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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Oct 05

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update – October 5th, 2020

Posted on October 5, 2020 at 9:33 AM by Daniel Hudson


This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 152,557 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 3,276 total deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.

The seven-day positivity rate, PCR only, for the Commonwealth is 4.8%.

Norfolk is credited with 4,953 total cases and 79 deaths with a 5.1% seven-day positivity rate, PCR only.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 925 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 17,890 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.

Last week the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced the creation of a new Pandemic Metrics Dashboard. The new dashboard shows a visualization of COVID-19 community transmission by region.

The dashboard is updated weekly and shows data trends for COVID-19 in specific communities where the COVID-19 virus is spreading. The data can assist local and state governments in determining additional mitigation measures.

The dashboard also has a  CDC School Metrics tab. This tab uses metrics described by the CDC to guide school officials' decisions, taking into consideration the school's ability to implement and adhere to key mitigation strategies to decrease transmission of COVID-19. 

For more information on this, view this week's Incident Action Plan.

Don’t forget its Flu season. The CDC and VDH both recommend receiving a flu vaccination. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the city will not have on-site flu shot clinics this year for city employees. We encourage all employees to get a flu shot this season from their primary care physician or any participating pharmacy. Click here to find flu vaccine locations.

Are you ready to give the gift of life? This Wednesday, October 7th, from 11 am to 4 pm at Norfolk Scope Arena, you can be an American Red Cross Hero by donating blood to help save lives. Click here to reserve your time slot. Too busy on Wednesday? Don't worry; there are several other opportunities this month you can donate. Click here for more information.

Lastly, it looks like we are going to have a lovely week with some mild temperatures. Today will reach the low 70s. Highs will reach the mid 70s Tuesday and climb to the low 80s Wednesday. Cooler air will return by the end of the week with highs in the low 70s on Thursday and mid 60s on Friday.

Be safe and have a great week, everyone.


Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response