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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May 11

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update - May 11, 2020

Posted on May 11, 2020 at 12:43 PM by Daniel Hudson

Team –

Please click here for our Incident Action Plan as we enter our 10th operational period for COVID-19.  You will find there has been an accumulated total of 25,070 total cases in the Commonwealth with 3,300 hospitalizations and 850 deaths.  Norfolk is credited with 280 total cases, 50 hospitalizations, and 5 deaths. 

Testing Sites

The Virginia Department of Health website has a map/list that is intended to help provide information of known locations of various COVID-19 test sampling sites and does not constitute endorsement by VDH. There may be additional sites that offer test sampling that are not included on the map and the status of listed sites are subject to change (may no longer perform COVID-19 testing services). To locate the test sites in Norfolk, insert “Norfolk, VA” into the “Your Location” box and the map will populate the testing sites in Norfolk. Note, it is recommended that people call before visiting a site to confirm testing is available and the type of testing (PCR [diagnostic] or serology for antibody [exposure status]). To view the map, https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/covid-19-testing-sites/

Governor’s Forward Virginia Plan

Last Friday, Governor Ralph Northam held a press briefing on Virginia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Northam presented the framework for Phase One of his Forward Virginia plan which aims to gradually ease public health restrictions on businesses and individuals while containing the spread of COVID-19.

Phase One is likely to begin Friday, May 15, and includes the following:

  • Allow non-essential retail to have 50% occupancy, and employees must wear face masks. Restaurant and beverage services will remain takeout and delivery only. Businesses with a permit for outside seating can have limited outdoor dining at 50% capacity, table spacing, and employees wear masks.
  • Entertainment-related businesses such as bowling alleys and theaters will remain closed. Gyms will also remain closed during Phase One.
  • Limited outdoor exercise will allow up to 10 participants, with 10 feet of distance between one another, and sharing guidelines for equipment. Beaches continue to have 10-person limit for fishing and exercise.
  • Places of worship will be allowed to have 50% capacity, but Northam is encouraging them to offer drive in and online services.
  • Salons will be by-appointment only, and have strict guidelines, but also allowed 50% occupancy. Customers and workers must wear face masks, and there will be limits to services with masks down.

A detailed look at the Phase One plan is available here. Overall, the governor is still encouraging teleworking and the use of face masks in public.

While efforts continue in response to this pandemic, so too is planning for the recovery phase.  In fact, there have already been several planning sessions to discuss strategies and tactics; a draft plan should soon be forthcoming. 

Volunteer Needs
For those who may still be in a position to contribute time or funding, please remember our partners on the front lines working to meet some of the most basic needs of our most vulnerable neighbors!

  • Corona Aid 757 continues to provide groceries and other important supplies to our more seasoned neighbors, those who live in isolation, and others.  $20 covers the cost of one care package! Along with more donations of food, boxes, medicine (over the counter) and extra supplies for medics to check vitals, they also need face shields.  To learn more about how to donate, please contact them at CoronaAid757@gmail.com
  • For Kids is looking for a consistent operation (donation) to provide dinners for those in shelters.
  • Operation Blessing is in need of PPE and nonperishable foods donations.
  • Donations to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia can be made by visiting https://foodbankonline.org/
  • Senior Services of SE VA (SSSEVA) is in need of gloves and facial masks as well as volunteer delivery drivers to deliver meals to seniors every day.
  • Volunteer Hampton Roads is looking for volunteers for meals on wheels and other services.

Police Week

This week is National Peace Officers’ Memorial Week and Friday, May 15 officially marks Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor police officers who have passed in the line of duty.

The Norfolk Police Department began Peace Officers’ Memorial Week with veiled police cars decorated with roses at each of the three-patrol divisions.

This honor is in recognition of the 39 officers with the department who have died in the line of duty since 1904.

Norfolk Police will pay tribute to their fallen heroes this week on their social media platforms throughout the week since the dedicated police memorial service cannot be held in person. So, I encourage you to follow NorfolkPD on their social media sites; and as always, we say thank you for your dedication, service, and sacrifice.

Have a safe and healthy week.

Daniel

Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response
EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov