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Issue 76
Friday, July 30, 2021
Prince William County
Dear Neighbors,

You probably heard this week and can read in an article below that the CDC has updated their COVID-19 guidelines. If nothing else, this reminds us we are still dealing with a dangerous and deadly pandemic.

As is often the case with change, it raises questions. Will Virginia change its position regarding masks? As of now, Governor Ralph Northam has recommended - not required - all Virginians consider following the CDC's updated guidelines. Will the Prince William County Public Schools require masks? They are addressing this question and will make an announcement as soon as they have decided.

So what do we do? Firstly, I urge all of you to get vaccinated if you can. Secondly, I encourage you to give strong consideration to the updated guidelines. Thirdly, keep up to date on news related to the pandemic. Lastly, be patient as some areas take the time they need to ensure they are making the best decisions possible.

In Service,
Chair Ann Wheeler
COVID-19 & Vaccines
The Prince William Health District is hosting a vaccination clinic Saturday, July 31, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at its Manassas Mall Clinic. Walk-ins are welcome! They will have the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines available for adults. Minors 12 and older may receive the Pfizer vaccine.
New CDC Guidance
On Tuesday, July 27, the CDC announced interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. The updated information is due to new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant.

The updated CDC recommendations for those fully vaccinated are:

  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission (at the time of publication on July 30, PWC had a moderate level of transmission).
  • Consider wearing a mask regardless of the level of transmission in your area, particularly if you or a member of your household is at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, immunocompromised, or not fully vaccinated.
  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days, or until you receive a negative test result, if you have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 (recommendation is to be tested 3-5 days after exposure).

Additionally, the CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.
Explaining the Change

"Something has changed and what has changed is the we are dealing with the delta variant, which is really quite a lot more transmissible than the alpha variant, number one. Number two, the data are clear, the most recent data, that when a person gets infected who has been vaccinated, namely a breakthrough infection, and they get infected with the delta variant, that the level of virus in their nasopharynx is about a thousand times higher than with the alpha variant, and it's been well documented, that even though it's a rare occurrence, those individuals can and have transmitted the virus to uninfected individuals."
Dr. Anthony Fauci
Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
July 27, 2021 Interview on MSNBC
Public Health Emergency Renewed
On January 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency exists nationwide as a result of the continued consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then the declaration, which allows the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to take specific actions, has been renewed when it came up for review every 90 days. With the advent of vaccinations, things have improved. However, it is important to note at the most recent 90 day review on July 20, 2021, it was once again renewed by HHS.
Get the Shot
  • Visit PWHD's websiteFacebook page, or Twitter account for mobile clinic locations, dates, and times.
  • Visit to find COVID-19 vaccination by location.
  • Make a vaccine appointment by calling Virginia’s Call Center at 877-829-4682 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Visit to schedule your vaccination appointment with the Prince William Health District.
  • Text your zip code to 438829 (GETVAX).
An Important and Timely Acknowledgement
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccinations for people of all ages. Learn about the vaccines recommended for you and your family with the CDC Interactive Vaccine Guide. Find out what vaccines you may need by answering a few questions in their Adult Vaccine Assessment Tool.
The next meeting will be
Tuesday, August 3, at 2:00 pm.

For Public Comment Time options,
visit SpeakUp! Prince William.
Remote speakers must sign-up by
5:00 pm on Monday, August 2.
In-person speakers can sign up at the meeting.
Prior to the 2:00 pm meeting on Tuesday, August 3, the BOCS will hold a closed meeting that afternoon at 1:00 pm.

After the August 3 meeting, the Board will be on summer recess through Labor Day. The Board will reconvene after the recess on Tuesday, September 7, at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm.
PWC Waste Management 101
Expanded Facility
PWC Department of Public Works Solid Waste Management Division has a new twelve-acre cell at the PWC Sanitary Landfill, located at 14811 Dumfries Road in Manassas, to collect garbage for the next three to four years as part of its ongoing operation. You know waste management is vital for a community, but do you know what completing a cell entails, how the landfill handles solid waste, or PWCs record of excellence?
How a Landfill Cell Works
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have solid waste handling regulations the County must follow, in addition to its own.

The 10 to 12 acre cells are constructed to block leachate, the liquid that comes from decomposing garbage, from going into the groundwater. The bottom consists of a 12-inch soil liner and a geosynthetic clay layer which expands to 10 times its volume when exposed to liquid. This fills any small holes that might occur in the final polyethylene liner, which have been in use at landfills everywhere for more than 30 years.

Gravity forces the leachate, with its contaminants and toxins, into the drainage system that feeds into a 1-acre lagoon at the landfill. The leachate is then pumped from the lagoon to a waste water treatment plant every night. As the cells fill up, they must be covered nightly with six inches of dirt, or other coverings approved by DEQ to include tarps and shredded tires, to keep rainwater from getting into the system.
Decaying garbage also produces methane, which is captured by another polyethylene cap placed on top of the garbage as the cell fills up. An 18-inch layer of soil on top of the liner completes the cell. A second system of pipes and underground infrastructure collects the methane and sends it to engines at the landfill that burn it to produce enough electricity to power roughly 7,000 homes.

The closed system keeps the environment safe from all contaminants. “Nothing can escape up. Nothing goes down,” said Sadhu Sandhu Principal Engineer.
Record of Excellence

The PWC Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division has received awards for its innovative and environmentally sound practices (issue 60). In 2013 the division earned the Governor’s Gold Award for Environmental Excellence. Also, the PWC Landfill was certified as an Extraordinary Environmental Enterprise (E4) facility by the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program.

The highest level, an E4 facility certification consists of a third party verification of fully-implemented Environmental Management System with a commitment to measures for continuous and sustainable environmental progress and community involvement. Learn more about the PWC landfill and its three Es of operations - Environment, Education, and Energy - in this 2016 video below.
County News
Don't Forget
Tuesday, August 3, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, PWC Police Department is participating in National Night Out (issue 74). Residents are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on outdoor lights, and spend the evening outside with their neighbors. Additionally, Neighborhood Watch programs throughout the county will host motorcade stops and invite police officers and other law enforcement personnel for refreshments. 
Economic News
NCS Technologies, Inc. (NCS) is breaking ground on a new 108,000 square-foot energy-efficient headquarters facility on 8.4 acres in PWC's Innovation Park. The planned expansion, delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, marks a major milestone for the company, which has been based in PWC since 2002. The installation of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing line will help NCS quadruple their manufacturing, integrations, and HP 3D printing. When occupied in 2022, the facility’s manufacturing line is expected to be one of the largest in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
“We are celebrating NCS’ groundbreaking as a prime example of our County’s business-friendly climate and our commitment to our community partners. Our government has been intentional in ensuring the growth and success of our businesses, and I am thrilled to see the start of this important project.”
Ann B. Wheeler, Chair
Prince William Board of County Supervisors
Free Day
Next Wednesday, August 4, the Department of the Interior and National Park Service are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act! To honor the anniversary, Prince William Forest Park, along with all National Parks, will be entrance free that day. Come out and enjoy miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, biking, and more at the park, located in Triangle, during its operating hours of sunrise to sunset. Please note, camping fees are not part of the fee-free program.
Great American Outdoors Act

Passed in 2020, the landmark conservation legislation will use revenues from energy development to provide up to $1.9 billion a year for five years for needed maintenance for critical facilities and infrastructure in our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, recreation areas, and American Indian schools. It will also use royalties from offshore oil and natural gas to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund $900 million a year to invest in conservation and recreation opportunities across the country.
An Evening Out
Movies at the Pfitz is back for a third season of fun, food trucks, sweet treats, games, family-friendly movie selections, and more! Come out Saturday, July 31, to watch Footloose, Saturday, August 7 for Captain American, The First Avenger, and Saturday, August 21 for Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone. Movies start at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $35 per car and can be purchased by clicking on the movie titles..

A collaboration between Woodbridge Rotary Club and Lake Ridge Rotary in conjunction with PWC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Movies at the Pfitz is a major fundraiser for both Rotary groups. All proceeds will be used to help local non-profit organizations.
Temporary Closure
The Dale City Library is scheduled to close for renovations beginning Wednesday, August 18 through Thursday, September 9. The renovations will include painting the library’s main area and staff workroom, replacing the circulation desk, and re-carpeting the library.
County Kudos
A Big Win
Congratulations to Virginia Stars 12U Cassedy team on their 15-7 victory over Muskego Storm Select Softball 12U Black! Winning the tournament in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, made them the Softball Youth 12U National Champions! The team is based in PWC and the roster consists of almost all PWC residents.
School News
2021 - 2022 Learning Plan

Division-wide Webinar 1 – Families of virtual-only students
Tuesday, August 3 at 6:30 pm

Division-wide Webinar 2 - All student families
Thursday, August 5 at 6:30 pm

Additional webinars on the 2021-22 learning plan will be provided by each school between August 4 and August 13. Look for specific sign-up and details from your student(s)’ schools.
Regional News
CASA is recruiting for its Moving Forward NOVA program. The stipend-paid, year-long, community service commitment works with immigrant and low-income communities in PWC and Fairfax County. The Moving Forward program focuses on providing a set of financial education and supportive family services such as employment placement, pathways to higher education, and trades. Individuals selected for the position will be given professional development on immigration services, taxes, financial education, driving privilege cards, and youth programs. This project is coordinated and hosted by CASA, funded in part by the AmeriCorps Program and The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Service. If you are interested in joining the Moving Forward NOVA program, complete and submit this form. For more information call 571-320-1760.
State News
Mental Health Announcement
Governor Ralph Northam announced this week that the Commonwealth will commit $485 million to address pressing challenges in Virginia’s behavioral health system. The investment includes state funding, as well as federal dollars, from the American Rescue Plan and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. It will be broadly focused on three areas - state mental hospitals, community-based services, and opioid and substance abuse treatment.
This announcement followed the Tuesday, July 20, press conference where Chair Wheeler (issue 75) called upon the Governor for funds toward building community mental health centers across Virginia.
Ann B. Wheeler was elected Chair At-Large of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors during the 2019 General Election and assumed office on January 1, 2020. Prince William County is located 25 miles south of Washington, D.C., and is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s second-most populous county with approximately 470,000 residents.