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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 INFORMATION HUB

In light of the challenges posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, United Community reiterates our commitment to help our neighbors in need — especially now, when they may need it most. We are determined to serve our community — however we can, for as long as we can!

We are teaming up with Fairfax County to provide our clients and community members with every resource they need to overcome the challenges of this outbreak. Please see the list below for a comprehensive list of resources available in our community. We will continue to update this list as more information becomes available.

Interested in Regular COVID-19 Updates? Text "FFXCOVID" to 888777

COMMUNITY FOOD RESOURCES

Emergency Food Supplies for At-Risk Families

United Community’s Food Pantry at 7511 Fordson Rd is partnering with Fairfax County and the Capital Area Food Bank to provide emergency food supplies for families in need who live in zip codes 22306, 22307, 22308, 22309, and East of Telegraph 22303 and 22310. We ask that all clients seeking food assistance bring a valid photo ID or proof of address with them.

Our Food Pantry’s Hours are:

Monday 9-11:45am
Tuesday 1-5pm
Wednesday 1-5pm
Thursday 1-5pm
Friday 9-11:45am

We ask that clients be in line at least 15 minutes before the Food Pantry Closes to be served.

Due to recent federal policy changes, families seeking food assistance must be added to our Link2Feed Database to continue receiving assistance. Our case workers will meet with families to help them through the intake process. This may impact wait times at our food pantry. We appreciate your patience. Please refer to this form for more information about the intake process (click here for the Spanish version).

Free Meal Distribution for K-12 Students

Fairfax County Public Schools is distributing grab-and-go meals for K-12 Students at 38 locations throughout the County, including Mt. Vernon Woods ES, Hollin Meadows ES, Audubon Apartments, Gum Springs Community Center, Hybla Valley ES and in front of the Sacramento Neighborhood Community Center.

Meals are free for K-12 Students and just $2 for adults. Breakfast and Lunch (both meals can be picked up at the same time) are available to be picked up from 9:00am to 1:00pm, Monday through Friday. Click here for a full list of times and locations

In addition,  School Buses are delivering grab & go meals Monday through Friday to students who live in the Fort Hunt ES, Riverside ES, Washington Mill ES, Woodlawn ES, Woodley Hills ES, Whitman MS, Sandburg MS, Mt. Vernon HS and West Potomac HS areas. Meals are free for K-12 Students and just $2 for adults. Click here to see the bus stop locations and times.

Food distribution will continue during the Summer

Free Meal Distribution at Rising Hope United Methodist Church

Chef Jose Andres and World Central Kitchen will be distributing meals to families in need for the next three Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3:30pm, beginning on April 16th.

Families in need should come to Rising Hope at 8220 Russell Road in Alexandria to pick up meals. Depending on the status of the pandemic, additional weeks may be added.

Free Sunday Catfish Dinner at Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church

Local Nonprofit Veterans Fishing Adventure is providing free catfish dinners for anyone in need, Sundays from 12-5pm at the Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church at 7929 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22306.

Food Resources Map

In the interest of public health and safety, we strongly encourage those in need to seek out resources closest to them. Fairfax County has created this Food Resources Map with a complete list of meal distribution sites and food pantries near you. 

Click here for a version in Spanish

You can also text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877 to learn more about food resources closest to you

Application for Food Stamp (SNAP) Benefits

BASIC NEEDs SUPPORT

Fairfax County Basic Needs Hotline

Diapers and Formula for At-Risk Families

United Community’s Food Pantry at 7511 Fordson Rd has partnered with The Greater DC Diaper Bank to provide diapers to families in need who live in zip codes 22306, 22307, 22308, 22309, and East of Telegraph 22303 and 22310. Families can receive diapers once a month (depending on our inventory). We ask that parents please bring their child’s birth certificate or other documentation. Baby formula will also be distributed for families in need.

Parental Support Resources

Do you feel stressed about being a parent during COVID-19? The Fairfax County Department of Family Services is hosting Virtual Parent Cafes every Monday from 7:45 – 9:15pm. The “Parenting Education Program” will discuss self-care, how to establish discipline and family rules and how to create a healthy routine for your child.

Interested parents can email buildingstrongerfamilies@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-324-7720 for more information.

You can also call the parental support line (703-324-7720) Monday through Friday from 8am – 4:30pm to receive one-on-one support or ask any parenting questions you may have.

Free Virtual Financial Counseling

For those experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, Britepaths’ Financial Empowerment Center is offering free financial virtual financial counseling services via video and phone conferencing. 

Click here for more information!

Free Legal Services

Legal Services of Northern Virginia are offering free legal counsel to families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Services include unemployment claims, evictions and foreclosures, tax questions and public benefits.

Appointments are offered via phone Monday – Thursday, 9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30 – 3:30pm and online. 

Click here for more details.

Domestic and Sexual Violence Resources

We recognize that quarantine poses many challenges; most especially for those who live in environments where domestic and sexual violence are common. If you or your child feel unsafe at home, call the Fairfax County 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Hotline — 703-360-7273

You can also chat with a representative online at www.thehotline.org.

If you’re specifically concerned about your child’s safety, your can call Fairfax County Child Protective Services 24/7 to receive advice or to make a report — 703-324-7400

Mental Health Resources

If you are concerned about the mental health or substance use for yourself or a loved one, you can call the Fairfax – Falls Church Community Services Board.
  • For emergency services, call (24/7) 703-573-5679
  • For entry and referral, call 703-383-8500 (Mon-Fri, 8am – 4:30pm)
  • You can also call or text the National Suicide Hotline — 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “Connect” to 855-11

Utilities - Disconnections Suspended

Fairfax County has reached out to area utility companies to assure that they are working to protect those at risk of utility disconnection. We have received confirmations from:

Verizon, Comcast, and Cox, have pledged to keep customers connected for the next 60 days and not terminate services to any residential customer or small business that are unable to pay their bills.
Read more.

Dominion Energy suspended disconnections.
Read more.

Washington Gas will be waiving late fees and suspending disconnections.
Read more.

Information for Those Threatened With Eviction

On September 2, the CDC issued a national eviction moratorium, suspending evictions for families who can’t pay their rent through December 31 (or until the State and Local Governments pass more protective measures). Tenants must meet certain requirements including an annual income under $99,000 and proof that they are unable to pay rent due to income loss or extraordinary medical expenses. Tenants will also need to present this signed form to their landlordClick here for more information.

The moratorium on evictions does not prohibit landlords from sending threatening letters to tenants who haven’t paid full rent. If you receive such a letter, do not move — click here to learn your rights as a tenant (Click here for Spanish). You can also contact Legal Services Northern Virginia or the Virginia Poverty Law Center Eviction Helpline — 833-NOEVICT (833-663-8428) in English and Spanish.​

Property Owners and Property Managers are asked to refer to this letter from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Individuals in need of rental assistance are encouraged to contact Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880. This line is multilingual and does not inquire about immigration status

School information

Childcare: Fairfax County Supporting Return to Schools (SRS) Program

Fairfax County is offering a full-day on-site programming for children in Kindergarten through 6th Grade who live in Fairfax County or the City of Fairfax. Programming will run Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 6:00pm starting Sept. 8th. Full day programming will provide
    • Support for children’s active and engaged learning during the FCPS virtual academic day
    • A supportive setting to promote the child’s academic, social, emotional and physical development
    • Opportunities for children to explore, engage, relax and enjoy activities based on the program curriculum –The Great Outdoors: Road Trips Through the Americas.
    • A warm and welcoming environment and a day balanced with care, learning, guidance, friendships and fun!

Click here for more information or call 703-449-8989

School is Back in Session - Information for Parents of FCPS Students

The new school year has begun for students in Fairfax County Public Schools. All students are expected to attend school virtually

If your child has not been attending school because you do not have a laptop or internet access, please contact your school. If there are other reasons your child is not able to attend, please call your school. Schools want to help your and your child.

In Virginia, public school students ages 5-18 are required to attend school regularly, whether the attend virtually by logging onto a computer or in-person instruction. Teachers are taking attendance every day. If a parent calls and indicates their child will not be able to attend for a certain class period, the student is excused for the class period.

If you need help, please contact your school. For more information visit https://www.fcps.edu/attendance.

Pandemic EBT Benefits for Students Using Free & Reduced Lunch

Children who utilized Fairfax County Public School’s Free & Reduced meal program can receive food benefits through a program called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT.

To be eligible for P-EBT, the household must include a student who was participating in the free or reduced meal program anytime between March 16, 2020 through June 12, 2020

Immigration status, household income, age of the child, or grade level have no bearing on eligibility — the only requirement is that you must have a child enrolled in the free or reduced meal program.

Click here for more information!

Technology Support

Internet Providers Providing Relief During COVID-19

Comcast/Xfinity is opening free Wi-Fi Network hotspots at businesses and outdoor locations, and is offering free unlimited data and no disconnect or late fees for customers. Low-income and new customers in Comcast’s service area are eligible for a 60-day complimentary Internet Essentials Package.

Cox is offering their Connect2Compete program, free through July 15 and just $9.95/month after. They also offer discounted, refurbished equipment through their PC’s for People Program.

Verizon has waived all service terminations, late fees and overage charges for customers. They also offer affordable options for low-income households and an additional 15 GB of high-speed data to existing customers, as well as no data caps for Fios and DSL broadband customers.

Free and Reduced Cost Cell Phones

SAFELINK WIRELESS is a program provided by TracFone Wireless to provide low-income families with access to affordable Cell Phone coverage. Eligible families receive a smartphone or SIM card along with free minutes, texts, and data each month. The program is limited to those who participate in state or federal support programs or who meet Income Poverty Guidelines, and is limited to one person per household. Click here to see if you qualify.

Internet and Technology Access

Fairfax County Public Schools created an interactive map and list of community internet access sites in our Fairfax Neighborhoods and the surrounding area. Click here for the complete list

FCPS also has a list of technology resources for students and families that do not have access to technology. 

Local Government Support

Limited In-Person Services Offered at Fairfax County Government Buildings

Department of Tax Administration service counters will be open for limited service on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am – 3pm for walk-in service at the Government Center. Staff will provide full service for all tax needs during those hours. Face coverings are required, and social distancing signs and floor decals are in place. However most transactions can be conducted online. For information on whether an in-person visit is required, call 703-222-8234.
Building Permits, Plans and Inspections – Limited customer services are being offered by Land Development Services (LDS)  in the lobby of the Herrity Building, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. However, LDS is only accepting electronic submissions for permits and plans. For questions and trouble-shooting related to an ongoing project, email, call or schedule an appointment. 
Health Clinics – The Health Department has expanded essential services to three clinic locations. Clients in need of essential services can make an appointment at the Herndon-Reston District Office, Joseph Willard Health Center and Mount Vernon District Office.  Essential services offered include limited immunizations, pregnancy tests, STI services, TB testing, WIC services and yellow fever immunizations. To make an appointment, call 703-246-7100. Please note that the Health Department does not offer COVID-19 testing. Contact your health care provider if you are seeking COVID-19 testing or see the COVID-19 Testing page for more information. 

​Behavioral Health, Substance Use Disorders and Developmental Disability – The Community Service Board’s (CSB) 24/7 services, such as emergency services, Mobile Crisis Unit, residential services and other community-based services, continue to be available. Some other services can be accessed on-site, as well, at certain locations, including individual therapy, case management/support coordination, group therapy, psychiatric services, nursing services, pharmacy services, emergency services, homeless drop-in service, detoxification services, residential treatment and crisis stabilization.

Call the CSB site prior to going for any reason, other than emergency services. CSB’s assistance from a distance flyer includes phone numbers and hours of operation for all sites. For additional questions, call the Entry and Referral line at 703-383-8500, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

Applying for Unemployment Benefits

Individuals who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 Pandemic are eligible for unemployment insurance benefits from the state. You can file a claim online at www.vec.virginia.gov or by calling 1-866-832-2363. Those filing a claim for the first time will receive three important documents
    • Benefits Rights document — explains eligibility requirements and what you need to do to claim your benefits each week
    • Monetary Determination document — shows how much money you may be eligible to receive
    • A PIN — Necessary to claim weekly benefits and make inquiries about your claim
If you are eligible for payments, a payment should be processed within a week or two of your claim. Click here for more details.

Unemployment Resources through Virginia Career Works

The Virginia Career Works Fairfax Centers are closed, but continue to provide services remotely during regular business hours (Mon – Thurs, 8:30am – 4pm and Fri 10am – 4:30pm). Click Here for more information. You can also contact the centers below
  • Alexandria: 703-704-6286, DFSVCWAlexandria@fairfaxcounty.gov
  • Fairfax: 703-324-7280, DFSVJC@fairfaxcounty.gov

Employment Resources During the COVID-19 Crisis

Several Businesses are Actively Hiring during the COVID-19 Crisis including:
Community Health Resources

COVIDCheck Self-Screening Tool

The Virginia Department of Health has launched a new online risk-assessment tool for Virginians to check for COVID-19 symptoms and connect with health care resources and nearby testing sites. 

Click here for more information!

Respiratory Illness Clinics and COVID-19 Testing

Starting Wednesday, March 25, Inova Urgent Care locations at Dulles South, North Arlington, and Tysons will staff Respiratory Illness Clinics to evaluate all patients with respiratory illness symptoms. The three clinics will also be able to collect COVID-19 vehicle-side samples that have been requested by their physician.

Upon arrival at the 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 testing. Patients who are tested can expect results within 4-7 days.

Before visiting any Inova Respiratory Illness Cliniccontact your regular primary care physician for evaluation to determine if testing is necessary. 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.

Clinic will be open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm (unless otherwise indicated) and are located at:

    • Inova Urgent Care — Dulles South, 24801 Pinebrook Rd, #110, Chantilly, VA 20152 — 703-722-3080 (Not Open on Weekends)
    • Inova Urgent Care — North Arlington, 4600 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207 — 571-492-3080 (Not Open on Weekends)
    • Inova Urgent Care — Tysons, 8357 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182 – 571-665-6440
    • Inova Primary Care — Old Town Alexandria, 325 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314 — 703-683-7220 — (Open from 1pm – 4:30pm, Call to Schedule Appointment

COVID-19 Testing Available at Neighborhood Health Clinics

Neighborhood Health is offering COVID-19 testing for patients once they’ve completed a telehealth consultation with one of their medical providers. At this time they can only test patients that display COVID-19 symptoms. Patients should call 703-535-5568 to get a telehealth evaluation prior to testing. Neighborhood Health also provides discounts to reduce copays and deductibles for those who do not have health insurance or medicaid. Please call for more information.

The Neighborhood Health Clinic is located at ​6677 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22306

COVID-19 Testing Available at CVS Minute Clinics

COVID-19 Testing is now available at select CVS MinuteClinic locations. 

Visit their website to find the testing location nearest you.

Healthcare Options for the Uninsured

Community Health Guidelines

COVID-19 TESTING

  • Fairfax County is currently advising anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or who are concerned they have been exposed to call their doctor or health care provider. See the Fairfax County Health Department for more details.

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • 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 with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

 
Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
  • Alcohol solutions

Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.

  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).



Complete Disinfection Guide

More Handwashing Tips

COVID-19 Information for Non-English Speakers

  • Fairfax County Government has developed a COVID-19 Language Portal where residents can download COVID-19 related health materials in their native language. Information is available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, and ASL.
Zoning Permits and Applications – Application submissions are only being accepted online, by mail or via the drop box in front of the Herrity Building. However, the Department of Planning and Development will schedule in-person appointments on an as-needed basis, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, to accommodate individuals with limited access to technology resources or specific needs.   

Please call Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) to find basic needs assistance nearest you!

703.222.0880, Monday – Friday, 8am – 4:30pm

Fairfax County has posted a list of health care providers that offer primary care, dental care, behavioral health and pharmacies. These clinics and centers serve people who have no insurance or have Medicaid.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please call ahead to these clinics before you go, so they can put proper infection control measures in place. Be sure to see the website as providers have various protocol in place for COVID-19, including telemedicine. 

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