Read below to find the latest update from the Fairfax County Health Department on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Feel free to contact my office at (703) 425-9300 or for any questions you may have.

The Fairfax County Health Department is reporting two additional presumptive positive cases for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), who are close contacts to a case identified in North Carolina. The results are considered presumptive, pending confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Click here to review Fairfax County Health Department's website.

Information about the additional cases:

  • The first case is the spouse of a presumptive positive case from North Carolina. The individual, a resident of Fairfax County in his 60s, became ill with respiratory symptoms on March 2, prior to the spouse being identified as a case on March 9. Specimens were collected and sent to the Virginia state laboratory for testing on March 10. The individual is isolated at home.

  • The second case is a close contact of the presumptive positive case from North Carolina. The individual, a resident of Fairfax County in his 20s, became ill with symptoms on March 6. Following identification of the North Carolina case, specimens were collected and tested by Virginia state laboratory on March 10. The individual is isolated at home.

The Health Department is working closely with the Virginia Department of Health and local health care providers to identify additional people who came in close contact with these individuals in order to decrease the spread of the illness. Those identified as close contacts will be self-quarantined and actively monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms. If they start experiencing symptoms, they will immediately undergo testing.

The total number of cases in the Fairfax Health District is now four. These cases include two cases already reported involving City of Fairfax residents with recent international travel.

“We strongly recommend that all residents, workers, students, and visitors take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against novel coronavirus,” said Fairfax Health Director Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu. “Public Health will continue working with local, state, federal, and community partners to reduce the risk of community spread.”

Stay Safe

The Health Department recommends that the public do the following to protect themselves and others from respiratory illnesses:

  • Individuals at increased risk for severe illness, including pregnant women, older adults and persons of any age with underlying health conditions should avoid non-essential travel, public gatherings, or places where large groups of people congregate, such as ticketed events (such as theaters, concert halls, and sporting events).

  • Abstain from all cruise ship travel, as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Avoid travel to all areas where there are outbreaks of COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • If you are mildly sick with a fever, stay home until you have been fever-free for 24 hours, except to get medical care.

  • Those with high risk factors and who have fever or new or worsening cough, should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick.

  • Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about COVID-19.

Stay Informed

This is a rapidly changing situation, and information is being shared as it becomes available.

  • Call (703) 267-3511 with questions. The call center is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

FCPS will designate Monday, March 16, as a staff development day/student holiday, in order to provide staff the opportunity to prepare for the possibility of distance learning in the event of school(s) closure.

FCPS will use this day as a staff training day and all staff will report to work.

All after-school extracurricular activities on March 16, including interscholastic contests and team practices, will proceed as scheduled. Adult and community education classes will be held and SACC centers will be open. Recreation programs and community use by outside groups not affiliated with FCPS will proceed as scheduled. The middle school after-school program is canceled. 

Click here to learn how to talk to children about COVID-19.

Mason is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus, and is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health. The university will extend spring break, then move to virtual instruction. As new information about the outbreak and its potential impact on the Mason community becomes available, the university will send updates via email.

Click here to read a message from University President Holton.

NVCC is cancelling classes on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17 to prepare for remote instruction. Most classes will resume through remote instruction starting on Wednesday, March 18. See more details here.

Click h ere to read a message College President Dr. Kress.
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