In Fairfax, History Will Speak of You, If You So Wish

Fairfax County is one of the worst hit during the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia. Its struggle will be  material for historians with how the Commonwealth stood against the worst health crisis in decades. Now, chances are they will speak of certain people as well, if you so wish.

The possibility presents itself as the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) now accepts testimonials about times during the pandemic in Fairfax. They may be in the form of stories, photos, journals, short video clips and art images. FCPL requires entries via this online form or by e-mail to by June 10th.

The materials will support the index of FCPL’s Virginia Room. By submitting them, the owners will have waived all copyright, allowing the library to make those documents, be it written, audio, visual or audio-visual, available at exhibits without further consent.


Special Collection  

Virginia Room is already rich in regional history and family trees as well as local and state gov info and legal resources. It has a wide group of maps, photographs, manuscripts, local newspapers and rare books. With the COVID-19 grants, though, it could greatly expand its goods, helping future generations understand what it was like to live in Fairfax County during the lockdown.

As we know, COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by SARS-CoV-2, a novel coronavirus. Its transmission rate is far higher than influenza viruses that are behind the seasonal flu outbreaks each year. Since Dec, at least 4.25 million people have had it worldwide. The U.S. is home to a quarter of those germs, where more than 80,000 people in the U.S. have lost their lives due to the crisis.


Loss, Anxiety & Economic Hardship

According to Reuters’ calculations, there were over 25,000 cases in VA, a fourth of which were in Fairfax County, as of May 11th. Hospitals across the county have also announced nearly 300 related deaths in less than two months.

In addition, hundreds of Fairfax businesses remain closed or operate under severe limits. This has been in line with VA Governor Ralph Northam’s orders since late March. Also, the county’s more than 1 million residents have been told to stay at home since April 1st as well.

The sort of tributes Virginia Room will collect, therefore, are likely to show the loss, fear, anxiety and economic hardships. This is all what Fairfax has been subject to in the past few weeks. They may help unknown hard times, victims and heroes. Some of the less known parts of the crisis such as how marriages and being a parent have evolved in lockdown are important. This or how distant learning has changed people’s views on education in the county could also be brought to light.