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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Aug 10

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update – August 10, 2020

Posted on August 10, 2020 at 11:26 AM by Daniel Hudson

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This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 663 additional confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and one new death related to the virus in the Commonwealth.

Over the weekend, the Commonwealth surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 cases. There are currently 100,749 total cases in Virginia and 2,327 deaths with a 7.4% seven-day positivity rate, PCR only.

Norfolk is credited with 3,703 total cases and 32 deaths with a 10.6% seven-day positivity rate, PCR only.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 1,251 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 12,900 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.  

On July 29, Governor Ralph Northam released Executive Order 68 for new actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the Hampton Roads region, which had seen an increase in new cases, hospitalizations, and positive tests. On July 31, the following restrictions commenced:

  • Prohibit the on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol after 10 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room.
  • All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight.
  • Indoor dining in these establishments is limited to 50 percent capacity.
  • Public and private in-person gatherings over 50 people is prohibited. Explanations of what “gatherings” include can be located in Executive Order 68.

These restrictions will remain until amended or rescinded by the Governor.

Along with the new actions to mitigate the spread of the virus, last week Virginia rolled out a smartphone app. The app is designed to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus, becoming the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology created by Apple and Google.

The app called COVIDWISE is the COVID-19 exposure notification app to facilitate contact tracing in response to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Contact tracing is a technique used by public health authorities to contact and give guidance to anyone who may have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for the virus. The Virginia Department of Health says that this technique will be an essential part of transitioning back to regular daily life while managing the risk of further outbreaks. 

For more information on COVIDWIDE, view this week’s Incident Action Plan.

Finally, this week is looking good weather-wise, with high temperatures hovering in the low 90s through much of the week; however, we will see some rain totaling about an inch through Friday.

Be safe and have a great week,

Daniel

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