Status as of 2 p.m. on March 22

Second Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in the City

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) notified the City of Falls Church on Sunday, March 22, that a second resident of The Kensington, a senior living community, has tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The first diagnosis at The Kensington was announced on Wednesday. (See City’s news release and FCHD news release.)

FCHD, The Kensington, and the City of Falls Church are fully collaborating on the investigation and taking immediate action to prevent further spread. The City is providing full support where appropriate and is staying in close contact with FCHD and The Kensington.
 

Question of the Day

Is it okay to go outside -- in my yard, in my neighborhood, in City parks, etc.?


Yes, as long as you keep 6 feet away from others -- even if you pass someone on a sidewalk or trail, stay 6 feet away from them.

The outdoors offer sunlight, solace, and a break from social and indoor isolation. The City parks are open, but the playgrounds and equipment are not, due to high-touch surfaces not being sanitized. We strongly urge all park visitors to keep their hands clean, avoid touching their faces, and maintain a safe social distance of six feet from others. A list of City Parks can be found at www.fallschurchva.gov/parks (note: Big Chimneys Park is currently closed for renovation). 
 

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

Virtual Town Hall Meeting: COVID-19 Updates with Q&A

Mayor David Tarter, School Board Chairman Greg Anderson, City Manager Wyatt Shields, and Superintendent of Schools Peter Noonan will provide updates on the status of City and School operations, and impacts on our community. A representative of the Fairfax County Health Department will provide a briefing for the community on the virus itself, its history, how it is spread, its symptoms, the number of cases in our area, and the public health response.

Viewers can ask questions by sending them now to townhall@fallschurchva.gov for the Q&A portion of the Town Hall.

A recording of the Town Hall will be posted on the City website and available for viewing if you are not able to watch it live.

The Town Hall is in lieu of the regularly scheduled City Council meeting, which has been cancelled.
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In Case You Missed It...

  • Playgrounds Closed
    All City and Public School playgrounds are closed. Due to the recently announced "community spread" of the virus, is not safe to play on playgrounds due to community spread of COVID-19. The equipment is not cleaned, and the virus can stay on certain surfaces for up to three days. (Source: National Institutes of Health). Also, every person should stay at least 6 feet away from others, and this can be difficult for children and teens.

    All City parks remain open. Parks offer sunlight, solace, and a break from social and indoor isolation. We strongly urge all park visitors to keep their hands clean, avoid touching their faces, and maintain a safe social distance of six feet from others.
     
  • Public Meetings and Gathers Guidance for City, Community, Business Events
    The City posted a Public Meeting & Gathering Guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 13. The City is following this guidance for its events and encourages community groups and businesses to do the same.
     
  • Stay Tuned for Decision about Future Farmers Market
    The City is awaiting further guidance from the Commonwealth regarding mass gatherings and food sources. Safety is the City’s number one priority, and we will notify the public as soon as a decision is made about the March 28 and future markets.
     
  • Restaurant and Grocery Store List on City Website
    Launched moments ago is a list of City restaurants who are offering "to go" service, as well as hours of the City's grocery stores. See the information here, and subscribe to receive emails when the lists are updated.
     
  • New City Services Information Line: 703-248-5200
    The City is staffing a new information line about public services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The line will be answered Monday through Friday, 9:30am to 5pm.

    Questions about COVID-19 should be directed to the Fairfax County Health Department: website, Frequently Asked Questions, email ffxcovid@fairfaxcounty.gov, and phone, 703-267-3511 (M-F: 9:30am-9pm and Sa-Sun: 9:30-5pm).
     
  • Library's eAudiobook Selection
    The Library posted about a number of eAudiobook options, perfect for those trying to limit screentime: Overdrive, RB Digital, and Audible Free eAudiobooks.

City Events and Meetings

  • CANCELLED: The Budget Town Hall scheduled for Sunday, March 22.
     
  • CANCELLED: The City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, March 23.
     
  • NEW: Virtual Town Hall Meeting with Fairfax Health, City Government, and City Schools: Monday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. It will be available online and on Falls Church Community Television (FCCTV: Cox 11, RCN 2, Verizon 35) . Stay tuned for more details. You can submit your question now to townhall@fallschurchva.gov.
     
  • The City posted a Public Meeting & Gathering Guidance on March 13 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is following this guidance for its events and encourages community groups and businesses to do the same.

Coming Soon

  • Next steps for the City's Proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget. This time of year is usually full of public budget meetings. The Budget process is on pause as City staff revise revenue forecasts in light of the economic fallout from COVID-19, and also develop a plan to hold the necessary public meetings for the Budget process to continue.
     
  • The City is working with other localities in Northern Virginia to get clarity from Governor Northam on holding public meetings and taking care of public business during the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration. (See the letter from Mayor David Tarter, as the Chair of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, to Governor Northam here.) More to come on these evolving state guidelines which will impact how the City Council, School Board, Planning Commission and other boards and commissions will carry out the public’s business.
     
  • The City’s business community is severely impacted by the closures and restrictions in place due to COVID-19.   Staff is working with State and Federal officials, the Chamber of Commerce, and the business community to gather Information and resources for City businesses affected by COVID-19 shutdowns.
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