Please click here for this week’s Incident Action Plan. This morning, there are 45,398 total cases in the Commonwealth, with 4,694 hospitalizations, and 1,392 deaths. Norfolk is credited with 521 total cases, 69 hospitalizations, and six deaths.
This week every locality in Virginia has entered phase 1 of Governor Ralph Northam’s Forward Virginia plan. A detailed look at the Phase One plan is available here. Additionally, Governor Northam signed Executive Order 63, which requires people to wear face coverings in public indoor settings to include personal care and personal grooming businesses, all brick and mortar retail businesses, food and beverage establishments, train/bus stations, and state and local government buildings. A detailed review of the order, and the exceptions, is available here.
Governor Northam also opened all Virginia beaches last Friday to the public; however, there are certain restrictions that the city has in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These include keeping 6-feet apart (unless with family), no gatherings of more than 10, no group sports, no alcohol, and no tents or groups of umbrellas. Beachgoers are welcome to take their towels, blankets, and chairs to enjoy Norfolk’s more than 7 miles of sand.
Tomorrow Governor Northam is expected to discuss plans for Virginia’s schools during his 2 p.m. press conference. You can watch this live on twitter at @GovernorVA.
Today officially marks the start of hurricane season. To ensure you and your family are prepared, read our blog - Hurricane season officially starts today. Are you prepared?.
Finally, those willing to contribute time or funding, 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 Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response