As of this writing, the Virginia Department of Health has
announced 2,637 confirmed cases in the Commonwealth with 51 fatalities. Norfolk is credited with 59 cases and still
the one fatality back on April 1. It is
important to remember last Friday Governor Northam announced May as the peak
period for demand on our healthcare system according to their models.
As we enter a new Operational Period (Monday to Monday,
9am), please find attached last week’s Incident Action Plan (IAP) with updates
and modifications in red text as well as this week’s IAP listing our collective
goals and objectives for this week.
As we continue to talk with our children about this
incident, we all remember Mr. Rogers encouraged us to “look for the helpers…
when you look for the helpers, you’ll know that there’s hope.” Throughout Team Norfolk
there are many; for this update, I’d like to highlight the following:
- The workers at the Port of Virginia as
well as the truck drivers who continue to keep the supply chain moving.
- Norfolk Public Schools, the FoodBank,
Mercy Chefs and all our faith partners who
continue to provide sustenance to those in need through their distribution
points, open pantries and soup kitchens which can be found through our meal locator. If any are missing on the map, please let us
know at EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov!!
- The Salvation Army delivered over 800
meals to mid-risers in Norfolk to seniors. Will continue their Food Bank and
food panties for those in need. They will also continue their shelter operation.
- While trash collection has been suspended in
some places, our Public Works Waste Management Crews keep on keeping on. Deploying the appropriate social distancing
measures (one professional in a truck), they continue to collect the
community’s refuse which does so much for the community’s sanitation, sanity
- Very much connected with garbage collection, it
is important we recognize and thank the folks in the Norfolk Cares Call
Center. Because of the necessary
measures to suspend bulk and yard waste pickup, the NCCC have been on the
receiving end of thousands of calls, literally, many of which have been abusive. Nonetheless, they remain professional and continue
to provide accurate and actionable information to our residents and
businesses. But please, 1.) don’t be
that rude caller, and 2.) discourage others from being one as well.
- Mr. Kurt Krause and Ms. Dawn Whittaker
of VisitNorfolk have relieved us of the burden of hotel coordination
to ensure accommodations for essential workers and more. This can be a logistical nightmare and we’re
incredibly thankful to Kurt and Dawn for their efforts!!
- American Red Cross still needs blood.
- PPE, to include home-made masks.
- Food Bank is in need of monetary
donations (not foodstuff donations).
- CoronaAid757 is in need of people and donation
support (monetary and foodstuff).
- Volunteer Hampton Roads is also looking
for more volunteers for the many missions they are supporting.
Please note we are posting resource needs in HSIN. Also, if your department, organization or
agency is in need of any resources, please submit your request(s) to EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov. It is important to be as specific as
possible. Think C-SALTT: Capability
(what are you trying to accomplish), Size (gloves come in different sizes),
Amount, Location (where to deliver), Type and Timeframe by which its
If you become aware of any rumors circulating, please let
our Joint Information Center (JIC) know at JIC@norfolk.gov
and/or visit our Frequently Asked Questions https://www.norfolk.gov/4859/Frequently-Asked-Questions
One quick note to encourage folks to complete their
census information. While we hear that
the information informs government representation and $$ coming into our
Commonwealth, believe it or not the census has a direct impact on COVID-19 and
all other disaster planning efforts.
More specifically, much of the information on which we and our GIS team
rely for important decisions comes from census information. Click here for some examples.
I completed my census online which took 10
minutes. Please consider doing the same.
One Team. One Unified Effort.
Jim Redick, Director
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response
Follow City of Norfolk for official information at
Norfolk.gov, @NorfolkVa on Twitter, and City of Norfolk Government on FaceBook.