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Following CDC Data Changes, Health Department Updates Local Data Dashboard
May 31, 2023
The Fairfax County Health Department has updated its online COVID-19 data dashboard following recent changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 surveillance and reporting.
Due to changes in reporting requirements after the end of the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency on May 11,…
Start Summer with These 5 Healthy Habits
May 26, 2023
With the unofficial start to the summer season upon us, we are sharing some reminders for five healthy habits (in no particular order) that can help you have a healthy and safe summer.
Swim and Splash Safely
Swimming, and other water-based activities, are fun and healthy ways to be physically active. ...
Fairfax County Nurse Named VDH’s Northern Virginia Regional Nurse of the Year
May 25, 2023
The Fairfax County Health Department is pleased to announce that the 2023 Nurse of the Year, Nurse Practitioner Nathalie Washington, was recently named Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) Northern Virginia Regional Winner. Nathalie is being recognized for organizing 130 COVID-19 vaccination clinics for Fairfax County’s homeless population as well as her contributions to an article on vaccine…
New Health Department Program Aims to Improve Health Outcomes for Teen and Young Adult Parents
May 24, 2023
The Fairfax County Health Department is launching a new program to improve the health, educational, and socioeconomic outcomes for local expectant teen and young adult parents. “Stable Families, Thriving Futures,” will provide support to enrollees as they achieve their educational goals, improve confidence as parents, ensure a pathway to economic self-sufficiency and employment, and organize their…
Community Health Champions Recognized in Partnership’s Live Healthy Fairfax Awards
May 16, 2023
Two Live Healthy Award winners were recognized at the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax Spring meeting today. The Live Healthy Fairfax Awards program recognizes community members whose commitment to health and wellness initiatives go “above and beyond” in the areas of…
Seasonal Fight the Bite Effort Recognized by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
May 11, 2023
As the weather warms and more residents enjoy the outdoors, the Health Department joins with the Board of Supervisors to share information on how everyone can prevent illnesses caused by insects.
Unfortunately, the bite of an infected mosquito or tick can lead to a life-changing illness. West Nile virus and Lyme disease are two of the vector-borne diseases transmitted by…
National Fentanyl Awareness Day 2023
May 9, 2023
May 9 is National Fentanyl Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness about this potent synthetic opioid.Watch this video and see the infographic below to get thefacts on fentanyl and what you can do to help prevent fentanyl overdoses in our community.
Watch: Fentanyl Update
Watch this recording of...
End of the COVID-19 Emergency: What’s next?
May 5, 2023
The federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency that has been in place since early 2020 will end on May 11, 2023. The Public Health Emergency will end because we have made progress in addressing COVID-19 and can transition away from the emergency phase. It does not mean that the virus that causes COVID-19 is no longer a threat.
Public health emergencies allow the government more…
Updated Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available as Booster Dose for Certain Children 6 Months – 4 Years Old
April 4, 2023
The updated (bivalent) Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is now available as a booster dose for children 6 months – 4 years old who completed their primary series of three doses with the original (monovalent) Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Here are two important things for parents to know about this new authorization:
Children 6 months – 4 years old can receive a single booster dose…
Health Department Adds Nursing Position to Help New Mothers with Opioid Dependence
March 29, 2023
The opioid crisis had a devastating impact on people of all age groups in recent years and, tragically, infants, too, have not been spared. Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a substance use disorder described as a problematic pattern of opioid use that causes significant impairment or distress that can…
Update on Candida Auris
March 27, 2023
In the Fairfax Health District, C. auris infections are uncommon but with the increases seen in Virginia and nationally, health officials view this drug resistant condition as an expanding and concerning public health threat.
Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories: Meet Annette Nicholls
March 22, 2023
Did you ever think that the design of a restaurant kitchen can make a difference in how safe your dining experience may be? Annette Nicholls knows this. She’s worked in Plan Review at the Fairfax County Health Department for more than 20 years. Annette knows that if a hand sink is placed where employees prepare, cook and serve food, it can impact how often kitchen staff wash their hands – which…
Local Increase in Strep Throat Illnesses
March 15, 2023
Strep throat is currently spreading in the Fairfax Health District. Data from emergency departments and urgent care centers in the community have shown an increase in the number of people who have been diagnosed with strep throat since late January 2023. For the week of March 5-11, there were more visits to ED and urgent care facilities for strep throat than at any time in the past 3 years…
Health Department Updates COVID-19 Data Dashboard
March 13, 2023
The Fairfax County Health Department has updated their COVID-19 Vaccine Data Dashboard to better align with current vaccine recommendations and new measures reported by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). The Fairfax Health District includes Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.
Removed the At Least One Dose measure on all pages…
Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories: Public Health Staffer with Over 50 years of Service Shares Her Story
March 3, 2023
In 1965, Edwyna Wingo was as a field nurse, working clinics and providing health services to students at three elementary schools for the Fairfax County Health Department. Back then, public health nursing centered on teaching new mothers how to care for their babies, assessing young students for possible developmental delays, stopping the spread of communicable diseases, and administering…
Public Health Youth Ambassadors Receive National Recognition
March 3, 2023
Graduates of the Fairfax County Health Department’s Public Health Youth Ambassador Program were honored on Wednesday, March 1, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health at their headquarters in Rockville, MD.
Admiral Rachel L. Levine, M.D., Assistant…
Opioid Overdose Dashboard Updated to Highlight Emerging Threats
February 16, 2023
To increase transparency and community awareness, the Fairfax County Health Department has updated the Opioid Overdoses Dashboard. These changes better inform residents about trends in non-fatal and fatal opioid overdoses in the Fairfax Health District. The updates…
Wave of Seasonal Stomach Bugs Now Underway
February 10, 2023
Seasonal influenzas and COVID-19 aren’t the only viruses present in our communities this winter. Viral gastrointestinal illnesses (such as norovirus), can include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain, are uncomfortable, communicable (can be spread to others easily) and are on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been ...
Ceremony Honors Public Health Partners for Critical COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Support
February 6, 2023
On Saturday, Feb. 4,more than 1,000 of community members and organizationsgathered at the Fairfax County Government Center for anofficial recognition ceremony hosted by the Health Departmentand the Board of Supervisors.
February is Heart Health Month: Make Heart Health Part of Your Self-Care Routine
February 3, 2023
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and here in Virginia?
Heart disease refers to a series of conditions that affect the heart. Most commonly, we hear about coronary artery disease (CAD), caused by a buildup of fatty deposits in artery walls, decreasing blood flow to the heart. Hallmark signs and symptoms of CAD include shortness of…
It’s not too late: vaccinate your child against seasonal flu
January 30, 2023
It’s not “just the flu.” Each year, millions of children get sick, thousands of children are hospitalized, and some children die from flu.
Flu vaccines offer the best defense against flu and its potentially serious complications.
Flu Update for 2023
Among children ages 0 – 17 years, influenza-like illness (ILI) activity in Fairfax remains higher than usual. While…
Chronic Wasting Disease Confirmed in a White-tailed Deer in Fairfax County
January 17, 2023
The Fairfax County Police Departmentannounced thatChronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been confirmed for the first time in a white-tailed deer harvested in Fairfax County. To learn more about this and CWD, watch this videoand...
HPV Vaccination Protects Against Cervical, and Other, Cancers
January 13, 2023
Cervical cancer is a significant threat to the health and well-being of Americans with roughly 13,000 cases diagnosed each year. Cervical cancer can however be prevented with vaccination and screenings.
Almost all cervical cancers are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).…
About XBB.1.5, the Latest Omicron Sub-Variant
January 12, 2023
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) data on COVID-19 variants, the newest omicron sub-variant, XBB.1.5, continues to become more prevalent and makes up an estimated one-third of COVID-19 infections in the mid-Atlantic region, which includes Virginia.
Based on what is known about the XBB variants, someone who has been infected with an earlier omicron…
Fairfax Health District COVID-19 Community Level Medium
January 3, 2023
The Fairfax Health District, which includes Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, has moved to a MEDIUM COVID-19 community level. Based on the current Medium level, the CDC recommends you take the following actions:
If you are athigh risk of getting very…
Food Inspection Reports Highlighted in NewsCenter
December 20, 2022
The Fairfax County Government's NewsCenter has featuredthemap-based food inspection report appthat provides instant access to thousands of inspection reports conducted by the Health Department. ThisGeographic Information Systems tool allows residents to search for inspection reports byusing an interactive…
Public Health Youth Ambassador Program Graduates Inaugural Class
December 19, 2022
14 Fairfax County High Schoolers Onboard to Potential Careers in Public Health
The Fairfax County Health Department, together with Edu-Futuro and Stronger2, honored 14 Fairfax County high school students as the inaugural graduates of the ...
Updated COVID-19 vaccines now available for children as young as 6 months
December 14, 2022
Bivalent vaccine for this age group is now available at the Fairfax County Government Center starting Thursday, Dec. 15 through the clinic's closure Saturday, Dec. 17. Following the closure, Fairfax County District Offices will be open for vaccine appointments for this population by calling the Health Department's Call Center at 703-324-7404.
Updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccines are now…
2022 World AIDS Day
November 30, 2022
December 1, 2022, 7:00pm
Please join us onlinethis World AIDS Day to reflect on the impact of HIV/AIDS on our local community, to celebrate those living with the virus, and to take action.Hosted by the Fairfax County Health Department, Virginia Department of Health, the…
Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax 2022 Annual Meeting
November 30, 2022
Annual Meeting: December 7, 2:00 – 4:15 pm
The Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax's Annual Meeting will be abusiness meeting followed by an educational program featuring Deeply Rooted. The meeting will take place online.
The 2022 annual meeting’s educational program, “Deeply Rooted: How History Connects the Health of Our Community’s Past, Present and Future,” looks at how…
VDH now sending voice and text messages to Virginians eligible to receive bivalent booster
November 28, 2022
The Virginia Department of Health is sending text and voice message reminders to residents aged 50 and above that they are eligible for COVID-19 bivalent boosters. The text/phone reminder campaign begins on Monday, November 28th in multiple counties across the Commonwealth, including the Fairfax Health District.
Members of this population will only receive a message if records…
Health Department Recognizes 15 Years of Service by Multicultural Advisory Council Members
November 23, 2022
During this week of Thanksgiving, the Fairfax County Health Department reflects on the 15-year tenure of its Multicultural Advisory Council and expresses gratitude for the efforts of this grassroots group of volunteers. Council members were honored during a special meeting on November 16 by Fairfax County Health Director, Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu.
The Multicultural Advisory Council was…
Northern Virginia Health Districts Urge Vigilance in Virus Prevention in Advance of Holiday Gatherings
November 14, 2022
Northern Virginia Public Health Leaders Stress the Importance of Taking Steps to Stay Safe
Northern Virginia Regional Commission news release:
Public Health leaders in the Northern Virginia region…
Care to Share Toolkit Helps Address Food Insecurity
November 10, 2022
According to the Capital Area Food Bank’s 2022 Hunger Report, 41% of Fairfax County households with children experience food insecurity. Across the U.S. in 2019, 10% of households were, at times, unable to acquire adequate food for one or more household members because they had insufficient money and other resources to purchase food.
When one Fairfax County mom learned of this, it…
New Program Prepares Students for Public Health Careers
November 10, 2022
A new educational and empowerment program is connecting local high schoolers from communities of color with public health careers.
The “Public Health Youth Ambassador Program,” coordinated by the Fairfax County Health Department, is a free educational program that trains local high school students from the African, African-American and Hispanic communities as community health…
Health Department’s Stronger2 Partnership Celebrates Year One Accomplishments
November 3, 2022
Members of Stronger2, a partnership established in October 2021 to improve health literacy within local communities of color, convened on Thursday,…
Help Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from RSV
October 25, 2022
RSV, or Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, is acommon respiratory virus, a virus that affects the lungs and breathing passages. It usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms.
Most people who get an RSV infection will have mild illness and will recover in a week or two.However, some groups are more likely to get serious complications if they get sick with RSV.These…
Health Department Encourages Seasonal Flu Vaccinations
October 18, 2022
Don’t wait; vaccinate.
As the weather cools down and more time is spent indoors, the Fairfax County Health Department encourages everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine this Fall, preferably by the end of October. According to the CDC, Virginia is now at a Moderate level for flu.
Health Department’s Sharon Arndt Recognized with County’s Top Employee Award
October 12, 2022
Five county employees were recognized with the A. Heath Onthank Award for Merit, the highest honor awarded by the county to its employees,at the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Among those recognized is Sharon Arndt, Director of the Community Health Development Division at the Fairfax County Health Department.
Arndt led the development and…
The Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax is seeking nominations for the 2023 Live Healthy Fairfax Awards
October 3, 2022
The Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax is seeking nominations for its 2023 Live Healthy Fairfax Award. This award recognizes individuals, businesses, government, and organizations – both public and private – that have demonstrated exemplary supportive leadership and action to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and populations in the Fairfax Community.
Fairfax County Launches Opioid Overdose Data Dashboard
October 3, 2022
In collaboration with the Opioid and Substance Use Task Force, the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) has created a new public-facing dashboard that will inform residents of trends in opioid overdoses and overdose deaths in the Fairfax Health…
Tonight: Discussion on benefits of doula support
August 18, 2022
Join Stronger2 along with CLG NOVA Health Group and PsiAA Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. for a discussion on the many benefits of doula support, including birth outcomes and breastfeeding.
Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Fairfax Health District: Monkeypox Update, August 3, 2022
August 3, 2022
District To Receive Additional Vaccine Supply, Available for Eligible Individuals
The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) is responding to the current monkeypox outbreak and is working with community partners to ensure residents who have been exposed or are at highest risk of exposure to monkeypox receive a vaccination. The FCHD expects to receive additional vaccine supplies…
Fairfax County Health Department Honored for Innovation in Public Health Practice
July 29, 2022
Community Health Worker Program Receives Innovative Practice Gold Award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials
Learn more about the program by ...
Three Digit 988 Dialing Code for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Launches in Virginia
July 19, 2022
From the Virginia Department of Health.
National transition to 988 offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to strengthen and expand the existing Lifeline.
RICHMOND, VA– The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) today announced the successful transition of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to…
Local Barbershops to Host #RealTalk Events
July 14, 2022
July 29 Update: The Real Talk conversationscheduled for July 30 has been postponed. We will provide an update when it is rescheduled. Thank you.
The Fairfax County Health Department, along with the Fairfax County Police Department and ...
Health Department Partnership Adds Six COVID-19 Testing Sites
July 8, 2022
On July 5, the Fairfax County Health Department announced a new partnership with Curative that provides no-cost COVID-19 PCR testing at six sites around Fairfax County. Each site is open two days per week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a regular schedule that our residents can rely on (...
Virginia Reports Second Presumed Case of Monkeypox
June 24, 2022
From the Virginia Department of Health
Individual is Resident in Northern Virginia
(Richmond, VA) — Today, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH)…
New Video Spotlights Importance of Testing in observance of National HIV Testing Day, June 27
June 24, 2022
Larry tested positive for HIV in 1986 and he didn’t tell anyone for 5 years. He felt the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS at that time made it difficult for people to share their positive status and a lack of understanding and resources made getting help a challenge. While there is no cure for HIV, medical advancements now allow HIV positive individuals, including Larry, to live with the disease.…
Summer Homework? Book a Back-to-School Vaccination Appointment Today
June 10, 2022
The schoolyear 2021-22 is coming to an end, but now is the time for children to get caught-up on their immunizations for the 2022-23 year ahead. Parents and caregivers are urged to make an appointment with their child’spediatrician now to avoid the mid and late summer crowds trying to ensure that all students receive their required school immunizations.
“Each year, healthcare…
Residents who encountered a coyote in Accotink Park/Springfield area asked to contact the Health Department
June 6, 2022
The Fairfax County Health Department has confirmed rabies in a coyote located in North Springfield/Lake Accotink area (7900 block of Carrleigh Parkway). If you, someone you know, or a pet touched or was bitten or scratched by the animal between Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, you are urged to call the Fairfax County Health Department Rabies Program at 703-246-2433, TTY 711.
Food establishment inspection reports now available online
June 6, 2022
Members of the public can now access retail food establishment inspection reports more quickly and easily, as part of an update to the county’s new online PLUS platform.
Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, Fairfax County Health Department Director, says the new system is “a step forward in offering available public health…
Virginia Reports First Presumed Case of Monkeypox
May 26, 2022
From the Virginia Department of Health
UPDATE May 27, 2022: The CDC has confirmed that the Virginia patient tested positive for monkeypox. For more information, visit VDH’s Monkeypox Surveillance and Investigation webpage,...
Virginia Health Officials Investigating Potential Measles Exposures in Northern Virginia
May 18, 2022
Northern Virginia Health Departments Are Working Together to Identify People Who Are at Risk
From the Virginia Department of…
Three Community Health Champions Recognized in First Live Healthy Fairfax Awards
May 12, 2022
Three Live Healthy Award winners were recognized at the kickoff of the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax Spring meeting today. The Live Healthy Fairfax Awards program, established this year, recognized three community members who’s commitment to health and wellness initiatives went “above and beyond” in the…
Fairfax Health District Among the Healthiest in Virginia
May 2, 2022
According to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute 2022 County Health Rankings report, Fairfax County is ranked the fourth healthiest county out of 133 in the commonwealth. Falls Church City ranks as the healthiest locality,…
Opioid Update: Learn How To Get Help and Prevent Overdose
April 29, 2022
The opioid epidemic continues to impact the Northern Virginia region and the nation. Just this week, two youth fatally overdosed in Prince William County after taking what preliminarily appear to be fentanyl-laced percocets (official causes of death are pending toxicology results).
Fentanyl is extremely fatal, even in the smallest doses.Similar to national and statewide trends, most…
Health Officials Investigating Potential Measles Exposure in Fairfax County
February 7, 2022
Fairfax Health District is Working to Identify People Who Are at Risk
Out of an abundance of caution, the Fairfax Health District is informing people who were at the locations listed below during the specified time frames, that they may have been exposed to a person with measles. Health officials are mounting a coordinated effort to identify people who may have been exposed. Listed…
Northern Virginia Health Districts Stress Importance of Taking Steps to Stay Safe from COVID-19 during this Winter Surge
Northern Virginia Health Districts Remind Residents to Stay Safe from COVID-19 this Holiday Season
Three people attacked by aggressive cat; residents warned of possible rabies exposures
November 3, 2021
November 5 UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: After a thorough veterinary examination on the body of the cat was conducted this week, the results indicate that the cat was not spayed as was shared in the previous release.
The Fairfax County Health Department has confirmed rabies in a young…
Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax Seeks Nominations for the "2022 Live Healthy Fairfax" Awards
November 4, 2021
The Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax, a coalition of community members and organizations working together to explore new approaches for addressing the social determinants of health and other critical public health issues, is seeking nominations for its 2022 Live Healthy Fairfax Award. The award recognizes individuals, businesses, government, as well as private and public organizations that…
Residents who encountered a raccoon at Luria Park asked to call the Health Department
October 27, 2021
The Fairfax County Health Department confirmed rabies in a raccoon that was chasing people and pets in Luria Park, located at 7624 Holmes Run Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042, on Friday, October 22, 2021. If you, someone you know, or a pet had contact with the animal, you are urged to call the Fairfax County Health Department Rabies Program at 703-246-6004, TTY 711. Any one or any pet that had…
Celebrating Halloween While Protecting Your Health
October 21, 2021
While COVID-19 cases are slowly declining, families are wondering if it’s OK to celebrate Halloween this year. The short answer is yes, but with precautions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are ways to enjoy the tradition and still protect your health. The best way to protect you and your loved ones from COVID-19 and possibly spreading the…
Fairfax County Opens New Traffic Garden in Collaborative Pedestrian Safety Effort
October 19, 2021
Fairfax County continues to look for ways to make roadways and communities safer so that more people can enjoy biking and walking. Education is a key component to traffic safety and in a new collaborative effort, schools, county agencies and Providence Supervisor Dalia Palchik created opportunities for children and families to learn more about the rules of the road on a small stretch of…
Health Department Kicks Off New Program to Improve Health Literacy Within Communities of Color
October 8, 2021
“Stronger Partnership, Stronger Community: Using Health Literacy to Increase Resilience (Stronger2)” brings together trusted community voices to foster culturally competent health literacy
The Fairfax County Health Department has begun a new initiative to improve health literacy among local African-American, African and Hispanic communities. Named “Stronger…
Community Vaccination Center (CVC) Reopens in Tysons on October 8
October 5, 2021
UpdateDec. 13: For current hours of operation, and other vaccine locations, please visit theCOVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Scheduling page.
On Friday, October 8, a Community Vaccination Center (CVC) (a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic) will reopen in…
Seasonal Influenza is Approaching — Time to Get Vaccinated
September 29, 2021
With the COVID-19 pandemic still underway, and influenza season starting, it’s more important than ever that everyone do their part to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.
Health experts urge everyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu shot this year and every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu vaccination in September…
Virginia Health Officials Investigating Potential Measles Exposures in Northern Virginia
September 10, 2021
Northern Virginia Health Departments Are Working Together to Identify People Who Are at Risk
(Fairfax, Va.)— Out of an abundance of caution, health districts in northern Virginia are informing people who were at various locations listed below during the specified time frames, that they may have been exposed to one of three people diagnosed with measles. These individuals recently…
Health Department Urges Parents to Update Their Child’s School Immunizations to Meet New Requirements Immediately
July 13, 2021
Failure to do so may impact a student’s ability to return to school in the fall
The Fairfax County Health Department is urgently requesting that families take immediate action to update immunizations required for their children to attend school in the fall. Failure to do so may impact a student’s ability to enroll.
“It is important not to wait until the last minute.…
MC Bugg-Z Raps Cicada Science in New Single
May 21, 2021
“Brood X-cellent to see you again / I been / chillin’ underground with my friends / sippin’ on root juices /17 years as a nymph / ditchin’ this skin / for tymbals, genitalia and tent-like wings…”
That’s just a taste of MC Bugg-Z’s entomological hip-hop anthem for summer 2021, “...
Help Wanted: Fairfax Health District is Hiring For Pandemic Response Efforts
February 5, 2021
The Fairfax County Health Department is hiring staff to support its COVID-19 vaccination and pandemic response efforts. Specifically, the agency is looking for Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Registered Nurses, and Licensed Practical Nurses to join its vaccination team on a part-time, temporary basis.
These individuals will join a team of health care professionals to…
Fairfax Health District Consolidates Services to One Clinic Site
December 18, 2020
Beginning Dec. 21, the Fairfax Health District will consolidate services across its five district offices to the Joseph Willard Health Center (JWHC) in the City of Fairfax and will remain open for essential services offered by appointment only, Monday – Friday, 8 am to…
Help Wanted: Fairfax Health District Hiring Weekend Contact Interviewers
November 19, 2020
The Fairfax Health District is expanding its pool of contact tracing staff and is actively seeking weekend contact interviewers. As COVID-19 cases increase in the Fairfax Health District, the additional staff will be needed in the efforts to effectively slow…
@FairfaxHealth: Health Department Now on Instagram
November 9, 2020
There’s a new way to access timely, relevant and trustworthy information about the Fairfax County Health Department and the COVID-19 pandemic. Just follow @FairfaxHealth on Instagram.
The photo-friendly social media platform will aid in the department’s efforts to connect with younger audiences and encourage…
TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS CAN ENROLL IN FREE E-CIGARETTE QUIT PROGRAM THROUGH A COLLABORATION BETWEEN FAIRFAX COUNTY AND TRUTH INITIATIVE®
October 23, 2020
[Fairfax, VA] – While it is too soon to know the specific impacts of COVID-19 on people who use e-cigarettes, we do know that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 attacks the lungs and there is growing evidence that vaping can harm lung health overall. This is why it is more important than ever for young people to quit vaping to protect their health. Young people who use e-cigarettes may be…
Roll Up Your Sleeve Now to Keep Respiratory Illnesses Down
September 18, 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full force and influenza season now starting, it’s more important than ever that everyone do their part to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.
Health experts urge everyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu shot this year and every year.
Flu vaccination will reduce symptoms that might be confused with those of COVID-19.…
Health Department Recognizes Two Partners During National Immunization Awareness Month
August 19, 2020
August is National Immunization Awareness Month and the Fairfax County Health Department recently recognized two community partners for their contributions in protecting the health of children through their dedicated actions and commitment to immunizations throughout this historic pandemic.
ACCA Child Development Center in Annandale, Va. And La Petite Academy in Centreville, Va., are…
School-Required Immunizations Remain Mandatory For School Enrollment
July 23, 2020
Fairfax County Health District Expands Community Vaccination Clinics for Childhood and School-Required Immunizations
The Fairfax County Health Department is offering nine additional community childhood vaccination clinics and has expanded district office hours to provide Tdap vaccine at three clinics in Fairfax County. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of one of the free…
Help Still Wanted: Recruitment of Contact Tracing Staff Continues
July 16, 2020
The Fairfax Health District has brought on close to 150 staff to help with contact tracing since June, with dozens more to be added in coming weeks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. But with the need to fill approximately 400 positions, more Fairfax County residents are being encouraged to apply.
“Although we’ve had good response to our recruitment efforts so far, we would…
Health Department Encourages Residents to Get Tested for COVID-19
July 2, 2020
The Fairfax County Health Department is encouraging anyone who has symptoms or an exposure to COVID-19 to get tested right away. There are currently nearly 30 sites across the Fairfax Health District offering COVID-19 testing for both insured and uninsured…
COVID-19 Pandemic Disrupting Childhood Vaccination Schedules
June 3, 2020
Fairfax Health District Offering Free Vaccine Clinics to Ensure Children are Protected from Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
June 5, 2020: This release was updated to include details for the July 25, 2020 vaccine clinic.
During this time of stay-at-home orders and social distancing requirements, access to routine immunization services has been limited…
Do you need a COVID-19 test? There’s More Options Than Ever in Fairfax Health District
June 2, 2020
More than 20 sites across the Fairfax Health District are offering COVID-19 testing for both insured and uninsured residents, and the Health Department urges anyone with symptoms or anyone who is a close contact to someone who is sick to be tested.
“You do not need to wait in line…
Health Department Partners with IPHI to Expand Contact Tracing Efforts
May 28, 2020
The Fairfax County Health Department is pleased to partner with the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) to hire and train staff for COVID-19 contact tracing efforts.
Contact tracing is a vital part of the Health Department’s approach to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. In conducting contact tracing, public health staff speak with individuals who have probable or diagnosed…
Fairfax County Health Department Expands COVID-19 Data Dashboard
May 11, 2020
The Fairfax County Health Department has added new data points to its COVID-19 Case Data Dashboard in an effort to keep the public informed during the COVID-19 emergency. The Fairfax Health District is composed of Fairfax County, the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, and the towns of…
Fairfax County Health Department Launches New COVID-19 Data Site for Fairfax Health District
April 25, 2020
The Fairfax County Health Department has launched a new data site with more information on COVID-19 cases in the Fairfax Health District. The district is composed of Fairfax County, the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, and the towns of Herndon and Vienna.
In the interest of keeping the public…
Fairfax County Health Department Reports Additional COVID-19 Deaths in the Fairfax Health District
April 1, 2020
The Fairfax County Health Department is reporting three additional deaths due to complications of COVID-19 – bringing the total number of deaths in the health district to five.
A male in his 60s
A male in his 80s
A male in his 90s
All three were hospitalized at the time of death and were previously included in case reporting.
“We are saddened by these…
Fairfax County Health Department Reports Second COVID-19 Death in the Fairfax Health District
March 27, 2020
The Fairfax County Health Department is reporting a second death of a person who recently tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was a male in his 60s who acquired COVID-19 through travel. The cause of death was the result of complications of COVID-19.
“This is a tragic loss and our hearts go out to his family and friends,” said Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, Director of Health. “This…
Fairfax Health District to Consolidate Services to Two Sites
March 23, 2020
Beginning March 24, the Fairfax Health District will consolidate services across its five district offices to two locations. The Joseph Willard Health Center in the City of Fairfax and the ...
Fairfax County Health Department Reports First COVID-19 Death in the Fairfax Health District
March 21, 2020
The Fairfax County Health Department is reporting its first death of a hospitalized patient who previously tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. The patient was a male in his 60s who acquired COVID-19 through contact with a previously reported case. The cause of death was respiratory failure as a result of COVID-19.
This is the third death attributed to COVID-19 in the…
Fairfax County Health Department Announces Positive Case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) involving Church in Bailey’s Crossroads
March 20, 2020
On March 20, Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) was notified of a confirmed case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) involving an individual at Crossroads Baptist Church in Bailey’s Crossroads, Va.
The individual is a male in his 40s who became ill with respiratory symptoms on March 12 while traveling out of state. The individual is currently hospitalized. Specimens were collected…
Fairfax Health District Urges Vigilant Social Distancing with News of Community Transmission of COVID-19 in Parts of Northern Virginia
March 19, 2020
As of March 19, 2020, public health officials have noted evidence of community transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus in parts of Northern Virginia. There is a total of 16 cases of COVID-19 in the Fairfax Health District, which includes the City of Fairfax and the City of Falls Church and towns within the county.
Community transmission, or "community spread," is defined by the ...
Fairfax County Health Department Announces Positive Case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Senior Living Center
March 19, 2020
Update: March 22, 2020
Second Case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
A second resident of The Kensington, a senior living community, has tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Fairfax County Health Department, The Kensington, and the City of Falls Church are fully collaborating on the investigation and taking immediate action to prevent further spread.
Fairfax County Health Department Announces Four New “Presumptive Positive” Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
March 14, 2020
Note: These cases are included in the total that was reported on the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 webpage today.
The Fairfax County Health Department is reporting four additional presumptive positive cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Fairfax County.
Information about the additional cases:
Three individuals from the same household are close…
Fairfax County Health Department Announces Two New “Presumptive Positive” Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
March 13, 2020
Note: These cases are included in the total that was reported on the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 webpage at noon today.
The Fairfax County Health Department is reporting two additional presumptive positive cases for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Information about the additional cases:
The first case is an individual in her 40s who was in close…
Fairfax County Health Department Announces Third and Fourth “Presumptive Positive” Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
March 12, 2020
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.
14 Carrot Gold Food Safety Excellence Award Winners Announced
February 11, 2020
The Fairfax County Health Department has announced the winners of its 14 Carrot Gold Food Safety Excellence Award for 2020.
Nine local food service operations, including two schools, a church, a supermarket, a health center, a café, two restaurants and a family-owned catering company, are being recognized for maintaining outstanding food safety practices and employee education. This…
Virginia Department of Health Announces Preparations and Activities Related to the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Outbreak.
January 26, 2020
(Richmond, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and local health officials statewide are monitoring developments surrounding the respiratory outbreak first detected in Wuhan, China caused by a new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This is a rapidly evolving situation. To provide the latest local information and updates to Virginians, VDH has developed a ...
Statement on Exchange Student Visit to Fairfax County from Yichang, China
January 24, 2020
Because of the recent mediareports surrounding 21 Chinese exchange students who were visiting Fairfax County from the province where the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak is centered, we are providing the following information on the situation, as it currently exists:
The Fairfax County Health Departmentassessed the risk to the Fairfax community associated with these students as…
Radon Action Month Highlights Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer
January 16, 2020
You can’t see, smell or taste it, but radon is second only to smoking as the leading cause of lung cancer.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designates January as National Radon Action Month, an annual observance to raise awareness of the dangers of radon, to promote radon testing and mitigation, and to advance the use of radon-resistant new construction…
“Combata Las Picaduras” (Fight the Bite) Campaign Wins Award
December 16, 2019
A Spanish-language digital ad campaign aimed at protecting outdoor workers from tick and mosquito borne diseases has been honored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC).
Fairfax County Health Department’s “Combata las Picaduras” (Fight the Bite) campaign received a gold award in the government health marketing category of the 2019 Berreth Awards, recognizing…
Virginia Department of Health Warns of Fake Vital Records Websites
December 3, 2019
(Richmond, Va.) - The State Health Commissioner is warning Virginians not to use any third party services to obtain vital records and not to pay any fee for vital records application forms, which have always been and always will be free. Although the forms are free, there are fees for searches.
Please ensure that any required payment goes directly to the Office of Vital Records.…
State Health Officials Urge Virginians to Get Flu Vaccine
November 22, 2019
With the 2019-2020 flu season underway, the Virginia Department of Health encourages all Virginians age 6months and older who haven't received their annual influenza vaccine to get one now! State health officials gathered Friday, November 22, to highlight the importance of the vaccine and to receive a flu shot themselves.
Need a Flu Shot? Get One for Free this Saturday
October 9, 2019
The Fairfax County Health Department will again test their capacity to respond to a major public health emergency by providing free seasonal flu shots at Fairfax High School on Saturday, October 12, 2019.
Seasonal flu shots being offered are free to area adults and children ages 6 months and up. Shots will be administered starting at 9 a.m. on a first come first served basis while…
Flu Season is Approaching– Time To Get Vaccinated
September 26, 2019
The 2019-2020 flu season is approaching, and the Fairfax County Department of Health encourages all people six months and older to receive their annual influenza vaccine and take other precautions to prevent the spread of flu.
Influenza, or flu, is a contagious viral infection of the nose, throat, and lungs, that easily spreads from person-to-person and can cause severe illness. When…
Health Department Issues Rabies Alert for Herndon Area
September 18, 2019
After identifying two animals located within 1-mile of each other that tested positive for rabies in the Herndon area over the last 30 days, the Fairfax County Health Department is asking residents to steer clear of wild animals and to report any animal attacks right away.
Dates and locations of the incidents are as follows:
Aug. 16, 2500 block of Brofferton Court. A groundhog…
Severe Lung Illness Associated with “VAPING": What You Need to Know
August 27, 2019
Many states, including Virginia, have recently reported cases of severe lunginjury among teenagers and young adults with a history of "vaping" (i.e., practice of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device).
The most common symptoms include cough, shortness of breath and fatigue, with the illness getting worse over…
Monitoring Toxic Algae: Keep Your Dogs Safe During Warm Weather
August 23, 2019
The Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force, which includes the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Old Dominion Phytoplankton lab, monitor water quality in Lake Anna and other bodies of water in Virginia. An ...
Health Department Recognizes Two Partners for National Immunization Awareness Month
August 2, 2019
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and the Fairfax County Health Department is recognizing two community partners for their ongoing efforts toprotect the health and wellbeing of children.
Advanced Pediatrics in Vienna, Va. is recognized for its commitment to providing school-required immunizations and other age-appropriate vaccines to children, according…
Expanded Vital Records Services Offered at Additional Office Locations
July 29, 2019
Certified copies of Virginia birth, death, marriage and divorce records are now available for purchase from the Fairfax County Health Department at four district office locations – in Fairfax, ...
Virginia Department of Health is Investigating an Increase in Intestinal Illness Associated with Cyclospora
July 25, 2019
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is providing more information about the ongoing investigation of reports of intestinal illness associated with Cyclospora
Read the news release.
Fairfax County and Region Test Health Emergency Response
Outbreak Investigation at Assisted Living Facility in Springfield
July 19, 2019
Update: July 29, 2019
No new cases of illness have occurred in Heatherwoodsince July 15, 2019. Results of earlier testing submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated rhinovirus, a virus that causes the common cold. The facility continues normal operations.
Update: July 26, 2019
The outbreak of…
New Song Teaches Attention to Prevention to Ward Off West Nile virus
June 7, 2019
Who’s heard of West Nile Virus? //You might not realize it // but it’s inside of mosquitoes // and they can spread it to people.
That’s just a taste of MC Bugg-Z’s newest public health hip-hop anthem for the summer, “West Nile Story.” The Fairfax County Health Department is using the music video to raise…
Health Officials Investigating Potential Measles Exposure in Northern Virginia
June 6, 2019
Out of an abundance of caution, Health Districts in northern Virginia are informing people about potential exposures to a person with measles, including one location in Fairfax County.
Read the full news release: Virginia…
Volunteers Needed for Emergency Exercise in July
May 16, 2019
Want to see public health emergency response in action and help your community? Volunteer to participate in Capital Fortitude, a full-scale emergency exercise designed to evaluate the National Capital Region’s ability to dispense medication…
Summit Seeks an Equitable Food System For All in Fairfax County
May 13, 2019
Join the Fairfax Food Council (FFC) and Faith Communities in Action (FCIA) on May 22 as we explore ways to make healthy, affordable food more accessible to everyone in our community. The 2019 Fairfax Food Equity Summit will bring community members and organizations together to examine Fairfax County’s food system through an equity lens.
2019 VDH Public Health Nurse of the Year Recognitions include Fairfax's Jessica Ong
May 9, 2019
State Health Commissioner Dr. M. Norman Oliver today presented the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) 2019 Public Health Nurse of the Year award to Yvonne Creech, who runs the nursing home screening program for the Suffolk Health Department in the Western Tidewater Health District. Creech’s love for public health, her dedication and her passion for improving her community’s health has led…
Local Vaccine Champion Honored for National Infant Immunization Week
April 30, 2019
Two KinderCare Learning Centers are getting kudos from the Fairfax County Health Department for their compliance with state immunization requirements as part of National Infant Immunization Week 2019.
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) – occurring this year from April 27-May 4 – is an annual observance to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of…
NOVA Health Campaign to Raise Awareness of TB With High-Risk Groups
February 18, 2019
Public health officials in Northern Virginia are launching a region-wide tuberculosis awareness campaign, hoping to dispel myths and address barriers to testing and early treatment for those most at risk for TB.
The new campaign will use a combination of grassroots outreach, along with print, transit and digital advertising across Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun, Prince William and…
Outbreaks of Gastrointestinal Illness More Prevalent This Time of Year
December 21, 2018
The Fairfax County Health Department is seeing an increase in cases of gastrointestinal illness in the community and is reminding people to stay home when sick and for 24 hours after getting better, and to practice good handwashing to prevent further spread.
Gastrointestinal viruses, like norovirus, spread from person-to-person. The most common symptoms of norovirus include nausea,…
Partnership Adopts New Community Health Improvement Plan, Elects Co-Chair
December 14, 2018
The Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax elected a new co-chair and adopted a new Community Health Improvement Plan at its 2018 Annual Meeting on December 13, 2018.
Virginia Health Officials Release Adult Tobacco Use Survey Results
December 7, 2018
The Virginia Department of Health has released results from the 2016-2017 Virginia Adult Tobacco Survey.
Flu Shots Offered to Skilled Nursing Facilities for Public Health Drill
October 23, 2018
More than 600 people working at skilled nursing facilities in Fairfax County got their flu shot this monthas part of a vaccination exercise conducted by the Health Department.
Nine skilled nursing facilities participated in the exercise, which served two purposes: to increase vaccination rates among skilled nursing facility staff who work with clients who are particularly susceptible…
Health Officials Warn of Increased Risk of WNV Transmission in Virginia
October 5, 2018
As of October 1, the Virginia Department of Health has identified a record number of human West Nile virus cases.
State Health Officials Urge Virginians to Get Flu Vaccine
October 3, 2018
The Virginia Department of Health encourages all people in Virginia six months and older to receive their annual influenza vaccine.
Health Department Issues Rabies Alert for Centreville Area
October 2, 2018
After identifying four animals that tested positive for rabies in the Centreville area over the last 30 days, Fairfax County Health Department is asking residents to steer clear of wild animals and to report any animal attacks right away.
Adult Day Health Care Campaign Earns Acclaim
September 19, 2018
The “Live Your Best Life” campaign to promote Fairfax County’s Adult Day Health Care program received a bronze award in the government health marketing category of the 2018 Berreth Awards.
Nurses From Fairfax Among Those Deploying to NC
September 17, 2018
The Virginia Department of Health, Fairfax County Health Department and Arlington County Health Department are sending 35 public health nurses to provide health and medical support at emergency shelters throughout North Carolina following the onslaught of Hurricane Florence.
Mosquito Spraying Scheduled to Reduce Risk of West Nile Virus
August 24, 2018
Fairfax County Health Department has determined the need to spray pesticides to control adult mosquitoes in parts of Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax based on its mosquito surveillance activities for West Nile virus.
Rabies Alert: Residents Who Encountered Stray Cat in Springfield Area Asked to Call the Health Department
August 16, 2018
Fairfax County Health Department has confirmed rabies in a cat located in the 7800 block of O’Dell Street in the Springfield area. The cat attacked three people on Wednesday, August 15.
Health Department Recognizes Three Partners for National Immunization Awareness Month
August 9, 2018
Fairfax County Health Department presented certificates of recognition to three of its community partners for National Immunization Awareness Month.
First Reported Human Case of West Nile Virus in Fairfax County in 2018
August 2, 2018
Fairfax County Health Department has identified the first reported human case of West Nile Virus disease in 2018
Rx for Life Event Highlights the Importance of Parks and Food Prescriptions
May 25, 2018
Local health care providers learned how to integrate a food and parks prescription program into their practices to help their patients achieve better health at the Rx for Life conference hosted by the Fairfax County Health Department.
Health Department Offers Tick Bite Prevention Tips in New Music Video
May 17, 2018
Fairfax County Health Department has released the music video “Tick Check 1-2” to educate the public about Lyme disease and other illnesses spread by ticks.
Health Department Recognizes Local Immunization Champion for NIIW
April 26, 2018
Springfield Academy earns praise for efforts to protect the health and wellbeing of children
For their contributions to protecting health and well-being of children in our community, Springfield Academy was recognized by the Fairfax County Health Department today as part of its National Infant Immunization Week activities. ...
Health Department Puts a STAMP on Food Safety Practices
April 16, 2018
The Fairfax County Health Department has launched a new voluntary enrollment program, Safety Through Actively Managing Practices (STAMP), for food service operations that meet a set of standards developed by the department.
STAMP requires that food…
Health Department Warns Against Unlicensed Dental Providers
March 23, 2018
Fairfax County health officials are warning residents about the serious health risks, including injury and infection, associated with dental procedures performed by unlicensed providers.
Recently the Health Department identified a person with a life-threatening blood-borne infection who received dental care by an unlicensed provider in the basement of a house in West Falls Church.…
Public Health Strike Team Members From Fairfax Deploying to Virgin Islands for Hurricane Recovery
February 8, 2018
Environmental health specialists from Fairfax County are among those being deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist with the long-term recovery efforts from hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Virginia will send two Environmental Health strike teams to the islands this weekend. The teams, deployed through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Emergency Management…
Fairfax County’s Suicide Prevention Campaign Gains National Recognition
March 28, 2017
Fairfax County’s suicide prevention campaign aimed at helping teens in crisis was recently named a Bronze winner in the 37th Annual Telly Awards.
Local Food Service Operations Given “14 Carrot Gold” Award
December 19, 2017
Fairfax County Health Department has announced the winners of its 14 Carrot Gold Food Safety Excellence Award for 2017.
Fairfax County’s “Reach Out” Campaign Earns More Acclaim
August 24, 2017
Fairfax County’s youth suicide prevention campaign continues to earn national recognition. It was recently given a Berreth Award for Excellence in Public Health Communication by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC).
Clergy Council Hosts Third Annual Hoops/HIV Summit on Nov. 18
November 9, 2017
Northern Virginia Clergy Council for the Prevention of HIV/AIDS's third annual Hoops/HIV Summit aims to break the silence and stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS in the black community.
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