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–7pm.

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

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

As cases are increasing in our Health District it is just as important as ever that we all 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 our community. 


Vaccine iconGet a vaccine.

If you are 12 years or older, get a COVID-19 vaccine. They are free, safe, and effective.


Mask iconWhatever you do, stay safe.

Wear a face covering to prevent spreading germs to others. Maintain a space of six feet between yourself and others (social distance) and avoid poorly ventilated spaces.  


COVID-19 iconGet Tested.

Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or were exposed to someone who is sick, even if you are fully vaccinated.


Sick iconStay 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.


Phone iconAnswer the Call.

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


Handwashing iconWash your hands.

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

Get a vaccine.

Getting vaccinated remains the most important approach to prevent COVID-19 and particularly to prevent more severe infection. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.

Everyone 12 years and older is eligible to get a free COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are widely available at locations throughout the Fairfax Health District, including private health care providers, pharmacies, grocery stores, urgent care clinics and the Health Department. Find a vaccine appointment or walk-in location.

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Have questions about the vaccine?

Whatever you do, stay safe.

The more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. As the number of cases of COVID-19 cases increases, it is important to continue to take steps to protect yourself so that when you are out, you are as safe as possible.

Wearing a mask is an important approach to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

What’s recommended:

  • If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, or if you have a weakened immune system, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
  • If you are fully vaccinated:
    • Wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
    • You might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if you or someone in your household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in your household is unvaccinated.
  • In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. However, in areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
  • When you wear a mask, make sure if fits snugly over your nose and mouth.

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.

Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces and practice social distancing, especially if you are not fully vaccinated.

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

  • Keep at least six feet, or two arm lengths, between you and people you don’t live with. And if someone you live with is sick, maintain 6 feet of distance between you. 
  • Improving indoor ventilation (air flow) by bringing in fresh, outdoor air into your home can help prevent virus particles from accumulating inside. Consider opening windows, using air filters, and turning on fans to clear out virus particles faster. See more tips on improving indoor ventilation

Get Tested.

You should get tested for COVID-19 if you have any symptoms or if you spent time with someone who has symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 — even if you have had the COVID-19 vaccine. You may also need to get tested after travel

During testing, you will learn 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. 

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
  • You've traveled internationally and are not fully vaccinated

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. 

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.

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.

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