This message comes at the request of and coordination with the Fairfax County Health Department, which is closely monitoring the health crisis in China and any impact it may have on our local area.
There are currently no cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Falls Church, Fairfax County, or Virginia.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), also notes the risk to the U.S. public is considered low at this time.
The Fairfax County Health Department will have an information line available during business hours for questions related to novel coronavirus illness or symptoms: 703-267-3511.
The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) is coordinating with state and local public health and safety partners to be prepared to take additional public health actions as necessary to keep the community safe.
When a new disease is circulating, it's natural for people to be concerned and ask what they can do to protect themselves and their families. The FCHD has developed an informational Fact Sheet on Coronavirus that summarizes the disease, how it spreads, who is at risk, and how you can protect yourself from it.
The Falls Church City Public Schools community is known to travel broadly. If any students, parents or employees who have recently traveled to or from China and are exhibiting symptoms, such as fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, they should stay home and contact their health care provider immediately. Public Health guidance does NOT recommend quarantine of people from China or other countries who are well and have not had contact with a patient who has confirmed coronavirus disease.
As the situation continues to evolve, reassessment will continue as well. Look for additional information to be shared should the situation change in Falls Church or greater Fairfax County area.
Thank you for your cooperation.