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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Sep 08

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update – August 24, 2020

Posted on September 8, 2020 at 11:22 AM by Daniel Hudson


This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 113,630 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 2,471 total deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.

The seven-day testing positivity rate, PCR only, for the Commonwealth is 6.4%.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 1,127 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 14,480 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.  

Norfolk is credited with 4,164 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 43 deaths related to the virus.

Some great news to share, this morning Norfolk’s seven-day testing positivity rate, PCR only, is down to 8.0%. Last month, Norfolk’s seven-day positivity rate topped at 17.1%, which prompted Governor Ralph Northam to release Executive Order 68 for new actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the Hampton Roads region. The restrictions in the order are still in effect.

For more information on Executive Order 68, view this week’s Incident Action Plan.

To view the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) current seven-day testing positivity rate, visit their website at vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/. Once there, scroll down and click on the Daily Dashboard icon. Just above the dashboard, you will see horizontal tabs, click on the “Testing” tab, and you will see the test positivity rate for the entire Commonwealth. To view Norfolk’s test positivity rate, you will need to select “Norfolk” in the Select Health Districts Drop Down Menu.  

While you are there, also check out VDH’s new COVID-19 exposure notification app called COVIDWISE. This unique app is to facilitate contact tracing in response to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Finally, make sure to visit the Norfolk Department of Public Health website for health and safety printable resources regarding COVID-19. The printable flyers/posters include knowing the Difference Between Isolation and Quarantine and How to Safely Wear and Take off a Cloth Face Covering.

Be safe and have a great week, everyone.


Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response