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).

Apr 12

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update – April 12, 2021

Posted on April 12, 2021 at 4:32 PM by Daniel Hudson

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This afternoon, the Virginia Department of Health reports 636,862 total confirmed, and probable cases of COVID-19 and 10,486 total deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.

The seven-day positivity rate, PCR only, for the Commonwealth is 6.1%.

Norfolk is credited with 16,714 total cases and 240 deaths with an 9.1% seven-day positivity rate, PCR only.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 1,046 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 52,480 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.

VDH reports that 4,768,777 people in Virginia have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. Over 1,817,033 people have been fully vaccinated.

The Commonwealth has received 4,857,835 doses of vaccine and are administering just over 74,900 doses a day.

To date in Norfolk, 87,998 people have received the vaccine and 30,026 people are fully vaccinated.

For daily vaccine summaries and totals, visit the VDH dashboard.

Norfolk Department of Public Health Expanded COVID-19 Vaccination to Phase 2. Last week, the Norfolk Department of Public Health (NDPH) expanded COVID-19 vaccination clinics to Phase 2, which is for all Norfolk residents ages 16 and up.

Military Circle Mall Vaccination Clinic: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supported vaccination site located at Military Circle Mall, 880 N. Military Circle, is conducting daily vaccine clinics from 9 am to 6:30 pm.

The goal at the Military Circle Mall vaccination center is to administer 3,000 COVID-19 vaccine shots a day. 

While registration is preferred, the site is currently accepting walk-up appointments for anyone ages 16 and above. The staff will provide on-the-spot registration, with the possibility of receiving the vaccine that day, or having an appointment scheduled for the following days at the clinic.

Walk-up registrations will occur daily from 9 am to 6:30 pm at the Military Circle Mall vaccination center for any Hampton Roads resident ages 16 and up.

If you would like schedule an appointment before traveling to the center, you can preregister at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).  Remember, you WILL NOT be asked to provide your social security number, insurance ID, or pay to receive the vaccine. 

After you have registered, be sure to check your email daily if you preregistered using an email address. All appointment emails will come from Vaccination Clinics: no-reply@multistatep4p.com.  

If you have preregistered using a phone number, be sure to answer and respond to the call. If you miss a call from VDH, you will be contacted again to schedule your vaccine appointment.

If you have preregistered and are awaiting an appointment, please remember it is important to remain vigilant in COVID-19 prevention. Continue to protect yourself and others by covering your mouth and nose with a mask, wash your hands often and well, stay at least six feet away from others, and avoid gatherings with anyone who is not a member of your household. 

You can learn more about the vaccine, its safety and answers to frequently asked questions at VDH’s website and CDC’s website.

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

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 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

Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator

Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response

EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov


Apr 05

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update – April 5, 2021

Posted on April 5, 2021 at 1:39 PM by Daniel Hudson

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This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 626,171 total confirmed, and probable cases of COVID-19 and 10,360 total deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.

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

Norfolk is credited with 16,351 total cases and 236 deaths with an 10.8% seven-day positivity rate, PCR only.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 1,028 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 52,010 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.

VDH reports that 4,224,890 people in Virginia have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. Over 1,543,715 people have been fully vaccinated.

The Commonwealth has received 4,448,365 doses of vaccine and are administering just over 77,875 doses a day.

To date in Norfolk, 75,231 people have received the vaccine and 25,752 people are fully vaccinated.

For daily vaccine summaries and totals, visit the VDH dashboard.

Norfolk Department of Public Health Expanded COVID-19 Vaccination to Phase 2. Over this past weekend, the Norfolk Department of Public Health (NDPH) expanded COVID-19 vaccination clinics to Phase 2, which is for all Norfolk residents ages 16 and up.

This morning we sent out an alert to notify Norfolk residents that we have officially moved into Phase 2. This was done to ensure everyone, 16 and older, knows that the opportunity is now available for them to get a shot if they want one.  

NDPH will continue to vaccinate anyone in Phase 1 (such as health care workers, first responders, those ages 65 and older, persons 16-64 with chronic medical conditions, K-12 faculty/staff, and childcare providers) who registers to receive it. An overlap of vaccine phases will occur to ensure people in each phase are vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Everyone interested in receiving a vaccination should preregister at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).  Remember, you WILL NOT be asked to provide your social security number, insurance ID, or pay to receive the vaccine. 

After you have registered, be sure to check your email daily if you preregistered using an email address. All appointment emails will come from Vaccination Clinics: no-reply@multistatep4p.com.  

If you have preregistered using a phone number, be sure to answer and respond to the call. If you miss a call from VDH, you will be contacted again to schedule your vaccine appointment.

When you receive your appointment for a vaccine, please follow these guidelines at the clinic site:  

  • Appointments are required at all locations for COVID-19 vaccines. Walk-ins will not be accepted. 
  • Plan to arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your appointment time. Too many people arriving too early could lead to backups or delays. 
  • Wear a facemask and wear “vaccine ready” clothing (easy access to your upper arm). 

If you have preregistered and are awaiting an appointment, please remember it is important to remain vigilant in COVID-19 prevention. Continue to protect yourself and others by covering your mouth and nose with a mask, wash your hands often and well, stay at least six feet away from others, and avoid gatherings with anyone who is not a member of your household. 

You can learn more about the vaccine, its safety and answers to frequently asked questions at VDH’s website and CDC’s website.

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

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 in Norfolk.  If you don’t live in Norfolk, don’t worry, you can search by city and find blood drives near you.

Lastly, it looks like we are going to see some above average temperatures this week, with highs in the low 70s; however, we might see some rain by the end of the week.  

Be safe and have a great week, everyone.

Daniel

Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator

Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response

EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov


Mar 29

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update – March 29, 2021

Posted on March 29, 2021 at 1:14 PM by Daniel Hudson

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This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 616,509 total confirmed, and probable cases of COVID-19 and 10,219 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 16,059 total cases and 235 deaths with an 9.4% seven-day positivity rate, PCR only.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 1,043 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 51,155 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.

VDH reports that 3,590,553 people in Virginia have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. Over 1,278,673 people have been fully vaccinated.

The Commonwealth has received 3,927,185 doses of vaccine and are administering just over 59,538 doses a day.

To date in Norfolk, 52,409 people have received the vaccine and 18,483 people are fully vaccinated.

For daily vaccine summaries and totals, visit the VDH dashboard.

Vaccine Clinic Update: We are excited to announce that the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has chosen Norfolk to open a Type II COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Military Circle Mall. The clinic will official open this Wednesday, March 31, and will have the capacity to vaccinate 3,000 people per day. The clinic will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for eight weeks.

The clinic will be focused on a regional outreach for the vaccine; however, the clinic is not open for walk-ins. The clinic will only be for appointments only. The first step to getting a shot is pre-registering. To pre-register for a vaccine, go to Vaccinate.Virginia.Gov or calling 1-877-VAX-IN VA (1-877-829-4682).

Governor Ralph Northam Increases Capacity Limits for Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings and Some Entertainment Venues.

Last week, Governor Northam announced that as COVID-19 vaccinations continue to rise in Virginia, so he decided that certain sports and entertainment venues may begin to operate with additional capacity and indoor and outdoor gathering limits will increase starting Thursday, April 1. 

Key changes in the Fourth Amended Executive Order Seventy-Two include:

  • Social gatherings: The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase to 50 people for indoor settings and 100 people for outdoor settings. Social gatherings are currently limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
  • Entertainment venues: All indoor and outdoor entertainment and public amusement venues must continue to operate at 30 percent capacity. Indoor venues must operate at 30 percent capacity or with a maximum of 500 people, an increase from the current cap of 250 people. Outdoor venues must operate at 30 percent capacity, with no specific cap on the number of attendees. These venues were previously limited to 30 percent capacity or up to 1,000 attendees, whichever was fewer. 
  • Recreational sporting events: The number of spectators allowed at recreational sporting events will increase from 25 to 100 people per field or 30 percent capacity, whichever is less for indoor settings, and from 250 to 500 people per field or 30 percent capacity, whichever is less for outdoor settings.
  • In-person graduation and commencement events: Last week, Governor Northam issued preliminary guidance on safe in-person graduations and commencements, which included a cap of 5,000 people or 30 percent of the venue capacity for outdoor events, whichever is less. Events held indoors may have up to 500 people, or 30 percent of the venue capacity, whichever is less. Attendees must wear masks and follow other guidelines and safety protocols to ensure proper distancing.

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

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 in Norfolk.  If you don’t live in Norfolk, don’t worry, you can search by city and find blood drives near you.

Lastly, it looks like we are going to see some spring like temps for the beginning of the week, but a front will move in on Wednesday and bring some showers and colder temperatures.

The high for today will be near 60 and Tuesday will be a bit warmer with highs in the upper 60s.

Wednesday will be much warmer, with highs in the mid-70s; however, a front will move in and could possibly bring some showers in the afternoon, with chances of some of those showers developing into thunderstorms. 

Highs for Thursday will be in the mid-50s and Friday temps will be a bit cooler, hovering around 50 degrees.

The weekend is looking great; Saturday will be around 60 degrees and Sunday will be close to 70.

Be safe and have a great week, everyone.

Daniel

Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator

Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response

EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov