March 17, 2021

Dear Neighbors,

Great news from the Fairfax County Health Department this morning! Vaccine registration is now open for three more Phase 1b essential worker groups:
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Grocery Store Workers
Get more details here.
 
I also recently got some really good news. Last week I received notifications from the Fairfax County Health Department that it was my turn to get a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
 
I pre-registered on Jan. 22 (I was eligible due to a health condition – the same reason I was out last summer!) and received my vaccine appointment this past Saturday, March 13. I know there has been a lot of frustration about how long it takes to get an appointment, but as the supply of vaccines increases, the process is going much faster.
Several of you have had questions about what to expect when you get your vaccine, so we put together the video above to show you the step-by-step process I went through on Saturday. I'm happy to report it was an efficient and easy process! Additional vaccine and pandemic-related information is below under Today's COVID-19 Updates.
 
Finally, I wanted to note that I am shocked and saddened by the shootings in Georgia yesterday and my thoughts are with the victims and their families, and with our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities here in Fairfax County and across the country.
 
Stay safe and healthy everyone. And keep wearing those masks!

Respectfully,
Walter
Today's COVID-19 Updates (March 17)
Select Private Health Care Providers to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine
The Health Department is pleased to announce that in the coming weeks more partners will begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, in the Fairfax Health District, vaccine is being administered by the Health Department and through partnerships primarily with health care organizations, pharmacies and urgent care clinics. There are also several pharmacies in the health district that are offering vaccines through a partnership with the federal government. Learn more.

COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Form Now Available in Spanish
Personas en el Condado de Fairfax ahora pueden registrarse para una vacuna COVID-19 (cuando sea elegible) usando un nuevo formulario en español que ya está disponible. El formulario se puede cambiar entre inglés y español seleccionando el idioma en la parte superior derecha de la pantalla. Para más información

Fairfax County Landlords: Apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program For Your Tenants
Funds are now available for Fairfax County landlords seeking rental assistance on behalf of their tenants. A new Landlord Portal, which launched recently, is connected to the efforts of the Evictions Taskforce and will provide landlords a front door to access the Emergency Rental Assistance funds. Learn more.

Fairfax Health District Reports Above-Average Vaccination Rates of Long-Term Care Staff and Residents
Employees of long-term care facilities in the Fairfax Health District are much more likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 than their peers across the U.S. Residents of these facilities are also more likely to be vaccinated than average. That is according to the latest analysis of long-term care facility vaccination data in the Fairfax Health District. Learn more.

Contact Information
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 Providers

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.

COVID-19 Case Information Chart (as of publication on March 17)
Help Plan Vienna’s First
Liberty Amendments Month Celebration
Planning for the Town of Vienna’s inaugural Liberty Amendments Month June 19 to July 19 celebration is underway – and community organizations, businesses and residents are encouraged to help shape the four weeks of festivities.
 
Liberty Amendments Month is a celebration of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth and Nineteenth Amendments, which extended rights to those who had previously been excluded from full participation in our country.

Activities will kick off June 19 with an educational event that will offer thoughtful reflection on the liberties assured by these four amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The celebration will culminate with a multicultural festival featuring food, drinks, crafts, and entertainment from around the world on July 17.
 
Groups interested in creating a celebration event, should submit an application available at viennava.gov/liberty by April 1. (Please note that planners should keep in mind that pandemic restrictions and social distancing guidelines may still be in place in June and July.) Organizations also may join ongoing planning meetings held the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m.; contact lily.widman@viennava.gov for a Zoom link to the meetings or more details.
Virtual Budget Town Hall Meeting
Monday, March 29 at 7 p.m.
I'm hosting a virtual town hall on Monday, March 29, 7 to 9 p.m. to discuss the county executive's proposed Fiscal Year 2022 Budget. Melanie Meren, Fairfax County School Board representative for Hunter Mill District and Christina Jackson, director, Department of Management and Budget will also be participating. The meeting will be hosted on the Webex platform. Use this link to attend and participate in the meeting. To listen to the meeting on your phone, call 1-844-621-3956 and use access code: 129 632 1224. You also can watch the meeting on YouTube Live.
Transportation and Land Use
2021 Paving and Restriping Public Meeting for Hunter Mill District is April 6
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation and Virginia Department of Transportation are hosting virtual meetings this spring regarding the 2021 Paving and Restriping Program. The Hunter Mill District meeting will be held April 6 at 7 p.m. Learn more.

Reston Comprehensive Plan Study Task Force Meeting, March 22, 7:30 p.m.
To learn more about the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study and the task force, visit the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study webpage. The next schedule meeting is Monday, Mar. 22, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Note change from usual start at 7 p.m.) Details and the agenda will be found here. The meeting will be hosted on the Webex platform. Use this link to attend and participate in the meeting. If you prefer to listen to the meeting on your phone, you may call 1-844-621-3956 and use access code: 129 357 4778. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711. (Please note each meeting has a unique link and call-in information.) You will also be able to watch a live stream of the meeting on YouTube Live, which is also where you can watch the March 8 meeting.
  
Wiehle Avenue Crossing Study Group Virtual Meeting, March 18, 7 p.m.
Wiehle Pedestrian Crossing Study Group virtual meeting is Thursday, March 18, 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: 173 512 0630. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711. To submit feedback, questions or comments, email WiehleCrossingStudyGroup@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Reminder: No Plastic Bags for Yard Waste
Spring yard cleanup is underway and soon grass will be growing and lawns will need to be mowed. A reminder that effective March 1, the use of plastic bags for yard waste disposal has been banned in Fairfax County. Residents can use paper bags or reusable containers. Learn more.
Resources:
Reston Police District
Community Engagement Forum March 23
A Reston District Community Engagement Forum will be hosted by the Fairfax County Police Department on March 23 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. You can also call in to 888-363-4735, Conference code: 990007. The forum will address community concerns regarding recent crimes in the Reston District. Reston District Station Commander Captain Thea Pirnat, patrol supervisors and representatives from the Fairfax County Police Department's Major Crimes Division will be on hand to discuss updates on incidents, strategies to address concerns and efforts to increase the awareness of safety and security in our communities. If you have specific concerns, please email them prior to the forum to rescapt@fairfaxcounty.gov.
  • Please note that due to the forum, the March 23 Reston District Police Station Community Advisory Committee Meeting is cancelled.
3 Things to Know Today
Baby Animals Arrive at Frying Pan Farm Park
Spring is birthing season and you are invited to meet the baby farm animals at Frying Pan Farm Park. The largest number of newborns are expected to arrive through May. The next expected arrival is a calf delivered by Hokie, the farm's Angus cow from Virginia Tech, sometime late this month or in early April. Learn more.

School Board Member Melanie Meren Hosts Virtual Student Town Hall March 24
Hunter Mill District students are invited to attend a virtual town hall hosted by Hunter Mill District School Board member Melanie Meren on Wednesday, March 24, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Learn more

Provide Input on Dog Park Study Draft Report; Public Meeting is March 23
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will hold a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, March 23, 7 p.m. to present the study findings and gather public comment on the Dog Park Study Draft Report. Meeting registration information and instructions to access the meeting can be found at Dog Park Study website. You need not register to attend virtually. More Information.
 
Stay Informed and In Touch
Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn
703-478-0283, TTY 711