NOTE: We intend to publish the next Daily Update on Monday, March 30.

Status as of 2 p.m. on Friday, March 27

Age Group Number Rate per 100,000
0-17 3 1.1
18-49 68 13.2
50-64 29 12.3
65 and over 24 16.1
Total 124 10.6
 
About the table: In addition to the number of confirmed cases seen in each age group, rates are provided to indicate the age distribution of cases while taking into account the size differences of the age groups. This rate is the number of cases in an age group divided by the total number of people within that age group.

Alerts

The City will report out any cases that are a public concern*. There are currently two in our area:

  • Alexandria Health Department Urges Self-Quarantine for Certain Patrons of Murphy’s Irish Pub*, March 25 (see news release)
     
  • Fairfax Health Department Urges Self-Quarantine of Attendees of a Service at a Church in Bailey’s Crossroads*, March 20 (see news release).

*Remember, even if there is no concern to you about a case, please continue social and physical distancing, which means no more playdates, no more visits with friends, and keeping at least 6 feet of distance from others. Also, wash your hands regularly, sanitize high-touch surfaces often, and stay home if you feel sick!

Quick News

  • WMATA Weekend Rail and Bus Schedule -- Essential Travel Only
    Significantly reduced rail and bus service this weekend, maintaining a core network of 26 “lifeline” bus routes and providing twice-hourly rail service for our region’s essential travel needs. Essential travel includes medical providers and hospital staff, first responders, critical government functions, individuals involved in helping the community respond to COVID-19, grocery and pharmacy trips, among others. Read more.

    See also WMATA's earlier announcement about closing select Metro stations, including East Falls Church. Read more.
     
  • Health Care Options for the Uninsured
    From the Fairfax County Health Department. The City of Falls Church is part of the Fairfax Health District. Here is a list of clinics that offer low-cost or free medical care and pharmacies during the coronavirus outbreak: view the list

    This list includes health care providers that offer primary care, dental care, behavioral health and pharmacies. These clinics and centers serve people who have no insurance or have Medicaid.

    If you have coronavirus symptoms, call ahead to these clinics before you go, so they can put in place proper infection control measures. Do not go unannounced. Be sure to see the website as providers have various protocol in place for COVID-19, including telemedicine. Services are located throughout the Fairfax Health District from a variety of health care providers.
     
  • City Council, Staff Working on City Issues
    This week Mayor David Tarter, City Council members, and City staff met virtually with Senator Mark Warner, Representative Don Beyer, Governor Ralph Northam, and regional organizations to address small businesses issues, local response, and how local governments can continue to deliver core services with a key focus on the federal stimulus relief legislation.
     
    Leadership are actively working and collaborating at the regional, state, and federal levels for effective and coordinated response for the health, continuity of operation, economic impacts (such as looking after our small businesses, at risk populations, adjusting tax deadlines), and accessing or linking to federal and state relief financial resources.

Question of the Day

Is it okay if kids and teens play with the neighborhood kids -- I've heard the virus doesn't hit the younger ones.


Absolutely everyone -- no matter the age -- should be social and physical distancing. Anyone can be affected by the virus. Anyone can transfer the virus to others. 

This means babies, kids, teens, young adults, adults, the elderly -- absolutely EVERYONE should be 6 feet from each other. 

Babies, kids, and teens should NOT be playing together, unless they are in the same household. This virus CAN affect any and all of them, or they can be carriers for it.

No more playdates. No more basketball in the cul de sac with the neighborhood group. Only households playing with members of the same household.

Yes, this is a VERY difficult time for everyone. It's important that we stay home, wash hands, disinfect high-touch surfaces, and only go to grocery and other stores for critical needs. If we feel sick, we stay home and call our doctor. We cannot overwhelm the hospitals.
 
 


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

Farmers Market "To Go" Opens Tomorrow

The City of Falls Church Farmers Market will reopen this Saturday, March 28 with a "to go" format that complies with the guidelines from Governor Northam and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). City staff met with VDACS and received approval on the "To Go" plan.

The new Farmers Market To Go offers an additional food source for residents and helps local farmers keep their businesses going (and growing) during the pandemic.
This market will not have the same atmosphere as past markets. Customers are in-and-out quickly. No browsing. No shopping. Just pick up the pre-paid pre-order, and go.

Go to the Farmers Market To Go website to see the rules for customers and producers (vendors). Everyone who pre-orders and enters the market must abide by these rules. Read more here
If you need information about COVID-19, the Fairfax Health Department is available at 703-267-3511 (9:30am to 9pm weekdays; 9:30am to 5pm on weekends) or ffxcovid@fairfaxcounty.gov.

In Case You Missed It...

  • Three Inova Respiratory Illness Clinics Open
    Inova Urgent Care locations at Dulles South, North Arlington and Tysons will staff Respiratory Illness Clinics to evaluate all patients with respiratory illness symptoms. Before visiting any Inova Respiratory Illness Clinic, contact your regular physician for evaluation. Read more here.
     
  • Playgrounds Closed; Fields, Courts Closed to Groups; Parks Open
    City fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and the skate park are closed to groups of 10 or more people. Be prepared: you might have to turn around and go home if the field or court is too crowded.

    Any number of people using those facilities must maintain 6 feet of distance from each other.

    City playgrounds remain closed. They are unsafe to play on as they are not sanitized.
     
  • Video of Virtual Town Hall
    The video of the virtual town hall meeting from March 23 is available online: Click here for the full video on YouTube and click here for the full video (then click on "Agenda" to access skip-ahead bookmarks).
     
  • City Hall is Open
    The Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue, and Permits Counter are open 9am to 4pm. All other counters and offices are closed to the public. You can visit the City's website to find phone numbers and emails.
     
  • City Services Online
    • Online payments for personal property tax bills, real estate tax bills, parking tickets, general bills for special trash pick-up and false alarm fees, FCCPS tuition payments and facility rental payments: www.fallschurchva.gov/Pay
       
    • Online Vehicle Registration forms: www.fallschurchva.gov/VehicleReg. You will be mailed a temporary decal when you complete the online registration.
       
    • Online Voter Registration, Request for Absentee Ballots and to check your Polling Place: www.elections.virginia.gov.

Coming Soon

  • Staff is coordinating a plan for City Council and Planning Commission to meet that would allow the public to virtually attend the meeting and provide comment on public hearing items.
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