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).

Mar 01

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update – March 1, 2021

Posted on March 1, 2021 at 12:22 PM by Daniel Hudson

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This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 577,174 total confirmed, and probable cases of COVID-19 and 8,783 total deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.

The seven-day positivity rate, PCR only, for the Commonwealth is 7.1%.

Norfolk is credited with 14,935 total cases and 195 deaths with an 9.9% seven-day positivity rate, PCR only.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 1,321 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 47,000 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.

VDH reports that 1,982,780 people in Virginia have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. Over 686,289 people have been fully vaccinated.

The Commonwealth has received 2,361,445 doses of vaccine and are administering just over 42,000 doses a day.

To date in Norfolk, 35,479 people have received the vaccine and 9,054 people are fully vaccinated.

For daily vaccine summaries and totals, visit the VDH dashboard.

Restrictive Measures Update: Last week, Governor Ralph Northam announced that the number of new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are decreasing in each region. As such, the governor amended Executive Order 72, to include the following:

  • Social gatherings: The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase from 10 to 25 people for outdoor settings, while remaining at 10 persons for indoor settings.
  • Entertainment venues: Outdoor entertainment and public amusement venues will be able to operate with up to 1,000 individuals or at 30 percent capacity, whichever is lower. If current trends continue, these venues may be able to operate at 30 percent capacity with no cap on the number of people permitted to attend starting in April. Indoor entertainment and public amusement venues must continue to operate at 30 percent capacity with a cap of 250 people. All entertainment venues were previously limited to a maximum of 250 individuals.
  • Dining establishments: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol will be permitted until midnight, extended from 10:00 p.m. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms still must be closed between midnight and 5:00 a.m. 
  • Overnight summer camps: As of May 1, overnight summer camps will be able to open with strict mitigation measures in place. Registration can begin now.

For more information on this, view this week's Incident Action Plan.

Vaccine Update: Over the weekend, The US Food and Drug Administration authorized Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine Saturday. It is the first single dose Covid-19 vaccine available in the US. The vaccine is for use in people 18 years of age and older. For more information on all three COVID-19 vaccines, visit the Virginia Department of Health.  

Schools Reopening: Today, teachers and staff return to their schools to get ready for the phased-in approached for our students. Welcome back teachers and staff! We appreciate all you do for our kids.

Here is the breakdown of the phased approach:

  • Phase One: March 1, 2021 - All teachers and staff return to work locations.
  • Phase Two: March 15, 2021 – Students with Disabilities (Self Contained), English Learners and PreK-5 students begin hybrid model. Grades 6-12 remain fully online with the current schedule, except for those students previously listed.
  • Phase Three: April 12, 2021 - All middle school students begin hybrid schedule. Grades 9-12 remain fully online, except for students in the March 15th phase.
  • Phase Four: April 26, 2021 - All high school students begin hybrid schedule.

For more information, visit http://www.npsk12.com/Page/17555 as a resource for the most up-to-date information on the NPS Return to In-Person Plan during this transition.

Call Center Update: As a reminder, the Norfolk Call Center, 757-664-SHOT, closed last week due to the opening of the state pre-registration and online portal.

To pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine online through the new state portal, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or you can pre-register by calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682)

Are you ready to give the gift of life? There are plenty of opportunities for you to give blood this month. Be an American Red Cross Hero by donating blood to help save lives. Click here to view all blood donation opportunities in Norfolk.  If you don’t live in Norfolk, don’t worry, you can search by city and find blood drives near you.

Be safe and have a great week, everyone.

Daniel

Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator

Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response

EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov


Feb 23

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update – February 23, 2021

Posted on February 23, 2021 at 4:51 PM by Daniel Hudson

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This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 567,039 total confirmed, and probable cases of COVID-19 and 7,658 total deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.

The seven-day positivity rate, PCR only, for the Commonwealth is 8.3%.

Norfolk is credited with 14,605 total cases and 166 deaths with an 11.6% seven-day positivity rate, PCR only.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 1,621 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 46,052 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.

VDH reports that 1,632,700 people in Virginia have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. Over 497,400 people have been fully vaccinated.

The Commonwealth has received 2,120,885 doses of vaccine and are administering just over 29,700 doses a day.

To date in Norfolk, 25,228 people have received the vaccine and 6,193 people are fully vaccinated.

For daily vaccine summaries and totals, visit the VDH dashboard.

Restrictive Measures Update: Last week, Governor Ralph Northam announced that he has amended the current restrictive measures for outdoor sports. The new measures went into effect on Monday February 22, 2021. For sports played outdoors the total number of spectators cannot exceed any of the following: the lesser of 30% of the occupancy load of the certificate of occupancy for the venue or 250 spectators per field.

The other current protective measures are still in place until the end of February.

For more information on this, view this week's Incident Action Plan.

Schools Reopening: During the school board meeting on February 17, 2021, the board unanimously voted to return students, teachers, and staff to in-person instruction and operation through a phased-in approach over March and April. Here is the breakdown of the phased approach:

  • Phase One: March 1, 2021 - All teachers and staff return to work locations.
  • Phase Two: March 15, 2021 – Students with Disabilities (Self Contained), English Learners and PreK-5 students begin hybrid model. Grades 6-12 remain fully online with the current schedule, except for those students previously listed.
  • Phase Three: April 12, 2021 - All middle school students begin hybrid schedule. Grades 9-12 remain fully online, except for students in the March 15th phase.
  • Phase Four: April 26, 2021 - All high school students begin hybrid schedule.

For more information, visit http://www.npsk12.com/Page/17555 as a resource for the most up-to-date information on the NPS Return to In-Person Plan during this transition.

Call Center Update: Our call center staff has done an amazing job answering your questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination preregistration process. We thank them for their service and dedication to assisting our community with this effort.

Last week Governor Ralph Northam announced that the state has opened a pre-registration online portal and a state call center. The Commonwealth’s new, centralized system allows individuals to easily pre-register for the free vaccine, confirm that they are on the wait list, and learn more about Virginia’s vaccination program.

To pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine online through the new state portal, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or you can pre-register by calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682)

Due to this new service, the Norfolk Call Center, 757-664-SHOT, will close on Friday February 26, 2021.

Here are important links for the COVID-19 Vaccination:

City of Norfolk vaccine information main page.  

Link to determine what COVID-19 vaccine group you fall under.

Information on how to preregister for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Link to preregister for the COVID-19 vaccine.

FAQs page.

Are you ready to give the gift of life? There are plenty of opportunities for you to give blood this month. Be an American Red Cross Hero by donating blood to help save lives. Click here to view all blood donation opportunities for February in Norfolk.  If you don’t live in Norfolk, don’t worry, you can search by city and find blood drives near you.

Be safe and have a great week, everyone.

Daniel

Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator

Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response

EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov


Feb 08

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update – February 8, 2021

Posted on February 8, 2021 at 4:26 PM by Daniel Hudson

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This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 530,825 total confirmed, and probable cases of COVID-19 and 6,820 total deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.

The seven-day positivity rate, PCR only, for the Commonwealth is 10.2%.

Norfolk is credited with 13,564 total cases and 149 deaths with a 14.6% seven-day positivity rate, PCR only.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 2,285 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 41,636 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.

VDH reports that 898,160 people in Virginia have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. Over 206,942 people have been fully vaccinated.

The Commonwealth has received 1,580,800 doses of vaccine and are administering just over 36,000 doses a day.

To date in Norfolk, 17,898 people have received the vaccine and 3,639 people are fully vaccinated.

For daily vaccine summaries and totals, visit the VDH dashboard.

Last week Governor Ralph Northam extended the current restrictive measures due the surges of COVID-19 in Virginia until the end of February.

Again, the current restrictions include:

  • Modified “stay-at-home order: The modified “stay-at-home” order is for the hours between midnight and 5 a.m. That will exclude those going to work and other essential travel (buying food, getting medical attention, etc.).
  • Reduction in public and private gatherings: All public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 10 individuals. This includes outdoor and indoor settings. Gatherings include parties, celebrations, and other social events, outdoors and indoors. The rule does not apply to places of work, religious services, and schools.
  • Expansion of mask mandate: All Virginians aged five and over must wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This DOES include educational settings, Houses of Worship, places of employment, and stores. Masks will also be required outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
  • Strengthened enforcement within essential retail businesses: All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide physical distancing guidelines, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. Violations are now enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor. 
  • Recreational sports: There is a 25-person-per-field limit for indoor recreational sports and two guests per player for outdoor sports. The Governor encourages schools to set up streams online and move sports outside if possible.

For more information on this, view this week's Incident Action Plan.

Also, during Governor Northam’s press conference, he stated that all K-12 school divisions in the Commonwealth are to make in-person learning options available by March 15, 2021 in accordance with the health guidance the Northam Administration put forward in January and new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, visit governor.virginia.gov.

Call Center Update: Our call center staff is doing an amazing job answering your questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination preregistration process. The City has established two ways Norfolk residents can preregister for the vaccine. You can preregister online at www.norfolk.gov/covid19vaccine, or if you are unable to preregister online, you can also call 664-SHOT (7468) Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please note that if you are in 1a or 1b, you are highly encouraged to use the online form due to long call wait times.

Preregistration does not schedule you for a COVID vaccine appointment.

This preregistration process will add you to a waitlist within the specific phase in which you are eligible.

Due to limited vaccine availability, it could take up to 4 to 8 weeks before you are notified to schedule your appointment.  When you schedule your appointment, make sure you bring the appointment QR code, or confirmation email, and a form of identification such as a driver’s license and will be asked to show proof of qualification, such as a work ID, to verify eligibility.

Remember, these appointments are set for a specific time.

Here are important links for the COVID-19 Vaccination:

City of Norfolk vaccine information main page.  

Link to determine what COVID-19 vaccine group you fall under.

Information on how to preregister for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Link to preregister for the COVID-19 vaccine.

FAQs page.

Are you ready to give the gift of life? There are plenty of opportunities for you to give blood this month. Be an American Red Cross Hero by donating blood to help save lives. Click here to view all blood donation opportunities for February in Norfolk.  If you don’t live in Norfolk, don’t worry, you can search by city and find blood drives near you.

Be safe and have a great week, everyone.

Daniel

Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator

Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response

EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov