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City of Falls Church COVID-19 & Urgent Updates

Posted on: January 15, 2021

Vaccine Appointment Information

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Vaccine Appointments

  • Who Can Register for the Vaccine Now?
    • Adults ages 65+
    • People ages 16-64 with a high-risk medical condition or disability that increases their risk of severe illness from COVID-19
    • Health care personnel not affiliated with a hospital
  • How Those Groups Can Register
    • Register for an appointment online and a health department representative will call or email to schedule the appointment.
    • Or, make an appointment by calling the Health Department’s vaccine hotline at 703-324-7404 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Please note there is a very high call volume, and the online registration is preferred.
  • Special Instructions for frontline essential workers
    • The Fairfax Health Department will conduct closed vaccination clinics for police, fire and hazmat, corrections and homeless shelter workers. There will be no need for individuals working in these sectors to contact the Health Department to schedule appointments.
  • More Information

A Closer Look at How COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines Work

The Fairfax Health Department writes more about how the vaccines work in this blog post. Important highlights:

  • They cannot give someone COVID-19. 
  • mRNA vaccines do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19. 
  • They do not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. 
  • mRNA never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA (genetic material) is kept. 
  • The cell breaks down and gets rid of the mRNA soon after it is finished using the instructions. 
  • They are being held to the same rigorous safety and effectiveness standards as all other types of vaccines in the United States.

The Symptoms of COVID-19

There are six newly reported symptoms that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say could be signs of COVID-19: 

  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Any of these symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. COVID-19 patients can experience a diversity of issues – from mild symptoms to severe illness.

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives. 

Health Care Options for the Uninsured

Via Fairfax Health Department (the City’s health department), here are resources for the uninsured: follow this link.

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. For assistance with recommendations, to arrange for a physician appointment, or if you do not have a primary care physician, call 1-855-IMG-DOCS. Your regular physician can evaluate your symptoms to determine if testing is indicated based on COVID-19 testing criteria and provide a testing order, or refer you to the Inova Respiratory Illness Clinic for evaluation.

The three clinics will also be able to collect COVID-19 vehicle-side samples that have been ordered by physicians. Upon arrival at the Inova Respiratory Illness Clinic, a clinician will greet the patient at their vehicle to escort the patient into the respiratory clinic for evaluation or to collect samples for a physician-ordered test.

For patients who undergo COVID-19 testing, a UCC nurse will contact those whose results are negative. For patients with positive results, a nurse will coordinate with the patient’s regular physician for notification and further instructions. Patients who are tested can expect results in roughly 4-7 days.

These clinics will be open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Addresses and contact information for the Inova Respiratory Illness Clinics are:

Inova Urgent Care – Dulles South
24801 Pinebrook Rd. #110
Chantilly, VA 20152

Inova Urgent Care – North Arlington
4600 Lee Hwy.
Arlington, VA 22207

Inova Urgent Care – Tysons
8357 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182

How to Stay Healthy

  • Mental Health Resources
    These services are based in Fairfax County but available to all City of Falls Church residents: COVID-19 Mental Health Resources Website via Fairfax County

  • Practice social and physical distancing.
    • Keep a 6 foot distance from others. If you must go into public, make sure you maintain this distance.
    • If you must go into public, it is a good idea to bring with you disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.
    • No longer shake hands, hug, or otherwise make physical contact with others.
    • No more parties, gatherings, playdates, visits, or letting others visit you in your home.
    • Stay home when sick.
    • Keep away from others who are sick
  • Practice good hygiene.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

How to Care for a Loved One with COVID-19

(Source: CDC

Most people who get sick with COVID-19 will have only mild illness and should recover at home.* Care at home can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and help protect people who are at risk for getting seriously ill from COVID-19. 

If you are caring for someone at home, monitor for emergency signs, prevent the spread of germs, treat symptoms, and carefully consider when to end home isolation.

*Note: Older adults and people of any age with certain serious underlying medical conditions like lung disease, heart disease, or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness and should seek care as soon as symptoms start.

Monitor for Worsening Symptoms

  • Know the emergency warning signs.
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
  • Have their healthcare provider’s contact information on hand.
  • If they are getting sicker, call their healthcare provider. For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that they have or are suspected to have COVID-19.

Prevent the Spread of Germs when Caring for Someone Who is Sick

  • Have the person stay in one room, away from other people, including yourself, as much as possible. 
    • If possible, have them use a separate bathroom.
    • Avoid sharing personal household items, like dishes, towels, and bedding
    • If facemasks are available, have them wear a facemask when they are around people, including you.
    • It the sick person can’t wear a facemask, you should wear one while in the same room with them, if facemasks are available.
    • If the sick person needs to be around others (within the home, in a vehicle, or doctor’s office), they should wear a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after interacting with the sick person. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Every day, clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops, and doorknobs 
    • Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.
  • Wash laundry thoroughly. 
    • If laundry is soiled, wear disposable gloves and keep the soiled items away from your body while laundering. Wash your hands immediately after removing gloves.
  • Avoid having any unnecessary visitors.
  • For any additional questions about their care, contact their healthcare provider or state or local health department.

Provide Symptom Treatment

  • Make sure the sick person drinks a lot of fluids to stay hydrated and rests at home.
  • Over-the-counter medicines may help with symptoms.
  • For most people, symptoms last a few days and get better after a week.

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