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.

703-267-3511
TTY 711

10777 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

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

Slow the Spread of COVID-19

This page is being updated.

Red box with white text saying "Tested positive for COVID-19?" above a black box with white text saying "Guidance for residents of Fairfax County, Cities of Fairfax & Falls Church, Towns of Herndon & Vienna"

If you tested positive for COVID-19, or have received a text message from the Fairfax County Health Department, it is important to take the steps below to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in your family and in our community.

Thank you for remaining vigilant and doing your part to help keep us all safe and healthy.

ISOLATE and Take Precautions to Prevent COVID-19 from Spreading

  • Stay home regardless of your vaccination status. Avoid contact with others in your household. Do not share personal items. Use a separate bedroom and bathroom, and improve ventilation, if possible.
  • Do not leave home (except to receive medical care) until:
    • At least 5 days have passed since symptoms started or since the date of your positive COVID-19 test AND
    • You have not had a fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of medicine that reduces fevers AND
    • You have no symptoms or symptoms are resolving (Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months and need not delay the end of isolation).

      If you do not meet all these criteria, remain in isolation until all these conditions are met up to a full 10 days after your first day of symptoms or the day of your test if you have no symptoms.

      If you have access to a test and want to test, use an antigen test towards the end of the 5-day isolation period. Collect the test sample only if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved.  (Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.)

      If your test result is positive, you should continue to isolate until day 10.   

  • Wear a mask when around others at home and in public for a full 10 days. The facemask should have multiple layers and be well-fitting. It should cover your nose and mouth. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask, such as restaurants, and avoid eating around others for a full 10 days. See additional guidance below.
  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have a health emergency (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • Do not travel until a full 10 days after your symptoms started or the date your positive test was taken if you had no symptoms.

If you have questions about what you should do when you have COVID-19:

  • Use the calculator below or the VDH Isolation Calculator for more guidance about when your isolation may end.
  • Call your health care provider.
  • If you do not have or cannot reach your provider, call our call center at 703-267-3511.

IDENTIFY and INFORM Your Close Contacts

Notify 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, about your illness and share the guidance below.

 

Identify Your Close Contacts

If you have COVID-19, it is important that you alert all close contacts because they may need to quarantine to prevent further spread of infection. A close contact is defined as anyone with whom you have been within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

The steps below will help you identify and talk to your close contacts.

  1. Document the day, date, and time your symptoms began, or the date of your positive COVID-19 test if you are asymptomatic.
  2. List all people who were in your household, starting 48 hours BEFORE you developed symptoms or two days before you took your COVID-19 test if you do not have any symptoms until now.
  3. Identify other people you have had close contact with, starting 48 hours BEFORE you developed symptoms or two days before you took your COVID-19 test if you do not have symptoms through the start of your isolation period. This includes people at work, in a car, in a home, and other places. 

 

Inform Your Close Contacts

Call your contacts and tell them you have COVID-19. By sharing your information with others, you can slow the spread of illness.

Sample text: “Hi. I have COVID-19. I’m calling you because when we were together, you may have been exposed. The Health Department recommends you take certain steps based on your vaccination status."

Recommendations for Quarantine Are Different Based on Your Vaccination Status: 

 

If You Were Exposed to Someone With COVID-19 (Quarantine)

If you are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, which means you: 

  • Are 5 years or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses including all recommended booster doses

OR

  • Received your second dose (and an additional dose if immunocompromised) of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines within the last 5 months 

OR

  • Received your first dose of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

 

Or, if you have have had COVID-19 within the last 90 days confirmed by a positive viral test

Day 1 to 10

See calculator below.

If you are NOT up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, which means you: 

  • Are ages 5 or older and you received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines more than 5 months ago and are not boosted

OR

  • Received one dose of the J&J vaccine more than 2 months ago and are not boosted

OR

  • Are not vaccinated or are partially vaccinated

Day 1 to 5

  • Stay home and away from others (quarantine).  Do not travel.
  • Test on day 5 if possible. If you test positive for COVID-19, follow the isolation guidance above.

Day 6 to 10

  • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others. See additional guidance below.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home. If you test positive for COVID-19, follow the isolation guidance above.
  • If you must travel during days 6-10, take precautions.

See calculator below.

 

Additional Guidance for Everyone Who Needs to Isolate or Quarantine

  • If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to isolate/quarantine for 10 days. Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.
  • Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask, such as restaurants and some gyms, and avoid eating around others at home and at work until a full 10 days after your first day of symptoms.
  • See CDC Guidance for questions related to travel if you are isolating or quarantining.

Note: This guidance does not apply for healthcare professionals, for patients and visitors to healthcare settings, residents of long-term care facilities or other congregate settings or people who are severely ill with COVID-19 or have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised). Individuals in these categories should CDC Guidance for further information. 

Everyone should continue to practice good respiratory and hand hygiene:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow or a tissue.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces every day. 

 

Quarantine & Isolation Calculator

The Virginia Department of Health has recently updated their quarantine recommendations. See the calculator for guidance.

Isolation Calculator

Use this calculator for guidance on when your isolation can end.

Quarantine Calculator

Use this calculator for guidance on when your quarantine may end.

 

For persons who are in isolation or quarantine: If you are having difficulty staying home due to trouble obtaining hygiene/cleaning supplies, obtaining food/groceries, obtaining over the counter medication, or paying rent/utilities, assistance can be provided through the Health Department’s Community Health Worker Program. Contact 703-267-3511 for a referral. You may also contact the Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning call center for basic needs assistance
at 703-222-0880, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 

If you have other questions or need this information in a different language, please call the Fairfax County Health Department information line.

Call 703-267-3511

   

Additional Information

If you have questions about what you should do when you have COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have or cannot reach your provider, call our call center at 703-267-3511.

Note: If you are a healthcare provider, your recommendations may be different. Please contact your employer for guidance.

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