Arlington Urges Social Distancing with News of Community Transmission

Published on March 19, 2020

As of March 19, 2020, public health officials have noted evidence of community transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus in parts of Northern Virginia.

Local governments in Northern Virginia have already taken a number of actions to promote social distancing and protect those at increased risk for severe illness. Individuals are urged to:

  • Wash your hands frequently

  • Stay home when you are sick

  • Avoid close contact with those are sick

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow and wash your hands afterwards

  • Avoid crowded areas and non‐essential travel if you are over age 65 or have a chronic medical condition

  • Follow local government social distancing guidance.


Infectious diseases do not respect boundaries. Each individual is a critical part of slowing the spread of COVID-19, in addition to government action at the local, state and federal levels.

For more information about the COVID-19 coronavirus and how you can help protect yourself and those around you, visit arlingtonva.us/Coronavirus.

For questions about COVID-19, call the Arlington County COVID-19 Information Line at 703-228-7999.