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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Apr 27

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update 4-27-2020

Posted on April 27, 2020 at 10:23 AM by Jim Redick

Team Norfolk –

Click here for the Incident Action Plan for this operational period.  As you’ll see, there is not much change from the previous IAP as we have more or less settled into a COVID-19 routine.

The VDH Weekly Report is available here
 
 

As of this morning, VDH reports 13,535 confirmed cases, 2,066 hospitalization and 458 deaths.  For Norfolk specifically, there are 184 confirmed cases, 36 hospitalized and 3 deaths.  It is important to remember these numbers are all cumulative since the beginning of the incident; they do not reflect the number of individuals who have recovered.  At the same time, with limited testing being conducted, they also do not reflect the number of folks who could potentially have the virus.  When enough testing kits are eventually available, there will be more proactive surveillance testing conducted by our public health partners which could give a more accurate picture.  Incidentally, having enough testing kits for this strategy is presumed to be what the Governor means by stating “more testing” is one of the criteria to enter Phase 1 of reopening. 

Another requirement to enter the Governor’s Phase 1 of reopening is 14 days with a decline in progression statistics.  While we are not there yet, planning for that time is well under way.  I am thrilled to report Norfolk CivicLab is now a part of our Planning Section and able to put much thought toward reopening strategies and tactics.  We are also working with the Norfolk Department of Public Health as well as Ms. Aleea Slappy, Norfolk’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, with the focus of addressing health equity issues through CDBG funds tied to the CARES Act.  The action items to address health equity issues come from the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) developed in 2017 thanks to many of the same partners with whom we’re working through this incident.  Lastly, it is important to note there is a workgroup led by Ms. Megan Erwin committed to maximizing all stimulus funding opportunities.  Much more to come on all three of these efforts.

Deputy Emergency Manager Scott Mahone continues to do an outstanding job as our Logistics Chief, working to fill all resource requests.  Obviously, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is difficult to acquire, but he’s been more successful than most getting some shipments into Norfolk.  Please remember, for PPE and any other resource needs, email EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov (not General Services Facilities Maintenance).

Additional resource needs among our Team Norfolk partners include the following:

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CoronaAid757 needs face shields as well as donations of food, boxes, over-the-counter medicines and extra supplies for medics to check vitals while they continue their food deliveries to some of our most vulnerable residents.  Assistance should be coordinated with CoronaAid757@gmail.com.

The Norfolk Cares Call Center continues to do amazing work fielding calls from our community and reporting call patterns.  Their report for this past week is available here.  Please also remember and encourage others to visit our Joint Information Center's COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions site for the most current and accurate information. 

Lastly, please remember to monitor and enter information into HSIN for everybody’s situational awareness.

Thank you for your partnerships and overall support and contributions to the Team!

Sincerely,

Jim

Jim Redick, Director
Norfolk EOC