Emergency Preparedness and Response

Emergency Preparedness & Response

The Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response consists of two divisions which are also the central point of contact for Emergency Management and Emergency Communications (911).

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Jul 06

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update – July 6, 2020

Posted on July 6, 2020 at 10:07 AM by Daniel Hudson


This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 354 additional confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.

Currently, there are 66,102 total cases in Virginia and 1,853 deaths.  Norfolk is credited with 1,105 total cases and twelve deaths.    

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 783 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 8,800 confirmed COVID-19 patients had been hospitalized and discharged.  

Last week we moved into Phase 3 of Governor Ralph Northam’s Forward Virginia Plan. The social gathering cap increased to 250 people and the non-essential retail businesses, and restaurant cap was relieved. However, Governor Northam expressed that people would still be safer at home and encourages the continuance of teleworking. Also, as a reminder, Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 63 is still in effect, which requires the use of face coverings while inside buildings.

Over the weekend, we saw the largest jump in our daily COIVD-19 cases, with 67 new cases from Saturday to Sunday. It is important to remind everyone that we all must do our part to stop the spread of the virus by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people and practice physical distancing by keeping at least 6-feet away from others if you must go out in public.
  • Wear a cloth face covering to cover your mouth and nose when around others and when you must go out in public. Remember, the cloth face covering is meant to protect other people around you just in case you have the virus even though you might not have symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets, faucets, and countertops.

We can get through this together if we all do our part.

Finally, throughout July, the City of Norfolk will offer more in-person services and reopen more neighborhood recreational amenities. Several recreation centers and libraries will reopen to the public with restrictions that ensure the health and safety of staff and patrons. Basketball courts, playgrounds, and picnic shelters will also reopen for public use. For more information on this, view this week’s Incident Action Plan.

Have a great week, everyone.


Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response