Team Norfolk –
Click here for the Incident Action Plan for this operational
period. As you’ll see, there is not much
change from the previous IAP as we have more or less settled into a COVID-19
The VDH Weekly Report is available here.
As of this morning, VDH reports 13,535 confirmed cases, 2,066
hospitalization and 458 deaths. For
Norfolk specifically, there are 184 confirmed cases, 36 hospitalized and 3
deaths. It is important to remember
these numbers are all cumulative since the beginning of the incident; they do not reflect the number of individuals
who have recovered. At the same time,
with limited testing being conducted, they also do not reflect the number of folks
who could potentially have the virus. When
enough testing kits are eventually available, there will be more proactive surveillance
testing conducted by our public health partners which could give a more
accurate picture. Incidentally, having
enough testing kits for this strategy is presumed to be what the Governor means
by stating “more testing” is one of the criteria to enter Phase 1 of reopening.
Another requirement to enter the Governor’s Phase 1 of reopening is 14 days with a decline in progression statistics. While we are not there yet, planning for that
time is well under way. I am thrilled to
report Norfolk CivicLab is now a part of our Planning Section and able to put
much thought toward reopening strategies and tactics. We are also working with the Norfolk
Department of Public Health as well as Ms. Aleea Slappy, Norfolk’s Diversity,
Equity and Inclusion Officer, with the focus of addressing
health equity issues through CDBG funds tied to the CARES Act. The action items to address health equity issues come from the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) developed
in 2017 thanks to many of the same partners with whom we’re working through this
incident. Lastly, it is important to
note there is a workgroup led by Ms. Megan Erwin committed to maximizing all
stimulus funding opportunities. Much
more to come on all three of these efforts.
Deputy Emergency Manager Scott Mahone continues to do an
outstanding job as our Logistics Chief, working to fill all resource requests. Obviously, Personal Protective Equipment
(PPE) is difficult to acquire, but he’s been more successful than most getting
some shipments into Norfolk. Please
remember, for PPE and any other resource needs, email EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov (not General
Services Facilities Maintenance).
Additional resource needs among our Team Norfolk partners
include the following:
needs face shields as well as donations of food, boxes, over-the-counter
medicines and extra supplies for medics to check vitals while they continue
their food deliveries to some of our most vulnerable residents. Assistance should be coordinated with CoronaAid757@gmail.com.
The Norfolk Cares Call Center continues to do amazing work
fielding calls from our community and reporting call patterns. Their report for this past week is available
here. Please also remember and encourage
others to visit our Joint Information Center's COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions site for the most current
and accurate information.
remember to monitor and enter information into HSIN for everybody’s situational
Thank you for your partnerships and overall support and contributions to the Team!
Jim Redick, Director