This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 663 additional confirmed
and probable cases of COVID-19 and one new death related to the virus in the
Over the weekend, the Commonwealth surpassed 100,000
COVID-19 cases. There are currently 100,749 total cases in Virginia and 2,327 deaths with a 7.4% seven-day positivity
rate, PCR only.
credited with 3,703 total cases and 32 deaths with a 10.6% seven-day positivity rate, PCR only.
According to the Virginia
Hospital and Healthcare Association, 1,251 residents in Virginia are
currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 12,900 confirmed COVID-19
patients have been hospitalized and discharged.
On July 29, Governor Ralph Northam released Executive
Order 68 for new actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the Hampton
Roads region, which had seen an increase in new cases, hospitalizations,
and positive tests. On July 31, the following restrictions commenced:
Prohibit the on-site sale, consumption, and possession of
alcohol after 10 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court,
brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room.
All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts,
breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close
Indoor dining in these establishments is limited to 50
Public and private in-person gatherings over 50 people is
Explanations of what “gatherings” include can be located in Executive
These restrictions will remain until amended or rescinded by
Along with the new actions to mitigate the spread of the virus,
last week Virginia rolled out a smartphone app. The app is designed to
automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus,
becoming the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology created by Apple
The app called COVIDWISE is the COVID-19
exposure notification app to facilitate contact tracing in response to the
coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Contact tracing is a technique used by public health
authorities to contact and give guidance to anyone who may have been exposed to
a person who has tested positive for the virus. The Virginia Department of Health
says that this technique will be an essential part of transitioning back to
regular daily life while managing the risk of further outbreaks.
For more information on COVIDWIDE, view this week’s Incident
week is looking good weather-wise, with high temperatures hovering in
the low 90s through much of the week; however, we will see some rain totaling
about an inch through Friday.
Be safe and have
a great week,
Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response