JoAnne Jorgenson Laboratory


Front of Fairfax County Health Department Lab


The Fairfax County Health Department's Joanne Jorgenson Laboratory is the largest local public health department lab in the Commonwealth of Virginia, performing over a quarter of a million scientific tests annually.

The laboratory provides quality clinical and environmental testing for the people of Fairfax County as well as a number of surrounding counties in Northern Virginia. The Laboratory serves a range of clients including local health departments, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, Adult and Juvenile Detention Centers, Court System, Dulles Airport, and National, Regional and State Parks.

The lab is located in the City of Fairfax at 10310 Layton Hall Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030; 703-246-3218, TTY 711

Laboratory Services

The Laboratory continues to maintain EPA and FDA certification for testing drinking water and milk; while continuing clinical services for sexually transmitted diseases (STD); maternity testing; drugs of abuse; foodborne outbreaks and rabies.

Lab Tech at Microscope

  • Clinical Laboratory
    • Tuberculosis
    • Sexually Transmitted Disease
    • HIV
    • Hepatitis
    • Drugs of Abuse
    • Parasitology

Lab Tech at a work station

  • Environmental Laboratory
    • Drinking Water
    • Streams
    • Dairy Products
    • Air Quality
Lab Tech at a Bio hazard workstation

Rabies Laboratory

The newly renovated Fairfax County Health Department JoAnne Jorgenson Laboratory received its Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) certification on February 18, 2011. This designation confirms that the facility meets or exceeds national standards, established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for biocontainment precautions required to isolate biological agents like Tuberculosis (TB) in an enclosed facility. (The levels of containment range from the lowest biosafety level 1 to the highest at level 4.)

Laboratory Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)

The APHL strives to provide public health laboratories with the resources to protect the health of U.S. residents and to prevent and control disease globally, by promoting effective programs and public policy.

Lab Achieves Green Building Certification

In 2011, the JoAnne Jorgenson Laboratory became the fourth LEED Gold© certified county building. The renovated facility received the rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system that provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.

Read more about the lab's LEED Gold© Certification.

JoAnne M. Jorgenson

Picture of JoAnne M. JorgensonIn February of 2011, the Health Department's Laboratory moved out of the administration building and into the renovated Belle Willard building.

On May 27, 2011, the lab was dedicated in honor of JoAnne M. Jorgenson. JoAnne was well known by her colleagues and the Fairfax community for her outstanding accomplishments, professional leadership, and community service.

JoAnne served the County in many capacities during a career that spanned 38 years. JoAnne began her career as a registered nurse in 1971. By the time she retired in June 2009, JoAnne held the position of Deputy Director for Health Services at the Health Department. Her passion for people influenced public health and policy in the Fairfax community, improved access to health care, and grew the Health Department to better serve the community in many ways, including initiating the relocation of the Laboratory at Belle Willard. In 2009, JoAnne was named "Public Health Nurse of the Year" the Virginia Department of Health, one of the best and brightest of those practicing public health nursing in Virginia.


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