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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Sep 21

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update – September 21, 2020

Posted on September 21, 2020 at 10:53 AM by Daniel Hudson

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This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 141,138 total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 3,021 total deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.

The seven-day positivity rate, PCR only, for the Commonwealth is 5.7%.

Norfolk is credited with 4,745 total cases and 68 deaths with a 3.8% seven-day positivity rate, PCR only.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 995 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 16,900 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.

Last week Virginia Governor Ralph Northam lifted the extra COVID-19 restrictions on the Hampton Roads area, allowing the region to join the rest of the state that’s already in Phase 3 of the “Forward Virginia” plan.

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

It’s Flu Season - The CDC and VDH both recommend receiving a flu vaccination. It is likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed, treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever.

While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, such as:

  1. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
  2. Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the city will not have on-site flu shot clinics this year for city employees. We encourage all employees to get a flu shot this season from their primary care physician or any participating pharmacy.

As a reminder, back in July, the City of Norfolk was selected by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Health Equity Working Group to participate in the Health Equity Pilot program.

As part of this program, we were allocated 20,000 cloth masks, bottles of hand sanitizer, and public health materials to provide to any organization that hosts a community event in Norfolk that focuses on the underserved and historically disadvantaged communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. For any organization holding a community event in Norfolk that is targeting our underserved, low-income, high-risk, or vulnerable populations, please feel free to email me at daniel.hudson@norfolk.gov, and we will provide you with masks, bottles of hand sanitizer, and public health materials to pass out at your event while supplies last.

Lastly, it looks like we are going to see mild temperatures this week as Fall officially starts tomorrow. Today and tomorrow will feel more Fall-like, with high temps only reaching the upper 60s to low 70s. However, temps will warm up closer to 80 degrees Wednesday and Thursday. We’ll have more nice weather on Friday, but there may be some more clouds and isolated showers on Saturday.

Be safe and have a great week, everyone.

Daniel

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