Health Department

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administration office at 10777 Main Street in Fairfax is open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Clinic services are not offered at this location. COVID-19 call center hours are Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm.

703-246-2411
TTY 711

10777 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H.,
Director of Health

Health Alerts and Advisories

Message Categories

  • Health Alert conveys the highest level of importance; warrants immediate action or attention.
  • Health Advisory provides important information for a specific incident or situation; may not require immediate action.

To request Fairfax County Health Department alerts published before July 2018, email hdcd@fairfaxcounty.gov.

See recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Alerts.

Updated Case-finding Guidance: Monkeypox Outbreak—United States, 2022

Updated
June 15, 2022

Summary

Since May 2022, monkeypox cases, which have historically been rare in the United States, have been identified in 18 states and territories among both persons returning from international travel and their close contacts domestically. Globally, more than 1,600 cases have been reported from more than 30 countries; the case count continues to rise daily. In the United States,…

Uniting for Ukraine program (U4U) – Refugee tuberculosis benefits for Ukrainian parolees

June 8, 2022

Health Advisory

Summary

The United States government has developed a program entitled Uniting for Ukraine (U4U) to support Ukrainians who have been displaced from their homes due to the war. Due to the high burden of tuberculosis (TB) in Ukraine, parolees are being advised that they need to get an evaluation and screening for TB within 2 weeks of arrival into United…

Presumptive monkeypox case in Northern Virginia associated with an individual with recent international travel

May 26, 2022

Health Alert

Summary

A presumptive positive monkeypox case has been identified in Northern Virginia associated with international travel to an endemic area. The Virginia Department of Health and the local health departments are investigating and contacting people known to have been exposed. Healthcare providers who suspect monkeypox infections should immediately call…

Confirmed measles cases in Northern VA associated with an unvaccinated individual with recent international travel with multiple exposures in Northern VA, including Fairfax County.

May 18, 2022

Health Advisory

Summary

A confirmed measles case has been identified in Northern Virginia associated with international travel. The suspect case is known to have visited multiple health care facilities in Northern VA during their infectious period. The Fairfax County Health Department is conducting an investigation and is contacting people known to have been exposed in…

Updated Information on Availability and Use of Treatments for Outpatients with Mild to Moderate COVID-19 Who are at Increased Risk for Severe Outcomes of COVID-19

Updated
April 28, 2022

Health Advisory

Summary

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to update healthcare providers, public health departments, and the public about the availability and use of recommended therapies for COVID-19 and to advise against using unproven treatments that have known or potential harms for…

Recommendations for Adenovirus Testing and Reporting of Children with Acute Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology

April 21, 2022

Health Advisory

Summary

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to notify clinicians and public health authorities of a cluster of children identified with hepatitis and adenovirus infection. In November 2021, clinicians at a large children’s hospital in Alabama notified CDC of five pediatric…

VDH Health Commissioner COVID-19 Update - March 2022

March 14, 2022

Health Advisory

Healthcare providers, please review the March 10, 2022 VDH Health Commissioner COVID-19 update which contains important information about:

CDC COVID-19 Community Levels COVID-19 Therapeutics Consideration of…

COVID-19 Booster Dose Update

February 23, 2022

HEALTH ADVISORY

SUMMARY

Currently, only 55% of Fairfax Health District residents who are eligible for a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine booster dose have received one. The proportion is substantially lower among African Americans and Hispanics. Recently published studies from multiple US states documents that receipt of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine booster dose significantly increases…

Confirmed measles cases in Fairfax Health District associated with an unvaccinated individual with recent international travel

February 7, 2022

Health Advisory

SUMMARY

A measles cases has been identified amongst an unvaccinated individual with recent international travel. Multiple exposure locations have been identified in the Fairfax Health District. Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) is contacting people known to have been exposed in the Health District to provide public health guidance. See table below…

Healthcare provider guidance for reports of at-home COVID test kits

January 6, 2022

HEALTH ADVISORY

SUMMARY

As rapid at-home COVID-19 testing continues to increase in our community, the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) wanted to highlight that current Virginia Department of…

COVID-19 Vaccination for Pregnant People to Prevent Serious Illness, Deaths, and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes from COVID-19

September 29, 2021

Health Advisory

Summary

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends urgent action to increase Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination among people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future. CDC strongly recommends COVID-19…

Measles cases in Northern VA associated with individuals traveling from Afghanistan

September 14, 2021

HEALTH ADVISORY

SUMMARY

Several measles cases in children under age 18 have been identified among individuals traveling from Afghanistan as part of the Federal government’s evacuation program and who passed through Northern Virginia. Multiple cases remain at local Federally contracted facilities. The Virginia Department of Health is investigating in collaboration with…

Legislative Changes for Minimum Immunization Requirements in Virginia Day Cares and Schools

July 20, 2021

HEALTH ADVISORY

SUMMARY

Effective July 1, 2021, children will now require four additional vaccines for school entry. The first day of school for Fairfax County Public Schools is August 23rd. Rotavirus vaccine, meningococcal conjugate vaccine, hepatitis A vaccine, and human papillomavirus vaccine are now required vaccines for school entry. This new legislation brings…

First West Nile Positive Mosquito Pool Reported in Fairfax Health District in 2021

July 2, 2021

HEALTH ADVISORY

SUMMARY

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) has identified its first West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquito pool in the Fairfax Health District in 2021; the mosquitoes were collected in a gravid trap on June 15 (week 24) in the Great Falls/McLean area. No additional positive pools were reported for that week. FCHD identifies WNV in our…

Healthcare Provider’s Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

April 19, 2021

Health Advisory

SUMMARY

On April 18, Fairfax County and all Virginia began offering COVID-19 vaccination to Phase 2 individuals (all persons 16 years old and older). Reaching countywide coverage levels consistent with herd immunity requires continuing to mobilize people to schedule their vaccination and addressing vaccine hesitancy. Research and experience consistently…

Continued Pause Recommended in Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

April 15, 2021

HEALTH ADVISORY

Summary

Per the CDC HAN on April 13, 2021 (Cases of Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia after Receipt of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine) and the emergency meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, the CDC and FDA are recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson and…

COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance

December 9, 2020

Health Advisory

SUMMARY

On December 2, 2020, the CDC released Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with…

COVID-19 School/Daycare Guidance for Healthcare Providers

COVID-19
October 15, 2020

HEALTH ADVISORY

SUMMARY

VDH released a new algorithm for when a child should be excluded from school or childcare, what care and further evaluation for COVID-19 should be pursued, and when the child can return to the school or childcare setting (...

COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Intent

October 5, 2020

Health Advisory

On October 2, 2020, the Virginia Department of Health released a letter to clinicians as part of theirplanning for the possibility of COVID-19 vaccination.

"Dear Colleague:

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has begun diligently planning for the possibility of COVID-19 vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has…

2020-2021 Seasonal Influenza: Updates, Vaccine and Reporting Reminder with Resources for Healthcare Professionals (during the COVID-19 Pandemic)

2020-2021
September 18, 2020

HEALTH ADVISORY

Summary

October 1st marks the beginning of influenza season surveillance. The 2019-2020 influenza season included 19 weeks of widespread activity before dropping dramatically in April coinciding with measures that were instituted to combat COVID-19. This flu season will require even more rigorous measures to strengthen surveillance and preventive…

COVID-19 Laboratory Updates

September 15, 2020

Health Advisory

Summary

RT-PCR is the gold-standard viral diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. FDA has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for four test systems to detect SARS-CoV-2 antigens from respiratory swab specimens. These tests offer rapid, point-of-care diagnosis. The CDC recently released interim guidance for rapid antigen…

Letter to Clinicians: Acute Flaccid Myelitis

August 5, 2020

Health Alert

The Virginia Department of Health released a letter to clinicians ahead of theapproaching acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) season. The letter providesresources for evaluating and reporting a suspect case.

AFM is a rare but serious illness for which there is no known definitive treatment or means of prevention. It is most commonly seen in young children, the…

COVID-19 Healthcare Updates

July 6, 2020

Health Advisory

SUMMARY

On July 1, Virginia entered Phase 3 of reopening. To avoid the resurgence of disease experienced in many other states and contributing to record numbers of new infections, two actions are critical: 1) Individuals must maintain protective behaviors; and 2) Persons who have fever and/or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must be tested. A positive…

COVID-19 Public Health Testing Guidance Update & Request Process

March 25, 2020

SUMMARY

The criteria for COVID-19 public health testing by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) at the state lab (DCLS) have been updated. This update is reflective of public health’s shift to prioritize case identification amonghigh risk populations and de-emphasizes the testing of symptomatic contacts to a confirmed case in non-high-risk settings. Please utilize ...

COVID-19 Public Health Testing Guidance

March 17, 2020

SUMMARY

The criteria for COVID-19 public health testing by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) at the state lab (DCLS) have been updated. Please utilize the attached public health testing algorithm, which can also be found on FCHD’s COVID-19 provider webpage. FCHD does not…

COVID-19 Commercial Testing Guidance

March 12, 2020

Health Alert

SUMMARY

COVID-19 commercial testing capabilities have been rapidly changing over the past week; PCR testing is now available for healthcare providers through LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics. Testing through Mayo Clinic, UVA and VCU is currently under development. Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) works with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to…

First Fairfax Health District Case of COVID-19 Infection and Criteria for COVID-19 Testing and Test Request Process

March 9, 2020

Health Alert

Summary

A Fairfax Health District resident has been identified as a presumptive positive COVID-19 case based on testing at the Virginia state laboratory; confirmation by CDC is pending. The patient is Fairfax City resident in their 80s who traveled internationally. The patient developed respiratory symptoms on February 28 and was hospitalized on March…

UPDATE: Expansion of Persons Under Investigation (PUI) Criteria for COVID-2019

UPDATE:
February 28, 2020

Health Advisory

SUMMARY:

• The CDC clinical criteria to guide evaluation of persons under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 has been updated (02/27/2020), https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-criteria.html

• Healthcare providers should immediately notify both…

Confirmed measles case with multiple exposures in Northern VA, including Fairfax County

January 31, 2020

Health Alert

SUMMARY:

A measles case has been identified in Northern Virginia associated with international travel. The case arrived at Dulles Airport the evening of January 26 and visited a health care facility and other locations in Fairfax County during their infectious period. The Fairfax County Health Department is contacting people who are known to have been…

UPDATE- Expansion of Patient Under Investigation Criteria for 2019 Novel Coronavirus & Negative Result for Northern Virginia Patient Under Investigation

January 31, 2020

HEALTH ADVISORY

SUMMARY:

The patient under investigation (PUI) criteria has been updated by the CDC to include recent travel to Hubei Province and mainland China. The updated PUI algorithm can be seen below. Additionally, today, January 31, 2020, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) received laboratory confirmation from the CDC ruling out novel coronavirus for the…

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update

2019
January 23, 2020

Health Advisory

SUMMARY:

• As of January 22, hundreds of confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV have been identified in China with several deaths. Travel associated cases have been identified in Thailand, Japan and South Korea, and one case has been identified in the United States in the state of Washington in a person reporting travel from Wuhan City.

• Coronaviruses…

Vaping Associated Pulmonary Disease

Vaping
October 25, 2019

Health Advisory

SUMMARY:

• On October 11, 2019, CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) titled, "Update- Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Evaluating and Caring for Patients with Suspected E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use Associated Lung Injury – United States, October 2019." (...

Identification and Reporting of Vaping-associated Pulmonary Disease

Identification
August 23, 2019

Health Advisory

SUMMARY:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a note to clinicians on cases of severe pulmonary disease among adolescents and young adults who report “vaping” or “dabbing” (i.e., vaping marijuana oils, extracts or concentrates) during the weeks and months prior to hospital admission. No specific product has been linked to the…

Widespread Cyclospora Outbreak in National Capital Region (NCR)

Widespread
June 18, 2019

Health Advisory

SUMMARY:

• A significant increase in the number of reported cyclosporiasis cases have been seen in the National Capital Region (NCR) since mid-June 2019. The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) has identified seven confirmed cases since that time; the annual average number of reported cases is two per year (over the past five years).

• A…

Outbreak of Respiratory Illness at a Long-Term Care Facility

Outbreak
July 12, 2019

Health Advisory

SUMMARY:

• Fairfax County Health Department is conducting an outbreak investigation at Greenspring, a long-term care facility with assisted living and skilled nursing care, in Springfield, VA.

• Since June 30, 2019, 55 out of the 263 residents assisted living and skilled nursing care have become ill with respiratory symptoms ranging from upper…

Suspected Measles Case with Multiple Exposures in Northern VA

Suspected
June 6, 2019

HEALTH ADVISORY

SUMMARY:

• A suspected measles case has been identified in Northern Virginia associated with international travel. The suspect case is known to have visited a health care facility in Fairfax County during their infectious period.

• The Fairfax County Health Department is conducting an investigation and is contacting people known to have been…

Increased Measles Activity in the United States

Increased
April 26, 2019

Health Advisory

Summary

From January 1 to April 19, 2019, 626 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 22 states. This is the second most cases for any year since measles elimination was declared in 2000.

No confirmed cases of measles have occurred in Virginia this year. However, three cases were identified in Maryland in the last month, increasing…

2018 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) RED BOOK - Updated Recommendations for Pediatric Tuberculosis Testing, LTBI Treatment and Rifampin Dosing

July 5, 2018
Health advisory providing information about updated recommendations for pediatric tuberculosis testing, Latent TB Infection (LTBI) treatment and Rifampin dosing in the 2018 American Academy of Pediatrics Red Book.

Fairfax County Health Department Press Release About First Reported Human Case of West Nile Virus 

August 3, 2018
Fairfax County Health Department has identified the first reported human case of West Nile Virus disease in 2018 in the Fairfax Health District.

Increased Influenza Outbreak Activity in Long-Term Care Facilities and Recommendations for Prevention

January 19, 2018
Fairfax County Health Department is recommending that long-term care facilities take action to prevent influenza outbreaks, including exclusion of ill visitors and staff, rigorous hand hygiene and cough etiquette, vaccination, and appropriate diagnosis and case management.

Fairfax County Health Department Press Release About Risks of Unlicensed Dental Practices

March 23, 2018
Fairfax County Health Department is recommending anyone who received dental care by an unlicensed provider to see their health care provider to be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, which are all spread through blood exposure.

2018-2019 Seasonal Influenza Reporting Reminder and Resources for Health Care Professionals

October 12, 2017
Fairfax County flu reporting requirements and resources for health care professionals.

Advice to Clinicians About Leptospirosis in U.S. Travelers Returning from Northern Israel

September 10, 2018
Health care providers are required to report both lab-confirmed and clinically suspect cases of leptospirosis to their local health department.

Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) Update

November 20, 2018
Fairfax County Health Department issues health advisory providing an Acute Flaccid Myelitis update on November 20, 2018.

Latent Tuberculosis Infection Reporting

November 27, 2018
The Virginia Department of Health has added Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) to the Regulations for Disease Reporting and Control List. Diagnoses of LTBI are now required to be reported in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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