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.

TTY 711

10777 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

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

Protect Yourself & Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Your actions keep all of us healthy.

It is just as important as ever that we all continue to work together to help slow the spread of COVID-19. No matter what the community level is, layered prevention strategies help protect yourself and others from viruses and other illnesses.


Vaccine iconGet a vaccine and stay up to date.

If you are 6 months or older, get a COVID-19 vaccine. Stay up to date by getting all of the recommended COVID-19 vaccines for you. They are safe and effective.


Mask iconWhatever you do, stay safe.

Stay informed. Consider what activities you would like to do and what you need to know to stay safe. 


icon of a covid-19 testGet tested.

Know when and how to get tested. Treat early.


icon of person coughingStay away from others if sick and inform contacts.

Stay home and away from others if you are sick and inform your close contact. Follow guidance if you’ve been in close contact with someone who is sick.


Handwashing icon Keep up the healthy habits.

Practicing good healthy habits to prevent COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses.

Get a vaccine and stay up to date.

The best way to protect yourself from serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated and to stay up to date. COVID-19 vaccines are safe

You are up to date when you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and got the most recent booster dose recommended for you by CDC. Find out if you are up to date.

Updated COVID-19 boosters can help restore protection that has decreased since your previous vaccination and provide broader protection against newer variants. These updated COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children as young as 6 months.

Whatever you do, stay safe.

We have the tools to protect ourselves and others. Stay informed and know when to take preventions steps.

Stay informed.

Recommendations and guidance are updated based on the latest information. COVID-19 Community Levels can help you decide which prevention actions to take based on how much COVID-19 is impacting the community.

Your own personal situation may also change, which means you may need to consider taking additional steps to keep yourself and your loved ones safer. For example, consider if you or a family member receives a new medical diagnosis, you start a new job or you welcome a new baby or family member who is high risk for severe illness into your home.  

Stay connected, stay informed. Look for updates on our COVID-19 website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Improve ventilation and spending time outdoors

Being places that don’t offer fresh air and in crowds increases your risk of getting COVID-19. 

  • Improving ventilation (moving air into, out of, or within a room) and filtration (trapping particles on a filter to remove them from the air) can help prevent virus particles from accumulating in indoor air. This helps protect you from getting infected with and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. See more tips on improving indoor ventilation
  • Spending time outside when possible instead of inside can also help reduce your risk. Viral particles spread between people more readily indoors than outdoors.
  • You may want to avoid crowded areas, or keep distance between yourself and others in certain circumstances or at medium or high COVID-19 Community Levels.
  • If someone you live with is sick, avoid close contact, if possible. If you are taking care of someone who is sick, make sure you properly wear a well-fitting mask and follow other steps to protect yourself.

Masks can help protect you and others from COVID-19.

While masks are no longer required in most settings, you can continue wear a mask any time you are indoors or in crowds. Consider the COVID-19 community level where you are, your risk, and the risk of those you spend time with.

You should still always wear a mask if you have symptoms and for 10 days after a positive test. If you were exposed, wearing a mask for 10 days after exposure may help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others. See this guidance if you were sick or exposed. 

Select a mask with the best fit and protection. A mask should fit well and cover your nose and mouth. Some masks and respirators offer more protection (N95, KN95 and KF94) than others. See this guide for more information and find free N95 respirators.

See more guidance and tips for wearing a mask. 

Travel Safely.

When you travel, plan ahead. Check on the COVID-19 situation before you are traveling, both within and outside the U.S. Different locations may have higher levels of COVID-19 than where you live. There may also be different requirements for testing and masking for travelers.

Make sure you are up to date on your vaccines before traveling.

Do not travel if you are sick, if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or if you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days. 

See travel guidance from the CDC. 

Get Tested.

Get tested for COVID-19 if you have any symptoms or if you spent time with someone who has symptoms/tested positive for COVID-19. If you have symptoms, getting tested is the only way to know if you have COVID-19 or another virus. 

It will also help let you know the steps you need to take for your health and to stop from spreading disease to others. If you test positive, there may be treatments available if you are at risk for becoming very sick.

Know the right time and how to test so that you are more likely to get correct results.

Stay Away From Others if Sick and Inform Contacts.

If you have COVID-19, you can spread it to others, even if you do not have symptoms. It is important you follow the guidance for staying away from others, including those you live with, unless you are seeking health care. Stay home if you:

  • Have any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Are waiting for test results. If your results are negative, you can end your isolation.
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19

If you have COVID-19, inform your contacts and follow the guidance for how long to stay away from others. If you are at higher risk of getting very sick, contact your healthcare provider to see if you are eligible for treatment. Early treatment can prevent you from getting sicker.

You should also identify and inform your close contacts. Notify everyone you have been in close contact with about your illness and share guidance about what they should do. This includes everyone you have been within 6 feet of for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, beginning two days before you developed symptoms or two days before you took your COVID-19 test, if you do not have symptoms.

Informing your contacts is important because the Health Department is no longer conducting general public, individual case investigation contact investigations.


Need information on what to do if you are caring for someone who is sick? See this information from the CDC.

Wash your hands and cover coughs and sneezes.

The more healthy habits you adopt, the better you can prevent getting and spreading respiratory viruses like COVID-19, flu, and RSV.

Simply washing your hands correctly and frequently can lower your chance of getting sick and spreading germs to others. You should always wash your hands before you touch your nose, mouth and eyes — for example, when changing contact lenses.

Cover your coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow or a tissue, if you are not wearing a mask. If you are wearing a mask, you can cough or sneeze into your mask. Put on a new, clean mask as soon as possible and wash your hands.

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