at the headquarters door for walk-ins and emergency, and records requests can be made online through PDRecords@fairfaxva.gov. The City of Fairfax Police Department remains a 24-hour operation, and officers are still here to help and serve the public.

In case of emergency, call 911.


March 20, 2020:

Hygiene and disinfection have become a concern to us all, and we want to also remind you that many of these products CANNOT be flushed down the toilet. Disinfectant & baby wipes, paper towels, face tissue, cotton balls, and q-tips are products that do not break down after they are flushed. These can cause sewer backups in your plumbing systems requiring costly repairs, as well as clogging of public sewer lines that serve everyone in our community. PLEASE dispose of these products with your household trash.

Please go to Protect Your Pipes for more information from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments on unflushables, fats/oil/grease, medications, and other materials that can damage wastewater lines. 

 

Protect Yourself: Doubt, Deny, Verify — 

Scams come in many forms. The City of Fairfax Police Department urges the public exercise vigilance and protection with three easy actions.:

  • Doubt unsolicited emails, calls, and sales visits to your home or business. Legitimate organizations and government agencies don’t intimidate, ask for personal information, or accept cash, gifts cards, or crypto-currency. Remember, Caller ID can be faked.
  • Deny money or personal information until you verify.
  • Verify by calling the actual business or office.

Still not sure? Call Police Dispatch at 703.385.7924, day or night.

 

March 19, 2020:

The following facilities are closed, and all events and programs are cancelled, until further notice:

  • Green Acres Center, including the Young at Heart Senior Center
  • Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
  • Old Town Hall
  • Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center
  • Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

 

The following are cancelled until further notice:

  • City of Fairfax Park field permits
  • City of Fairfax Park picnic pavilion rentals
  • City of Fairfax programs, events, private rentals

 

Please note: city parks (including dog park) remain open for public use — and the city recommend following current CDC guidelines for social distancing and other public health practices.

 

March 19, 2020:

From the Fairfax County Health Department: As of March 19, 2020, public health officials have noted evidence of community transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus in parts of Northern Virginia. There is a total of 16 cases of COVID-19 in the Fairfax Health District, which includes the City of Fairfax, the City of Falls Church, and towns within the county.

Community transmission, or "community spread," is defined by the Centers for Disease Control as a "spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown."

Local governments in Northern Virginia have already taken a number of actions to promote social distancing and protect those at increased risk for severe illness. Individuals are urged to wash hands frequently; stay home when sick; avoid close contact with those who are sick; cover coughs and sneezes; maintain at least six feet of personal space whenever possible; avoid crowded areas and non-essential travel if you are over age 65 or have a chronic medical condition; and follow local government guidance.

Infectious diseases do not respect boundaries. Each individual is a critical part of slowing the spread of COVID-19, in addition to government action at the local, state and federal levels.

 

Click here for reliable resources to help you get educated and stay informed.

 

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses now deliver grab and go meals along some bus routes, including Bus Route 4, which includes Fairfax City public schools. School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals Monday through Friday only. Please click here for a current list of locations, which include the stops below. Be sure to check the website regularly for updates and changes.

 

Stop Arrival Time

Stop Depart Time

Stop Location

School Serving

7:45 AM

7:55 AM

Autumn Woods Wy & Tall Shadows La

Fairfax HS, Lanier MS, Green Briar East ES

8:15 AM

8:25 AM

Layton Hall Dr & Layton Hall Apts

Fairfax HS , Lanier MS, Daniels Run ES

8:35 AM

8:45 AM

Old Pickett Rd & Foxcroft Apts

Fairfax HS , Lanier MS, Daniels Run ES

8:55 AM

9:05 AM

3339 Willow Crescent Way

Fairfax HS , Lanier MS, Providence ES

9:15 AM

9:25 AM

Chain Bridge Rd & Vineyard Lane (2nd Sidewalk)

Fairfax HS , Lanier MS, Providence ES



 

 

March 18, 2020:

Beginning March 19, CUE Bus riders will board and depart buses through the back door only. Fares will be waived during this time. This allows CUE to continue providing service while minimizing close contact and eliminating fare box interactions. However, CUE Bus passengers may still use the front door if they need the ramp or need the bus to be lowered for full-accessibility. Information: cuebus.org

 

 

 

March 17, 2020:

The DMV Select services in City Hall — and all DMV customer service centers — are closed, and all mobile services postponed, until April 2. Visit dmv.virginia.gov for information on Virginia DMV services.

City Hall remains open and city government services in City Hall remain available. Click here for a list of departments for individual office contact information.

The City Council adopted a declaration of local emergency at an emergency meeting:. Click on the links below to:

 

March 16, 2020:

Beginning today, CUE Bus rides to/from Providence Elementary School are free for families participating in the Grab and Go food distribution program. Please advise your bus driver as you board the bus. Please click here for more information on the program.

In response to Governor Northam's prohibition of gatherings of large numbers of individuals, the Fairfax City General District Court will not be holding regular court hearings through April 17, 2020, EXCEPT FOR THE FOLLOWING:

  • 8:30 AM Bond Motions 
  • 9:30 AM Motions Court – Essential & Emergency motions ONLY
  • 9:30 AM Criminal/Traffic court for Incarcerated defendants ONLY

These cases will all be heard at the Fairfax County Courthouse located at:  4110 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA

Court hearings currently set in Fairfax City General District Court through April 16th will be continued by the clerk’s office to the Issuing Officers next assigned June or July court date.

Clerk's Office staff will be available to answer questions and accept filings. It is encouraged to file electronically or telephonically where possible to keep the public safe.  Please email the Clerk's Office at GDCMail@fairfaxcounty.gov and include in the Subject line “Fairfax CITY” or call the clerk’s office at 703.385.7866

 

The City Council will hold an emergency meeting at 7 pm March 17 for declaration of local emergency. Click here for agenda and video information.

 

March 15, 2020:

From March 16-29, 2020, the following facilities will be closed to the public and programs at these facilities are cancelled:

  • Green Acres Center, including the Young at Heart Senior Center
  • Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
  • Old Town Hall
  • Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center
  • Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

From March 16-29, 2020, the following are cancelled:

  • City of Fairfax Park field permits
  • City of Fairfax Park picnic pavilion rentals

Please note: city parks (including dog park) remain open for public use.

 

The City of Fairfax Police Department has implemented the following protocol changes, until further notice:

  • All station and facility tours have been suspended, including all previously scheduled tours.
  • Fingerprinting services have been suspended.
  • There will be no ride-alongs.
  • Dispatchers will ask callers questions about people in their household who may be presenting symptoms that are flu-like or respiratory.
  • Dispatchers will ask callers if anyone has recently traveled internationally or come in contact with someone who traveled internationally.
  • Officers will take reports over the phone for calls that are non-emergency in nature and do not require investigation.

This will not affect any other public safety services, or practices and procedures.

Beginning March 16, Fairfax County Public Schools will expand Grab and Go food distribution sites to a total of 18 locations, including Providence Elementary School.  The food distribution is set up outside the schools.   Breakfast will be served from 8-10:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Click here to visit the Fairfax County Public Schools website for information.

CUE Bus rides to Providence Elementary School are free; please let the bus driver know when you board the bus.

 

Please check back for additional information, which will be posted as available.

 

 

The City of Fairfax is working with the Fairfax County Health Department and other partners to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our area.

Public health officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which originated in Wuhan, China.

 The Fairfax County Health Department offers several ways to stay up-to-date on the COVID-19 outbreak as it continues to evolve:

  • Visit the Health Department’s COVID-19 webpage for information on what’s happening in Fairfax.
  • Call the Health Department call center at 703.267.3511 for your questions
  • Sign up for COVID-19 updates by test:
  • Click on the video below to watch the Novel Coronavirus Situation Update (March 2, 2020)

 Fairfax Water has information on their website regarding this issue: https://www.fairfaxwater.org/news/covid-19

The Virginia Department of Health has resources available for public information:

The CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has resources available for public information:

Information is subject to last-minute change.

 

Here are updates regarding the situation in the City of Fairfax:

 
March 8, 2020: Information about the first presumptive positive test result was provided in a press conference held at 1 pm Sunday, March 8; here is the livestream video of that press conference:


 

March 9, 2020: The Fairfax County Health Department and the Virginia Department of Health received a second presumptive positive test result for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on a City of Fairfax resident. This individual is the spouse and close contact of the patient who tested positive on Saturday, and the exposure is not the result of community transmission. A presumptive positive test result also was received for a resident in Spotsylvania County. This marks the fourth and fifth cases in the Commonwealth of Virginia. See the media advisory for more details.

 

Please check back for additional information, which will be posted as available.

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