Emergency Preparedness and Response

Emergency Preparedness & Response

The Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response consists of two divisions which are also the central point of contact for Emergency Management and Emergency Communications (911).

Jul 06

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update – July 6, 2020

Posted on July 6, 2020 at 10:07 AM by Daniel Hudson

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This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 354 additional confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.

Currently, there are 66,102 total cases in Virginia and 1,853 deaths.  Norfolk is credited with 1,105 total cases and twelve deaths.    

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 783 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 8,800 confirmed COVID-19 patients had been hospitalized and discharged.  

Last week we moved into Phase 3 of Governor Ralph Northam’s Forward Virginia Plan. The social gathering cap increased to 250 people and the non-essential retail businesses, and restaurant cap was relieved. However, Governor Northam expressed that people would still be safer at home and encourages the continuance of teleworking. Also, as a reminder, Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 63 is still in effect, which requires the use of face coverings while inside buildings.

Over the weekend, we saw the largest jump in our daily COIVD-19 cases, with 67 new cases from Saturday to Sunday. It is important to remind everyone that we all must do our part to stop the spread of the virus by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people and practice physical distancing by keeping at least 6-feet away from others if you must go out in public.
  • Wear a cloth face covering to cover your mouth and nose when around others and when you must go out in public. Remember, the cloth face covering is meant to protect other people around you just in case you have the virus even though you might not have symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets, faucets, and countertops.

We can get through this together if we all do our part.

Finally, throughout July, the City of Norfolk will offer more in-person services and reopen more neighborhood recreational amenities. Several recreation centers and libraries will reopen to the public with restrictions that ensure the health and safety of staff and patrons. Basketball courts, playgrounds, and picnic shelters will also reopen for public use. For more information on this, view this week’s Incident Action Plan.

Have a great week, everyone.

Daniel

Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response
EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov

Jun 29

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update - June 29, 2020

Posted on June 29, 2020 at 10:14 AM by Daniel Hudson

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This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 453 additional confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and eight new deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.

Currently, there are 62,189 total cases in Virginia and 1,740 deaths.  Norfolk is credited with 889 total cases, and sadly, last week, we lost two more people, which brings our total deaths to nine. Our thoughts are with the family members of those we have lost.  

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 796 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 8,000 confirmed COVID-19 patients had been hospitalized and discharged.  

This week we will move into Phase 3 of Governor Ralph Northam’s Forward Virginia Plan. Starting on Wednesday, July 1, the social gathering cap would be increased to 250 people and non-essential retail businesses, and restaurants will not have a cap anymore; but physical distancing will still be required. Museums, zoos, and outdoor venues will be able to open at 50% capacity, with an overall cap of 1,000 people. Gyms and swimming pools can have 75% capacity. For more information, view this week’s Incident Action Plan.

With these changes, Governor Northam expressed that people would still be safer at home and encourages the continuance of teleworking. As a reminder, Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 63 is still in effect, which requires the use of face coverings while inside buildings.

As we move into Phase 3 this week, I am excited to share with you that Nauticus will reopen this Friday, July 3, with a new visitor experience with the spacious, outdoor decks of the Battleship Wisconsin taking center stage. While you are there, don’t forget to visit their new outdoor, battleship-themed waterfront restaurant, the Big Wisky Porch. For more information, hours, tickets, and pricing, please visit nauticus.org.

Finally, as a reminder, city offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.  The closure includes the offices of the Commissioner of the Revenue, City Treasurer, and the Norfolk Courthouse. Friday's forecast looks like great beach weather with temperatures in the lower 90s with a few clouds. If you head to the beach this weekend, remember Ocean View Beach Park lifeguards are on duty Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Lifeguards are not on duty at Sarah Constant Beach Park and Community Beach Park. Don’t forget the sunscreen and drink plenty of water.

Be safe and have a great holiday weekend.

Daniel

Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response
EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov

Jun 22

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update - June 22, 2020

Posted on June 22, 2020 at 9:13 AM by Daniel Hudson

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Please click here for this week’s Incident Action Plan.

The Virginia Department of Health reports 471 additional confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and nine new deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth as of Monday morning, June 22.

Currently, there are 58,465 total cases in Virginia and 1,620 deaths.  Norfolk is credited with 746 total cases and seven deaths.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 848 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 7,600 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged. 

As a reminder, Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 63 is still in effect, which requires the use of face coverings while inside buildings.

The Virginia Zoo will open to public this Thursday, June 25; however, the reopening will come with some modifications and a new schedule.

  • The Zoo will limit capacity - about 25% of its normal capacity - to ensure no overcrowding. All tickets must be purchased and reserved in advance for a specific time slot. Reservations are available beginning at 10 am with the last reservation at 3 pm.
  • The Zoo will be open to the public and its members, Thursday to Monday. Tuesday and Wednesdays will be for Zoo Members only. The hours are 10 am to 5 pm and reservations are required.
  • The Zoo will be a one-way, one-mile loop which includes several exhibits, including the zoo’s Asian and African exhibits and Animal Wellness Campus.
  • Face masks will be required for all staff, volunteers, and visitors ages 10 and older while entering the zoo, inside indoor exhibits and within 6 feet of a different group.

For more information, visit VirginiaZoo.org

Finally, for those willing to contribute time or funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please remember our partners on the front lines working to meet the basic needs of our most vulnerable neighbors! For a detailed list of our community partner needs, log into our HSIN connect page or email us at EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov

Have a great week.

Daniel

Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response
EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov