June 9, 2021

Dear Neighbors,

Many of us are celebrating being vaccinated and finally spending time with loved ones, planning vacations and heading back to the office. But for too many, the impacts of the pandemic will continue, including physical and mental health difficulties, economic stress, and most heart-wrenching, grieving the loss of a loved one.

You may have noticed on a visit to a county facility that the county flag has been at half-mast for most of the pandemic, which has been in recognition of those who have lost their lives to COVID-19. This evening I joined my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors and other local officials for a COVID-19 Remembrance Ceremony at the Government Center.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, I gathered with my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors for the ceremonial ringing of the bell in memory of those in Fairfax County who died during the pandemic.
The ceremony honored the more than 2,350 lives lost in Northern Virginia, including our neighboring jurisdictions. Just as we did for our neighbors lost during 9/11 and the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy, we gathered at the seat of our county government to remember, honor and mourn. You can watch the ceremony here.
 
Lives lost to COVID-19 since March 2020:
 
My deepest condolences to all of our residents who have lost a family member or friend in the pandemic. 

Respectfully,
Walter
Today's COVID-19 Updates (June 9)
Lost Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card? Here’s How to Get a New One
If you need a replacement card, you can either email the Virginia Immunization Information System (VIIS) help desk at vaccinerecord@vdh.virginia.gov or call the VIIS help desk at 1-866-375-9795 to request a new card. The help desk operates 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also request a new card by directly filling out an Immunization Record Request Form. Within 24 to 48 hours, a VIIS representative will contact you. When you receive your replacement card, take a photo of the front and back side. It is recommended that you do not laminate card, but do keep it in a safe place.

Health Department Demobilizes COVID-19 Testing Sites; Clinics to Offer Testing by Appointment
Fairfax County's Health Department has demobilized COVID-19 community testing sites it operates and transitioned testing to their traditional clinic sites. Other testing options are widely available through health care providers, urgent care centers and pharmacies. Residents who exhibit symptoms and do not have access to other testing options may schedule an appointment for testing at a Fairfax County Health Department clinic location by calling the Health Department’s call center at 703-324-7404. Learn more.

Tysons Community Vaccination Center to Offer Evening Hours; Site Slated to Close June 26
The Tysons Community Vaccination Center now operates until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays can be made as late as 7:45 p.m. The center is offering the Pfizer vaccine for people 12 years of age and older and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to people 18 years and older who request it. Located in the former Lord & Taylor at 7950 Tysons Corner Center in McLean, this site is easily accessible by several bus routes and located within walking distance of the Tysons Corner Metro station along the Silver Line.

INFORMATION RESOURCES:
Call/Email
If you have questions about COVID-19, you can contact the Fairfax County Health Department:
  • Call 703-267-3511 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends)
  • Email ffxcovid@fairfaxcounty.gov (monitored 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays)

Vaccine Updates

Testing

Current Number of Cases in the Fairfax Health District
  • Daily reported case information for the Fairfax Health District: here and scroll down to get to ZIP Code data.
  • Daily reported case information throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia: here and ZIP Code data look for Data Download bar.

Weekly COVID-19 Case/Vaccine Information Chart (June 9)
(NOTE: Fairfax Health District case counts for yesterday and today include an adjustment made by the Virginia Department of Health. This adjustment is a result of normal data review. In addition, there is data that was not available at time of publication.)
FCPD Pursuit Policy Town Hall
FCPD Pursuit Policy Town Hall on Thursday, June 10 at 7 p.m.
Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis recently presented proposed revisions to General Order 504.1 (vehicle pursuits) to the Board of Supervisors. The presentation can be viewed here. On Thursday, June 10, Major Bob Blakley and members of FCPD’s pursuit policy review committee will host a virtual town hall to promote public awareness and get community feedback about this important policy initiative. To join the Zoom meeting click here.  

Fairfax County is a mobility-diverse and growing jurisdiction creating safety challenges for motorists, pedestrians and officers. The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for all officers, supervisors and commanders when making the critical decision to initiate a pursuit, continue a pursuit or end a pursuit.
Pride Month Events
Yesterday, June 8, I joined my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors in proclaiming June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

One of the things I am most proud of in Hunter Mill is our diversity and inclusivity – traits that help make our area economically dynamic and make our area attractive for current and future residents to live, work, and play. I hope you can participate in one or more of the many events going on in our community in recognition of Pride Month, including these:

LGBTQ+ Protections Presentation is June 12
The Fairfax County Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs (OHREP), in partnership with Aging Rainbows, will hold a virtual event “LGBTQ+ Protections in Fairfax County” on Monday, June 14, 6 to 7 p.m. Learn about fair housing and employment laws, including new civil rights protections recently enacted in Virginia: source of income, sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status. To attend, register at: https://bit.ly/June14OHREP

Library's Monthlong Celebration
The Fairfax County Public Library is offering many programs in support of Pride month including Rainbow Families Storytimes, Teen and Adult Pride book clubs and LGBT+ open mic events (all virtual at this time). For more information, go to the Library's events page and search Pride.
Other Highlights:
  • Author Garrard Conley, writer of Boy Erased, will be hosted online on Thursday June 24 at 7 p.m. to talk about his story and the concept of ‘radical compassion.'
  • The Library is also hosting a Porch Parade. Branches are decorating their outdoor porch/lobby/entry space to support Pride in June.

Reston Pride Festival, June 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The fourth annual Reston Pride festival at Lake Anne Plaza will feature local musicians and artists supporting and celebrating the LGBTQ community in the greater Reston Area. Reston Pride is organized by members and friends of the Reston LGBTQ community with support from Reston Community Center, nonprofits and other local organizations. Learn more.
Board of Supervisors Update
Made in Fairfax Logo
At our meeting yesterday, June 8, the Board of Supervisors authorized the licensing of the "Made in Fairfax" logo to support and increase visibility for our small-scale production businesses and “makers” throughout the county. Learn more here.
 
PIVOT Program
Also at yesterday's meeting, the Board approved a new targeted $25 million grant program for small businesses most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including food service; retail, services and amusements; arts organizations and historical sites; and lodging. This is the third recovery program we have offered to help our small business community in the county. The program will be paid for through the funds allocated by the American Rescue Plan. Learn more. 
Land Use and Transportation
Long-Term Sidewalk Closure on Sunset Hills Road Near Wiehle Avenue
Beginning yesterday, June 8, the sidewalk on Sunset Hills Rd. near the intersection of Wiehle Ave. will be closed long-term due to the ongoing Comstock construction project. See the map for closure area and alternative pedestrian route.

Reston Comprehensive Plan Study Task Force Meetings, June 14 and 28, 7 p.m.
Reston Comprehensive Plan Study Task Force meetings will now be held weekly through July. To learn more about the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study and the task force, visit the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study webpage. You can watch a live stream of the meetings on YouTube Live. Upcoming June meeting dates (Please note that each meeting has a unique link and call-in information): 
  • Monday, June 14 at 7 p.m. and hosted on the Webex platform. Details and the agenda will be found here. Use this link to attend and participate in the meeting. You will be prompted to register with your email address and ZIP code before logging into meeting. If you prefer to listen to the meeting on your phone, you may call 1-844-621-3956 and use access code: 173 074 2424. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711. 
  • Monday, June 28, 7 p.m. and hosted on the Webex platform. Details and the agenda will be found here. Use this link to attend and participate in the meeting. You will be prompted to register with your email address and ZIP code before logging into meeting. If you prefer to listen to the meeting on your phone, you may call 1-844-621-3956 and use access code: 173 398 3410. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711.

Hunter Mill Land Use Committee Meeting, Tuesday, June 22, 7:30 p.m.
Discussion on PCA 81-C-111.The meeting is hosted on the Webex platform. Use this link to attend and participate in the meeting. You will be prompted to register with your email address and ZIP code before logging into meeting. If you prefer to only listen to the meeting, you may call 1-844-621-3956 and use Access Code:173 011 5230. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711. For information, contact Jose Delcid, 703-478-0283.  

Wiehle Avenue Crossing Study Group Virtual Meeting, June 24, 7 p.m.
The Wiehle Pedestrian Crossing Study Group virtual meeting is Thursday, June 24, 7 to 9 p.m. The meeting is hosted on the Webex platform – use this link to attend and participate in the meeting. You will be prompted to register with your email address and ZIP code before logging into meeting. If you prefer to only listen to the meeting, you may call 1-844-621-3956 and use Access Code: 173 173 162 8322. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711. To submit feedback, questions or comments, email WiehleCrossingStudyGroup@fairfaxcounty.gov.
2 Things to Know Today
New TOPS Transportation Program Provides Debit Card, More Options for Older Adults, People with Disabilities, and Income-Eligible Residents
Fairfax County is offering a new program called TOPS (Transportation Options, Programs & Services) that replaces the previous taxi voucher programs (Seniors On-The-Go!, TaxiAccess, and Dial-A-Ride). The streamlined program provides a transportation debit card in lieu of paper vouchers and offers more transportation options in addition to taxi services. Learn more.

Register for Rec-PAC by June 11 and Save $8 Per Child, Per Week
The Fairfax County Park Authority's Rec-PAC is an affordable, quality summer recreation program for Fairfax County children in first through sixth grades. Rec-PAC is available at 29 elementary school locations beginning June 28 through Aug. 5 and operates from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Learn more.
Stay Informed and In Touch
Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn
703-478-0283, TTY 711