NOTE: We intend to publish the next Daily Update on Monday, April 6.

Status as of 2 p.m. on Friday, April 3

  • 372 Total Cases in the Fairfax Health District, including 5 deaths
    (City of Falls Church, Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, and towns)
     
    Age Group Number Rate per 100,000
    0-17 5 1.8
    18-49 177 34.5
    50-64 106 46.6
    65 and over 77 52.9
    Total 365* 31.5
    *May not reflect the total number of cases because investigations are ongoing.

Why Staying Home is Critically Important

Your "tiny dot" can have a huge impact.


The Spinoff offers this easy-to-understand graphic on the impact each infected person can have on many, many others. When we STAY HOME, our "tiny dot" stops the transmission and stops the spread. Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

In the graphic below, each dot is an infected person. You can see how one infected person could lead to so many additional infections.
Now in this graphic below, you can see how staying at home can have a positive far-reaching effect. This is why it is important to STAY HOME!

Quick News

  • Capital Bikeshare Offers Free 30-day Memberships for Essential Workers
    Essential workers eligible to participate include those in the healthcare, food service, food retailers, and other essential industries, traveling anywhere in the seven member jurisdictions.

    Companies employing essential workers can enroll now through May 1, 2020 for unlimited 30-minute trips for 30 days. In addition, Capital Bikeshare users can purchase $1 Single Ride Passes for essential trips, in both the Capital Bikeshare and Lyft apps, through May 31. Read more here.

     
  • City Police Taking Reports by Phone to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
    The next time you want to stop by the police station to make a report, please call instead. You can reach police at the non-emergency line for police matters only: 703-241-5050 (TTY 711). (Please do not call with COVID-19 questions or general City questions.) Officers are completing reports over the phone whenever possible.

    This method of service maximizes the availability of patrol resources for higher priority incidents, reduces the exposure of public safety personnel to the coronavirus, and helps prevent the spread of the virus.  

    As always, truly urgent calls will receive a police response in-person.

    In addition, Emergency Communication Centers throughout the region, including the Falls Church Police Department, will be asking COVID19 screening questions as a measure to protect the first responders during this crisis period.

Question of the Day

I think I might have COVID-19 -- or it might just be allergies. Should I get tested?


The City's health department -- Fairfax Health Department -- has the answer:
 
  1. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and you are concerned you’ve been exposed, you should call your doctor. Your doctor will evaluate your health and determine if you need testing. The Health Department is NOT offering COVID-19 testing as we are not a primary health care service. DO NOT go to your doctor’s office unannounced. Very specific infection control protocols must be in place prior to your arrival. And, if your doctor facilitates a test for you at a lab or hospital, you must follow their directions specifically so that infection control protocol is appropriate.

    Additionally, three Inova Urgent Care (UCC) locations will staff Respiratory Illness Clinics to evaluate all patients with respiratory illness symptoms. Before visiting any Inova Respiratory Illness Clinic, please read this post for important instructions.
     
  2. If your health care provider declines to test you for COVID-19, it may be because they don’t believe testing is warranted in your situation based on their best clinical judgment. Your health care provider may also decline testing because they do not have the materials to do such testing in the office. In that case, ask your provider if they can refer you to one of their affiliated health care facilities where they will complete an assessment and you may be tested.
     
  3. If you are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or shortness of breath) and either have a positive lab test or have been directed by your health care provider to isolate at home, please continue self-isolation at home until:
     
    • At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared AND
    • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (three full days with no fever and no use of medicine to reduce fever) AND
    • Other symptoms have gone away or improved
    • You should NOT go to any emergency room unless it is an emergency, for example, you are having difficulty breathing. If you need to go to the ER, and you have symptoms plus a known exposure, you must call ahead to ensure proper infection control protocols are in place prior to your arrival.
As commercial labs provide more test supplies, and additional laboratories provide testing, these challenges are likely to decrease. In the meantime, we will continue to perform the critical role of reducing the spread of infection in high-risk settings such as facilities for older adults, to provide support and guidance to the health care community, and to facilitate planning and implementation of mitigation strategies that will reduce the impact of the pandemic in the community.

Fairfax Health will also continue to approve testing to be done at the Virginia Department of Health laboratory based on criteria established by VDH that is designed to identify COVID-19 among individuals who have severe infections or who pose a particular risk to public.



What's your question? Complete the form at www.fallschurchva.gov/covid-questions

Calendar

  • Saturday, April 4: Farmers Market To Go
    This week's Farmers Market To Go will be open 8 a.m. to noon for pre-order pick-up only. Check out the website for the current list of vendors who are offering pre-orders. 
     
  • Monday, April 6: City Council Virtual Meeting

Doing Our Part

City Hall, the Community Center, and the Library may be closed, but the City government is still open for business! Many employees are working from home. The essential employees who remain onsite in The Little City are practicing social distancing on the job, washing hands, and staying home when sick.

We are in this together, and City employees are proud to be doing out part!

In Case You Missed It...

  • City Businesses and Non-Profits Encouraged to Apply for Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
    The Economic Development Office has information on the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Applications open April 3 for most businesses, and April 10 for others. There is a funding cap on the program, so City businesses and non-profits should apply as soon as possible. Read more on the Choose Falls Church website.
     
  • Call Police only with Emergencies, NOT with COVID-19 or General City Questions
    Please do not call our City Police Department unless you have a true emergency. They are inundated by calls that could be answered by the two call centers below:
     
    • COVID-19 Questions: Fairfax Health Department
      703-267-3511 (TTY 711) (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends)
       
    • Questions about City Services and Programs: City Info Line
      703-248-5200 (TTY 711) (Monday through Friday, 9:30am to 5pm)
     
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