This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 567,039 total confirmed, and probable cases of COVID-19 and 7,658 total deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.
The seven-day positivity rate, PCR only, for the Commonwealth is 8.3%.
Norfolk is credited with 14,605 total cases and 166 deaths with an 11.6% seven-day positivity rate, PCR only.
According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 1,621 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 46,052 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.
VDH reports that 1,632,700 people in Virginia have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. Over 497,400 people have been fully vaccinated.
The Commonwealth has received 2,120,885 doses of vaccine and are administering just over 29,700 doses a day.
To date in Norfolk, 25,228 people have received the vaccine and 6,193 people are fully vaccinated.
For daily vaccine summaries and totals, visit the VDH dashboard.
Restrictive Measures Update: Last week, Governor Ralph Northam announced that he has amended the current restrictive measures for outdoor sports. The new measures went into effect on Monday February 22, 2021. For sports played outdoors the total number of spectators cannot exceed any of the following: the lesser of 30% of the occupancy load of the certificate of occupancy for the venue or 250 spectators per field.
The other current protective measures are still in place until the end of February.
For more information on this, view this week's Incident Action Plan.
Schools Reopening: During the school board meeting on February 17, 2021, the board unanimously voted to return students, teachers, and staff to in-person instruction and operation through a phased-in approach over March and April. Here is the breakdown of the phased approach:
- Phase One: March 1, 2021 - All teachers and staff return to work locations.
- Phase Two: March 15, 2021 – Students with Disabilities (Self Contained), English Learners and PreK-5 students begin hybrid model. Grades 6-12 remain fully online with the current schedule, except for those students previously listed.
- Phase Three: April 12, 2021 - All middle school students begin hybrid schedule. Grades 9-12 remain fully online, except for students in the March 15th phase.
- Phase Four: April 26, 2021 - All high school students begin hybrid schedule.
For more information, visit http://www.npsk12.com/Page/17555 as a resource for the most up-to-date information on the NPS Return to In-Person Plan during this transition.
Call Center Update: Our call center staff has done an amazing job answering your questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination preregistration process. We thank them for their service and dedication to assisting our community with this effort.
Last week Governor Ralph Northam announced that the state has opened a pre-registration online portal and a state call center. The Commonwealth’s new, centralized system allows individuals to easily pre-register for the free vaccine, confirm that they are on the wait list, and learn more about Virginia’s vaccination program.
To pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine online through the new state portal, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or you can pre-register by calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682)
Due to this new service, the Norfolk Call Center, 757-664-SHOT, will close on Friday February 26, 2021.
Here are important links for the COVID-19 Vaccination:
City of Norfolk vaccine information main page.
Link to determine what COVID-19 vaccine group you fall under.
Information on how to preregister for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Link to preregister for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Are you ready to give the gift of life? There are plenty of opportunities for you to give blood this month. Be an American Red Cross Hero by donating blood to help save lives. Click here to view all blood donation opportunities for February in Norfolk. If you don’t live in Norfolk, don’t worry, you can search by city and find blood drives near you.
Be safe and have a great week, everyone.
Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response