This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 453 additional confirmed
and probable cases of COVID-19 and eight new deaths related to the virus in the
Currently, there are 62,189 total cases in Virginia and 1,740 deaths. Norfolk is credited
with 889 total cases, and sadly, last week, we lost two more people, which
brings our total deaths to nine. Our thoughts are with the family members of
those we have lost.
According to the Virginia
Hospital and Healthcare Association, 796 residents in Virginia are
currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 8,000 confirmed COVID-19 patients
had been hospitalized and discharged.
This week we will
move into Phase 3 of Governor Ralph Northam’s Forward Virginia Plan. Starting
on Wednesday, July 1, the social gathering cap would be increased to 250
people and non-essential retail businesses, and restaurants will not have a cap
anymore; but physical distancing will still be required. Museums, zoos, and
outdoor venues will be able to open at 50% capacity, with an overall cap of
1,000 people. Gyms and swimming pools can have 75% capacity. For more
information, view this week’s Incident
changes, Governor Northam expressed that people would still be safer at home
and encourages the continuance of teleworking. As a reminder, Governor
Ralph Northam’s Executive
Order 63 is still in effect, which requires the use of face coverings while
As we move into
Phase 3 this week, I am excited to share with you that Nauticus will reopen
this Friday, July 3, with a new visitor experience with the spacious, outdoor
decks of the Battleship Wisconsin taking center stage. While you
are there, don’t forget to visit their new outdoor, battleship-themed
waterfront restaurant, the Big Wisky Porch. For more information,
hours, tickets, and pricing, please visit nauticus.org.
Finally, as a
reminder, city offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of the
Independence Day holiday. The closure
includes the offices of the Commissioner of the Revenue, City Treasurer, and
the Norfolk Courthouse. Friday's forecast looks like great beach weather with temperatures
in the lower 90s with a few clouds. If you head to the beach this weekend,
remember Ocean View Beach Park lifeguards are on duty Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Lifeguards are not on duty at
Sarah Constant Beach Park and Community Beach Park. Don’t forget the sunscreen
and drink plenty of water.
Be safe and have
a great holiday weekend.
Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response