February 10, 2021

Dear Neighbor,
Last weekend, we sent a special winter weather Advisory email with resources to help you plan for the anticipated three to six inches of snow. Alas, while some snow did fall, temperatures remained too high for the forecast to materialize. But once again, there is a winter weather advisory beginning this evening and continuing through Thursday afternoon. Perhaps this time the forecast will be accurate and our resources will be helpful! Details are included below.

Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors received an update on vaccine administration and efforts to provide more information to our residents. Despite challenges interfacing with the Virginia Department of Health's systems and database, we are making progress.

Within the next two weeks -- and hopefully sooner -- the following improvements will be in place:

  • An online vaccine and registration dashboard with a range of information, including the registration date we are now scheduling appointments for and the number of doses received/administered
  • An online registration validation form for residents to confirm their registration and get a sense of where they are in line
  • An online self-cancellation form for anyone who receives a vaccine from another health care provider
  • Weekly emails to those on the waitlist to remind them that they are still registered

The supply of vaccine coming to the Fairfax County Health Department continues to be far below what we need. More than 180,000 residents remain on the waiting list, while we receive roughly 13,000 doses per week (this does not include second doses). As of the end of the day yesterday, the Fairfax County Health Department had vaccinated had administered 84,463 doses.

You can view additional vaccine data on the Virginia Department of Health's vaccine dashboard.
Yours in service,
Supervisor James Walkinshaw
COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
The Fairfax Emergency Information Blog has an update on vaccinations at CVS which are provided through the federal government. Supplies are extremely limited.

The Fairfax Health Department is partnering with a local health care practice, Trusted Doctors, which is also associated with a pediatric group, to offer COVID-19 vaccinations. The practice will provide first-dose vaccinations to a small number of individuals who had registered with the Health Department and are currently in the queue.

Three upcoming events will offer an opportunity to learn more about the vaccination process:

COVID-19 Vaccine Community Conversation for People with Disabilities and Older Adults
The Fairfax County Health Department, in partnership with the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board and Department of Family Services Fairfax Area Agency on Aging, will be hosting a community conversation to share information about the COVID-19 vaccine. ASL interpretation and CART will be provided. This event will be held virtually on Zoom. Pre-registration is required. Click the date to sign up.

Fairfax County/AARP COVID-19 Vaccines Information Session
Join AARP members in Fairfax County for a conversation about the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines with Gloria Addo-Ayensu, MD, MPH, Director of Health, Fairfax County Health Department.

  • Saturday, February 20, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. RSVP is required (Zoom platform)
Winter Weather Update
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from today, Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m., until Thursday, February 11, at 10:00 a.m. Reports call for moderate precipitation of 1 - 3 inches (some frozen, some not) in the County which may change to a wintry mix and then back to snow, leading to slick conditions. 1 - 2 inches of snow may also take place Thursday Night into Friday Morning. Make sure to regularly check the weather regularly to stay updated on the forecast.

If you have not done so yet, take a look at my earlier winter resource advisory for helpful winter weather information.

I'd also like to remind everyone to please be on the lookout for icy sidewalks and walkways -- and be very careful.
Long Branch Central Watershed
Management Area Project Update
A community meeting on the Long Branch Central Watershed Management Area Project is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m. This meeting will provide an update on the project, solicit input about the watershed condition, introduce the work plan to be developed in late spring of 2021, and introduce some of the project partners. Use this virtual meeting link to join the community meeting. (The meeting will take place over Microsoft Teams).
The Long Branch Central Watershed Management Area Project is a collaborative effort of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, the Fairfax County Park Authority, and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District. The project was developed because Long Branch Central was declared an impaired water area by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
The primary goals of the project are to:
• Meet the Long Branch Central waste load reduction requirements
• Improve water quality within the Long Branch Central Watershed
• Improve habitat and environmental health
A project implementation plan is being developed as a result of the study, and community input is expected to be completed by April 2021. You can visit the Long Branch Watershed Study Public Input Map, which is a tool designed to gather local information and knowledge from watershed residents and users of the Long Branch Stream Valley Trail. Make sure to submit and share your opinion and thoughts.
If you have questions, comments, or concerns, contact Charles Smith, Fairfax County Watershed Projects Implementation Branch - Central Chief at Charles.Smith@fairfaxcounty.gov
Virtual Black History Month Event
In celebration of Black History Month, Fairfax County, in partnership with Cox Communications, proudly presents the first virtual Black History Program, taking place on Friday, February 19 from 7:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m.
Explore black history in Fairfax County and honor black perseverance and resiliency through speakers and entertainment. Tilly Blanding, a retired Fairfax County social worker, will emcee the event, which will also feature:

  • Jeff McKay, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
  • Bryan Hill, Fairfax County Executive
  • Gloria Addo-Ayensu, MD, Director of Health for Fairfax County
  • Lynnette Clark, Field Operations Director, Cox Communications
  • Professor Mark Hopson, Director of African and African American Studies at George Mason University
  • Dumi RIGHT, hip-hop artist
  • Musical selections from the Hamilton Boys, Amber Iman, and more

The program can be viewed on Channel 16 or via live stream. After February 19, the event can be viewed on demand.
GMU Jack Wood Award Nominations
Nominations for the Jack Wood Award for Town Gown Relations are being accepted through March 19, 2021.

Jack Wood, former Mayor for the then-Town of Fairfax, was the driving force for arranging a campus to be located on land adjacent to the town and deeding it to the university, thus beginning the Town Gown relationship between university and community.

In his honor, the George Mason University Office of Government and Community Relations presents this university/community-wide award program to recognize faculty, staff, students, businesses/not-for-profits, community members and elected officials/staff who demonstrate leadership in fostering mutually beneficial relationships between the university and the community. Those with community relations/outreach as a primary responsibility in their job description are not eligible.

Nominations for the 2021 Jack Wood Award for Town Gown Relations are currently being accepted. To nominate yourself or someone else, please submit the online form by March 19. Award Recipients will be selected and notified by April 9, with an award ceremony to be held May 6 in conjunction with the Board of Visitor’s meeting.
Your Input Sought on the County's Plans for Spending Federal Housing Funds
Fairfax County is seeking public and stakeholder comments on proposed priorities and activities contained in the 5-Year Consolidated Plan and the FY 2022 1-Year Action Plan which identify the County’s housing and community development goals, and guide the spending of federal funds to address critical community needs.

The Community Engagement period runs from February 9 until March 31. A public hearing at the Board of Supervisors will take place on March 23. Click here to read the plans and provide your feedback.
Board of Zoning Appeals Needs
Two Additional Members
Fairfax County is looking for two members for the Board of Zoning Appeals. Members meet weekly and their duties include making decisions on zoning cases, special permit applications and more. One position will be effective until April 15, 2023, and the other position will be effective for a full five-year term. Applications must be submitted by Monday, March 1, 2021. For more details on the duties of the Board of Zoning Appeals and how to apply, please visit the County website.
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