Suffolk Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Vaccinate Virginia Statewide Call Center - 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) - Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Virginia Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration System https://vaccinate.virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Health Vaccine Information website https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Virginia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Opens for All Adults on Sunday, April 18, 2021
Virginians seeking a vaccination opportunity can find and schedule appointments at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA
As Governor Ralph Northam announced earlier this month, all Virginians age 16 and older will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine starting Sunday, April 18. This expansion of eligibility comes as Virginia reaches a new milestone in its vaccination program—approximately half of all adults in the Commonwealth have received at least one dose.
Governor Northam shared a new video message today encouraging Virginians seeking a vaccination opportunity to call the statewide call center or use the new Vaccinate Virginia website to find vaccine providers starting Sunday. Virginia’s eligibility expansion meets a nationwide goal set by President Joe Biden that all adults be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by April 19.
“Over the past few months, we have made tremendous progress vaccinating Virginians as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible, and we need to keep up the good work,” said Governor Northam. “With COVID-19 cases on the rise in many parts of Virginia and across the country, it is important that everyone has an opportunity to make a vaccination appointment. If you are over 16 and want to get the safe, effective, and free vaccine, please make a plan to get your shot. The more people who get vaccinated, the faster we can end this pandemic and get back to our normal lives.”
With this move into Phase 2, appointments will still be required for most vaccinations. Starting Sunday, Virginians will be able to find and schedule appointments directly through the Vaccinate Virginia vaccine system by visiting vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1). The vaccinate.virginia.gov site will link to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s VaccineFinder website, which has a searchable map-based tool to find appointments at Community Vaccination Centers, local health departments, pharmacies, and hospitals.
Virginians seeking an opportunity to get vaccinated may have to wait for an appointment, as demand for vaccination is expected to continue to outpace supply in many parts of the Commonwealth. Those who were eligible under Phase 1 who cannot find an appointment should pre-register for a priority appointment at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA. The Northam Administration anticipates that all Virginians who want a vaccine will be able to get at least their first dose by the end of May.
Only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for individuals aged 16 and 17. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for ages 18 and up.
More than 5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Virginia. Approximately half of the adult population has received at least one dose, and one in five Virginians are fully vaccinated. The Commonwealth continues to work with a statewide network of providers and partners to distribute and administer doses as quickly as they are provided by the federal government.
Virginia has focused on equity throughout its vaccination program by providing targeted resources in multiple languages, scheduling clinics in collaboration with community partners, performing grassroots outreach to drive pre-registration and scheduling, and implementing large, state-run Community Vaccination Centers in areas with vulnerable populations. These efforts will continue with expanded eligibility in Phase 2.
All COVID-19 vaccines are free regardless of health insurance or immigration status. Assistance is available in English, Spanish, and more than 100 other languages. Videoconferencing in American Sign Language also is available by videophone at 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) or online by clicking the “ASL Now” button at vaccinate.virginia.gov.
Statement from Virginia State Vaccination Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula On Pause in Administration of Johnson and Johnson Vaccine (4/13/21)
We are closely monitoring the actions by the federal government to pause all Johnson & Johnson vaccinations while it investigates an extremely rare possible side effect. In Virginia, we will cease all Johnson & Johnson vaccines until this investigation is complete. If you have an upcoming appointment for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you will be contacted to reschedule that appointment.
This pause is reassuring in that it demonstrates that the systems that are in place to monitor vaccine safety are working. We look forward to a thorough review by federal health officials. Meantime, we will continue Virginia’s vaccine rollout at this time with the other two authorized vaccines, developed by Pfizer and Moderna.
Additional Statement from Virginia State Vaccination Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula On Pause in Administration of Johnson and Johnson Vaccine (4/13/21)
This afternoon, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) confirmed to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) that it is examining the March death of a Virginia woman as part of its investigation into possible adverse side effects from the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
The Virginia death was reported to the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and a report can be found by searching the system for VAERS ID 1114806-1. No additional details will be provided during the investigation.
Earlier Tuesday, the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called for a pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six recipients in the United States developed a rare disorder involving blood clots within about two weeks of vaccination. This pause was recommended out of an abundance of caution, as these adverse events appear to be extremely rare. To date, more than 6.8 million people in the United States have received Johnson & Johnson vaccines and six recipients are known to have developed a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.
CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday, April 14, to further review these cases and assess their potential significance. FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases.
Virginia will stop using the Johnson & Johnson vaccines until this investigation is complete. This pause is reassuring in that it demonstrates that the systems that are in place to monitor vaccine safety are working. Virginia’s vaccine rollout will continue with the other two authorized vaccines, developed by Pfizer and Moderna.
People who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider, or call 911 if it is a medical emergency.
NOTE: The Suffolk Health Department is a member of the Western Tidewater Health District and is managed by the Virginia Department of Health. The Suffolk Health Department is not a City of Suffolk Department or Agency.
Western Tidewater Health District Expands COVID-19 Vaccination to "Phase 2" Recipients
The Western Tidewater Health District (WTHD) is expanding COVID-19 vaccinations to Phase 2 on Monday April 12, 2021. Persons 16 or older who work or reside in this district will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
The WTHD began vaccinating healthcare personnel in December before moving to Phase 1b. Phase 1b includes those 65 and older, those 16-64 with underlying medical conditions and some frontline essential workers. Phase 2 includes the general public and those in phase 1 can continue to register as well. Overlap of vaccination of groups may occur to ensure people in each phase are vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as possible. A full list of those included in each phase is available on the VDH vaccine website.
Appointments are required. Visit https://vaccinefinder.org/ to pre-register for the vaccine.
Anyone who wants a vaccine should pre-register for an appointment by visiting vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) from 8 a.m. - 8p.m., seven days a week. Representatives are available in English and Spanish, and translation is available in any of more than 100 languages. TTY dial 7-1-1.
Those who have pre-registered should check the list at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling the call center to ensure their information is accurate. Incomplete or inaccurate information could result in you not being contacted for an appointment.
If you are pre-registered, make sure you are checking your email and answering your phone because it could be an invitation to schedule your appointment.
For more information about Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts, visit: www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/.
Sentara Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Self-Scheduling Website
Community Members are invited to schedule their own vaccine appointment immediately for as long as appointments are available.
Sentara Healthcare has launched a new website for patients and community members to quickly view and schedule a first-dose vaccine appointment at an upcoming Sentara COVID-19 vaccine clinic.
Anyone who is 16 years or older is invited to visit Sentara’s self-scheduling website at www.sentara.com/vaccineclinic.
Those who are 16 or 17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A signed vaccine consent form will be required upon check-in. Those who are 16 or 17 years old are only able to receive the Pfizer vaccine, per FDA guidelines. Our website will identify which vaccine will be used at each clinic.
The website will host Sentara’s confirmed COVID-19 vaccine clinics for the upcoming week. The clinic schedule will be updated each week. Once each clinic reaches full capacity, registration will be closed and the link to schedule will no longer be activated.
This website will only be able to schedule appointments for Sentara-hosted vaccine clinics. Appointments are on a first come, first served basis. Please schedule an appointment to guarantee a vaccine. Walk-ins will only be accepted if there is extra vaccine supply at the clinic site.
People without internet access or an email address can register for a clinic by calling the Sentara Vaccine Scheduling Call Center. The call center is open Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The phone number is 1-833-887-6943.
Sentara's community vaccination clinics are hosted in partnership with local departments of health, city leaders, as well as faith-based and non-profit organizations. We will update our clinic schedule each week based on the number of vaccine doses provided to us by local health districts and encourage the community to check the website weekly for newly-confirmed clinics.
Sentara Healthcare encourages everyone who has not yet received a vaccine to sign up for an available appointment. If anyone has any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine or wishes to learn more, please read the FAQs.
FEMA Grant for COVID-19 Pandemic Funeral Assistance for Individuals
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020 at 100 percent federal cost share. FEMA provides financial assistance under the Other Needs Assistance (ONA) provision of the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) to individuals and households with disaster-related funeral expenses.
IMPORTANT REMINDER from the Virginia Department of Health – Register for Vaccination
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) would like to remind residents to register with the VDH statewide system (online or via phone) as soon as possible in order to be scheduled for a vaccination. All residents in the 1a, 1b, or 1c phase are asked to register for opportunities for a vaccination. People who register will receive communication when it is their turn and be told where and when to go. Once registered, be on the lookout for an email from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (email@example.com) inviting you to create an appointment for a vaccine. Please ensure that you are using one email address per person when signing up, as multiple people associated with a single email address may cause a slowdown in receiving a vaccine.
For vaccination information, visit www.vaccinate.virginia.gov, or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).
SUFFOLK TO BEGIN REOPENING CITY FACILITIES
The City of Suffolk advises that operations at most of its facilities for in-person services will resume beginning, Monday, March 15, 2021.
The City closed most of its facilities in mid-March 2020 as it responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this timeframe, however, the majority of services to the public were not impacted, and staff continued serving our citizens, whether working remotely or while other plans were in place. The only facility not reopening to the public at this time is the Suffolk Workforce Development Center, located at 157 North Main Street, which is a privately-owned building. However, services offered there remain available to the public by calling 757.514.7730.
To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, facility modifications that promote the safety of our community members and staff have been made, and enhanced sanitizing measures will also remain ongoing. In keeping with CDC and other recommended health guidelines, a 6-foot separation from others must be maintained when in City of Suffolk facilities, and the wearing of face masks is mandated in accordance with Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order. Citizens are also encouraged to review the posted self-assessment symptom checklist when entering facilities, as this messaging may vary based on the type of facility (no fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, sore throat, or other symptoms of COVID-19; or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days; no travel on a commercial flight or outside of the United States in the past 14 days; and to not enter any facilities if they are feeling sick).
While most City facilities begin reopening to the public, online services remain the safest option for conducting City business.
Virginia Department of Health - COVID-19 Vaccine Information
When Can I Get Vaccinated? Find out which phase of the vaccination campaign you fall in.
While the vaccine supply is limited, COVID-19 vaccine will be offered in phases. People who are more likely to have severe COVID-19 illness and workers that are essential to the functioning of society will be offered the vaccine in the earlier phases. Click here to take the online quiz and complete the form at the end to be notified of your vaccine phase availability. Once your vaccine phase is available, you will be contacted by the Virginia Department of Health to verify your vaccine eligibility. NOTE: Submission of this form does NOT reserve a COVID-19 vaccine.
How was the COVID-19 Vaccine developed, approved and manufactured? Click to view Fact Sheet (PDF Document)
How will the COVID-19 Vaccine's safety be monitored? Click to view Fact Sheet (PDF Document)
What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. If you have pain or discomfort, talk to your doctor about taking an over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Common side effects include pain and swelling in the arm where you receive the shot. For more information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) visit: What to Expect After Getting a COIVD-19 Vaccine.
GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM EXECUTIVE ORDER - Fourth Amended Executive Order Seventy-Two (2021) and Order of Public Health Emergency Nine Further Easing of Commonsense Restrictions due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID0-19)
The full text of third amended Executive Order Number Seventy-Two (2021) and Order of Public Health Emergency Nine is available here.
Visit virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has an interactive COVID-19 Testing Sites Map which provides 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).
Virginia’s Statewide Stay at Home Order - Frequently Asked Questions (click for link)
For the latest information on COVID-19 and safety tips, visit the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) websites. The VDEM website includes all executive orders and relevant guidance in English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, and soon to be Vietnamese and Tagalog.
The City of Suffolk leadership team is continuing to actively monitor coronavirus/COVID-19 and assess City operations based on developments. We are coordinating with the Western Tidewater Health District/Virginia Department of Health as it relates to City activities and services. Updates will be posted to this page as well as our social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.
- CITY OFFICES: The City of Suffolk advises that operations at most of its facilities for in-person services resumed as of Monday, March 15, 2021. To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, facility modifications that promote the safety of our community members and staff have been made, and enhanced sanitizing measures will also remain ongoing. In keeping with CDC and other recommended health guidelines, a 6-foot separation from others must be maintained when in City of Suffolk facilities, and the wearing of face masks is mandated in accordance with Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order. Citizens are also encouraged to review the posted self-assessment symptom checklist when entering facilities, as this messaging may vary based on the type of facility (no fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, sore throat, or other symptoms of COVID-19; or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days; no travel on a commercial flight or outside of the United States in the past 14 days; and to not enter any facilities if they are feeling sick). While most City facilities begin reopening to the public, online services remain the safest option for conducting City business. To conduct City business, visit the City’s website or call 757-514-4000 for assistance.
- CITY COUNCIL: City Council meetings are aired live on the Suffolk Municipal Channel (Spectrum Channel 190) and live streamed at http://suffolkva.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=2 so that the public is aware of all actions taken.
- COURTS: In response to the judicial emergency declared by the Supreme Court of Virginia which became effective March 16, 2020, requiring the Mills E. Godwin Courts Complex to close to the public with the exception of emergency matters, please note that effective May 18, 2020, there will be a transition to a partial opening. Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and Clerk’s Office will be open. The General District Court Clerk’s Office will be open and the Court will hear selected matters. Suffolk Circuit Court will be open and the Court will hear selected matters.The Suffolk Circuit Court Clerk’s Office is closed to the public. Business is being conducted by phone, mail, e-file, drop-box and appointments. Please call the Suffolk Circuit Court Clerk’s office for assistance. Questions should be directed to the Clerk’s Office associated with the Court matter:
Suffolk Circuit Court 757-514-7800
Suffolk General District Court 757-514-4850
Suffolk JDR Court 757-514-7790
Any other questions may be directed to the Suffolk Sheriff’s Office at 757-514-7840.
- LIBRARY: Effective April 5, 2021 – Suffolk Public Library will have expanded service hours of Mondays through Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at our North Suffolk Library and Morgan Memorial Library locations. Chuckatuck Library will remain closed with Curbside2Go continuing on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Face coverings will be required to enter any facility. In order to ensure the safety of the community and staff, capacity limits will remain in place for both locations. Small groups will be permitted on a limited basis and socially distanced throughout both buildings. Browsing of Library materials will be permitted. Curbside Pickup and Self-Service Technology use will continue to be available. Due to social distancing guidelines, no in-person technology assistance will be provided. In order to offer even more opportunities for the community to use the Library, automated lockers will be installed at both the Morgan Memorial Library and Chuckatuck Library locations over the next few months. The lockers will be available outside both locations to provide opportunities to collect books and other requested items at any time of the day. To learn more about the Suffolk Public Library, visit www.suffolkpubliclibrary.com. Follow the Library on Twitter @SufPubLib, and check for updates on Facebook at Facebook.com/SuffolkPublicLibrary.
- PARKS & RECREATION: The Computer Labs, Game Rooms and Fitness Centers at East Suffolk Recreation Center and Whaleyville Recreation Center are open. To comply with the Governor’s Executive Order 68 and the guidelines in the Forward Virginia Phase II Plan, there have been changes to rules and procedures. Masks must be worn when entering the building, but may be removed while using exercise equipment only. All customers will be asked health screening questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms, and temporal no-touch body temperature scans will be taken. No one with a temperature at or above 100.4 degrees will be permitted in the building. A maximum of 12 customers will be allowed in the Fitness Center, 10 customers in the Game Rooms, and 2 customers in the Computer Labs at any time. Patrons may be required to wait to enter the facility during peak times. All customers will be required to maintain 10 feet of social distancing while inside the Fitness Center and six feet of physical distancing in the Game Rooms. Centers are open from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Noon), and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Noon) on Saturdays. The Centers will close weekdays between 12 p.m. (Noon) and 1 p.m. for equipment disinfecting, however, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols will be in place throughout the entire time the Fitness Centers are open. Fitness Center memberships for residents are $10 per month for adults, $7 per month for teens, and $5 per month for seniors ages 55 and up. All Fitness Center members must also possess an Active Annual Recreation Center membership. Additionally, the playgrounds at Suffolk Parks & Recreation are open playground equipment is not disinfected and should be used at your own risk. All other amenities within the parks including, but not limited to, basketball courts, skate parks, dog parks, tennis courts, kayak and boat launches, and trails will remain open for public use. Citizens are encouraged practice social distancing of six (6) feet or more while using the parks. Stay up to date by following us on Facebook for virtual activities and events @SuffolkParksandRec. Visit our website and Virtual Recreation Center at www.suffolkva.us/parks, or call 757-514-7250 for more information.
- POLICE: The Suffolk Police Department is changing the way it responds to non-violent incidents due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new response procedures are designed to reduce citizen’s and Officer’s exposure to the coronavirus in the line of duty. Further, Officers will be using social distancing and personal protective equipment to limit contact as much as possible in accordance with recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Police may not respond to non-violent offenses. Incidents that can be adequately handled by telephone reporting will not have an Officer response. Citizens are encouraged to call Non-Emergency Dispatch at 757-923-2350, Option 8, to make telephone reports. Responses to serious incidents and threats to public safety will continue to receive priority responses.
- SUFFOLK DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES - SECOND HRUBS UTILITY BILL PANDEMIC RELIEF PROGRAM: The Suffolk Department of Public Utilities announces a deadline extension to the second HRUBS Utility Bill Pandemic Relief Program that originally became effective on Monday, December 21, 2020. This program provides a total of $1,378,452.19 in financial assistance to qualifying City of Suffolk residential and non-residential customers who are experiencing financial hardship due to employment impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program is supported by the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and allows the Suffolk Department of Public Utilities to provide this assistance through a statewide Municipal Utility Relief Fund. Residential and non-residential customers with delinquent water and wastewater utility bill charges from March 1, 2020 to November 30, 2021 are encouraged to apply for assistance through this program. The City will provide assistance to qualifying residents and businesses with COVID-related past due balances until November 30, 2021 or until the funding runs out.
To qualify, applicants must self-certify they have experienced COVID-related issues that have caused economic hardship such as: job layoffs; job loss due to employment closings; reduction in work hours; staying home to care for children due to day care and school closings; or lost child or spousal support. Relief also covers those who have been unable to work or missed work due to contracting COVID-19; unable to find work due to COVID-19; or unable to participate in their previous employment due to a high risk of severe illness.
Applicants can verbally apply by phone by answering some brief questions or they can submit a short online application. To obtain an online application, download the form via the following link, https://www.suffolkva.us/1471/COVID-19-Utility-Relief, or call 757-514-7450 to apply by phone.
- PUBLIC UTILITIES: The Public Utilities Department has suspended water cutoffs effective Monday, March 16, 2020.
- SUFFOLK ANIMAL CONTROL: As of March 15, 2021, the Animal Shelter reopened according to its normal schedule. Masking and social distancing will be required. For information, call 757-514-7855.
- SUFFOLK EXECUTIVE AIRPORT: The Suffolk Executive Airport will continue under normal operations.
- SCHOOLS: For information on Suffolk Public Schools, please visit the SPS website.
- SOCIAL SERVICES: Effective March 15, 2021, the Department of Social Services will be open to the public for in-person customer service by appointment only. Most services will continue to be offered in a virtual format for your convenience. To schedule an appointment for in-person customer service, please contact (757) 514-7450 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To Report Child Abuse or Neglect: call the Suffolk Department of Social Services during regular business hours at 757-514-7450. Out-of-State callers can call (804) 786-8536 and Hearing-impaired can call (800) 828-1120.
- SUFFOLK TRANSIT: Suffolk Transit will continue under normal operations. Face coverings are required when using Suffolk Transit as per federal guidance. Customers will not be allowed to board the bus without one. Children under the age of 10 and those with medical exceptions are excluded. Link to video regarding RIDER SAFETY GUIDELINES: Link to video
- TOURISM: The Suffolk Visitor Center reopened to the public on Monday, March 15, 2021. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. through April 4, 2021. Hours will return to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily beginning on April 5, 2021. The Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum will continue to operate by appointment only.
- TRASH & RECYCLING COLLECTION: There are no changes to collection schedules.
- WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CENTER: The Suffolk Workforce Development Center remains closed to the public but staff can be reached at 757-514-7400 by anyone needing assistance.
- UPDATES FROM VIRGINIA GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM: Visit this website for the latest from the Governor.
Local State of Emergency
City Manager Patrick Roberts declared a State of Emergency this afternoon, Friday, March 13, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. in advance of any potential impacts due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). A State of Emergency declaration ensures that our City will have the appropriate level of assistance and allows us to coordinate with the Commonwealth in our response and recovery efforts as it relates to any potential impacts from COVID-19.