Status as of 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31

  • 245 Total Cases in Fairfax Health District (City of Falls Church, Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, and towns)
    Age Group Number Rate per 100,000
    0-17 3 1.1
    18-49 121 23.4
    50-64 67 28.4
    65 and over 54 36.2
    Total 245 20.7

    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:

  • Health Department Urges Self-Quarantine for Patrons of Murphy’s Irish Pub*, March 25 (see news release)
     
  • Health Department Urges Self-Quarantine for Attendees of a Church Service*, 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!

Joint Statement from Mayor Tarter and Other Chief Elected Officials in Virginia, Maryland: Stay Home

Today, Mayor David Tarter joined 20 other chief local elected officials of Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland to release a joint statement on the COVID-19 pandemic. (Read the full statement here.)
“As the chief elected officials of 21 local governments in the National Capital Region, we are joining in one voice to implore each of the more than five and a half million individuals in our region to stay home unless you are performing an essential activity as permitted by authorities. This is the most important thing each of us can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the threat to our most vulnerable neighbors, including older individuals and those with chronic health conditions.

“The COVID-19 virus ignores jurisdictional boundaries, political viewpoints, and socioeconomic differences. We must be united as one region while we each do our part to protect ourselves and each other. Staying home, practicing social distancing and avoiding gatherings, washing hands frequently, disinfecting surfaces regularly, and staying away from others when sick are simple but vitally important ways to keep each other safe. Please join us in this most critical fight.”

Governor Northam, City of Falls Church Urge Residents to Stay Home

"Do not go out unless you need to go out," said Governor Northam. "This is very different from wanting to go out. Don't go to the store just for one thing. Wait until you have a whole list of needs."
The governor’s action, which currently remains in effect until June 10, means that residents should stay in homes with only a few exceptions for essential activities, including: 
  • Getting groceries or medicines. 
  • Caring for a sick family member or friend. 
  • Getting medical care for yourself .
  • Going outside for exercise for yourself or pets (although not in groups larger than 10 people). 
  • Getting essential social or government services.
  • Traveling to and from work or place of worship. 
Read Governor Northam's full order here. The governor’s previous directives also remain in place, including the closure of recreational and entertainment businesses like movie theaters and gyms and restaurants and bars except for take-out or delivery. 

Quick News

  • Virtual City Council Meeting on Monday, April 6
    City Council will meet via virtual meeting on Monday, April 6. Council will discuss only emergency issues related to COVID-19. Stay tuned for details on how to view this meeting. As always, public comment for the City Council can be sent to cityclerk@fallschurchva.gov.
     
  • Resources for City Businesses
    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed and signed last week. The Act includes key provisions to support the small business community including the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). City businesses are encouraged to research and learn more about the CARES Act and PPP while staff awaits information on the application process.
     
  • City Hall to Close to Public Soon; Services Available Online or by Appointment
    While the City of Falls Church government remains operational, City Hall will be closed to the public starting Thursday, April 2. Residents and businesses can access most services online; appointments for individuals will also be available. Details will be posted on Wednesday.

    Services available online include:
     
    • 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
       
    • Vehicle Registration forms: www.fallschurchva.gov/VehicleReg. You will be mailed a temporary decal when you complete the online registration.
       
    • Building Safety permits and more: click here for the website.
       
    • Voter Registration, Request for Absentee Ballots and to check your Polling Place: www.elections.virginia.gov.
       
  • City Leadership Joined Conference Call with Senator Warner
    Mayor David Tarter and City staff joined a conference call with Senator Warner for a briefing on the federal stimulus relief legislation that will provide financial resources for individuals, small businesses and non-profits, hospitals and medical-nursing facilities, as well as state and local governments.

Question of the Day

What effect does the Governor's Executive Orders have on City events like Memorial Day? 


At least until June 10, the City's special events are cancelled. This unfortunately includes our annual Memorial Day Parade and Festival, Bike-to-Work Day, and more. City staff are working on the possibility of virtual events that could be live-streamed or recorded.
 


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

In Case You Missed It...

  • Farmers Market To Go on April 4
    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. 
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
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