Please find this operational period's Incident Action Plan (IAP) here.
This morning the Virginia
Department of Health has announced 5,747 confirmed cases in the Commonwealth
with 149 deaths. Norfolk is credited
with 99 cases and still the one death back on April 1. But again, illnesses that have occurred on
April 7 to today may not yet be recorded.
This fact and additional information is being posted on the VDHCoronavirus website. The City and Norfolk Department of Public
Health are also discussing what additional information would be helpful for
planning purposes. In fact, if you have
any thoughts as to critical data sets beyond city-level demographic data (age
groups, sex, race, hospitalizations and maybe maps- with city staff help) and
epidemiology curves (similar data to what is on the VDH website), feel free to
let us know at EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov.
mantra from the beginning has been to hope for the best and plan for the
worst. As such, while there appears to
be a slight flattening of the curve here in Norfolk, we’re focusing on the
information Governor Northam has been announcing during his briefings and
expecting a continued upward trend with the potential to overwhelm our
we’re planning for the eventual development and distribution of a COVID vaccine
and/or antiviral. While Norfolk
Department of Public Health would have ownership of the operation, Team Norfolk
must provide support in the way of personnel, multiple locations and logistics
for it to work.
course the third layer of planning underway focuses on when this incident comes
to an end. In fact, as soon as an
incident occurs, thoughts are automatically on recovery. Among the many Team Norfolk plans posted
online, two are our recovery planning documents. There are two additional documents needing to
be brought into the fold as well: the CDC’s Health in All Policies (HiAP) and
Norfolk’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) with specific action items available here. All of these documents will serve to not only
help us rebound from COVID-19 but make us stronger than before.
One of the most significant
components to Team Norfolk’s recovery is the issue FEMA reimbursement. As reported previously, reimbursement has been authorized for Category B - Emergency
Protective Measures and Category Z - Indirect and Direct Administrative costs,
only. This includes labor costs, equipment costs, purchasing of supplies
and materials, activating contracts, and more.
review and complete the attached spreadsheet, which includes the eligible
assistance guidelines shown below, and email it to both Cathie Chancellor and
Nathan Barnette, by COB, Wednesday, April 15th.
this is an ongoing, open-ended event, eligible costs should be accumulated from
January 20, 2020, and continue until the federal declaration closing the event
is made. In the interim, we ask that you please submit as much
information as possible, based on the provided guidelines to support the City’s
preliminary data collection estimates.
the City’s preliminary estimate information has been collected and submitted to
VDEM we ask that you please provide cumulative updates, each Monday,
beginning April 20th, until further notice.
‘shout-out’ goes to the incredible team in Norfolk Human Services who has
received an overabundance of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
applications. They started the week with
nearly 1,000 new applications and finished with just 100 remaining. That is a herculean effort to be sure!!! In total, the number of residents served this
week by DHS is as follows:
SNAP = 1865.
TANF = 94.
Real Estate Tax Relief =110.
Energy Assistance/Crisis = 5.
Water Assistance =10.
Burials = 2.
General Relief =1
COVID-19 is not stopping Human
Services’ People-First mission!
PPE continues to arrive at a slow
pace. Remember, each locality as well as
our State, Federal and private partners are all tapping the same vendors for
the same limited supplies. Other
resource needs are as follows:
- Food Bank is in need of monetary
donations (not foodstuff donations).
- CoronaAid757 is looking to connect with
restaurants and potential food donation resources.
- Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia
is in need of delivery drivers to deliver meals to seniors every day. The cadre of volunteers on whom they
typically relay fall within the “vulnerable” range, so more drivers are needed!
- Volunteer Hampton Roads is also looking
for more volunteers for the many missions they are supporting.
It should also be mentioned Operation
Blessing is in the process of getting more supplies from their other warehouses
in other states!
Please note we are posting
resource needs in HSIN. Also, if your
department, organization or agency is in need of any resources, please submit
your request(s) to EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov. It is important to be as specific as
possible. Think C-SALTT: Capability
(what are you trying to accomplish), Size (gloves come in different sizes),
Amount, Location (where to deliver), Type and Timeframe by which its needed.
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One Community. One Team.
One Unified Effort.
Jim Redick, Director
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response
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