Fairfax County Board Considers Declaring Local Emergency

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will consider plans to declare a state of local emergency tomorrow (Tuesday) due to the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In a statement, Jeff McKay, the board’s chairman, said the board is expected to hold an emergency session tomorrow at 10 a.m as part of its next phase of emergency response.

The institution of a local emergency declaration activates the county’s Emergency Operations Plan and allows the county to quickly mobilize county resources. The board must vote to pass the declaration.

So far, all county agencies have been direct to shift to core functions. Residents are strongly encouraged to conduct any needed business online. All county parks, libraries, and school buildings are closed for two weeks beginning today.

The meeting will be broadcast on Fairfax County Government Channel 16 and streamed online. State Gov. Ralph Northam also banned public events of greater than 100 people.

As of Saturday, March 14, the county has identified 10 presumptive cases of coronavirus.

Photo via Fairfax County Government

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