Suffolk Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Vaccine Finder COVID-19 Vaccine Locator www.vaccines.gov
Vaccinate Virginia Statewide Call Center - 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) - Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Virginia Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Website 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
Vaccines.gov - COVID-19 Vaccines
The Virginia Department of Health is using Vaccines.gov to advertise new and existing vaccine openings as well as for scheduling. It is essentially a one-stop-site for connecting to a vaccine! This is a great way for citizens to obtain a free vaccine at vaccine locations in the community.
Sentara Healthcare VAX UP VA website
Sentara Healthcare, along with community and faith-based partners, has launched a new website with updated COVID-19 vaccine myths vs. facts, video testimonials, and other vaccine resources for unvaccinated community members. We continue to see an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in communities due to COVID-19 variants quickly spreading through un-vaccinated community members. Visit www.vaxupva.com for more information.
COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People
People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness. Studies indicate some immunocompromised people don’t always build the same level of immunity after vaccination the way non-immunocompromised people do.
CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time.
For more information, visit this CDC webpage
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.
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 ORDERS
The full text of Executive Order Seventy-Nine (2021) and Order of Public Health Emergency Ten can be found 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).
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: Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear face coverings in City facilities. If you’re not fully vaccinated, help protect others by continuing to wear a face covering over your nose and mouth. Please do not come inside City facilities if you have fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, or sore throat. Citizens may wish to conduct business online (City website), where offered, or contact the City Department/Office via phone, 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 July 8, 2021, all courts in the Mills E. Godwin courts complex are fully open and hearing all matters. Social distancing is required inside the courtroom and masks are required for those who have not been fully vaccinated. 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, 757-514-7800.
- LIBRARY: Effective August 30, 2021, Suffolk Public Library will resume normal hours of Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the North Suffolk Library and Morgan Memorial Library locations. The Chuckatuck Library will be open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. We are still offering curbside pick-up service at Morgan Memorial Library and North Suffolk Library. We encourage the community to use the automated lockers which are installed at both the Morgan Memorial Library and Chuckatuck Library locations and 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 Instagram @suffolkpubliclibrary, and check for updates on Facebook at Facebook.com/SuffolkPublicLibrary.
- PARKS & RECREATION: Suffolk Parks and Recreation strongly recommends individuals wear masks in all recreation facilities and parks where physical distancing is not possible. Stay up to date by following us on Facebook, visit our website at www.suffolkva.us/parks, or by calling 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.
- PUBLIC UTILITIES: Suffolk Department of Public Utilities announces that utility service (water and wastewater) cut-offs due to delinquent utility bills will resume on September 1, 2021.
- 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.
- 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 hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
- TRASH & RECYCLING COLLECTION: There are no changes to collection schedules.
- WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CENTER: Adhering to all current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Commonwealth of Virginia pandemic guidelines, the City of Suffolk announces the reopening of the Suffolk Workforce Development Center to the public on September 7, 2021, at its 157 North Main Street, 2nd Floor location. Current operations include self-service computer labs for job and education seekers as well as wrap around job readiness and employment assistance, which is available by appointment only. The Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Suffolk Workforce Development Center is an affiliate Virginia Career Works site equipped to meet the needs of employers and individuals through relevant training, education, and supportive services that enable self-sufficiency to include GED preparation. Some of the Center’s workforce development partners include: the College Career Academy at the Pruden (CCAP), the Virginia Employment Commission, the Virginia Community College System, Suffolk Department of Social Services, Suffolk Economic Development Department, Hampton Roads Workforce Council, Virginia Veteran Services, Norfolk State University, The Stop Organization Inc., AARP Senior Employment Services, the Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services (DARS), Suffolk Literacy Council, Coalition Against Poverty (CAPS), Suffolk Public Schools, Blakey Weaver Counseling Center and a host of local employers. We welcome all of our partners and citizens back into our facility. For more information, contact Larry Brunson, coordinator, at 757-514-7730 or email email@example.com.
- UPDATES FROM VIRGINIA GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM: Visit this website for the latest from the Governor.