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Information, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Post Date:05/27/2020 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 City Hall Public Closure Action Plan effective April 6, 2020 — click here for information

 

 

Northern Virginia Moves into Virginia Forward Phase 1 on May 29
(May 26) After meeting four of the six metrics established to gauge Northern Virginia's advancement toward reopening after the initial "stay at home" order, Governor Ralph Northam approved Northern Virginia to move into Phase 1 of the Virginia Forward plan — effective on Friday, May 29. Click here for Forward Virginia's Phase 1 Guidelines.

 

Governor Northam Requires Face Coverings in Virginia Beginning May 29
(May 26) Governor Ralph Northam has announced that beginning May 29, face coverings will be required to be worn in Virginia. Click here to read Governor Northam's Executive Order 63. Cloth face coverings are permitted, including handmade coverings and bandanas.

Click here for FAQs from the Governor's Office.

Click here for information from the CDC on how to make face coverings. 

Click here to read more.

 

Face Coverings Required at General District Court When Hearings Resume
(May 26) When court hearings resume in the City of Fairfax General District Court, all persons older than age two entering City of Fairfax General District Court facilities must wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth. Individuals without face coverings will not be permitted to enter the court facility and individuals who do not continuously wear their face covering while in the court facility as required by this order will be subject to removal from the court facility.

This order does not apply to individuals who have difficulty breathing, or who cannot remove a face covering without help, or have other medical issues that make the wearing of a face covering unsafe. Click here to read the court order.

 

Fairfax Community Encouraged to Become Virginia Department of Health Department Contact Tracers
(May 22) One of the quickest ways to "box in" COVID-19 and stop the spread is to determine the contacts, or people encountered, by those who test positive for the coronavirus. To do that research, we need "contact tracers," or individuals to trace who and where those contacts are.

Virginia Department of Health is hiring individuals to perform contact tracing. Click here for information.

 

Face Coverings Required for CUE Bus Riders Beginning May 26
(May 18) Beginning Tuesday, May 26, City of Fairfax CUE Bus passengers are required to wear face coverings when riding CUE Buses. This policy is in line with other regional mass transit agencies, including Metrorail, Metrobus, Fairfax Connector, and DASH Bus.

Click here for guidance from the CDC on how to make and wear cloth face coverings: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

CUE Bus continues to run on its regular schedule and routes. Route and schedule information is available at cuebus.org .

The use of face coverings is strongly recommended by public health agencies worldwide, including the Fairfax County Health Department, the Virginia Department of Health, and the CDC.


 

Governor Northam Issues Executive Order 62
(May 12) After announcing “Phase 1” easing of certain temporary restrictions in Virginia implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam on May 11 determined that Northern Virginia will have a “slower Phase 1.” Today, he issued Executive Order 62, and tomorrow will hold a press conference to explain how the "slower Phase 1" will work.


Fairfax County Health Department Expands COVID-19 Data Dashboard
(May 12) The Fairfax County Health Department has added new data points to its COVID-19 Case Data Dashboard.

the Fairfax Health District data dashboard now includes data on probable cases, deceased cases by age group, and COVID-19 testing by week. This is in addition to the following information previously offered: cases, hospitalizations, and fatalities; rates by age, racial and ethnic groups; epidemic curve; and trajectory of cases. (The Fairfax Health District includes Fairfax City, the City of Falls Church, the Town of Herndon, the Town of Vienna, and Fairfax County.)

Additionally, case rates now are presented by 5-digit zip codes. The recent data release is a change from VDH’s long-standing policy not to disclose data at the ZIP code level, which is particularly important to protect patient privacy when there are relatively few cases of a disease.

While there is community-wide transmission of COVID-19, the data does underscore some of the existing disparities in Fairfax which make certain populations more susceptible to exposure and to greater risks from COVID-19 infection, just as they are for other diseases and health conditions.

The information is helpful and informative; however, Fairfax Health Director Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu cautioned against using the data to determine personal levels of risk for contracting COVID-19.


 

Northern Virginia to Move More Slowly into Phase 1; Details Forthcoming on Wednesday

(May 11) On May 8, Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order 61 and announced “Phase 1” easing of certain temporary restrictions in Virginia that were implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, Phase 1 is scheduled to begin throughout the Commonwealth no earlier than Friday, May 15. 

However, after receiving letters from directors of the Northern Virginia health districts, as well as letters from Northern Virginia jurisdiction leaders, Governor Northam has determined that Northern Virginia will have a “slower Phase 1.” A briefing scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, will explain how the slower Phase 1 will work. It is anticipated that the rest of the state will continue with the scheduled Phase 1 that was announced Friday.

“We all want a responsible, data-driven, health-focused approach,” Governor Northam said, and shared recent data supporting a “slower Phase 1,” including:

  • In the past 24 hours, Northern Virginia saw an increase of more than 700 cases, while fewer than 300 were reported in the rest of Virginia

  • Northern Virginia is reporting a 25 percent test positivity rate, in comparison to the rest of Virginia, which is experiencing a positivity rate of closer to 10 percent

  • In Northern Virginia, COVID-19 patients make up a significantly larger portion of the region’s hospital bed capacity than in the rest of the state

The City of Fairfax is a part of the Fairfax Health District that includes the City, the City of Falls Church, the Town of Herndon, the Town of Vienna, and Fairfax County. The City of Fairfax concurs with the recommendation of the Fairfax District Health Director (Fairfax County Health Director Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu) to delay the implementation of Phase 1.

Dr. Addo-Ayensu’s recommendation is consistent with the positions of the Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William, and Loudoun Health District directors. Current health data indicates delaying Phase 1 will protect the health, safety, and welfare of the Northern Virginia and National Capital regions, and ultimately the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

The City joins other Northern Virginia jurisdictions as we work with Governor Northam to establish a sensible, data-driven, and responsible Phase 1 implementation that maintains the safety of our community while providing support to the business community during the transition. Additionally, the City urges the Virginia Department of Health to prepare and distribute at a health district level the needed data to accurately and quickly measure the metrics issued on April 24. This data is integral to fully support and facilitate the decision-making process to reopen Northern Virginia.

Information: WeCare@fairfaxva.gov , 703.385.7800

 

Governor Northam Announces Phase 1 Reopening of Virginia

(May 8) Governor Ralph Northam presented his guidelines for the reopening of Virginia, which are currently scheduled for May 15. Click on the video below to watch his presentation.

 

The City of Fairfax, with its regional partners, are reviewing the statement and assessing our options. We will offer a more detailed response after more evaluation.

Information: email, 703.385.7800



 

 

Virginia Department of Health Offers Two New Online Tools

(May 3) — The Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 web page has added two new tools to its website, https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus:

 

City General Election to be Held May 19

Absentee Voter Applications Accepted Through May 12

(April 25) — Governor Ralph Northam had moved the General Election to May 19 (Executive Order 59), delaying the election by two weeks, due to concerns related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

 Here is important information:

  • All ballots cast for the "May 5 General Election" will be counted on May 19.
  •  Absentee voter applications are accepted until 5 p.m. May 12. Voters are encouraged to Vote At Home. Visit vote.elections.virginia.gov to complete an absentee  application.
  • Don’t wait! Return your absentee ballot as soon as possible.
  • Ballots must be received in the office of elections by 7 p.m. May 19 in order to be counted.
  •  Curbside voting continues from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at City Hall, 10455 Armstrong Street. Call the number posted on the sign and stay in your car to vote.
  • The last day to absentee vote curbside is Saturday, May 16. Voting will be permitted from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the number posted on the sign and stay in your car to vote.
  •  In person precinct voting will be available Tuesday, May 19 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for those who have not already voted absentee.
  • Precincts will be practicing social distancing on Election Day. You may experience a wait outside the precinct.
  • Please wear a mask.
  • You may bring your own black or blue pen. No gel pens, please.
  • All voters currently registered are eligible to vote in this election.

Information: email, 703.385.7891



 

 

Meals on Wheels Available to City Residents

April 23 — City residents are invited to participate in the Meals on Wheels program.

Meals are served five days a week to:

  • Fairfax area residents age 60 and over and adults with disabilities who cannot shop for or prepare their own meals or have no one available to prepare meals.
     
  • Services are targeted to persons 60 years of age and older and adults with disabilities with greatest economic and social need and older adults at risk for institutional placement.

 

Information: 703.324.2509, Meals on Wheels website

 

 

 

Daniels Run Elementary School Added to Grab and Go Beginning Friday

April 15 - A second school in Fairfax City is being added to the Fairfax County Public School Grab and Go program.

Beginning Friday, April 17, Daniels Run Elementary School (3705 Old Lee Highway) will serve both breakfast and lunch for school-age children from 9:30-10 am weekdays, and adults may purchase meals for $2.

Fairfax County Public Schools continue the Grab and Go food distribution at 18 other locations, including Providence Elementary School (3616 Jermantown Road) — where breakfast and lunch is served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays.

Curbside meal pick-up stations are generally located in the bus lanes at the schools or in the kiss and ride area. Look for the canopy tent along with Food and Nutrition Services staff, who will deliver meals directly to vehicles. 

Walk-ups are still welcome at all sites. Walkers are asked to use school sidewalks to safely navigate their walk to the pick-up stations. 

Take the CUE Bus for a free ride: visit cuebus.org for routes and other information.

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

 

 

Disposal of Individual PPEs

Residents are staying at home, at the request of Governor Ralph Northam, except for essential trips for food, medicine, and the like.

When you do venture out, we encourage you to take the necessary steps to protect yourself from COVID-19.

We also encourage you to please properly dispose of gloves, masks, and disinfectant wipes in trash cans and waste receptacles.

These items should not be dropped in parking lots or flushed down the toilet. Instead, please carry an extra plastic or paper bag, and seal the bag securely before dropping it in the nearby trash receptacle, or your home trash cans.

Face masks, gloves, and wipes that are not properly disposed of pose both a health and environmental risk to our community:

  • They can enter storm drains — where they can cause blockages that affect drainage during rains. 
  • Storm drains also flow to creeks and streams and can carry these products with them, causing environmental harm. 
  • Flushed items may cause blockages in plumbing, as well as the main sewer lines that serve the community. 

 

For additional information: 703.273.6239 • email https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/older-adults/fairfax-area-meals-on-wheels

 

 

PPE Donations Accepted

(04/06/20) The city is accepting donations of PPEs – masks, gowns, gloves – for use by essential city employees.
 
Please place these items in the container in the City Hall Atrium lobby vestibule, east side (facing George Mason Boulevard). Donations are accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
 
To coordinate large donations, or for more information: email, 703-385-7800.

 

  

April 3, 2020

Grab and Go Hours Change

Fairfax County Public Schools continue the Grab and Go food distribution at 18 locations, including Providence Elementary School.  

Beginning Monday, April 6, breakfast and lunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays.

Curbside meal pick-up stations are generally located in the bus lanes at the schools or in the kiss and ride area. Look for the canopy tent along with Food and Nutrition Services staff, who will deliver meals directly to vehicles. 

Walk-ups are still welcome at all sites. Walkers are asked to use school sidewalks to safely navigate their walk to the pick-up stations.

Take the CUE Bus for a free ride: visit cuebus.org for routes and other information.

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

 

April 2, 2020

FAQs Available for Virginia's Executive Order 55

If you have questions about Governor Ralph Northam's stay-at-home order, Executive Order 55, please visit the governor's FAQ page for information: https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/faq/

The governor’s action, which remains in effect until June 10, means that residents should stay in homes except for essential activities, including: 
  • Getting food, groceries, or medicine. 
  • Caring for a sick family member or friend. 
  • Getting medical care for yourself.
  • Going outside for exercise for yourself or pets — in groups of 10 people or less, and with proper social distancing.
  • Getting essential social or government services.
  • Traveling to and from work or place of worship. 

    

Click here to download a PDF copy of the executive order.

 


 

April 1, 2020

Composting Center Tips

Composting partners, during the COVID-19 event, please honor the following guidelines — based on health department recommendations — to protect your health and the health of participants, city staff, and collection drivers.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • After emptying your caddies or bins, wipe them down with sanitation wipes or sprays containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Secure used composting bags so food scraps are securely contained within the bag. This prevents drivers from directly touch food scraps.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth after handling your compost and the drop-off containers at the Composting Center.

Composting questions? Email composting@fairfaxva.gov or visit the city's composting page.
 
 

March 31, 2020

DMV Service Centers, Including DMV Select, Closed Through April 23

DMV Select in City Hall, and all other DMV customer service centers, are scheduled to remain closed through April 23. For information and services, please visit dmv.virginia.gov.

 

Purple Can Club Suspended

Fairfax County's Purple Can Club has been suspended, and the big purple containers have been removed throughout Fairfax, including the container on Page Avenue.

City residents are encouraged recycle household glass jars and bottles at the I-66 Transfer Station (4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax) and I-95 Landfill Complex (9850 Furnace Road, Lorton).

Fairfax City recycling crews will continue to collect glass curbside, until further notice. Information: email, 703-385-7816.

 

Joint Statement from the Chief Elected Officials of the National Capital Region on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Stay at Home orders yesterday for their respective jurisdictions. Today, chief local elected officials of suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia released the following joint statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic:

“As the chief elected officials of 21 local governments in the National Capital Region, we are joining in one voice to implore each of the more than five and a half million individuals in our region to stay home unless you are performing an essential activity as permitted by authorities. This is the most important thing each of us can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the threat to our most vulnerable neighbors, including older individuals and those with chronic health conditions.  

“Our most fundamental obligation is to protect the health and safety of the communities we serve. Along with our colleagues in elected office and tens of thousands of heroic local government staff on the front lines, we are doing everything we can to respond to this crisis at the local level.

“We pledge to continue our region’s long tradition of collaboration through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and private and non-profit sector partners to keep area residents regularly informed about the pandemic; share best practices among our health, public safety, and public information experts; advocate for additional support on testing, personal protective equipment, and economic stabilization; and join forces on response and recovery efforts.

“The COVID-19 virus ignores jurisdictional boundaries, political viewpoints, and socioeconomic differences. We must be united as one region while we each do our part to protect ourselves and each other. Staying home, practicing social distancing and avoiding gatherings, washing hands frequently, disinfecting surfaces regularly, and staying away from others when sick are simple but vitally important ways to keep each other safe. Please join us in this most critical fight.”

MARYLAND
Mayor Timothy Adams, City of Bowie
Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins II, Charles County
Mayor Patrick Wojahn, City of College Park
Mayor Michael O'Connor, City of Frederick
County Executive Jan H. Gardner, Frederick County
Mayor Jud Ashman, City of Gaithersburg
Mayor Colin Byrd, City of Greenbelt
Mayor Craig A. Moe, City of Laurel
County Executive Marc Elrich, Montgomery County
County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks, Prince George’s County
Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton, City of Rockville
Mayor Kate Stewart, City of Takoma Park

VIRGINIA
Mayor Justin Wilson, City of Alexandria
County Board Chair Libby Garvey, Arlington County
Mayor David L. Meyer, City of Fairfax
County Board Chair Jeffrey C. McKay, Fairfax County
Mayor P. David Tarter, City of Falls Church
County Board Chair Phyllis J. Randall, Loudoun County
Mayor Harry J. Parrish II, City of Manassas
Mayor Jeanette Rishell, City of Manassas Park
Board Chair, Ann B. Wheeler, Prince William County

 

March 30, 2020

Governor Northam Issues Executive Order 55

All Virginians are urged to to follow the stay-at-home order issued today by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam: go out only if you need to go out.

 The governor’s action, which remains in effect until June 10, means that residents should stay in homes with only a few exceptions for essential activities, including: 

 

  • Getting food, groceries, or medicines. 
  • Caring for a sick family member or friend. 
  • Getting medical care for yourself.
  • Going outside for exercise for yourself or pets — in groups of 10 people or less, and with proper social distancing.
  • Getting essential social or government services.
  • Traveling to and from work or place of worship. 

    

“To date, this has been a suggestion to Virginians,” said Northam. “Today it’s an order.”

 This order is critical to help slow the spread of the coronavirus as cases continue to climb across the state with 225 confirmed cases in the Fairfax County Health District. Social distancing is the most effective method to limit the disease’s transmission

 

 

March 27, 2020

 

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

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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