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.

703-246-2411
TTY 711

10777 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

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

Health Department News and Events

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

COVID-19
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.

Individuals…

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)

Fairfax
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) 

Fairfax
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

14
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

Radon
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

“Combata
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

Virginia
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.

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Need a Flu Shot? Get One for Free this Saturday

Need
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

Flu
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

Health
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

Severe
August 27, 2019

Updated 12/3/19

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

Health
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

Expanded
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

Fairfax

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

New
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

Volunteers
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

Summit
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.

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2019 VDH Public Health Nurse of the Year Recognitions include Fairfax's Jessica Ong

2019
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

Local
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

NOVA
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

Outbreaks
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

Partnership
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

Flu
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

Health
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

State
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

Health
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

Adult
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

Nurses
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 

Mosquito
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

Rabies
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

Health
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

First
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

Rx
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

Health
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

Health
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

Health
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

Public
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

Local
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

Fairfax
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

Clergy
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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