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

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.



Person sending a text message about being sickTell others if you are sick.

Call your contacts and tell them you are sick. By sharing your information with others, you can slow the spread of illness.


Person in bed aloneIf you’ve been near someone who is sick, stay away from others.

Stay home for 14 days since you last interacted with the ill individual. Avoid contact with others, do not share personal items, and use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if possible.



Whatever you do, stay safe.

Limit your risk of exposure to COVID-19 by staying home whenever you can.

If you have to go out, wear a face covering to prevent the spread of of this virus. These face coverings prevent you from spreading the virus to others if you are sick and don't realize it. And because surgical masks and N95 respirators are in short supply, these masks should be reserved for nurses, doctors and other medical first responders. 

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. Here are some more tips for wearing a cloth face covering.

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.


Tell others if you are sick.

If you are sick with COVID-19, proactively reach out to your close contacts and let them know that you are sick. You should do this if you have had the illness confirmed with a laboratory test or if you have COVID-19 symptoms and are a known close contact of a current patient.

Close contacts are everyone you have been within 6 feet of for more than a few minutes while you were sick, including the 48 hours BEFORE you developed symptoms. You may have been in close contact with others while at work, in a car, in or near home, and other places.

The Health Department is continuing to conduct contact investigations for COVID-19. By informing your own contacts, you are helping to slow the spread of illness in our community by amplifying what we are doing and helping us to focus resources on priority outbreak situations.

If you’ve been near someone who is sick, stay away from others.

Stay home for 14 days since you last interacted with an ill individual. “Self-quarantine” or avoid contact with others. Staying home and separated is important because you are at risk spreading infection during this timeframe. You need to take this action even if you feel well because you might have COVID-19 but are not showing symptoms. If you get sick during this 14 day self-quarantine period, call your medical provider.

People who are close contacts with someone who is sick should also:

  • Avoid sharing personal items
  • Use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if possible
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms
  • Wear a face covering when you are around other people to help contain any germs.

Unsure about the difference between quarantining, self-isolating and social distancing? See 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.



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