Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H.,
Director of Health
Among adults, the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk. Severe illness means that the person with COVID-19 may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe, or they may even die. See more information for Older Adults from the CDC.
People of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Children who are medically complex, who have neurologic, genetic, metabolic conditions, or who have congenital heart disease are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than other children.
People of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19:
COVID-19 is a new disease. Currently there are limited data and information about the impact of underlying medical conditions and whether they increase the risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what we know at this time, people with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19:
See the CDC’s People Who Need to Take Extra Precautions page to learn more, including ways to reduce your risk of getting COVID-19.
Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date. However, a few children have developed multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C).
Fairfax County Public Schools has developed information for talking to children about coronavirus.
The CDC also offers information for Children and Teens.
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FCPS offers grab and go food distribution sites, including pop-up sites in the community, curbside pickup at two schools, and meal delivery along some bus routes. Details on locations and times is available here.
Many travelers are concerned about the current COVID-19 pandemic and may be wondering how to travel safely, or if it’s a good idea to go at all. Airports, bus stations, train stations, and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus, both in the air and on surfaces. These are also places where it can be hard to social distance. Learn more about steps to take before and after traveling.
Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, but there are times when travel may be unavoidable. Because each of us plays a part in slowing the spread of COVID-19, follow these Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations before, during and after your trip.
VDH’s website: Virginia Travelers have questions.
CDC recommends that all people defer travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide. See the Level 3 Travel Advisory and Guidance for Travelers Returning from Cruise Ship and River Cruise Voyages.
On April 9, 2020, CDC renewed the No Sail Order and Other Measures Related to Operations Order. See Cruise Ship Guidance.
See the COVID-19 Updates for Food Establishments page for the latest guidelines.
This information provides current resources or information specifically for businesses.
Returning To Work: Employers should not require employees to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or a healthcare provider’s note to enable them to return to work. An employee can return to work once certain situations are met. Learn more about what employers should know.
The Health Department offers the following guidance for Community-Based Organizations to enhance the safety of your staff and volunteers and reduce their risk of COVID-19 infection, as well as providing guidance on how the risk of potential transmission to clients can be reduced.
The following lists recommendations for service providers and the rationales for those recommendations. The CDC also has extensive guidance for providers that highlights additional situations and issues for consideration.
Additionally, two checklists are available for download to help your organization plan:
If you have additional questions, please email email@example.com.
The Health Department is working to prevent and mitigate outbreaks in long-term care facilities. Please see: COVID-19 Prevention and Mitigation for Long-Term Care Facilities.
Find COVID-19 and other resources from the Virginia Department of Health. Find resources.
The CDC has several videos available in American Sign Language. See the playlist.
While many are staying at home during the pandemic, people who live in apartments or condos should consider additional steps they can take to limit the spread of the COVID-19. Property owners also can take extra precautions to help keep their residents safe. See the recommendations.
Find more worker safety information from the CDC.
See our new partner portal for local community leaders and organizations with shareable information about COVID-19 safety curated according to health messages.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website (Simplified Chinese)
El Condado Fairfax Ahora Ofrece Mensajes de Texto de COVID-19 en Español - 4/28/2020 (Fairfax County Now Offers COVID-19 Text Messages in Spanish)
Cómo cambiar de idioma en FairfaxCounty.gov (How To Flip the Language on FairfaxCounty.gov)
Cómo cambiar el idioma en YouTube (Change the Language on YouTube)
Presentación sobre coronavirus 101 (Coronavirus 101 Presentation)
Ahora se requieren cubiertas faciales dentro de lugares públicos en Virginia (Face Coverings Now Required Inside Public Places in Virginia)
Los CDC recomiendan llevar cubiertas faciales de tela en áreas públicas, como las tiendas de comestibles. (CDC Recommends Wearing Face Covering)
Se abren tres clínicas Inova para el tratamiento de afecciones respiratorias (Three Inova Respiratory Clinics Open)
Comuníquese con el área de Investigación sobre COVID-19 (Contact Investigation for COVID-19)
Cuidado de la salud para personas sin seguro médico (Health Care for the Uninsured)
Comuníquese con el área de Planificación de Servicios Coordinados y solicite asistencia para cubrir necesidades básicas (Contact Coordinated Services Planning for Basic Needs Assistance)
Distanciamiento social (Social Distancing)
Explicación del aumento de casos positivos; 4 maneras de evitar la propagación del coronavirus (Explaining the Increase in Positive Cases; 4 Ways We Can Stop Coronavirus from Spreading Right Now)
Medios alternativos para las celebraciones religiosas (Alternative Means to Celebrate Religious Observances)
Cuatro datos sobre los derechos del inquilino y el propietario (Four Things About Tenant Landlord Rights)
Detengamos la propagación de gérmenes en Fairfax County (Stop the Spread of Germs in Fairfax County)
Síntomas de la enfermedad del coronaviruse (Symptoms of Coronavirus Diseas)
Qué hacer si contrae la enfermedad (What to Do If You Are Sick)
COVID-19: Recursos (COVID-19 Resources)
Lávese las manos (Wash Your Hands)
Asistencia en la Planificación de Servicios Coordinados (Coordinated Services Planning Assistance)
Asistencia a distancia: Cómo acceder a los servicios del Departamento de Servicios Familiares (DFS) de manera remota durante la pandemia de COVID-19 (Assistance from a Distance: How to Access DFS Services Remotely During the COVID-19 Pandemic)
Mantenga una distancia de seis pies (Six Feet Apart)
Tiene síntomas. ¿Qué debe hacer? (You feel sick. Now what?)
Sitio web de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades en español (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website in Spanish)
FDA en español - Enfermedad del Coronavirus (COVID-19) (FDA COVID-19 Resources)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website (Vietnamese)
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