Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today the Virginia Department of Health confirmed 391 confirmed
cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.
This is an increase of 101 from yesterday. It was also stated clearly and consistently
that person to person, or ‘Community Spread’, is here. To be clear, planning assumptions from a
healthcare perspective included significant strains on healthcare staff,
shortages of equipment like PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and available
bed space. In fact the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers is leading an effort to build capacity for alternate bed space
locations throughout the region. To help
address medical staff shortages, a call went out to healthcare professionals
who are 18 or older, both current and previously licensed, as well as medical
students who would be willing to serve in the Medical Reserve Corps. If you or someone you know may be interested,
please visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/mrc
for more information.
Today is also the first day Governor Northam’s Executive
Order 53 is in effect. Please click here
for Frequently Asked Questions regarding the order.
People First Information:
Shout out to Mr. John Guglielmino, Program Administrator for
Housing & Homeless Services in the Norfolk Community Services Board who is
maintaining a list of meal and restroom locations for persons experiencing homelessness.
He is also maintaining a list of food pantry distribution sites, all of which are shared here and posted in HSIN. To be clear, the information changes rapidly so please look in HSIN for the most current list. And kudos to Norfolk Public Schools, the
Foodbank, Mercy Chefs and the Granby YMCA for the meals they continue to
provide on a daily basis – rain or shine – throughout our community!
During the Governor’s briefing he also mentioned his
administration is working to secure more federal support for Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. He referenced the Families First
Coronavirus Response Act recently passed by Congress which he said will
increase the SNAP benefits families will receive from the program for the next two
months. These benefits are to kick in tonight.
Information about this and more are available at https://www.dss.virginia.gov/geninfo/corona.cgi
or by calling 2-1-1 Virginia.
Shout out also to Sheriff Joe Baron and his team who is constantly focused on maintaining a
coronavirus-free facility for their inmate population. They spend a great deal of time reviewing and
ensuring CDC compliance and find the many actions they’ve been taking either meet
or exceed all recommendations!
As discussed previously in this forum and with partner agencies earlier
today, the second disaster is the impact on the economy. You should be aware last
night our City Council approved a program giving taxpayers and business owners
the option to delay payment on business taxes and personal property taxes. Click here for a quick
review of what the program provides. Of course, if you’ve been watching the news, a $2T stimulus
package should also be forthcoming and expected to aid individuals and businesses
large and small as well as state and local governments. Details will be reviewed and shared.
As a coastal community, COVID-19 is not our only concern… we
must always keep our eye on the weather and the tides. Tomorrow (Thursday) looks to be relatively
nice and free of rain; however, the 11:21am high tide is forecasted to peak at 4.7’ which will cause nuisance flooding on the roadways. Please help provide real-time situational
awareness by reporting roadway flooding in the WAZE app.
In closing, if you become aware of any unmet needs in the community, please forward them to EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov. Also, please remember to DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT all
incident-related actions, activities, labor, donations, purchases, etc.! The ICS Form-214 Activity Log will help with this and will be crucial in our eventual path
Jim Redick, Director
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response
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