Please click here for this week’s Incident Action Plan. This
morning, there are 31,140 total cases in the Commonwealth, with 3,822
hospitalizations and 1,014 deaths.
Norfolk is credited with 361 total cases, 56 hospitalizations, and 5
As we enter our 11th operational period for COVID-19, all
eyes are on Tropical Storm Arthur, the first named storm of 2020. Thankfully, Arthur
is not expected to hit us directly; however, Norfolk will feel some of the
As of this morning, Arthur is approximately 100 miles
south/southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The storm is heading north up
the East Coast and has sustained 45/50 mph winds. Arthur is expected to pass
just offshore of Hatteras later this morning/early afternoon.
Norfolk is not expected to see any of the
tropical-storm-force winds; however, we could see gusts between 30-40 mph,
especially near the coast. The rain has already started and will remain off and
on for most of the week. Rainfall over the next three days will total around
As if wind and rain are not enough, Wakefield National
Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Watch for Norfolk through Wednesday
afternoon. It is recommended that if your area is prone to flooding that you
move your vehicle to higher ground and never drive through flooded streets. As
always, be safe if you are out and about this week.
Today starts the first
official week of Governor Ralph Northam's Forward Virginia Plan. Over the
weekend, we saw more and more businesses opening as they found new creative
ways to serve their customers while adhering to the social distancing
guidelines. A detailed look at
the Phase One plan is available here.
Best practices for Phase One remain the same; maintain 6-feet
physical distancing from others and wear a face covering when social distancing
cannot be accomplished. For more prevention tips, visit the Virginia
Department of Health website.
At 2 p.m., Governor
Northam is expected to discuss plans for Virginia’s beaches during
today's press conference. You can watch his live press conference on
twitter at @GovernorVA.
those willing to contribute time or funding, please remember our partners on
the front lines working to meet the basic needs of our most vulnerable
neighbors! For a detailed list of our community partner needs, log into our
HSIN connect page or email us at EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov.
Shoutout to 757 Makerspace, who have made an incredible impact in flattening
the COVID-19 curve in Hampton Roads. They focused on working as a stop-gap
solution for PPE. As of May 15, 2020, they provided over 17,000 cloth masks and
2,200 3D printed face shields to local medical professionals. Thank you for
what you are doing to help keep the mermaid city safe!
Be safe and have
a great week.
Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response