Status as of 3 p.m. on Monday, April 6

  • 488 Total Cases in the Fairfax Health District, including 5 deaths
  • New totals are 116 more cases and 1 more death since Friday, April 3
  • The Health District covers City of Falls Church, Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, and towns
     
    Age Group Number Rate per 100,000
    0-17 7 2.5
    18-49 236 45.9
    50-64 137 59.7
    65 and over 101 69.0
    Total 481* 41.3
    *May not reflect the total number of cases because investigations are ongoing.

CDC Recommends Wearing Simple Cloth Face Coverings in Public


While social distancing is key to slowing the spread the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends that people wear cloth face coverings when it’s difficult to stay six feet apart in public places, like the grocery store.

These simple cloth face coverings are meant to protect people around you if you are infected but don’t have symptoms.

A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the person wearing it and should be used in addition to social distancing.

How to Wear a Face Covering
  1. Make sure it fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face. 
  2. Secure with ties or ear loops. 
  3. Include multiple layers of fabric.
  4. Allow for breathing without restriction.
  5. Make sure the covering can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape. 
  6. When you take off your face covering, be careful not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth. Wash your hands immediately after removing.
How to Make a Face Covering
You can make a face covering using any number of cotton items, like a t-shirt, bandana, scarf, or hand towel. Watch the video below for simple steps to making your own.
What You Need to Know about the Different Kinds of Masks
  • N95 respirator masks are for healthcare workers only.
  • Surgical masks are for health care workers only.
  • Cotton masks can be worn by everyone in public, but they are not a replacement for social distancing.

Quick News

  • City Council Meets Virtually Tonight, Monday, April 6
  • Live Storytime Set for Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
    Join staff from the Mary Riley Styles Public Library at 10:30 a.m. on select days for live storytime via Facebook.

     
  • Spring and Easter Activities
    The annual Easter Egg Hunt is cancelled, but the fun continues online! Go to the Recreation and Parks webpage for activities like crafts, virtual egg hunts, bingo and more!

     
  • Lock it or Lose It
    Don't forget to lock the doors of your vehicles, home, garage, basement, shed, etc. -- and don't leave valuables in sight. Even spare change in a car console can be enough for a thief to try to gain entry -- make sure nothing is visible, and lock your doors.

Question of the Day

How many COVID-19 cases are in the City of Falls Church?


As of today, there are 488 cases in the Fairfax Health District -- a jump of 116 cases over the weekend -- which includes the City of Falls Church, City of Fairfax, Fairfax County, and towns in the county. In short, the City government does not know the exact number of cases, but we assume there are many.

There is "community spread" of COVID-19, which means we must protect ourselves by staying at least 6 feet from others not in our household, wearing a face covering when going out in public, and going into public only when absolutely necessary.

The Fairfax Health Department and Virginia Department of Health will notify the City if there are cases of community concern -- that is, if residence were at a certain place at a certain time, they should automatically self-quarantine themselves in their house.


There are no active cases of community concern at this time. Make sure you are subscribed to more than one notification tool from the City. In addition to this newsletter, you can subscribe to:


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

Calendar

  • Tuesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 9: Library Storytime Live
    Join Library staff at 10:30am on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for a live storytime on the Mary Riley Styles Public Library's Facebook page.
     
  • Saturday, April 11: 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. 
     

Doing Our Part

City Hall, the Community Center, and the Library may be closed, but the City government is still open for business!

City employees and City Council had a technical rehearsal for tonight's City Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. City Hall is closed, so all attendees must access the meeting through the City's website or FCCTV (RCN 2, Cox 11, Verizon 35). Public comment can be submitted up until 8 p.m. to cityclerk@fallschurchva.gov.

The Council will only discuss issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The agenda is posted here

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