Office of Emergency Management
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
April 17, 2020


Slow the Spread of COVID-19 Toolkit

To help slow the spread of coronavirus disease, residents are encouraged to follow the instructions in the “Slow the Spread of COVID-19” toolkit for what to do if you are sick or in contact with someone is sick.
Residents have begun receiving this information in the mail beginning this week and can download, as well
find it in multiple languages at:


Language Portal:
Rumor control page:
Parks Virtual Exploration Center:


Fairfax County COVID-19 Cases:
Fairfax County COVID-19 website:
Fairfax County Health Department:

Executive Order 53 (closure of non-essential businesses): Temporary restrictions on restaurants, recreational, entertainment, gatherings, non-essential retail businesses and closure of K-12 schools have been extended until May 8, 2020. To view a copy of this order, visit:

Executive Order 55 (stay at home order): Current expiration date for Executive Order 55 remains June 10, 2020. To view a copy of this order, visit:


Fairfax County Government Buildings and Parks: All buildings/facilities/parks are closed to the public until further notice.

  • Government Resources:

Fairfax County Public Schools: Schools remain CLOSED and distance learning continues.


Face Coverings in Public: In addition to social distancing (6 feet), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends that people wear cloth face coverings. These simple cloth face coverings are meant to protect people around you if you are infected but don’t have symptoms.
Transmission of Coronavirus — How is COVID-19 Spread?

  • How easily does the virus spread?
    The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been
    infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. Prolonged close contact (within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 disease for more than 10 minutes or more) increases risk of infection.
  • Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
    The CDC reports that recent studies show a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity — for example, speaking, coughing or sneezing — even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.
  • Can mosquitoes or ticks spread the virus that causes COVID-19?
    At this time, CDC has no data to suggest that this new coronavirus or other similar coronaviruses are spread by mosquitoes or ticks.


Map for Senior Shopping Hours: Fairfax County has developed an interactive map to help find grocery stores with senior hours.


Fire and Rescue Department File of Life: Filling out a File of Life can provide peace of mind and be extremely helpful if you or loved one must go to the hospital. This form gives medics quick access to important medical info allowing for appropriate medical treatment. Normally the File of Life form comes in a magnetic holder that you place on your refrigerator. We usually provide holder for free but cannot get it to the public at this time. Please use a magnet or tape to attach to your refrigerator so our firefighters and paramedics will find it if you cannot communicate with us. You can download the form to fill out.

Download at:

Scam Slam Audio Series: The emergency information blog has published 5 Scam Slam audios related to the coronavirus pandemic, stimulus package, shopping scams, mortgage relief scams and personal loan scams.

If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, call the Fairfax County Police Non-Emergency Line at 703-691-2131, TTY 711. Be sure to also contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at 1-877-908-3360 or


This is a rapidly changing situation, and information is being shared as it becomes available.