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for our Incident Action Plan as we enter our 10th operational period
for COVID-19. You will find there has been an accumulated total of 25,070
total cases in the Commonwealth with 3,300 hospitalizations and 850
deaths. Norfolk is credited with 280 total cases, 50 hospitalizations,
and 5 deaths.
The Virginia Department of Health website has a map/list
that is intended to help provide information of known locations of various
COVID-19 test sampling sites and does not constitute endorsement by VDH. There
may be additional sites that offer test sampling that are not included on the
map and the status of listed sites are subject to change (may no longer perform
COVID-19 testing services). To locate the test sites in Norfolk, insert
“Norfolk, VA” into the “Your Location” box and the map will populate the
testing sites in Norfolk. Note, it is recommended that people call before
visiting a site to confirm testing is available and the type of testing (PCR
[diagnostic] or serology for antibody [exposure status]). To view the map, https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/covid-19-testing-sites/
Governor’s Forward Virginia Plan
Governor Ralph Northam held a press briefing on Virginia’s response to the
coronavirus pandemic. Governor Northam presented the
framework for Phase One of his Forward Virginia plan which aims to gradually
ease public health restrictions on businesses and individuals while containing
the spread of COVID-19.
Phase One is
likely to begin Friday, May 15, and includes the following:
- Allow non-essential retail to
have 50% occupancy, and employees must wear face masks. Restaurant and
beverage services will remain takeout and delivery only. Businesses with a
permit for outside seating can have limited outdoor dining at 50%
capacity, table spacing, and employees wear masks.
- Entertainment-related businesses
such as bowling alleys and theaters will remain closed. Gyms will also
remain closed during Phase One.
- Limited outdoor exercise will
allow up to 10 participants, with 10 feet of distance between one another,
and sharing guidelines for equipment. Beaches continue to have 10-person
limit for fishing and exercise.
- Places of worship will be
allowed to have 50% capacity, but Northam is encouraging them to offer
drive in and online services.
- Salons will be by-appointment
only, and have strict guidelines, but also allowed 50% occupancy.
Customers and workers must wear face masks, and there will be limits to
services with masks down.
A detailed look at the Phase One plan is available here.
Overall, the governor is still encouraging teleworking and the use of face
masks in public.
While efforts continue in response to this pandemic, so
too is planning for the recovery phase.
In fact, there have already been several planning sessions to discuss
strategies and tactics; a draft plan should soon be forthcoming.
For those who may still be in a position to contribute time or funding, please
remember our partners on the front lines working to meet some of the most basic
needs of our most vulnerable neighbors!
Aid 757 continues to provide groceries and other important supplies to our
more seasoned neighbors, those who live in isolation, and others.
$20 covers the cost of one care package! Along with more donations of
food, boxes, medicine (over the counter) and extra supplies for medics to
check vitals, they also need face shields. To learn more about how
to donate, please contact them at CoronaAid757@gmail.com
Kids is looking for a consistent operation (donation) to provide dinners
for those in shelters.
Blessing is in need of PPE and nonperishable foods donations.
to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia can be made by visiting https://foodbankonline.org/.
Services of SE VA (SSSEVA) is in need of gloves and facial masks as well
as volunteer delivery drivers to deliver meals to seniors every day.
Hampton Roads is looking for volunteers for meals on wheels and other
This week is
National Peace Officers’ Memorial Week and Friday, May 15 officially marks
Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor police officers who have passed in the
line of duty.
Police Department began Peace Officers’ Memorial Week with veiled police cars
decorated with roses at each of the three-patrol divisions.
is in recognition of the 39 officers with the department who have died in the
line of duty since 1904.
Police will pay tribute to their fallen heroes this week on their social media
platforms throughout the week since the dedicated police memorial service
cannot be held in person. So, I encourage you to follow NorfolkPD on their social
media sites; and as always, we say thank you for your dedication, service, and
Have a safe
and healthy week.
Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response