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.

703-267-3511
TTY 711

10777 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

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

COVID-19 Tools for the Fairfax Community

Main Topic in the Community: 
COVID-19 Vaccination

Key messages

  • COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective.
  • Vaccines work because they cause the body to produce an immune response against a disease.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is a long-anticipated tool that will help slow the spread of illness and end the pandemic. 
  • Getting vaccinated will protect you and people around you, including those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. 

Fairfax County COVID-19 Vaccine Info

Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Info

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Info

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How Vaccines are Developed

Fairfax County Vaccine Stories (in English and Spanish)

Downloadables

See our Resource Center for vaccine one-sheets and materials

Social Media

Follow us, share social posts, and mention us on Facebook at @fairfaxcountyhealth and Twitter at @fairfaxhealth!

 

Questions? Call the COVID-19 Call Center at 703-267-3511, TTY 711

Tools to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Find links to information, materials and videos grouped by topic below. 

Stay Safe

Key Message

Keep it up to keep numbers down. If we all continue to do our part and follow some basic actions, we can box in COVID-19, keep our families and community safe. 

 

Know the Risks & Slow the Spread

Learn: Important Links

Understanding COVID-19 Risks

Slow the Spread

 

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Stay Safe at Home

People who live in close quarters, such as people who share a small apartment or those who live with large or extended families need to take steps to avoid spreading COVID-19 to the people they live with. If a household includes someone who is at risk for more severe illness, then all family members should act as if they, themselves, are at higher risk and take steps that will help protect everyone in the house.

Learn: Important Links

CDC's Living in Shared Housing: English | Español | 中文 | 한국어 | Tiếng Việt
Households Living in Close Quarters EnglishEspañol | 中文 | 한국어 Tiếng Việt

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Guidance for Large or Extended Families Living in the Same Household
Guidance for Large or Extended Families Living in the Same Household
English | Español | العربية | فارسی | 한국어 | 中文 | Tiếng Việt

 

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Wash Your Hands 

Washing your hands properly is one of the best ways to prevent getting sick.

Learn: Important Links

Handwashing Refresher 

Hand sanitizer

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Wash Your Hands
Wash your Hands
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Wear a Face Covering

Cloth face coverings, or masks, provide a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the mask coughs, sneezes, talks, sings or raises their voice. They are not masks intended for healthcare workers, for example, N95 respirators.

These face coverings should made of multiple layers of tightly woven fabric. When you wear a face covering, make sure it covers your mouth and nose. The covering should fit snugly on your face, but it shouldn’t be so tight that is uncomfortable or difficult to breathe.

Learn: Important Links

Guide to Face Coverings
Face Coverings Work – But Not All Are Created Equal
Use of Masks to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

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Handouts

Tips for Using a Cloth Face Covering
Tips for using a cloth face covering
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Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
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A cloth face covering is not intended to protect you, but it may prevent you from spreading the virus to others if you don't know you're infected

La mascarilla de tela puede evitar que  transmita el virus a otras personas, si used no sabe si esta infectado, pero no lo protege.

Your face covering needs to cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly

La mascarilla debe cubrirle la nariz y la boca

Not all masks are created equal

Wear a mask

Stay at Least 6 Feet (3m) from Others (Social Distance)

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Social Distancing Guidance

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Practice social distancing

Respete el distanciamiento social

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Encourage Testing

Key Message

Testing for COVID-19 is available in the Fairfax Health District. If you need a test, contact your health care provider or visit one of the many sites here in Fairfax. A positive COVID-19 test may be inconvenient in the short-term, but support is available for those who will need to be temporarily out of work and away from others. 

 

Learn: Important Links

COVID-19 Testing in Fairfax County¿Cómo hacerse la prueba para detectar el COVID-19?

Coordinated Services Planning, 703-222-0880

5 Things to Know about COVID-19 Testing

 

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Testing Locations
COVID-19 Testing
English | Spanish

3 Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Result
3 Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Result
English | Español | 한국어 

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Prevent Disease Spread in Your Community

Key Message

Keep it up to keep numbers down. If we all continue to do our part and follow some basic actions, we can box in COVID-19, keep our community safe.  You can help protect yourself, your family, and the Fairfax community by simply talking with us when we call, following guidance for how long to stay home and away from others, and by taking every day steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

Learn: Important Links

Contact Tracing: Answer the Call, Protect the Community | Responda la llamada, proteja a la comunidad
Face Coverings Can Save Lives and Keep COVID-19 Case Numbers Down

 

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Handouts

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Wear cloth face coverings. Keep it up to keep it down.

Wash your hands frequently. Keep it up to keep it down.

Practice Social Distancing. Keep it up to keep #s down.

Stay home when sick. Keep it up to keep numbers down

Answer the call

Box It In

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Share Information About What to Do When Sick or Exposed

Key Message

If you are sick, tested positive for COVID-19, or if you were exposed to COVID-19, there are steps that you need to take to help protect other people in your home and community, including getting tested and staying home and away from others.

 

Learn: Important Links

Know the Symptoms
When You Can be Around Others
What to Do If You Are Sick (CDC)
Why the Health Department Might Call

 

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What to Do if You are Sick (CDC)
What to do if you're sick with COVID-19
English | Español | 中文 | العربية | فارسی | Tiếng Việt | 한국어 | Other languages

When You Can Be Around Others
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Activity Book | Libro para niños 
Libro para niños
English | Español

Coloring Book | Libro Para Colorear
Libro para colorear
English | Español

 

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Help Families Survive the COVID-19 Crisis

Key Message

A positive COVID-19 test may be inconvenient in the short-term, which is why Fairfax has support for those who will need to be temporarily out of work and away from others. From rental and food assistance to health care and housing, there are resources to get you by today so you can onboard to a healthier tomorrow. If we each take responsibility for our own health – which includes accessing the things we need to get us by during these difficult times – we can stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

Learn: Important Links

Call for help with rent, money, medical care, and more: Coordinated Services Planning 703-222-0880 TTY 711 
Dept. of Family Services Assistance from a Distance
Health Care Options for the Uninsured

 

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Handouts

Help with rent, money, medical care, and more
CSP COVID-19 Resources
English | Españolالعربية |  فارسی | 한국어 | Españolاردو | Tiếng Việt

Free/Low Cost Medical Care Services from HealthWorks
HealthWorks for Northern Virginia
English & Español

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Call Coordinated Services Planning at

Call Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880

 

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Understand COVID-19 Risks

Key Message

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.

 

Learn: Important Links

Understanding COVID-19 Risks

Leaving Home? Know the COVID-19 Risks Before You Go

Staying Safe at an Event or Gathering During COVID-19

Is It Safe to Go to the Pool or Beach?

 

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Handouts

Staying Safe at Events and Gatherings
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Heading out? Consider your COVID-19 risk increases with the more people you interact with, the longer you spend with others, the closer you are to otehrs, when others are not wearing facemasks

Don't forget your summer essentials: sunscreen, face cover, hand sanitizer, disinfecting cleaner

Stay Informed, Stay Connected

Learn: Important Links

Fairfax County COVID-19 general information is available on the following webpages:

COVID-19 Symptoms
COVID-19 Testing
Contact Investigations

 

Connect

Sign up for text message alerts­: text FFXCOVID to 888777  |  Registrese para recibir actualizaciones en Espanol por mensaje de texto: envie un mensaje de texto con FFXCOVIDSP al 888777

Follow the Health Department on Facebook: @fairfaxcountyhealth and Twitter: @fairfaxhealth 

Call the COVID-19 Call Center at 703-267-3511, TTY 711

Call Center

Call Center

Get a Flu Shot

Key messages

  • Health experts urge everyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu shot this year, and every year.
  • With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full force and flu season now starting, it is more important than ever that everyone do their part to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses. 
  • Most health insurance plans cover flu shots for free.
  • Flu vaccine is available now in the community, including at pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and grocery stores. Find a location near you at https://vaccinefinder.org/ .
  • Children and adults can get flu shots from the Fairfax County Health Department at select clinic locations (below) by appointment. Call 703-246-7100, TTY 711 to make yours.
    • Joseph Willard Health Center — 3750 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax
    • Mount Vernon District Office — 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria
    • Herndon-Reston District Office — 1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston 
  • Older adults can get flu vaccines at select Fairfax County Senior Centers October 6 – November 9. See the website for specific dates and times. Call 703-246-6010, TTY 711 to make an appointment.

Learn

Fairfax County Flu Info Center
Roll Up Your Sleeve Now to Keep Respiratory Illnesses Down
Flu Vaccine Clinics at Senior Centers
Similarities and Differences Between the Flu and COVID-19
FAQ for the Flu 2020-2021 Season
 

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Northern Virginia Immunization Information

Nova Flu Flyer

See Flyer: English

Vaccination Clinic Flyers

Adults and Children (6mos+)
Flu Clinics
See flyer: English | Español

Adults Over 50
Flu Clinics 50+
See flyer: English | Arabic | Bengali | Chinese |
Farsi | Korean | Punjabi | Spanish |
Urdu | Vietnamese

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Mask Up, Lather Up, Sleeve Up

Mascarilla. Enjabonarse. Vacunarse.

Flu children

Flu complications

Flu, protect each other

 

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COVID-19 and Children

Key messages

  • While fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, can get sick from COVID-19, and can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others – even if they do not have symptoms.
  • Children have similar symptoms of COVID-19 as adults, the most frequent being fever or cough. Compared with adults, children may be more likely to show symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain (stomachache) and other gastrointestinal problems.
  • While most reported cases in children are either asymptomatic or mild, there have been cases of severe illness, hospitalization, and death among children.
  • Parents need to:
    • Be diligent with having children take basic actions to avoid getting and spreading COVID-19: wash hands, social distance, wear a face covering, avoid sick people, and stay home when sick – even if it is just a runny nose.
    • Limit your child’s interaction with people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. This may mean reconsidering who provides childcare or postponing a visit with grandparents or other family members.
    • Monitor children for symptoms.
    • Have your child stay home and contact your healthcare provider if your child has COVID-19 symptoms and/or is a close contact of a COVID-19 case.

Learn

COVID-19 and Children
3 Things To Know about COVID-19 Symptoms in Children
Symptoms and Emergency Warning Signs of COVID-19
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19
Traditional Trick-or-Treating Not Recommended for Halloween; Safe Alternatives Available

Symptom Checkers

VDH COVIDCHECK
CDC Symptom Checker

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Flyer


Download the flyer: English | Arabic | Chinese | Farsi | Korean | Spanish | Urdu | Vietnamese

Social Media

Follow us, share social posts, and mention us on Facebook at @fairfaxcountyhealth and Twitter at @fairfaxhealth!

 

Questions? Call the COVID-19 Call Center at 703-267-3511, TTY 711

Answer the Call for Contact Tracing

Key messages

  • If you are identified as someone who has COVID-19 or exposed to someone who does, a Health Department staff member will contact you. 
  • It is important to answer the phone, listen to the voicemail, and/or return the call if asked to do so.
  • Whether you have COVID-19 or were exposed, our contact tracing team must speak with you to review health and safety actions you need to take, as well as to identify any additional close contacts who are at risk for illness or exposure.
  • If you receive a call or voicemail from the Health Department and want to be sure that it is legitimate, you can call the COVID-19 Call Center at 703-267-3511 to verify the call.
  • Everyone is encouraged to download Virginia’s free COVIDWISE Exposure Notifications app which notifies users who have likely been exposed so they can reduce the risk of infection to family and friends.

Learn

Contact Investigations
COVIDWISE
Time and Teamwork are Key to Contact Tracing Work
Contact Tracing: Answer the Call, Protect the Community
Meet a Health Department Contact Tracer: Susana
Inside Health Department Contact Investigations (And What You Should Know If You’re Contacted)

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Contact Tracing Saves Lives – Answer the Call

Cómo saber si la llamada telefónica de rastreo de contactos que recibió es legítima o es una estafa

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Contact Tracing from the CDC

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Holidays Safety

Key messages

  • Know the risks: Each holiday activity has a different level of risk – arm yourself with this knowledge so you an make good decisions.
  • Also, consider health factors. If you or anyone in your household has COVID-19, has symptoms of COVID-19, are waiting for test results, or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person activities and should not share food with others. People with increased risk for severe illness should also avoid in-person gatherings with non-household members and consider lower risk activities.
  • You can further lower your risk during holiday get-togethers by following CDC’s recommendations on holiday celebrations and hosting gatherings or cook-outs.
  • If you are preparing meals for others, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before beginning your meal prep. Learn more about food safety.
  • Traveling increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Find out more about traveling during the pandemic.
  • The number of COVID-19 cases being reported is going up just as students and staff are preparing to head home from college campuses for the winter holidays. Plan for a safe trip home for your college student.
  • Stay Informed: Call our Health Department Call Center at 703-267-3511 with Coronavirus questions; open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Text FFXCOVID to 888777 to receive updates from Fairfax County about COVID-19; text FFXCOVIDESP to 888777 for updates in Spanish.

Learn

Fairfax County Holiday Information

CDC Info on Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings

Guide for a safe trip home from college

Food prep and safety

CDC Travel Guidance
 

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Health Director Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu on staying healthy this holiday season.

COVID-19 One-Stop Shop Toolkits

The CDC offers toolkits for specific audiences that include a variety of resources. Example audiences include: Young People, Community & Faith-Based Organizations, and Older Adults & People at Higher Risk. 

Facts Matter

Do your part to the stop the spread of coronavirus — and the spread of misinformation. Find information to help distinguish between some common rumors and facts about COVID-19.

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