Nov. 18, 2020

Dear Neighbors,

Although so many of us are doing our part by wearing masks and social distancing, the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing in the Fairfax County Health District. At the beginning of this month our test positivity rate was 5.2% and as you can see in our latest COVID-19 chart below, it is now trending to over 8%. Although not the spike that other jurisdictions are experiencing, it is troubling.

It is critical that we all stay vigilant and continue to follow health precautions, especially during the upcoming holidays. Here is a informative video update from Dr. Ben Schwartz, Fairfax County Health Department, who answers questions from nonprofit leaders on vaccines and other important topics.

In addition, I am providing links to information provided by the county and encourage you to share with family and friends. It has been a very difficult year but hope is on the horizon with news of vaccines that appear to be quite effective. It is likely to get worse before it gets better, but if we all do our part, it will help everyone stay healthy and save lives. 


Note: The next Hunter Mill District newsletter will be sent on Dec. 2. For the latest updates, including county information on COVID-19, I encourage you to follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

Respectfully,
Walter
Today's COVID-19 Updates (Nov. 18)


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 Nov. 18)
Transportation and Land Use
Reston Comprehensive Plan Study Task Force Meeting Nov. 23, 7 to 9 p.m.
To learn more about the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study and the task force, please visit the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study webpage. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, Nov. 23, 7 to 9 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. 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: 173 984 3145. 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

Community Input Meeting for Fairfax Connector Bus Service Review in the Centreville, Chantilly, Vienna and Tysons Areas Tomorrow, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.
Fairfax County Department of Transportation seeks your input on how to improve local bus service provided by Fairfax Connector in the Centreville, Chantilly, Vienna and Tysons areas. The Nov. 19 meeting is at 7 p.m. Your feedback is essential for developing service improvement recommendations that work for passengers with a goal of increased mobility, better access to destinations, improved travel times, increased schedule reliability and more effective transit operations. Learn more.

Wiehle Avenue Crossing Study Group Virtual Meeting, Nov. 19, 7 to 9 p.m.
Wiehle Pedestrian Crossing Study Group virtual meeting is Thursday, Nov. 19, 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: 173 143 6498. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711.To submit feedback, questions or comments, email WiehleCrossingStudyGroup@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Hunter Mill District zMOD Town Hall, Nov. 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m. 
This town hall will provide an interactive opportunity to learn and ask questions about this comprehensive modernization of Fairfax County’s zoning ordinance. The meeting is hosted on Webex - 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: 173 974 3467. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711. More information.    
Hunters Woods Community Town Hall Tonight!
If you live in the Hunters Woods community, I encourage you to attend a virtual town hall I am hosting tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Use this link to attend and participate in the meeting. If you prefer to only listen to the meeting, you may call 1-844-621-3956 and use Access Code: 173 108 7911. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711.

You can also watch the meeting live on my YouTube channel or watch later at this same link.

Topics that we will be covering include a briefing from the commanders and community outreach officers with the Reston District Police Station, ideas for building stronger ties across the community, as well as the opportunity for a Q&A on topics relevant to the Hunters Woods' residents. If you have any questions about the meeting, please email my office at huntermill@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Board of Supervisors Update
Due to the increasing COVID-19 case numbers and the Governor’s most recent executive order, yesterday's (Nov. 17) Board of Supervisors meeting was virtual. Actions included:
  • Presentation on the 2020 Election.
  • Authorization for interim agreement with Alpine-X LLC for Fairfax Peak in Lorton.
  • Public hearing on proposed legislative program to be presented to the 2021 Virginia General Assembly.
  • Approval of the proposal for The Stonebrook at Westfields In Sully District.
The meeting package and agenda can be found here. You can watch the meeting here.

Next Tuesday, Nov. 24, several committees meetings are scheduled, which will also be virtual:
9:30 a.m. - Legislative
3 p.m. - Audit

If you have any questions or comments regarding Board of Supervisors meetings or committees, please email my office huntermill@fairfaxcounty.gov .
Victim Services Seeks Donations for Children Affected by Crime
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The Fairfax County Police Department's Victim Services Division provides critical services to child victims and witnesses of domestic and sexual violence. Many of these children will not to get to celebrate holidays this year due to the financial burden that comes with being a victim of crime.

The staff in the Victim Services Division is asking for donations of gift cards for these courageous children through Friday, Dec. 18. They are seeking gift cards for all youth ages, including teenagers, to places like Giant, Target, Safeway, Walmart, TJ Maxx, Target, Kohl’s, local restaurants, and clothing stores. Gift cards will allow parents to be active participants in purchasing gifts for each child and practical needed items that they would normally go without.

You can drop off or mail gift cards to:
C/O Victim Services/PFC Horita
Reston District Police Station
1801 Cameron Glen Drive
Reston, VA 20190
Or:
Saly Fayez
Director, Victim Services Division
Fairfax County Police Department
12099 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

For more information, email saly.fayez@fairfaxcounty.gov

Learn more about the Police Department's Victim Services Division.
6 Things to Know Today
Reston Community Center (RCC) Thanksgiving Food Drive
Donations and volunteers are needed for RCC's annual Thanksgiving food drive. You can drop off food donations at several locations including the North County Governmental Center, 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston (box is outside my office). Volunteers are also needed Nov. 24 to 27More information

Coat Closet in Need of Children's Jackets
Cornerstones, in partnership with my office is operating the annual Hunter Mill District Winter Coat Closet to provide free winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens and scarves to all who need them. There is currently a particular need for children's jackets. Last Saturday, the Coat Closet was open at the North County Governmental Center and 334 coats and 389 hats/gloves/scarfs were distributed. Thank you to everyone who donated! Learn more.

Made in Fairfax Directory Supports Local Small Businesses
The new Made in Fairfax directory is connecting local small production manufacturers to networking groups, marketing opportunities and potential customers. The directory was created by the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Development‘s Community Revitalization Section to be a one-stop shop for maker businesses and the people who want to support them. Learn more.

Town of Vienna's Church Street Holiday Stroll Livestream on Monday, Nov. 30
The Town of Vienna is bringing the annual Church Street Holiday Stroll into your home. The event will be livestreamed on Monday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. Learn more.

Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. Announces Retirement Effective February 2021
After more than three decades of service to Fairfax County, Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. will retire in February 2021. Learn more.

3 Easy Steps to Report Streetlight Outages
The county's new Streetlight Reporting Map makes it easier to identify pole numbers and report streetlight outages from your computer or mobile device. The Streetlight Reporting Map shows streetlight service areas and individual streetlight locations and pole numbers in Fairfax County. Learn more.
Stay Informed and In Touch
Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn
703-478-0283, TTY 711