CURRENT TRANSMISSION LEVEL: SUBSTANTIAL. Based on updated guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week, we recommend that everyone, including individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a mask in public indoor settings. As the number of COVID-19 cases has continued to increase with the spread of the Delta variant, this recommendation is based on the Fairfax Health District moving from moderate level of COVID-19 transmission to substantial transmission. Learn more about this and other preventative steps you should take.
We are updating this page to reflect updated guidance. If you need a vaccine, find out how to make an appointment. Thank you for your patience.
You are safer at home. There is no way to ensure zero risk from COVID-19 when leaving home. In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.
We cannot say how risky all the activities you may wish to participate in are, but we can share 4 important things to consider:
- The more people you interact with the more your risk of getting COVID-19 increases. Even if someone does not appear sick, they may have COVID-19.
- The closer you are to other people who may be infected, the greater your risk of getting sick. Indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces where it might be harder to keep people apart and there is less ventilation.
- Spending longer time with people who may be infected increases your risk of becoming infected.
- Spending time with people who don’t wear a cloth face mask increases the risk that they could spread infection to you.