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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Jun 29

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update - June 29, 2020

Posted on June 29, 2020 at 10:14 AM by Daniel Hudson

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This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 453 additional confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and eight new deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.

Currently, there are 62,189 total cases in Virginia and 1,740 deaths.  Norfolk is credited with 889 total cases, and sadly, last week, we lost two more people, which brings our total deaths to nine. Our thoughts are with the family members of those we have lost.  

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 796 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 8,000 confirmed COVID-19 patients had been hospitalized and discharged.  

This week we will move into Phase 3 of Governor Ralph Northam’s Forward Virginia Plan. Starting on Wednesday, July 1, the social gathering cap would be increased to 250 people and non-essential retail businesses, and restaurants will not have a cap anymore; but physical distancing will still be required. Museums, zoos, and outdoor venues will be able to open at 50% capacity, with an overall cap of 1,000 people. Gyms and swimming pools can have 75% capacity. For more information, view this week’s Incident Action Plan.

With these changes, Governor Northam expressed that people would still be safer at home and encourages the continuance of teleworking. As a reminder, Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 63 is still in effect, which requires the use of face coverings while inside buildings.

As we move into Phase 3 this week, I am excited to share with you that Nauticus will reopen this Friday, July 3, with a new visitor experience with the spacious, outdoor decks of the Battleship Wisconsin taking center stage. While you are there, don’t forget to visit their new outdoor, battleship-themed waterfront restaurant, the Big Wisky Porch. For more information, hours, tickets, and pricing, please visit nauticus.org.

Finally, as a reminder, city offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.  The closure includes the offices of the Commissioner of the Revenue, City Treasurer, and the Norfolk Courthouse. Friday's forecast looks like great beach weather with temperatures in the lower 90s with a few clouds. If you head to the beach this weekend, remember Ocean View Beach Park lifeguards are on duty Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Lifeguards are not on duty at Sarah Constant Beach Park and Community Beach Park. Don’t forget the sunscreen and drink plenty of water.

Be safe and have a great holiday weekend.

Daniel

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