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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Nov 02

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update – November 2, 2020

Posted on November 2, 2020 at 10:07 AM by Daniel Hudson

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This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 183,418 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 3,658 total deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.

The seven-day positivity rate, PCR only, for the Commonwealth is 5.8%.

Norfolk is credited with 5,534 total cases and 84 deaths with a 5.6% seven-day positivity rate, PCR only.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 1,031 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 20,100 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.

New Operations for Libraries and Recreation Centers. Starting today, November 2, Norfolk Public Library will reopen three additional neighborhood branches. To follow the Department of Health guidelines while providing resources to the community, the reopened branches will operate as a Grab-n-Go service two days a week from 10 am – 6 pm.

Recreation, Parks, and Open Space will also reopen indoor pools at the following locations:

  • Northside Swimming Pool
  • Huntersville Community Center
  • Southside Aquatics Center

Only registered participants are allowed in the facility, and each center has a maximum occupancy of 30 members at a time.

For more information on the new operations for the newly reopened libraries and recreation centers, 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? On November 14, from 1 pm to 6 pm, at the Scope Exhibition Hall, you can be an American Red Cross Hero by donating blood to help save lives. Click here to reserve your time slot.  For other opportunities to donate blood in November, visit the American Red Cross website.

Emergency Preparedness Training Series. The Endependence Center, Incorporated (ECI), a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, non-residential, private, non-profit Center for Independent Living operated by and for individuals with disabilities in South Hampton Roads, is launching monthly virtual ILS classes that will cover various topics that will help you prepare for the emergency that may occur, such as a pandemic, hurricane, fire, and tornado. 

ECI is also conducting Peer Groups. Participants can call in and talk about how COVID-19 has impacted them and connect with other individuals with disabilities who have been affected by the virus.

For more information on the ECI Emergency Preparedness Training and the Peer Group, please visit the Endependence Center, Inc website.

Norfolk City Council Designates Election Day a City Holiday. As a reminder, during the October 27 Council meeting, Norfolk City Council approved Election Day, November 3, as a City holiday. All city offices, libraries (except those in use as polling locations) and recreation centers, the City Treasurer and Commissioner of the Revenue offices, and the Norfolk Courthouse will be closed.

Lastly, today's temperatures will be in the lower 50s, and tomorrow will hover around 60; however, the crisp air will not last too long. By the middle of the week, temperatures will be in the mid-60s, and for Thursday and Friday, temperatures will be over 70. The weekend is looking great, 70 on Saturday and 71 on Sunday.

Be safe and have a great week, everyone.

Daniel

Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response
EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov