March 23, 2020

To My Hunter Mill District Neighbors:

As we work to keep our community safe and healthy, these are very difficult times for all of us. Our lives and routines have been upended. What we are going through in this pandemic - even though it is still early and we will likely endure tougher times ahead – is unprecedented. I share your worries and concerns about the coronavirus and its impact on our families and our community. It is more important than ever for us to come together and do all that we can to build up our resilience and take care of each other. Here are three things we can do locally to make a difference:

  1. Our nonprofits and community organizations need your help. Donations of cleaning supplies, paper towels, rain gear, food, money or just a friendly phone call can make a big difference to a neighbor in need. More information.
  2. It is difficult, but everyone must practice social distancing now. We all share responsibility for our community's health. If you leave your home, please do your best to stay at least 6 feet away from other people and if you don't feel well, stay home. More information.
  3.  #ShopLocal Our local small businesses need your help too. Consider buying an online gift certificate for later use, or ordering meals for delivery/takeout. Call or check out your favorite small businesses' web pages to see how you can support them.
 
In his press conference today , Governor Northam explained that one of the biggest challenges facing Virginia residents is misinformation. Please refer to county and Health Department resources provided for you below under Stay Informed. Check these resources regularly for updated information. 


A reminder to stay connected - I am providing regular updates on COVID-19 through social media: Twitter , Facebook and Instagram or email my office at huntermill@fairfaxcounty.gov . In addition, my coronavirus updates and other Hunter Mill District information can be found on the Hunter Mill District web page .  


Respectfully,
Walter


Today's Updates (March 23)

March 24 Board of Supervisors Meeting Time and Location Changed
The March 24 Board of Supervisors meeting that was originally scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in the Government Center Board Auditorium will now take place at 3:30 p.m. in Conference Room 11. The location change will allow board members to spread out more and adhere to current social distancing guidelines as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The time change reflects the postponement of presentations to the community and most public hearings, with the exception of two that are time sensitive. How to Watch .

Governor Announces Business and School Closures
Gov. Ralph Northam today announced a number of COVID-related actions that impact Fairfax County and the entire commonwealth. Read more .

Fairfax Connector Temporarily Suspends Fare Collection, Requires Rear Door Boarding and Departure Beginning Tuesday, March 24
Similar to the recent changes for Metro buses, Fairfax Connector customers will be required to enter and exit the bus using the rear doors . This does not apply to customer ­­ s who need to use a wheelchair ramp. Fare  collection on buses will also be temporarily suspended   due to the location of farebox es and SmarTrip equipment at the front entrance of buses Learn more .

Park Authority Playgrounds, Skate Parks and Restrooms Closed
Health officials recommend refraining from playing on all playground equipment at this time, including community/neighborhood playgrounds. Learn more .

On Saturday evening, March 21, the Health Department reported the first death of a hospitalized patient who previously tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 . The patient was a male in his 60s who acquired COVID-19 through contact with a previously reported case. Learn more .
Resources for Small Business
Get the latest resources or information specifically for businesses here.  If you have a specialized question you can contact the Fairfax County Department of Economic Initiatives at  DEI@fairfaxcounty.gov
Mental Health Resources
The outbreak of the coronavirus may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming. If you are struggling with mental health issues during this stressful time, Fairfax County has resources for help. Learn more .  


In Case You Missed It:

Census
A reminder that if you haven't received your Census information in the mail, it is coming your way soon! It is critical that everyone fills out the 2020 Census , which you can do online and by other means. Learn more

Town of Vienna Election
Residents of the Town of Vienna are encouraged to vote absentee by mail for the May 5 town election. For more information, including how to get your absentee ballot by mail, go to the Office of Elections web page .

Interactive Map to Find Food Resources, Services
Some of our neighbors in Hunter Mill District may have food assistance needs. To make it easier for you to find food resources, the county has developed a searchable map that includes all food distribution sites, including Fairfax County Public Schools, community meal distribution sites, food pantries and other related services. Please share this information with your neighbors and organizations. Learn more .
 
Housing Resources
Many residents may have concerns about mortgage payments and assistance. Here are suggested resources:
·     Fannie Mae
·     Freddie Mac
Stay Informed