JoAnne Jorgenson Laboratory


Front of Fairfax County Health Department LabThe Fairfax County Health Department's Public Health 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 Health Department's laboratory is certified as Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3), which 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 bio-containment precautions required to isolate biological agents such as Tuberculosis (TB) in an enclosed facility. (Levels of containment range from the lowest biosafety level 1 to the highest at level 4.)

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, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, Adult and Juvenile Detention Centers, Court Services, Dulles International Airport, and national, regional and state parks.

The Fairfax County Health Department's Public Health Laboratory is located in the City of Fairfax at 10310 Layton Hall Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030; 703-246-3218, TTY 711.

Laboratory Services

The laboratory uses several state-of-the-art robotic instruments in the analysis of both clinical and environmental samples.  We continue to maintain certifications through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Ammendments (CLIA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to perform both clinical and environmental testing.

Lab Tech at Microscope

  • Clinical Laboratory
    • Bacteriology
    • Chemistry
    • Drugs of Abuse
    • Food-borne outbreaks
    • Hepatitis
    • HIV
    • Parasitology
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    • QuantiFERON
    • Tuberculosis

Lab Tech at a work station

  • Environmental Laboratory
    • Drinking Water
      • Inorganic Testing
      • Bacterial Testing
    • Streams
Lab Tech at a Bio hazard workstation

picture of a mosquito

Fairfax County Health Department Laboratory is comprised of highly qualified scientists possessing degrees ranging from B.S. to M.S. to Ph.D.  Laboratory staff are highly accomplished and trained in the latest cutting edge technology. The laboratory is:

  • the first public health laboratory in the Commonwealth of Virginia to implement the new HIV Algorithm in the spring of 2013.
  • the only public health laboratory in the Commonwealth of Virginia to offer West Nile virus testing of mosquito pools.
  • the only public health laboratory in Northern Virginia to offer TB drug susceptibility testing and rabies testing.
  • a Certified Drinking Water Laboratory.

Laboratory Resources

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 by the Virginia Department of Health. She was one of the best and brightest of those practicing public health nursing in Virginia.


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