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Novel Coronavirus Situation Update – 3/2/20

Novel Coronavirus Situation Update

Health for Fairfax County. We
know the expanding outbreak of respiratory illness caused by
the novel coronavirus, now referred to as COVID-19, is
worrisome to many in our community. Although the
potential public health threat posed by this virus is high,
both globally and to the United States, the immediate
risk to most Americans remains low, at this time. The public
health system is taking a multi-layered approach to keep
the virus from spreading in the community, including
aggressive actions such as mandatory quarantine of
travelers arriving from areas with substantial disease
transmission. Every day the Health Department works behind
the scenes to protect the community from all kinds of
infectious diseases. Public health measures like screening
people for illness, keeping those who are ill away from
others, and investigating cases when they occur are used
to limit the spread of infections such as measles,
tuberculosis or meningitis. While the novel coronavirus is
new, we are using these tested public health practices to
keep it contained.

There have been no cases of coronavirus
in Fairfax County. However, if a person does become sick with
the novel coronavirus in our County, the Health Department
will ensure the patient is isolated and away from others,
identify anyone who may be at risk from being in close
contact with the patient, and then monitor those close
contacts for symptoms of the disease. In preparation for
the likelihood of community spread of COVID-19 in Fairfax
County, we are also working with county and community
partners to review and adapt our pandemic response plans to
the current situation, in order to reduce the potential
spread of the virus and mitigate the impact it might
have on our community.

Novel Coronavirus Situation Update

Implementation of basic
precautions of infection control and prevention,
including staying home when ill and practicing respiratory
and hand hygiene will become increasingly important. Until
a vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19 is
available, prevention measures are likely to be
non-pharmaceutical in nature and could include strategies
such as social distancing, avoiding mass gatherings,
temporarily closing schools or businesses, and implementing
enhanced cleaning protocols. We need your help in
preventing this novel coronavirus from spreading in
our community. Routine use of the following everyday
preventive measures will increase community resilience
and readiness for responding to an outbreak. * Stay home
when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms.
In addition, we ask that you pay attention to the CDC
travel advisories and suspend non-essential travel to
destinations where the risk of transmission is high. A list
of destinations with travel notices is available on the
CDC website. We also encourage individuals and families to
review their own preparedness.

Novel Coronavirus Situation Update

Novel Coronavirus Situation Update

Talk to your loved ones about
how you would care for each other if you were to get sick,
and make sure you have the proper supplies at home, such
as thermometers, cold medicines, pain relievers,
soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizers, water and fluids
with electrolytes. Have a plan for childcare if schools or
childcare programs close. Ask your employer about sick leave
and telecommuting policies. And sign up for Fairfax Alerts
to receive official emergency warnings and information.
Misinformation about the coronavirus can create fear
and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to
keep everyone healthy.

Novel Coronavirus Situation Update

We can fight stigma and help others
by knowing the facts. For accurate information about
this evolving situation, please visit our website,
Fairfax County Dot Gov Slash Health or CDC Dot Gov.
Together, we can keep our community healthy and safe.
Thank you.

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