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.

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

We are updating our COVID-19 pages to reflect updated guidance from the Governor’s Executive Order 79and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. If you are not fully vaccinated, please keep up the protective behaviors such as wearing a mask, social distancing, avoiding crowds/poorly ventilated spaces, and washing your hands. If you need a vaccine, find out how to make an appointment. Thank you for your patience.

Your actions keep all of us healthy. And we need to keep doing them.


Woman wears face covering while grocery shoppingWhatever you do, stay safe.

Wear a face covering to prevent spreading germs to others. Social distance and maintain a space of six feet between yourself and others. Stay home whenever you can.


Person washing their handsWash your hands.

Use soap and water. Lather for 20 seconds. Rinse and turn off the faucet using a towel.



COVID-19 test sampleGet Tested.

Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or were exposed to someone who is sick.



Person in bed aloneStay Away from Others if You are Sick or if You’ve Been Near Someone Who is Sick.

Stay home and away from others to prevent the spread of germs if you are sick or if you’ve been in close contact with someone who is sick.


Person sending a text message about being sickAnswer the Call.

Make the choice to answer if the Health Department calls and help keep you, your family, and your community safe.


We all need to continue to work together to help slow the spread of COVID-19. There are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. And testing, contact tracing, and staying home and away from others when sick or after contact with someone who is sick, are also critical to help “box in” COVID-19 and prevent it from spreading further in our community.

Whatever you do, stay safe.

You are safer at home. The more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. There is no way to ensure zero risk from COVID-19 when leaving home, but you can take steps so that if you head out, you can do so as safely as possible.

If you have to go out, wear a face covering to prevent the spread of of this virus. Research shows that cloth face coverings can reduce the virus’ spread, especially when worn by everyone because they prevent you from spreading the virus to others if you are sick and don't realize it. What's not recommended:

  • Masks with one-way exhalation valves or vents should NOT be worn. They allow the air you breathe out to go through the holes in the material, which can allow respiratory droplets to reach others and potentially spread the COVID-19 virus.
  • Children under age 2, people who have trouble breathing, or those who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance should not use face cloth face coverings. 

See more tips for wearing a cloth face covering and learn more about cloth face coverings.

Practice social distancing. By staying 6 feet away or more from others, the virus will not spread through coughs and sneezes. This is especially important because we don’t know if someone we come in contact with is sick. By maintaining this physical distance in all our interactions, we will reduce the risk of getting sick from respiratory droplets.


Wash your hands.

COVID-19 can spread from a contaminated surface onto our hands, and then into our eyes, nose or mouth where it causes the infection. 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.

Get Tested.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider or go to another location to get tested. You should also get tested if you were in close contact with someone who is sick. Close contact is being within 6 feet of a person who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

Getting a test will help you understand what actions you need to take to help protect those around you and slow the spread in our community. 

COVID-19 testing is available even if you don’t have insurance. And there are resources that can support you if you need to be temporarily out of work and away from others. 

Find out what you need to know about testing.

Stay Away From Others if You’re Sick or if You’ve Been Near Someone Who is Sick.

COVID-19 can spread easily between people, and it is important you stay away from others, including those you live with if you:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Are waiting for test results
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Were exposed to someone with COVID-19

How long you need to stay away from others will depend on whether you are sick (this is called isolating) or if you were exposed (this is called quarantining). You should stay away from others, even if you feel well because you might have COVID-19 but are not showing symptoms. See the guidance: When to Isolate and When to Quarantine

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

Answer the Call.

Contact investigation is an important part of our approach to protecting the health of the Fairfax community during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can help by answering the call and following guidance. 

If you test positive for COVID-19, we will call you to talk to you about what this means, ask you to stay home and away from those you live with, and talk to you about who you’ve been in contact with. We may also call to let you know that you were in in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and ask you to self-quarantine for 14 days. In both cases, you’ll be asked to complete wellness checks and referred you to medical and other support services if needed. 

When we call, we won’t ask you for money or financial information, your social security number, passwords, or other personal information unrelated to COVID-19. And unless you give permission, your name will not be revealed to those you came in contact with — even if they ask.

Choose to be part of the solution and answer the call to help keep your friends and neighbors healthy. Learn more about contact investigations

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