The Fairfax Count Democratic Committee is committed to supporting our neighbors in need during this public health situation. The COVID Connections program is a way for volunteers to reach out to their neighbors, connect them with any needed services, and support their community. Click here to sign up to be a Democratic Ambassador for COVID Connections.
Resources Available to Fairfax County Residents
This is a list of resources that are most frequently requested. This is not a source of updates regarding the spread of COVID-19 in Fairfax County. Please go to the official Fairfax County Government Coronavirus Update website for full updates and a list of additional resources.
Fairfax County Public Schools is offering free breakfast and lunch for children (18 and under) and reduced cost meals ($2) for adults. The meals are provided with curbside pick-up at a number of schools, community centers and other locations. Meals are available Monday – Friday, 10am – 1pm.
Governor Ralph Northam has expanded unemployment benefits, including waiving of the one-week waiting period, expanding eligibility, and reducing work requirements to receive benefits.
Not everyone is fortunate enough to live in an environment that is always physically safe. At a time when more people are required to stay inside to protect themselves from the virus, the issue of domestic and sexual violence increases for those in these unsafe home environments. Use the following resources if you require family services.
- Text Message – Text “LOVEIS” to 22522 for the national domestic violence hotline
- 24-hour Hotline by Phone – 703-360-7273
- Assistance from a Distance: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/assistance-from-a-distance
- Domestic and Sexual Violence Services: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/domestic-sexual-violence
Fairfax County offers a number of ways for residents to stay informed about developments regarding COVID-19.
- Social Media
- Text Message – Text “FFXCOVID” to 888777.
- Email – Send questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org
Symptoms of COVID-19
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. See below for a quick informational video from the CDC regarding the symptoms.
If you have these symptoms, and you had an exposure to COVID-19 (for example, a sick household member or you have traveled somewhere where COVID-19 is occurring), take the following steps to help protect other people in your home and community:
- Call your health care provider. Your health care provider will provide you with information needed.
- Isolate yourself at home and follow guidelines to check and report your health
- Follow the recommended steps to stop the spread at home and care for your own health. See CDC’s What to do if you are sick guideline.
- Let your close contacts — anyone within 6 feet for more than a few minutes — know you are sick so they can self-quarantine.
COVID-19 tests are only available on an as-needed basis. If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, contact your doctor or health care provider, and they can order a test.
Mental Health Tips
Pandemics carry a number of risks that impact everyone. While we worry about physical health, maintaining our mental health can be just as important. The CDC has tips for managing stress and anxiety so that you don’t compromise your well-being.