Daily City Updates

 

UPDATE – February 11, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

School Vaccination Event Scheduled for Saturday, February 13th has been CANCELLED due to weather.

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 6,925,365 (112,591↑) 541,018 (3,699↑) 22,615 (145↑) 6,958 (26↑) 10.1%
Crater Health District 149,005 (1,011↑) 12,103 (580↑) 462 (14↑) 144 11.0% (0.5↓)
Hopewell n/a 1,738  (75↑) 76 (3↑) 13 15.7% (1.0↓)**

NOTE: Total Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths are now only provided by Crater Health District on Mondays and Fridays

     Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity – High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for January 23, 2021 to February 5, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities) 

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,738 76 13
Dinwiddie 1,658 67 17
Emporia 598 48 30
Greensville 1,341 48 17
Petersburg 2,559 123 37
Prince George 2,851 43 9
Surry 329 17 6
Sussex 1,029 40 15
Crater District Totals 12,103 462 144

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

      • COVID-19 Timeline –

ü  First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020

ü  First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020

ü  Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020

ü  The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020

ü  The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020

ü  Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020

ü  City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020

ü  Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread

ü  Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread

Ø  2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.

Ø  Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.

Ø  Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th

Ø  Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School

Ø  Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.

Ø  Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.

      • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –

Ø  Friday, February 12, 2021 – Cavalier Square – CANCELLED – Due to lack of registration and weather

      • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
February 4th 49 42
January 29th 29
January 21st 67 5 7.46% 49 3 6.1%
January 14th 57
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%

Ø  Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.

Ø  Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region

Ø  December 29th – 49 total tested;

Ø  December 16th – 42 pre-registered; 56 total tested

Ø  December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;

Ø  December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested

Ø  November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested

Ø  November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested

Ø  November 4th – 35 tested

Ø  October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested

Ø  October 20th – 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested

Ø  October 13th – 100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested

      • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose Fully Vaccinated % of Population w/ 1 Dose Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
946,404 245,471 11.1% 1,423 278

Ø  Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)

Ø  Vaccination Call Center went live today – Citizens should call 541- 2391 for assistance registering for the Crater Vaccine Waiting List

Ø  Hopewell’s Vaccination Call Center will go live tomorrow at 9:30 am to begin taking calls from the public and assisting to enter qualified 1b’s into the vaccine waiting list.

Ø  Call center training conducted today via Zoom.

Ø  A Closed Vaccination Clinic was held at the former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store for Hopewell and Prince George school teachers the past Saturday to provide vaccinations for approximately 400 people were vaccinated.  Additionally vaccination clinics will be held on February 13th and 20th

Ø  Final preparations are complete at the former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store in advance of Saturday’s vaccination PODS.

Ø  Category 1b City Staff (Public Works, HWR, & EOC Staff) have begun to receive their 1st vaccines.  School employees will begin to receive 1st vaccines being this weekend.

Ø  The former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store was approved by Cavalier Square Management to serve as the vaccination site (PODS) in the City.  Staff is working the process of preparing the site for use.  The 1st vaccination event at the site will be this Saturday.  This event will be by invitation only and the target groups will teachers in Hopewell and Prince George.  Crater Health is registering these priority groups.

Ø  Staff conducted a site visit with Crater Health District at the former Peebles department store in Cavalier Square for use as a possible vaccination PODS.

Ø  Residents of the Crater Health District that are 1a and 1b can use their online vaccination waiting list to registrar for a vaccination.

Ø  Staff will be standing up a local call center as part of a regional call center effort to assist Crater Health District with inquiries about the vaccination process and assist citizens with registering via the online waiting list.  Our call center will assist Hopewell residents.

Ø  Hopewell will be participating in a regional Joint Information Center (JIC) operation.  Mr. Bragg will be brought back in a part-time role to assist with this effort on behalf of Hopewell and take the lead role in the JIC.

Ø  Hopewell Public Schools have offered the seven (7) school nurses to support vaccination efforts in the City and Crater Health District.

Ø  Hopewell staff will be developing a survey for use by the Crater Health District communities to see how many residents are interested in receiving a vaccination in an effort to assist Crater Health District staff.

Ø  Commonwealth launched a new vaccine dashboard today;  State is averaging 26,000 vaccinations  per day goal of  50,000 doses/day.

Ø  Governor announced new guidance for vaccine allocation within 1b – 50% of health department allocation will go to essential workers and 50% to individuals 65+ and those with pre-existing conditions.

Ø  Participated in a Regional CAO Conference Call with Dr. Hart, Crater Health District, today.  Crater is receiving 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine per week; will begin to receive 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in February.  Crater is administering all doses it receives in the four (4) PODS – Emporia, Petersburg, Dinwiddie and Prince George.  Hopewell staff is working with Crater to establish a POD in Hopewell.

Ø  Police and Fire are receiving the 1st dose of the vaccine.

Ø  Staff will begin to register Category 1b employees in the VAMs system – Public Works, Water Renewal, and EOC Staff

Ø  All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system – Police, Fire and DSS

Ø  January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b

Ø  Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.

Ø  Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.

Ø  January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.

Ø  January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.

Ø  Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.

Ø  December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.

v  State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;

v  Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;

v  List of essential workers to be released

Ø  December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.

Ø  1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category

Ø  Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.

Ø  Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.

Ø  Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather

Ø  Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization

Ø  Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart

Ø  Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity

Ø  65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector

      • Hopewell Public Schools –

Ø  Return to In-person learning – Governer Northam is requiring in-school learning option by March 15th.

Ø  Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

v  Program has been extended through December 18th

v  90 students are participating in the program.

Ø  Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning

Ø  “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.

v  Program ended October 22, 2020

v  35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.

Ø  Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.

      • City Facilities –

Ø  All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.

Ø  Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.

Ø  Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.

Ø  Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.

      • City Buildings –

Ø  Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.

      • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –

Ø  This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.

Ø  Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.

      • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –

Ø  102 S. 10th Ave.; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Ø  (804) 215-1107 or www.hopewell.cares@cccofva.org

      • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –

Ø  102 S. 10th Ave.; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Ø  (804) 215-1107 or www.hopewell.cares@cccofva.org

      • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –

Ø  CARES Utility Relief Funds | (hopewellva.gov)

      • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Feb. 6th   % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 49 -0.27% 5,855
Continued Claims 376 -0.05% 45,788

      • Governor Northam –

Ø  January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ø  December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am

Ø  November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.

Ø  November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning

Ø  November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks

Ø  November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief

Ø  October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.

Ø  October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics

Ø  October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Ø  October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)

Ø  October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.

Ø  The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.

Ø  Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.

Ø  Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.

Ø  August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.

      • Crater Planning District Commission – U.S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
      • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
      • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
      • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.
      • U.S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – February 10, 2021 
Attached for Council’s review are the following:

EOC Incident Report – February 10, 2021

City of Hopewell – Center Press Release

Next Testing Event – February 12, 2021 CANCELLED

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 6,812,774 (65,500↑) 537,319 (6,494↑) 22,470 (303↑) 6,932 (112↑) 10.1% (0.1↓)
Crater Health District 147,994 (1,434↑) 12,103 (580↑) 462 (14↑) 144 11.5% (1.4↓)
Hopewell n/a 1,738  (75↑) 76 (3↑) 13 15.7% (1.0↓)**

             NOTE: Total Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths are now only provided by Crater Health District on Mondays and Fridays

     Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity – High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for January 23, 2021 to February 5, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality      COVID-19 Cases        Hospitalized    Deaths
Hopewell 1,738 76 13
Dinwiddie 1,658 67 17
Emporia 598 48 30
Greensville 1,341 48 17
Petersburg 2,559 123 37
Prince George 2,851 43 9
Surry 329 17 6
Sussex 1,029 40 15
Crater District Totals 12,103 462 144

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

§  COVID-19 Timeline –

ü  First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020

ü  First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020

ü  Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020

ü  The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020

ü  The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020

ü  Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020

ü  City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020

ü  Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread

ü  Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread

§  Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103

§  Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/

§  Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia.  Interesting information for your review.

§  COVID-19 Symptom Checker:  https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/

§  PPE Distribution –

Ø  2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.

Ø  Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.

Ø  Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th

Ø  Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School

Ø  Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.

Ø  Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.

§  Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –

Ø  Friday, February 12, 2021 – Cavalier Square – CANCELLED – Due to lack of registration and weather

§  COVID-19 Testing Results –

Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
February 4th 49 42
January 29th 29
January 21st 67 5 7.46% 49 3 6.1%
January 14th 57
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%

Ø  Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.

Ø  Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region

Ø  December 29th – 49 total tested;

Ø  December 16th – 42 pre-registered; 56 total tested

Ø  December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;

Ø  December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested

Ø  November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested

Ø  November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested

Ø  November 4th – 35 tested

Ø  October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested

Ø  October 20th – 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested

Ø  October 13th – 100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested

§  COVID-19 Vaccination –

Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose Fully Vaccinated % of Population w/ 1 Dose Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
926,772 229,345 10.9 1,345 261

Ø  Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)

Ø  Vaccination Call Center went live today – Citizens should call 541- 2391 for assistance registering for the Crater Vaccine Waiting List

Ø  Hopewell’s Vaccination Call Center will go live tomorrow at 9:30 am to begin taking calls from the public and assisting to enter qualified 1b’s into the vaccine waiting list.

Ø  Call center training conducted today via Zoom.

Ø  A Closed Vaccination Clinic was held at the former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store for Hopewell and Prince George school teachers the past Saturday to provide vaccinations for approximately 400 people were vaccinated.  Additionally vaccination clinics will be held on February 13th and 20th

Ø  Final preparations are complete at the former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store in advance of Saturday’s vaccination PODS.

Ø  Category 1b City Staff (Public Works, HWR, & EOC Staff) have begun to receive their 1st vaccines.  School employees will begin to receive 1st vaccines being this weekend.

Ø  The former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store was approved by Cavalier Square Management to serve as the vaccination site (PODS) in the City.  Staff is working the process of preparing the site for use.  The 1st vaccination event at the site will be this Saturday.  This event will be by invitation only and the target groups will teachers in Hopewell and Prince George.  Crater Health is registering these priority groups.

Ø  Staff conducted a site visit with Crater Health District at the former Peebles department store in Cavalier Square for use as a possible vaccination PODS.

Ø  Residents of the Crater Health District that are 1a and 1b can use their online vaccination waiting list to registrar for a vaccination.

Ø  Staff will be standing up a local call center as part of a regional call center effort to assist Crater Health District with inquiries about the vaccination process and assist citizens with registering via the online waiting list.  Our call center will assist Hopewell residents.

Ø  Hopewell will be participating in a regional Joint Information Center (JIC) operation.  Mr. Bragg will be brought back in a part-time role to assist with this effort on behalf of Hopewell and take the lead role in the JIC.

Ø  Hopewell Public Schools have offered the seven (7) school nurses to support vaccination efforts in the City and Crater Health District.

Ø  Hopewell staff will be developing a survey for use by the Crater Health District communities to see how many residents are interested in receiving a vaccination in an effort to assist Crater Health District staff.

Ø  Commonwealth launched a new vaccine dashboard today;  State is averaging 26,000 vaccinations  per day goal of  50,000 doses/day.

Ø  Governor announced new guidance for vaccine allocation within 1b – 50% of health department allocation will go to essential workers and 50% to individuals 65+ and those with pre-existing conditions.

Ø  Participated in a Regional CAO Conference Call with Dr. Hart, Crater Health District, today.  Crater is receiving 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine per week; will begin to receive 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in February.  Crater is administering all doses it receives in the four (4) PODS – Emporia, Petersburg, Dinwiddie and Prince George.  Hopewell staff is working with Crater to establish a POD in Hopewell.

Ø  Police and Fire are receiving the 1st dose of the vaccine.

Ø  Staff will begin to register Category 1b employees in the VAMs system – Public Works, Water Renewal, and EOC Staff

Ø  All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system – Police, Fire and DSS

Ø  January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b

Ø  Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.

Ø  Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.

Ø  January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.

Ø  January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.

Ø  Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.

Ø  December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.

v  State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;

v  Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;

v  List of essential workers to be released

Ø  December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.

Ø  1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category

Ø  Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.

Ø  Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.

Ø  Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather

Ø  Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization

Ø  Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart

Ø  Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity

Ø  65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector

§  Hopewell Public Schools –

Ø  Return to In-person learning – Governer Northam is requiring in-school learning option by March 15th.

Ø  Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

v  Program has been extended through December 18th

v  90 students are participating in the program.

Ø  Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning

Ø  “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.

v  Program ended October 22, 2020

v  35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.

Ø  Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.

§  City Facilities –

Ø  All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.

Ø  Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.

Ø  Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.

Ø  Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.

§  City Buildings –

Ø  Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.

§  COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –

Ø  This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.

Ø  Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.

§  Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –

Ø  102 S. 10th Ave.; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Ø  (804) 215-1107 or www.hopewell.cares@cccofva.org

§  Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –

Ø  102 S. 10th Ave.; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Ø  (804) 215-1107 or www.hopewell.cares@cccofva.org

§  City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –

Ø  CARES Utility Relief Funds | (hopewellva.gov)

§  City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19

  Week of Jan. 30th   % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 62 -0.21% 5,806
Continued Claims 395 0.10% 45,412

§  Governor Northam –

Ø  January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ø  December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am

Ø  November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.

Ø  November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning

Ø  November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks

Ø  November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief

Ø  October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.

Ø  October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics

Ø  October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Ø  October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)

Ø  October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.

Ø  The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.

Ø  Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.

Ø  Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.

Ø  August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.

§  Crater Planning District Commission – U.S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.

§  Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.

§  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.

§  Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.

§  U.S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – February 9, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 6,812,774 (108,373↑) 530,825 (9,358↑) 22,167 (274↑) 6,820 (88↑) 10.2% (0.6↓)
Crater Health District 146,560 (2,882↑) 12,103 (580↑) 462 (14↑) 144 12.9% (0.4↓)
Hopewell n/a 1,738  (75↑) 76 (3↑) 13 15.7% (1.0↓)**

             NOTE: Total Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths are now only provided by Crater Health District on Mondays and Fridays

     Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity – High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for January 23, 2021 to February 5, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,738 76 13
Dinwiddie 1,658 67 17
Emporia 598 48 30
Greensville 1,341 48 17
Petersburg 2,559 123 37
Prince George 2,851 43 9
Surry 329 17 6
Sussex 1,029 40 15
Crater District Totals 12,103 462 144

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

      • COVID-19 Timeline –
        • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
        • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
        • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
        • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
        • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
        • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
        • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
        • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
        • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
      • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
      • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
      • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
      • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
      • PPE Distribution
        • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
        • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
        • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
        • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
        • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
        • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
      • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
        • Friday, February 12, 2021 – Cavalier Square
      • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
February 4th 49 42
January 29th 29
January 21st 67 5 7.46% 49 3 6.1%
January 14th 57
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
      • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
      • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
      • December 29th – 49 total tested;
      • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
      • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
      • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
      • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
      • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
      • November 4th – 35 tested
      • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
      • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
      • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
      • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose Fully Vaccinated % of Population w/ 1 Dose Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
898,160 206,942 10.5 1,262 249

      • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
      • Hopewell’s Vaccination Call Center will go live tomorrow at 9:30 am to begin taking calls from the public and assisting to enter qualified 1b’s into the vaccine waiting list.
      • Call center training conducted today via Zoom.
      • A Closed Vaccination Clinic was held at the former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store for Hopewell and Prince George school teachers the past Saturday to provide vaccinations for approximately 400 people were vaccinated.  Additionally vaccination clinics will be held on February 13th and 20th
      • Final preparations are complete at the former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store in advance of Saturday’s vaccination PODS.
      • Category 1b City Staff (Public Works, HWR, & EOC Staff) have begun to receive their 1st School employees will begin to receive 1st vaccines being this weekend.
      • The former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store was approved by Cavalier Square Management to serve as the vaccination site (PODS) in the City.  Staff is working the process of preparing the site for use.  The 1st vaccination event at the site will be this Saturday.  This event will be by invitation only and the target groups will teachers in Hopewell and Prince George.  Crater Health is registering these priority groups.
      • Staff conducted a site visit with Crater Health District at the former Peebles department store in Cavalier Square for use as a possible vaccination PODS.
      • Residents of the Crater Health District that are 1a and 1b can use their online vaccination waiting list to registrar for a vaccination.
      • Staff will be standing up a local call center as part of a regional call center effort to assist Crater Health District with inquiries about the vaccination process and assist citizens with registering via the online waiting list.  Our call center will assist Hopewell residents.
      • Hopewell will be participating in a regional Joint Information Center (JIC) operation.  Mr. Bragg will be brought back in a part-time role to assist with this effort on behalf of Hopewell and take the lead role in the JIC.
      • Hopewell Public Schools have offered the seven (7) school nurses to support vaccination efforts in the City and Crater Health District.
      • Hopewell staff will be developing a survey for use by the Crater Health District communities to see how many residents are interested in receiving a vaccination in an effort to assist Crater Health District staff.
      • Commonwealth launched a new vaccine dashboard today;  State is averaging 26,000 vaccinations  per day goal of  50,000 doses/day.
      • Governor announced new guidance for vaccine allocation within 1b – 50% of health department allocation will go to essential workers and 50% to individuals 65+ and those with pre-existing conditions.
      • Participated in a Regional CAO Conference Call with Dr. Hart, Crater Health District, today.  Crater is receiving 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine per week; will begin to receive 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in February.  Crater is administering all doses it receives in the four (4) PODS – Emporia, Petersburg, Dinwiddie and Prince George.  Hopewell staff is working with Crater to establish a POD in Hopewell.
      • Police and Fire are receiving the 1st dose of the vaccine.
      • Staff will begin to register Category 1b employees in the VAMs system – Public Works, Water Renewal, and EOC Staff
      • All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system – Police, Fire and DSS
      • January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b
      • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
      • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
      • January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.
      • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
      • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
      • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
        • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
        • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
        • List of essential workers to be released
      • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
      • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
      • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
      • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
      • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
      • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
      • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
      • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
      • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
      • Hopewell Public Schools
        • Return to In-person learning – Governer Northam is requiring in-school learning option by March 15th.
        • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
          • Program has been extended through December 18th
          • 90 students are participating in the program.
        • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
        • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
          • Program ended October 22, 2020
          • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
        • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
      • City Facilities –
        • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
        • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
        • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
        • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
      • City Buildings –
        • Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.
      • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
        • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
        • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
      • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
      • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
      • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
      • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 30th   % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 62 -0.21% 5,806
Continued Claims 395 0.10% 45,412

      • Governor Northam –
        • January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
        • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
        • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
        • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
        • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
        • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
        • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
        • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
        • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
        • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
        • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
        • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
        • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
        • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
        • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
      • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
      • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
      • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
      • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.

U.S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – February 8, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

      • EOC Incident Report – February 8, 2021 (NOTE – Does not include updated Crater figures; Crater figures are included below)

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 6,812,774 (108,373↑) 530,825 (9,358↑) 22,167 (274↑) 6,820 (88↑) 10.2% (0.6↓)
Crater Health District 146,560 (2,882↑) 12,103 (580↑) 462 (14↑) 144 12.9% (0.4↓)
Hopewell n/a 1,738  (75↑) 76 (3↑) 13 15.7% (1.0↓)**

             NOTE: Total Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths are now only provided by Crater Health District on Mondays and Fridays

     Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity – High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for January 23, 2021 to February 5, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities) 

 

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,738 76 13
Dinwiddie 1,658 67 17
Emporia 598 48 30
Greensville 1,341 48 17
Petersburg 2,559 123 37
Prince George 2,851 43 9
Surry 329 17 6
Sussex 1,029 40 15
Crater District Totals 12,103 462 144

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

      • COVID-19 Timeline –

ü  First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020

ü  First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020

ü  Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020

ü  The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020

ü  The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020

ü  Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020

ü  City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020

ü  Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread

ü  Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread

Ø  2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.

Ø  Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.

Ø  Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th

Ø  Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School

Ø  Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.

Ø  Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.

      • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –

Ø   

      • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
February 4th 49 42
January 29th 29
January 21st 67 5 7.46% 49 3 6.1%
January 14th 57
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%

Ø  Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.

Ø  Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region

Ø  December 29th – 49 total tested;

Ø  December 16th – 42 pre-registered; 56 total tested

Ø  December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;

Ø  December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested

Ø  November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested

Ø  November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested

Ø  November 4th – 35 tested

Ø  October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested

Ø  October 20th – 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested

Ø  October 13th – 100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested

      • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose Fully Vaccinated % of Population w/ 1 Dose Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
898,160 206,942 10.5 1,262 249

Ø  Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)

Ø  A Closed Vaccination Clinic was held at the former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store for Hopewell and Prince George school teachers the past Saturday to provide vaccinations for approximately 400 people were vaccinated.  Additionally vaccination clinics will be held on February 13th and 20th

Ø  Final preparations are complete at the former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store in advance of Saturday’s vaccination PODS.

Ø  Category 1b City Staff (Public Works, HWR, & EOC Staff) have begun to receive their 1st vaccines.  School employees will begin to receive 1st vaccines being this weekend.

Ø  The former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store was approved by Cavalier Square Management to serve as the vaccination site (PODS) in the City.  Staff is working the process of preparing the site for use.  The 1st vaccination event at the site will be this Saturday.  This event will be by invitation only and the target groups will teachers in Hopewell and Prince George.  Crater Health is registering these priority groups.

Ø  Staff conducted a site visit with Crater Health District at the former Peebles department store in Cavalier Square for use as a possible vaccination PODS.

Ø  Residents of the Crater Health District that are 1a and 1b can use their online vaccination waiting list to registrar for a vaccination.

Ø  Staff will be standing up a local call center as part of a regional call center effort to assist Crater Health District with inquiries about the vaccination process and assist citizens with registering via the online waiting list.  Our call center will assist Hopewell residents.

Ø  Hopewell will be participating in a regional Joint Information Center (JIC) operation.  Mr. Bragg will be brought back in a part-time role to assist with this effort on behalf of Hopewell and take the lead role in the JIC.

Ø  Hopewell Public Schools have offered the seven (7) school nurses to support vaccination efforts in the City and Crater Health District.

Ø  Hopewell staff will be developing a survey for use by the Crater Health District communities to see how many residents are interested in receiving a vaccination in an effort to assist Crater Health District staff.

Ø  Commonwealth launched a new vaccine dashboard today;  State is averaging 26,000 vaccinations  per day goal of  50,000 doses/day.

Ø  Governor announced new guidance for vaccine allocation within 1b – 50% of health department allocation will go to essential workers and 50% to individuals 65+ and those with pre-existing conditions.

Ø  Participated in a Regional CAO Conference Call with Dr. Hart, Crater Health District, today.  Crater is receiving 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine per week; will begin to receive 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in February.  Crater is administering all doses it receives in the four (4) PODS – Emporia, Petersburg, Dinwiddie and Prince George.  Hopewell staff is working with Crater to establish a POD in Hopewell.

Ø  Police and Fire are receiving the 1st dose of the vaccine.

Ø  Staff will begin to register Category 1b employees in the VAMs system – Public Works, Water Renewal, and EOC Staff

Ø  All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system – Police, Fire and DSS

Ø  January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b

Ø  Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.

Ø  Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.

Ø  January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.

Ø  January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.

Ø  Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.

Ø  December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.

v  State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;

v  Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;

v  List of essential workers to be released

Ø  December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.

Ø  1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category

Ø  Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.

Ø  Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.

Ø  Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather

Ø  Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization

Ø  Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart

Ø  Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity

Ø  65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector

      • Hopewell Public Schools –

Ø  Return to In-person learning – Governer Northam is requiring in-school learning option by March 15th.

Ø  Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

v  Program has been extended through December 18th

v  90 students are participating in the program.

Ø  Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning

Ø  “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.

v  Program ended October 22, 2020

v  35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.

Ø  Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.

      • City Facilities –

Ø  All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.

Ø  Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.

Ø  Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.

Ø  Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.

      • City Buildings –

Ø  Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.

      • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –

Ø  This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.

Ø  Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.

      • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –

Ø  102 S. 10th Ave.; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Ø  (804) 215-1107 or www.hopewell.cares@cccofva.org

      • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –

Ø  102 S. 10th Ave.; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Ø  (804) 215-1107 or www.hopewell.cares@cccofva.org

      • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –

Ø  CARES Utility Relief Funds | (hopewellva.gov)

      • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 30th   % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 62 -0.21% 5,806
Continued Claims 395 0.10% 45,412

      • Governor Northam –

Ø  January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ø  December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am

Ø  November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.

Ø  November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning

Ø  November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks

Ø  November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief

Ø  October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.

Ø  October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics

Ø  October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Ø  October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)

Ø  October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.

Ø  The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.

Ø  Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.

Ø  Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.

Ø  August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.

      • Crater Planning District Commission – U.S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
      • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
      • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
      • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.
      • U.S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – February 5, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 6,704,401 (75,876↑) 521,467 (5,069↑) 21,893 (255↑) 6,732 (82↑) 10.8% (0.2↓)
Crater Health District 143,678 (1,782↑) 11,523 (262↑) 448 (6↑) 144 13.3% (0.7↑)
Hopewell n/a 1,663  (69↑) 73 (2↑) 13 16.7% (1.8↓)**

             NOTE: Total Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths are now only provided by Crater Health District on Mondays and Fridays

     Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity – High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for January 16, 2021 to January 29, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,663 73 13
Dinwiddie 1,554 64 17
Emporia 562 46 30
Greensville 1,286 48 17
Petersburg 2,437 120 37
Prince George 2,688 41 9
Surry 320 16 6
Sussex 1,013 40 15
Crater District Totals 11,523 448 144

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

      • COVID-19 Timeline –
        • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
        • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
        • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
        • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
        • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
        • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
        • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
        • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
        • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
      • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
      • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
      • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
      • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
      • PPE Distribution
        • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
        • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
        • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
        • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
        • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
        • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
      • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
      • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
February 4th 49 42
January 29th 29
January 21st 67 5 7.46% 49 3 6.1%
January 14th 57
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
      • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
      • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
      • December 29th – 49 total tested;
      • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
      • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
      • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
      • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
      • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
      • November 4th – 35 tested
      • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
      • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
      • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
      • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose Fully Vaccinated % of Population w/ 1 Dose Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
806,446 157,507 9.4 1,117 189

      • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
      • Final preparations are complete at the former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store in advance of Saturday’s vaccination PODS.
      • Category 1b City Staff (Public Works, HWR, & EOC Staff) have begun to receive their 1st School employees will begin to receive 1st vaccines being this weekend.
      • The former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store was approved by Cavalier Square Management to serve as the vaccination site (PODS) in the City.  Staff is working the process of preparing the site for use.  The 1st vaccination event at the site will be this Saturday.  This event will be by invitation only and the target groups will teachers in Hopewell and Prince George.  Crater Health is registering these priority groups.
      • Staff conducted a site visit with Crater Health District at the former Peebles department store in Cavalier Square for use as a possible vaccination PODS.
      • Residents of the Crater Health District that are 1a and 1b can use their online vaccination waiting list to registrar for a vaccination.
      • Staff will be standing up a local call center as part of a regional call center effort to assist Crater Health District with inquiries about the vaccination process and assist citizens with registering via the online waiting list.  Our call center will assist Hopewell residents.
      • Hopewell will be participating in a regional Joint Information Center (JIC) operation.  Mr. Bragg will be brought back in a part-time role to assist with this effort on behalf of Hopewell and take the lead role in the JIC.
      • Hopewell Public Schools have offered the seven (7) school nurses to support vaccination efforts in the City and Crater Health District.
      • Hopewell staff will be developing a survey for use by the Crater Health District communities to see how many residents are interested in receiving a vaccination in an effort to assist Crater Health District staff.
      • Commonwealth launched a new vaccine dashboard today;  State is averaging 26,000 vaccinations  per day goal of  50,000 doses/day.
      • Governor announced new guidance for vaccine allocation within 1b – 50% of health department allocation will go to essential workers and 50% to individuals 65+ and those with pre-existing conditions.
      • Participated in a Regional CAO Conference Call with Dr. Hart, Crater Health District, today.  Crater is receiving 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine per week; will begin to receive 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in February.  Crater is administering all doses it receives in the four (4) PODS – Emporia, Petersburg, Dinwiddie and Prince George.  Hopewell staff is working with Crater to establish a POD in Hopewell.
      • Police and Fire are receiving the 1st dose of the vaccine.
      • Staff will begin to register Category 1b employees in the VAMs system – Public Works, Water Renewal, and EOC Staff
      • All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system – Police, Fire and DSS
      • January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b
      • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
      • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
      • January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.
      • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
      • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
      • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
        • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
        • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
        • List of essential workers to be released
      • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
      • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
      • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
      • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
      • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
      • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
      • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
      • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
      • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
      • Hopewell Public Schools
        • Return to In-person learning – Governer Northam is requiring in-school learning option by March 15th.
        • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
          • Program has been extended through December 18th
          • 90 students are participating in the program.
        • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
        • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
          • Program ended October 22, 2020
          • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
        • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
      • City Facilities –
        • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
        • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
        • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
        • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
      • City Buildings –
        • Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.
      • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
        • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
        • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
      • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
      • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
      • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
      • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 30th   % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 62 -0.21% 5,806
Continued Claims 395 0.10% 45,412

      • Governor Northam –
      • January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
      • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
      • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
      • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
      • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
      • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
      • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
      • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
      • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
      • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
      • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
      • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
      • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
      • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
      • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
      • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
      • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
      • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.

U.S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – February 4, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 6,628,525 (28,679↑) 516,398 (6,018↑) 21,638 (111↑) 6,650 (75↑) 11.0% (0.3↓)
Crater Health District 141,896 (674↑) 11,523 (262↑) 442 144 12.6% (0.8↓)
Hopewell n/a 1,663  (69↑) 71 13 16.7% (1.8↓)**

             NOTE: Total Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths are now only provided by Crater Health District on Mondays and Fridays

     Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity – High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for January 16, 2021 to January 29, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,663 71 13
Dinwiddie 1,554 63 17
Emporia 562 46 30
Greensville 1,286 48 17
Petersburg 2,437 119 37
Prince George 2,688 40 9
Surry 320 16 6
Sussex 1,013 39 15
Crater District Totals 11,523 442 144

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

      • COVID-19 Timeline –
        • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
        • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
        • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
        • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
        • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
        • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
        • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
        • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
        • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
      • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
      • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
      • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
      • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
      • PPE Distribution
        • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
        • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
        • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
        • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
        • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
        • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
      • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
      • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
February 4th
January 29th 29
January 21st 67 5 7.46% 49 3 6.1%
January 14th 57
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
      • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
      • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
      • December 29th – 49 total tested;
      • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
      • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
      • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
      • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
      • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
      • November 4th – 35 tested
      • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
      • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
      • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
      • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose Fully Vaccinated % of Population w/ 1 Dose Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
775,357 145,284 9.1 1,090 181
      • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
      • Preparation are complete at the former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store in advance of Saturday’s vaccination PODS.
      • Category 1b City Staff (Public Works, HWR, & EOC Staff) have begun to receive their 1st School employees will begin to receive 1st vaccines being this weekend.
      • The former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store was approved by Cavalier Square Management to serve as the vaccination site (PODS) in the City.  Staff is working the process of preparing the site for use.  The 1st vaccination event at the site will be this Saturday.  This event will be by invitation only and the target groups will teachers in Hopewell and Prince George.  Crater Health is registering these priority groups.
      • Staff conducted a site visit with Crater Health District at the former Peebles department store in Cavalier Square for use as a possible vaccination PODS.
      • Residents of the Crater Health District that are 1a and 1b can use their online vaccination waiting list to registrar for a vaccination.
      • Staff will be standing up a local call center as part of a regional call center effort to assist Crater Health District with inquiries about the vaccination process and assist citizens with registering via the online waiting list.  Our call center will assist Hopewell residents.
      • Hopewell will be participating in a regional Joint Information Center (JIC) operation.  Mr. Bragg will be brought back in a part-time role to assist with this effort on behalf of Hopewell and take the lead role in the JIC.
      • Hopewell Public Schools have offered the seven (7) school nurses to support vaccination efforts in the City and Crater Health District.
      • Hopewell staff will be developing a survey for use by the Crater Health District communities to see how many residents are interested in receiving a vaccination in an effort to assist Crater Health District staff.
      • Commonwealth launched a new vaccine dashboard today;  State is averaging 26,000 vaccinations  per day goal of  50,000 doses/day.
      • Governor announced new guidance for vaccine allocation within 1b – 50% of health department allocation will go to essential workers and 50% to individuals 65+ and those with pre-existing conditions.
      • Participated in a Regional CAO Conference Call with Dr. Hart, Crater Health District, today.  Crater is receiving 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine per week; will begin to receive 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in February.  Crater is administering all doses it receives in the four (4) PODS – Emporia, Petersburg, Dinwiddie and Prince George.  Hopewell staff is working with Crater to establish a POD in Hopewell.
      • Police and Fire are receiving the 1st dose of the vaccine.
      • Staff will begin to register Category 1b employees in the VAMs system – Public Works, Water Renewal, and EOC Staff
      • All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system – Police, Fire and DSS
      • January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b
      • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
      • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
      • January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.
      • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
      • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
      • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
        • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
        • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
        • List of essential workers to be released
      • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
      • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
      • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
      • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
      • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
      • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
      • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
      • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
      • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
      • Hopewell Public Schools
        • Return to In-person learning –
        • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
          • Program has been extended through December 18th
          • 90 students are participating in the program.
        • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
        • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
          • Program ended October 22, 2020
          • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
        • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
      • City Facilities –
        • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
        • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
        • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
        • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
      • City Buildings –
        • Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.
      • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
        • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
        • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
      • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
      • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
      • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
      • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19

 

  Week of Jan. 30th   % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 62 -0.21% 5,806
Continued Claims 395 0.10% 45,412

      • Governor Northam –
        • January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
        • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
        • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
        • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
        • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
        • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
        • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
        • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
        • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
        • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
        • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
        • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
        • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
        • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
        • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
      • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
      • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
      • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
      • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.
      • S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – February 3, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Next COVID-19 Testing is Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 6,599,846 (64,801↑) 510,380 (2,959↑) 21,638 (122↑) 6,575 (58↑) 11.3% (0.2↓)
Crater Health District 141,222 (724↑) 11,523 (262↑) 442 144 13.4% (0.4↑)
Hopewell n/a 1,663  (69↑) 71 13 18.5% (0.1↓)**

                                  NOTE: Total Cases and Deaths are now only provided by Crater Health District on Mondays and Fridays

     Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity – High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for January 9, 2021 to January 22, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities) 

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,663 71 13
Dinwiddie 1,554 63 17
Emporia 562 46 30
Greensville 1,286 48 17
Petersburg 2,437 119 37
Prince George 2,688 40 9
Surry 320 16 6
Sussex 1,013 39 15
Crater District Totals 11,523 442 144

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

      • COVID-19 Timeline –
        • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
        • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
        • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
        • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
        • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
        • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
        • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
        • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
        • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
      • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
      • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
      • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
      • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
      • PPE Distribution
        • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
        • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
        • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
        • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
        • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
        • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
      • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
        • February 4th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
      • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th 29
January 21st 67 5 7.46% 49 3 6.1%
January 14th 57
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
      • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
      • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
      • December 29th – 49 total tested;
      • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
      • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
      • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
      • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
      • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
      • November 4th – 35 tested
      • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
      • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
      • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
      • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose Fully Vaccinated % of Population w/ 1 Dose Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
758,274 133,731 8.9 1,052 174

 

      • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
      • Category 1b City Staff (Public Works, HWR, & EOC Staff) have begun to receive their 1st School employees will begin to receive 1st vaccines being this weekend.
      • The former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store was approved by Cavalier Square Management to serve as the vaccination site (PODS) in the City.  Staff is working the process of preparing the site for use.  The 1st vaccination event at the site will be this Saturday.  This event will be by invitation onlyand the target groups will teachers in Hopewell and Prince George.  Crater Health is registering these priority groups.
      • Staff conducted a site visit with Crater Health District at the former Peebles department store in Cavalier Square for use as a possible vaccination PODS.
      • Residents of the Crater Health District that are 1a and 1b can use their online vaccination waiting list to registrar for a vaccination.
      • Staff will be standing up a local call center as part of a regional call center effort to assist Crater Health District with inquiries about the vaccination process and assist citizens with registering via the online waiting list.  Our call center will assist Hopewell residents.
      • Hopewell will be participating in a regional Joint Information Center (JIC) operation.  Mr. Bragg will be brought back in a part-time role to assist with this effort on behalf of Hopewell and take the lead role in the JIC.
      • Hopewell Public Schools have offered the seven (7) school nurses to support vaccination efforts in the City and Crater Health District.
      • Hopewell staff will be developing a survey for use by the Crater Health District communities to see how many residents are interested in receiving a vaccination in an effort to assist Crater Health District staff.
      • Commonwealth launched a new vaccine dashboard today;  State is averaging 26,000 vaccinations  per day goal of  50,000 doses/day.
      • Governor announced new guidance for vaccine allocation within 1b – 50% of health department allocation will go to essential workers and 50% to individuals 65+ and those with pre-existing conditions.
      • Participated in a Regional CAO Conference Call with Dr. Hart, Crater Health District, today.  Crater is receiving 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine per week; will begin to receive 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in February.  Crater is administering all doses it receives in the four (4) PODS – Emporia, Petersburg, Dinwiddie and Prince George.  Hopewell staff is working with Crater to establish a POD in Hopewell.
      • Police and Fire are receiving the 1st dose of the vaccine.
      • Staff will begin to register Category 1b employees in the VAMs system – Public Works, Water Renewal, and EOC Staff
      • All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system – Police, Fire and DSS
      • January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b
      • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
      • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
      • January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.
      • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
      • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
      • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
        • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
        • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
        • List of essential workers to be released
      • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
      • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
      • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
      • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
      • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
      • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
      • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
      • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
      • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
      • Hopewell Public Schools
        • Return to In-person learning –
        • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
          • Program has been extended through December 18th
          • 90 students are participating in the program.
        • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
        • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
          • Program ended October 22, 2020
          • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
        • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
      • City Facilities –
        • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
        • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
        • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
        • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
      • City Buildings –
        • Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.
      • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
        • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
        • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
      • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
      • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
      • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
      • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 23rd   % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 75 0.20% 5,744
Continued Claims 356 0.08% 45,017

      • Governor Northam –
        • January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
        • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
        • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
        • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
        • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
        • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
        • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
        • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
        • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
        • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
        • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
        • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
        • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
        • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
        • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
      • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
      • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
      • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
      • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.

U.S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – February 1, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Next COVID-19 Testing is Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 6,535,045 (115,332↑) 507,640 (9,728↑) 21,444 (203↑) 6,474 (95↑) 11.7% (0.5↓)
Crater Health District 139,794 (2,585↑) 11,523 (262↑) 440 (5↑) 144 12.8% (1.1↓)
Hopewell n/a 1,663  (69↑) 70 13 18.5% (0.1↓)**

                                                            NOTE: Crater Health District provided updated numbers – 2/1/21

     Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity – High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for January 9, 2021 to January 22, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities) 

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,663 70 13
Dinwiddie 1,554 63 17
Emporia 562 46 30
Greensville 1,286 48 17
Petersburg 2,437 118 37
Prince George 2,688 40 9
Surry 320 16 6
Sussex 1,013 39 15
Crater District Totals 11,523 440 144

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

      • COVID-19 Timeline –
        • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
        • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
        • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
        • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
        • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
        • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
        • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
        • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
        • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
      • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
      • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
      • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
      • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
      • PPE Distribution
        • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
        • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
        • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
        • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
        • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
        • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
      • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
        • February 4th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
      • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th 29
January 21st 67 5 7.46% 49 3 6.1%
January 14th 57
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
      • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
      • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
      • December 29th – 49 total tested;
      • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
      • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
      • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
      • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
      • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
      • November 4th – 35 tested
      • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
      • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
      • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
      • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose Fully Vaccinated % of Population w/ 1 Dose Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
718,823 124,407 8.4 1,001 163

 

      • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
      • Staff conducted a site visit with Crater Health District at the former Peebles department store in Cavalier Square for use as a possible vaccination PODS.
      • Residents of the Crater Health District that are 1a and 1b can use their online vaccination waiting list to registrar for a vaccination.
      • Staff will be standing up a local call center as part of a regional call center effort to assist Crater Health District with inquiries about the vaccination process and assist citizens with registering via the online waiting list.  Our call center will assist Hopewell residents.
      • Hopewell will be participating in a regional Joint Information Center (JIC) operation.  Mr. Bragg will be brought back in a part-time role to assist with this effort on behalf of Hopewell and take the lead role in the JIC.
      • Hopewell Public Schools have offered the seven (7) school nurses to support vaccination efforts in the City and Crater Health District.
      • Hopewell staff will be developing a survey for use by the Crater Health District communities to see how many residents are interested in receiving a vaccination in an effort to assist Crater Health District staff.
      • Commonwealth launched a new vaccine dashboard today;  State is averaging 26,000 vaccinations  per day goal of  50,000 doses/day.
      • Governor announced new guidance for vaccine allocation within 1b – 50% of health department allocation will go to essential workers and 50% to individuals 65+ and those with pre-existing conditions.
      • Participated in a Regional CAO Conference Call with Dr. Hart, Crater Health District, today.  Crater is receiving 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine per week; will begin to receive 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in February.  Crater is administering all doses it receives in the four (4) PODS – Emporia, Petersburg, Dinwiddie and Prince George.  Hopewell staff is working with Crater to establish a POD in Hopewell.
      • Police and Fire are receiving the 1st dose of the vaccine.
      • Staff will begin to register Category 1b employees in the VAMs system – Public Works, Water Renewal, and EOC Staff
      • All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system – Police, Fire and DSS
      • January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b
      • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
      • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
      • January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.
      • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
      • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
      • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
        • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
        • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
        • List of essential workers to be released
      • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
      • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
      • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
      • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
      • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
      • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
      • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
      • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
      • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
      • Hopewell Public Schools
        • Return to In-person learning –
        • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
          • Program has been extended through December 18th
          • 90 students are participating in the program.
        • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
        • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
          • Program ended October 22, 2020
          • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
        • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
      • City Facilities –
        • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
        • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
        • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
        • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
      • City Buildings –
        • Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.
      • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
        • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
        • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
      • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
      • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
      • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
      • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 23rd   % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 75 0.20% 5,744
Continued Claims 356 0.08% 45,017

      • Governor Northam –
        • January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
        • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
        • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
        • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
        • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
        • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
        • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
        • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
        • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
        • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
        • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
        • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
        • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
        • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
        • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
      • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
      • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
      • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
      • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.

U.S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.
UPDATE – January 29, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Next COVID-19 Testing is Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 6,419,713 (44,660↑) 497,912 (4238↑) 21,241 (128↑) 6,379 (71↑) 12.2%
Crater Health District 137,209 (1,162↑) 11,261 (903↑) 435 (1↑) 144 (10↑) 13.9% (0.2↑)
Hopewell n/a 1,594  (170↑) 70 13 (1↑) 18.5% (0.1↓)**

                                                            NOTE: Crater Health District provided 4-days of updated numbers – 1/29/21

     Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity – High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for January 9, 2021 to January 22, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities) 

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,594 70 13
Dinwiddie 1,525 63 17
Emporia 556 46 30
Greensville 1,269 46 17
Petersburg 2,378 117 37
Prince George 2,610 40 9
Surry 320 16 6
Sussex 1,009 37 15
Crater District Totals 11,261 435 144

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • February 4th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th 29
January 21st 67 5 7.46% 49 3 6.1%
January 14th 57
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose Fully Vaccinated % of Population w/ 1 Dose Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
599,429 98,485 7.0 862 138

  • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
  • Commonwealth launched a new vaccine dashboard today;  State is averaging 26,000 vaccinations  per day goal of  50,000 doses/day.
  • Governor announced new guidance for vaccine allocation within 1b – 50% of health department allocation will go to essential workers and 50% to individuals 65+ and those with pre-existing conditions.
  • Participated in a Regional CAO Conference Call with Dr. Hart, Crater Health District, today.  Crater is receiving 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine per week; will begin to receive 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in February.  Crater is administering all doses it receives in the four (4) PODS – Emporia, Petersburg, Dinwiddie and Prince George.  Hopewell staff is working with Crater to establish a POD in Hopewell.
  • Police and Fire are receiving the 1st dose of the vaccine.
  • Staff will begin to register Category 1b employees in the VAMs system – Public Works, Water Renewal, and EOC Staff
  • All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system – Police, Fire and DSS
  • January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b
  • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
  • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
  • January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.
  • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
  • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
  • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
    • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
    • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
    • List of essential workers to be released
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Return to In-person learning –
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • City Buildings –
    • Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.
  • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
    • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
    • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
  • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
  • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 23rd   % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 75 0.20% 5,744
Continued Claims 356 0.08% 45,017

  • Governor Northam –
    • January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.

U.S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 28, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Next COVID-19 Testing is Friday, January 29, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 6,375,053 (51,888↑) 493,674 (5,121↑) 21,113 (127↑) 6,308 (80↑) 12.2% (0.1↓)
Crater Health District 136,047 (1,257↑) 10,358 (1,615↑) 435 (1↑) 144 (10↑) 13.7% (0.4↑)
Hopewell n/a 1,424  (285↑) 70 13 (1↑) 18.5% (0.1↓)**

                                                            NOTE: Crater Health District has not provided updated numbers since – 1/26/21

     Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity – High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for January 9, 2021 to January 22, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,424 70 13
Dinwiddie 1,472 63 17
Emporia 527 46 30
Greensville 1,185 46 17
Petersburg 2,107 117 37
Prince George 2,436 40 9
Surry 300 16 6
Sussex 907 37 15
Crater District Totals 10,358 435 144

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 21st 67 5 7.46% 49 3 6.1%
January 14th 57
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose Fully Vaccinated % of Population w/ 1 Dose Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
553,463 88,410 6.5 736 96

  • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
  • Commonwealth launched a new vaccine dashboard today;  State is averaging 26,000 vaccinations  per day goal of  50,000 doses/day.
  • Governor announced new guidance for vaccine allocation within 1b – 50% of health department allocation will go to essential workers and 50% to individuals 65+ and those with pre-existing conditions.
  • Participated in a Regional CAO Conference Call with Dr. Hart, Crater Health District, today.  Crater is receiving 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine per week; will begin to receive 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in February.  Crater is administering all doses it receives in the four (4) PODS – Emporia, Petersburg, Dinwiddie and Prince George.  Hopewell staff is working with Crater to establish a POD in Hopewell.
  • Police and Fire are receiving the 1st dose of the vaccine.
  • Staff will begin to register Category 1b employees in the VAMs system – Public Works, Water Renewal, and EOC Staff
  • All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system – Police, Fire and DSS
  • January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b
  • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
  • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
  • January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.
  • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
  • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
  • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
    • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
    • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
    • List of essential workers to be released
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Return to In-person learning –
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • City Buildings –
    • Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.
  • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
    • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
    • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
  • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
  • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19

 

  Week of Jan. 23rd   % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 75 0.20% 5,744
Continued Claims 356 0.08% 45,017

  • Governor Northam –
    • January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.
  • S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 27, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Next COVID-19 Testing is Friday, January 29, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 6,323,165 (51,415↑) 488,553 (5,227↑) 20,986 (126↑) 6,228 (54↑) 12.3% (0.2↓)
Crater Health District 134,790 (1,419↑) 10,358 (1,615↑) 434 (1↑) 144 (10↑) 13.3% (0.6↓)
Hopewell n/a 1,424  (285↑) 70 13 (1↑) 18.5% (0.1↓)**

                                                            NOTE: Crater Health District did not provide updated numbers this evening – 1/26/21

     Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity – High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for January 9, 2021 to January 22, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,424 70 13
Dinwiddie 1,472 63 17
Emporia 527 45 30
Greensville 1,185 46 17
Petersburg 2,107 117 37
Prince George 2,436 40 9
Surry 300 16 6
Sussex 907 37 15
Crater District Totals 10,358 434 144

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 21st 67 5 7.46% 49 3 6.1%
January 14th 57
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose New Doses Administrated Fully Vaccinated Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
524,722 N/A 78,261 646 86

  • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
  • Commonwealth launched a new vaccine dashboard today;  State is averaging 26,000 vaccinations  per day goal of  50,000 doses/day.
  • Governor announced new guidance for vaccine allocation within 1b – 50% of health department allocation will go to essential workers and 50% to individuals 65+ and those with pre-existing conditions.
  • Participated in a Regional CAO Conference Call with Dr. Hart, Crater Health District, today.  Crater is receiving 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine per week; will begin to receive 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in February.  Crater is administering all doses it receives in the four (4) PODS – Emporia, Petersburg, Dinwiddie and Prince George.  Hopewell staff is working with Crater to establish a POD in Hopewell.
  • Police and Fire are receiving the 1st dose of the vaccine.
  • Staff will begin to register Category 1b employees in the VAMs system – Public Works, Water Renewal, and EOC Staff
  • All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system – Police, Fire and DSS
  • January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b
  • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
  • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
  • January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.
  • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
  • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
  • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
    • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
    • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
    • List of essential workers to be released
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Return to In-person learning –
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • City Buildings –
    • Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.
  • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
    • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
    • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
  • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
  • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 16th % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 60 -0.48% 5,669
Continued Claims 327 -0.14% 44,661

  • Governor Northam –
    • January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.

U.S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 26, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 6,271,750 (37,538↑) 483,326 (4,707↑) 20,860 (96↑) 6,174 (93↑) 12.5% (0.1↓)
Crater Health District 133,371 (594↑) 10,358 (1,615↑) 433 (1↑) 144 (10↑) 13.9% (0.6↓)
Hopewell n/a 1,424  (285↑) 70 13 (1↑) 18.5% (0.1↓)**

                                                            NOTE: Crater Health District did not provide updated numbers this evening – 1/26/21

     Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity – High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for January 9, 2021 to January 22, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

 

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,424 70 13
Dinwiddie 1,472 63 17
Emporia 527 45 30
Greensville 1,185 46 17
Petersburg 2,107 117 37
Prince George 2,436 39 9
Surry 300 16 6
Sussex 907 37 15
Crater District Totals 10,358 433 144

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 21st 67 5 7.46% 49 3 6.1%
January 14th 57
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose New Doses Administrated Fully Vaccinated Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
497,581 N/A 71,459 608 77

  • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
  • Participated in a Regional CAO Conference Call with Dr. Hart, Crater Health District, today.  Crater is receiving 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine per week; will begin to receive 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in February.  Crater is administering all doses it receives in the four (4) PODS – Emporia, Petersburg, Dinwiddie and Prince George.  Hopewell staff is working with Crater to establish a POD in Hopewell.
  • Police and Fire are receiving the 1st dose of the vaccine.
  • Staff will begin to register Category 1b employees in the VAMs system – Public Works, Water Renewal, and EOC Staff
  • All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system – Police, Fire and DSS
  • January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b
  • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
  • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
  • January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.
  • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
  • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
  • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
    • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
    • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
    • List of essential workers to be released
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Return to In-person learning –
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • City Buildings –
    • Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.
  • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
    • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
    • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
  • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
  • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 16th % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 60 -0.48% 5,669
Continued Claims 327 -0.14% 44,661

  • Governor Northam –
    • January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.

U.S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 25, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 6,234,212 (146,524↑) 478,619 (14,868↑) 20,764 (220↑) 6,081 (79↑) 12.6% (0.4↓)
Crater Health District 132,777 (4,003↑) 10,358 (1,615↑) 432 (2↑) 144 (10↑) 14.5% (0.4↑)
Hopewell n/a 1,424  (285↑) 70 13 (1↑) 18.5% (0.1↓)**

 NOTE: Tonight’s increase in Crater & Hopewell Data is the result of the last report from Crater Health District before tonight was 1/22

     Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity – High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for January 9, 2021 to January 22, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities) 

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,424 70 13
Dinwiddie 1,472 63 17
Emporia 527 45 30
Greensville 1,185 45 17
Petersburg 2,107 117 37
Prince George 2,436 39 9
Surry 300 16 6
Sussex 907 37 15
Crater District Totals 10,358 432 144

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 21st 67 49
January 14th 57
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose New Doses Administrated Fully Vaccinated Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
458,472 N/A 64,381 574 71

  • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
  • Participated in a Regional CAO Conference Call with Dr. Hart, Crater Health District, today.  Crater is receiving 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine per week; will begin to receive 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in February.  Crater is administering all doses it receives in the four (4) PODS – Emporia, Petersburg, Dinwiddie and Prince George.  Hopewell staff is working with Crater to establish a POD in Hopewell.
  • Police and Fire are receiving the 1st dose of the vaccine.
  • Staff will begin to register Category 1b employees in the VAMs system – Public Works, Water Renewal, and EOC Staff
  • All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system – Police, Fire and DSS
  • January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b
  • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
  • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
  • January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.
  • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
  • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
  • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
    • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
    • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
    • List of essential workers to be released
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Return to In-person learning –
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • City Buildings –
    • Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.
  • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
    • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
    • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
  • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
  • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 16th % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 60 -0.48% 5,669
Continued Claims 327 -0.14% 44,661

  • Governor Northam –
    • January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.
  • S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 22, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 6,087,688 (39,190↑) 463,751 (4,147↑) 20,544 (139↑) 6,002 (62↑) 13.0% (0.2↓)
Crater Health District 128,774 (704↑) 8,743 (101↑) 430 (6↑) 134 14.1% (1.1↓)
Hopewell n/a 1,139  (17↑) 70 (1↑) 12 18.6% (3.2↑)**

                                                         Crater Health District did not provide updated numbers this evening  

     Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity – High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for January 2, 2021 to January 15, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,139 70 12
Dinwiddie 1,318 63 17
Emporia 489 43 27
Greensville 1,067 45 15
Petersburg 1,572 117 37
Prince George 2,135 39 5
Surry 258 16 6
Sussex 765 37 15
Crater District Totals 8,743 430 134

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 21st 67 49
January 14th 57
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose New Doses Administrated Fully Vaccinated Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
376,823 N/A 48,034 436 54

  • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
  • Police and Fire are receiving the 1st dose of the vaccine.
  • Staff will begin to register Category 1b employees in the VAMs system – Public Works, Water Renewal, and EOC Staff
  • All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system – Police, Fire and DSS
  • January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b
  • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
  • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
  • January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.
  • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
  • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
  • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
    • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
    • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
    • List of essential workers to be released
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Return to In-person learning –
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • City Buildings –
    • Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.
  • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
    • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
    • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
  • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
  • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 16th % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 60 -0.48% 5,669
Continued Claims 327 -0.14% 44,661

  • Governor Northam –
    • January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.
  • S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 21, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 6,048,498 (35,389↑) 459,604 (4,013↑) 20,405 (174↑) 5,940 (79↑) 13.2% (0.3↓)
Crater Health District 128,070 (775↑) 8,743 (101↑) 424 (2↑) 134 15.2% (0.2↓)
Hopewell n/a 1,139  (17↑) 69 (1↑) 12 18.6% (3.2↑)**

                                                         Crater Health District did not provide updated numbers this evening  

     Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity – High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for January 2, 2021 to January 15, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,139 69 12
Dinwiddie 1,318 61 17
Emporia 489 43 27
Greensville 1,067 44 15
Petersburg 1,572 115 37
Prince George 2,135 39 5
Surry 258 16 6
Sussex 765 37 15
Crater District Totals 8,743 424 134

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 21st 67 49
January 14th 57
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose New Doses Administrated Fully Vaccinated Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
354,243 N/A 45,074 417 53

  • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
  • Police and Fire are receiving the 1st dose of the vaccine.
  • Staff will begin to register Category 1b employees in the VAMs system – Public Works, Water Renewal, and EOC Staff
  • All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system – Police, Fire and DSS
  • January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b
  • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
  • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
  • January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.
  • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
  • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
  • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
    • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
    • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
    • List of essential workers to be released
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Return to In-person learning –
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • City Buildings –
    • Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.
  • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
    • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
    • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
  • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
  • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 16th % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 60 -0.48% 5,669
Continued Claims 327 -0.14% 44,661

  • Governor Northam –
    • January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.

U.S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 20, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 6,013,109 (35,582↑) 455,591 (4,515↑) 20,231 (165↑) 5,861 (63↑) 13.5% (0.1↓)
Crater Health District 127,295 (735↑) 8,743 (101↑) 424 (2↑) 134 15.4% (0.4↓)
Hopewell n/a 1,139  (17↑) 69 (1↑) 12 18.6% (3.2↑)**

                                                         Crater Health District did not provide updated numbers this evening  

     Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity – High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for January 2, 2021 to January 15, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities) 

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,139 69 12
Dinwiddie 1,318 61 17
Emporia 489 43 27
Greensville 1,067 44 15
Petersburg 1,572 115 37
Prince George 2,135 39 5
Surry 258 16 6
Sussex 765 37 15
Crater District Totals 8,743 424 134

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 14th 57
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose New Doses Administrated Fully Vaccinated Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
320,593 N/A 39,458 394 49

  • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
  • Police and Fire are receiving the 1st dose of the vaccine.
  • Staff will begin to register Category 1b employees in the VAMs system – Public Works, Water Renewal, and EOC Staff
  • All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system – Police, Fire and DSS
  • January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b
  • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
  • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
  • January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.
  • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
  • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
  • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
    • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
    • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
    • List of essential workers to be released
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Return to In-person learning –
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • City Buildings –
    • Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.
  • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
    • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
    • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
  • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
  • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 2nd % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 89 0.18% 5,609
Continued Claims 374 0.05% 44,334
  • Governor Northam –
    • January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.
  • S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 19, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 5,977,527 (213,734↑) 451,076 (28,442↑) 20,066 (325↑) 5,798 (142↑) 13.6% (1.6↓)
Crater Health District 126,560 (8,200↑) 8,743 (101↑) 424 (2↑) 134 15.8% (0.8↑)
Hopewell n/a 1,139  (17↑) 69 (1↑) 12 18.6% (3.2↑)**

       Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity – High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for January 2, 2021 to January 15, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,139 69 12
Dinwiddie 1,318 61 17
Emporia 489 43 27
Greensville 1,067 44 15
Petersburg 1,572 115 37
Prince George 2,135 39 5
Surry 258 16 6
Sussex 765 37 15
Crater District Totals 8,743 424 134

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 14th 57
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose New Doses Administrated Fully Vaccinated Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
304,562 N/A 36,826 372 48

  • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
  • All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system.
  • January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b
  • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
  • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
  • January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.
  • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
  • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
  • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
    • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
    • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
    • List of essential workers to be released
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Return to In-person learning –
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • City Buildings –
    • Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.
  • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
    • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
    • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
  • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
  • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 2nd % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 89 0.18% 5,609
Continued Claims 374 0.05% 44,334
  • Governor Northam –
    • January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.
  • S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 15, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 5,763,793 (39,016↑) 422,634 (4,795↑) 19,741 (146↑) 5,656 (30↑) 15.2% (0.3↓)
Crater Health District 118,360 (789↑) 8,642 (139↑) 422 (3↑) 134 15.0% (0.4↑)
Hopewell n/a 1,122  (20↑) 68 12 15.4% (0.7↑)**

Updated Numbers were not provided by Crater Health District this evening

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity –

High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for December 26, 2020 to January 8, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,122 68 12
Dinwiddie 1,296 60 17
Emporia 473 43 27
Greensville 1,057 44 15
Petersburg 1,551 115 37
Prince George 2,121 39 5
Surry 258 16 6
Sussex 764 37 15
Crater District Totals 8,642 422 134

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 14th
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose New Doses Administrated Fully Vaccinated Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
237,855 N/A 30,475 295 42

  • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
  • All 1a category employees have been registered for vaccinations in the VAMs system.
  • January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b
  • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
  • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
  • January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.
  • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
  • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
  • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
    • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
    • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
    • List of essential workers to be released
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Return to In-person learning –
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • City Buildings –
    • Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.
  • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
    • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
    • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
  • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
  • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19

 

  Week of Jan. 2nd % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 89 0.18% 5,609
Continued Claims 374 0.05% 44,334
  • Governor Northam –
    • January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.
  • S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 14, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 5,724,777 (45,674↑) 417,839 (5,294↑) 19,595 (125↑) 5,626 (74↑) 15.5% (0.4↓)
Crater Health District 117,571 (995↑) 8,503 419 134 14.6% (0.6↓)
Hopewell n/a 1,102 68 12 15.4% (0.7↑)**

Updated Numbers were not provided by Crater Health District this evening

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity –

High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for December 26, 2020 to January 8, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,102 68 12
Dinwiddie 1,260 59 17
Emporia 466 43 27
Greensville 1,051 44 15
Petersburg 1,527 114 37
Prince George 2,090 39 5
Surry 252 16 6
Sussex 755 36 15
Crater District Totals 8,503 419 134

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 14th
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose New Doses Administrated Fully Vaccinated Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
215,101 N/A 27,426 278 42

  • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
  • January 14th – State Vaccination effort has moved into Phase 1b
  • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
  • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
  • January 13th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting cancelled.
  • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
  • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
  • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
    • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
    • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
    • List of essential workers to be released
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Return to In-person learning –
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • City Buildings –
    • Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case in the Clerk’s Office.  The Office will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th.
  • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
    • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
    • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
  • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
  • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 2nd % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 89 0.18% 5,609
Continued Claims 374 0.05% 44,334
  • Governor Northam –
    • January 14th – Announced considering year-round school for Virginia students to support lost learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.

U.S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 13, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 5,679,103 (49,652↑) 412,545 (4,598↑) 19,470 (144↑) 5,552 (75↑) 15.9% (0.5↓)
Crater Health District 116,576 (1,079↑) 8,503 (81↑) 419 (4↑) 134 (5↑) 15.2% (0.1↓)
Hopewell n/a 1,102 (7↑) 68 12 (2↑) 15.4% (0.7↑)**

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity –

High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for December 26, 2020 to January 8, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities) 

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,102 68 12
Dinwiddie 1,260 59 17
Emporia 466 43 27
Greensville 1,051 44 15
Petersburg 1,527 114 37
Prince George 2,090 39 5
Surry 252 16 6
Sussex 755 36 15
Crater District Totals 8,503 419 134

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)
    • The program guidelines were sent out under a separate email by Ms. Griffin.
    • Staff contacted Flagler House and Commonwealth Catholic Charities to discuss the RMRP program.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –
    • Coordinated deliver of mask for Voter Registration use during the November election.
    • Took delivery of additional City bags for fall PPE distribution.
    • Received 1600 2oz. bottles of donated hand sanitizer.
    • Total number available for distribution:  Non-surgical facial masks 25,000; Bottles of hand sanitizer 10,000
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Staff will start assembling the bags the week of November 30th and begin distribution on the week of December 7th.
    • Staff met today to discuss another citywide PPE distribution.  The distribution will be a drive-thru event(s).  Targeting the middle of December for the events.
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Note that some households did not receive COVID kits due to No Trespassing Signs, animals off-leash, obstructions to the property, or other factors that prevented delivery.  If someone from one of these households contacts you, please have them call Recreation and Parks at (804) 541-2353 or email recandparks@hopewellva.gov and we will get a kit to them.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 14th5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 14th
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose New Doses Administrated Fully Vaccinated Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
193,272 N/A 22,985 254 35

  • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
  • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
  • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
  • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
  • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
  • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
    • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
    • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
    • List of essential workers to be released
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • HRHA – Distributed COVID-19 kits, one per family, that include disposable masks and hand sanitizer to their residents.
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • City Buildings –
    • Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office are closed due to a COVID-19 case.
  • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
    • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
    • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
  • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
  • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
  • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 2nd % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 73 0.49% 5,520
Continued Claims 355 0.04% 43,960
  • Governor Northam –
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.
  • S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 12, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 5,629,451 (34,538↑) 407,947 (4,561↑) 19,326 (144↑) 5,477 (84↑) 16.4% (0.3↓)
Crater Health District 115,497 (677↑) 8,422 (51↑) 415 (3↑) 129 15.3% (0.2↑)
Hopewell n/a 1,095 (11↑) 68 10 15.4% (0.7↑)**

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity –

High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend as of January 11, 2001

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for December 26, 2020 to January 8, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,095 68 10
Dinwiddie 1,238 59 16
Emporia 458 43 27
Greensville 1,051 44 15
Petersburg 1,510 112 36
Prince George 2,069 38 5
Surry 250 16 6
Sussex 751 35 14
Crater District Totals 8,422 415 129

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)
    • The program guidelines were sent out under a separate email by Ms. Griffin.
    • Staff contacted Flagler House and Commonwealth Catholic Charities to discuss the RMRP program.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –
    • Coordinated deliver of mask for Voter Registration use during the November election.
    • Took delivery of additional City bags for fall PPE distribution.
    • Received 1600 2oz. bottles of donated hand sanitizer.
    • Total number available for distribution:  Non-surgical facial masks 25,000; Bottles of hand sanitizer 10,000
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Staff will start assembling the bags the week of November 30th and begin distribution on the week of December 7th.
    • Staff met today to discuss another citywide PPE distribution.  The distribution will be a drive-thru event(s).  Targeting the middle of December for the events.
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Note that some households did not receive COVID kits due to No Trespassing Signs, animals off-leash, obstructions to the property, or other factors that prevented delivery.  If someone from one of these households contacts you, please have them call Recreation and Parks at (804) 541-2353 or email recandparks@hopewellva.gov and we will get a kit to them.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 14th5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 14th
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose New Doses Administrated Fully Vaccinated Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
181,316 4,066 19,086 245 31

  • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
  • Began verification of City staff members that are included in 1b vaccination category to upload them into the VAMS system.
  • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
  • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
  • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
  • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
    • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
    • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
    • List of essential workers to be released
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • HRHA – Distributed COVID-19 kits, one per family, that include disposable masks and hand sanitizer to their residents.
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • Re-Opening of City Buildings –
    • Tuesday, September 8th – City buildings opened by appointment only.  No significant issues encountered
    • Community Center
      • Since September 8th, there have been 2,602 appointments for gym and pool usage
    • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program –
      • This program has ended.   It provided assistance to 137 business totaling $720,000.
      • Hopewell – Your Safety Matters commercials have been approved for airing.
    • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
    • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
    • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
    • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 2nd % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 73 0.49% 5,520
Continued Claims 355 0.04% 43,960
  • Governor Northam –
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.
  • S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 11, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

The Central Region Healthcare Coordination Center activated the ODEMSA Diversion Plan at Stage 2, “Red,” for EMS patient transports due to the number of hospitals on diversion in the region.  Normal operations resumed at 5:00pm this evening.  JRMC is still on diversionary status for EMS patients.

 Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 5,594,913 (154,642↑) 403,386 (15,469↑) 19,182 (264↑) 5,393 (81↑) 16.7%
Crater Health District 114,830 (3,762↑) 8,371 (560↑) 412 (3↑) 129 (1↑) 15.1% (2.0↑)
Hopewell n/a 1,084 (121↑) 68 (1↑) 10 (1↑) 14.7% **

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Activity –

High Burden of Disease, Increasing Trend As fo January 11, 2001

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for December 19, 2020 to January 1, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 1,084 68 10
Dinwiddie 1,223 59 16
Emporia 456 42 27
Greensville 1,046 44 15
Petersburg 1,510 110 36
Prince George 2,057 38 5
Surry 247 16 6
Sussex 748 35 14
Crater District Totals 8,371 412 129

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)
    • The program guidelines were sent out under a separate email by Ms. Griffin.
    • Staff contacted Flagler House and Commonwealth Catholic Charities to discuss the RMRP program.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –
    • Coordinated deliver of mask for Voter Registration use during the November election.
    • Took delivery of additional City bags for fall PPE distribution.
    • Received 1600 2oz. bottles of donated hand sanitizer.
    • Total number available for distribution:  Non-surgical facial masks 25,000; Bottles of hand sanitizer 10,000
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Staff will start assembling the bags the week of November 30th and begin distribution on the week of December 7th.
    • Staff met today to discuss another citywide PPE distribution.  The distribution will be a drive-thru event(s).  Targeting the middle of December for the events.
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Note that some households did not receive COVID kits due to No Trespassing Signs, animals off-leash, obstructions to the property, or other factors that prevented delivery.  If someone from one of these households contacts you, please have them call Recreation and Parks at (804) 541-2353 or email recandparks@hopewellva.gov and we will get a kit to them.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 14th5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 14th
January 7th 97 9 9.27% 58 2 3.44%
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –

Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose New Doses Administrated Fully Vaccinated Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
148,909 3,164 6,848 173 0
  • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
  • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
  • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
  • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
  • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
    • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
    • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
    • List of essential workers to be released
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • HRHA – Distributed COVID-19 kits, one per family, that include disposable masks and hand sanitizer to their residents.
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • Re-Opening of City Buildings –
    • Tuesday, September 8th – City buildings opened by appointment only.  No significant issues encountered
    • Community Center
      • Since September 8th, there have been 2,602 appointments for gym and pool usage
    • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program – This program to supports small businesses in Hopewell that have been affected by COVID-19. More information about the program can be found in the media release or on the city’s website: https://hopewellva.gov/small-business-recovery-program/.
      • To date, $510,000 has be paid to 92 businesses; 1 application is pending; 12 applications are incomplete; 3 applications have been denied; 1 are being processed
      • Postcard sent to 820 business addresses in the City with information about our Small Business Recovery Program – October 13, 2020
      • Program revisions approved by City Council – September 21, 2020
    • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
    • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
    • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
    • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 2nd % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 73 0.49% 5,520
Continued Claims 355 0.04% 43,960
  • Governor Northam –
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.
  • S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 8, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

  • EOC Incident Report – January 8, 2021
  • Testing Flyer – January 14, 2021 Testing by Crater Health District

The Central Region Healthcare Coordination Center activated the ODEMSA Diversion Plan at Stage 2, “Red,” for EMS patient transports due to the number of hospitals on diversion in the region.  Normal operations resumed at 5:00pm this evening.  JRMC is still on diversionary status for EMS patients.

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 5,440,271 (51,458↑) 387,917 (5,238↑) 18,918 (128↑) 5,312 (37↑) 16.7% (0.1↓)
Crater Health District 111,068 (1,065↑) 7,811 409 (2↑) 128 14.9% (1.0↑)
Hopewell n/a 963 67 9 14.7% **

Updated Total Case and Death figures were not received from Crater Heath today

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Community Transmission

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for December 19, 2020 to January 1, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 963 67 9
Dinwiddie 1,112 59 16
Emporia 437 42 27
Greensville 1,001 44 15
Petersburg 1,378 109 36
Prince George 1,973 37 5
Surry 237 16 6
Sussex 710 34 14
Crater District Totals 7,811 406 128

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)
    • The program guidelines were sent out under a separate email by Ms. Griffin.
    • Staff contacted Flagler House and Commonwealth Catholic Charities to discuss the RMRP program.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –
    • Coordinated deliver of mask for Voter Registration use during the November election.
    • Took delivery of additional City bags for fall PPE distribution.
    • Received 1600 2oz. bottles of donated hand sanitizer.
    • Total number available for distribution:  Non-surgical facial masks 25,000; Bottles of hand sanitizer 10,000
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Staff will start assembling the bags the week of November 30th and begin distribution on the week of December 7th.
    • Staff met today to discuss another citywide PPE distribution.  The distribution will be a drive-thru event(s).  Targeting the middle of December for the events.
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Note that some households did not receive COVID kits due to No Trespassing Signs, animals off-leash, obstructions to the property, or other factors that prevented delivery.  If someone from one of these households contacts you, please have them call Recreation and Parks at (804) 541-2353 or email recandparks@hopewellva.gov and we will get a kit to them.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 14th5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 14th
January 7th 97
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Testing location has been “winterizing” to allow the testing the process to continue in cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose New Doses Administrated Fully Vaccinated Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
148,909 3,164 6,848 173 0
  • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
  • Hopewell Police and Fire are in the process of receiving vaccinations.
  • January 7th – Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held.
  • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
  • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
    • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
    • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
    • List of essential workers to be released
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • HRHA – Distributed COVID-19 kits, one per family, that include disposable masks and hand sanitizer to their residents.
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • Re-Opening of City Buildings –
    • Tuesday, September 8th – City buildings opened by appointment only.  No significant issues encountered
    • Community Center
      • Since September 8th, there have been 2,602 appointments for gym and pool usage
    • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program – This program to supports small businesses in Hopewell that have been affected by COVID-19. More information about the program can be found in the media release or on the city’s website: https://hopewellva.gov/small-business-recovery-program/.
      • To date, $510,000 has be paid to 92 businesses; 1 application is pending; 12 applications are incomplete; 3 applications have been denied; 1 are being processed
      • Postcard sent to 820 business addresses in the City with information about our Small Business Recovery Program – October 13, 2020
      • Program revisions approved by City Council – September 21, 2020
    • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
    • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
    • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
    • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 2nd % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 73 0.49% 5,520
Continued Claims 355 0.04% 43,960

  • Governor Northam –
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.
  • S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 7, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

The Central Region Healthcare Coordination Center activated the ODEMSA Diversion Plan at Stage 2, “Red,” for EMS patient transports due to the number of hospitals on diversion in the region.  Normal operations resumed at 5:00pm this evening.  JRMC is still on diversionary status for EMS patients.

 Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 5,388,813 (49,804↑) 382,679 (5,379↑) 18,790 (154↑) 5,275 (49↑) 16.8% (0.1↑)
Crater Health District 110,003 (1,713↑) 7,811 407(1↑) 128 13.9% (0.9↑)
Hopewell n/a 963 67 9 14.7% **

Updated Total Case Numbers were not provided by Crater Health

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Community Transmission

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for December 19, 2020 to January 1, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 963 67 9
Dinwiddie 1,112 58 16
Emporia 437 42 27
Greensville 1,001 44 15
Petersburg 1,378 109 36
Prince George 1,973 36 5
Surry 237 16 6
Sussex 710 34 14
Crater District Totals 7,811 406 128

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)
    • The program guidelines were sent out under a separate email by Ms. Griffin.
    • Staff contacted Flagler House and Commonwealth Catholic Charities to discuss the RMRP program.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –
    • Coordinated deliver of mask for Voter Registration use during the November election.
    • Took delivery of additional City bags for fall PPE distribution.
    • Received 1600 2oz. bottles of donated hand sanitizer.
    • Total number available for distribution:  Non-surgical facial masks 25,000; Bottles of hand sanitizer 10,000
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Staff will start assembling the bags the week of November 30th and begin distribution on the week of December 7th.
    • Staff met today to discuss another citywide PPE distribution.  The distribution will be a drive-thru event(s).  Targeting the middle of December for the events.
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Note that some households did not receive COVID kits due to No Trespassing Signs, animals off-leash, obstructions to the property, or other factors that prevented delivery.  If someone from one of these households contacts you, please have them call Recreation and Parks at (804) 541-2353 or email recandparks@hopewellva.gov and we will get a kit to them.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 14th5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
    • Staff is contracting with GENETWORx, the 3rd party COVID-19 Testing provider, to schedule testing events for this week and the 3rd week in  January
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 14th
January 7th 97
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Started planning for “winterizing” the testing the process for cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
At Least 1 Dose New Doses Administrated Fully Vaccinated Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
135,863 3,244 3,891 163 0

  • Governor’s Office releases COVID-19 Vaccination Response (see attached)
  • Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held today.
  • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
  • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
    • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
    • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
    • List of essential workers to be released
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • HRHA – Distributed COVID-19 kits, one per family, that include disposable masks and hand sanitizer to their residents.
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • Re-Opening of City Buildings –
    • Tuesday, September 8th – City buildings opened by appointment only.  No significant issues encountered
    • Community Center
      • Since September 8th, there have been 2,602 appointments for gym and pool usage
    • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program – This program to supports small businesses in Hopewell that have been affected by COVID-19. More information about the program can be found in the media release or on the city’s website: https://hopewellva.gov/small-business-recovery-program/.
      • To date, $510,000 has be paid to 92 businesses; 1 application is pending; 12 applications are incomplete; 3 applications have been denied; 1 are being processed
      • Postcard sent to 820 business addresses in the City with information about our Small Business Recovery Program – October 13, 2020
      • Program revisions approved by City Council – September 21, 2020
    • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
    • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
    • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
    • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Jan. 2nd % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 73 0.49% 5,520
Continued Claims 355 0.04% 43,960
  • Governor Northam –
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.
  • S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 6, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

  • EOC Incident Report – January 6, 2021

The Central Region Healthcare Coordination Center activated the ODEMSA Diversion Plan at Stage 2, “Red,” for EMS patient transports due to the number of hospitals on diversion in the region.  Normal operations resumed at 5:00pm this evening.  JRMC is still on diversionary status for EMS patients.

 Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 5,339,009 (77,472↑) 377,300 (5,387↑) 18,636 (110↑) 5,226 (94↑) 16.7% (0.5↑)
Crater Health District 108,290 (1,183↑) 7,811 (68↑) 406 (1↑) 128 13.0% (0.6↓)
Hopewell n/a 963 (22↑) 67 9 14.7% **

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Community Transmission

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for December 19, 2020 to January 1, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 963 67 9
Dinwiddie 1,112 58 16
Emporia 437 42 27
Greensville 1,001 44 15
Petersburg 1,378 109 36
Prince George 1,973 36 5
Surry 237 16 6
Sussex 710 34 14
Crater District Totals 7,811 406 128

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)
    • The program guidelines were sent out under a separate email by Ms. Griffin.
    • Staff contacted Flagler House and Commonwealth Catholic Charities to discuss the RMRP program.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –
    • Coordinated deliver of mask for Voter Registration use during the November election.
    • Took delivery of additional City bags for fall PPE distribution.
    • Received 1600 2oz. bottles of donated hand sanitizer.
    • Total number available for distribution:  Non-surgical facial masks 25,000; Bottles of hand sanitizer 10,000
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Staff will start assembling the bags the week of November 30th and begin distribution on the week of December 7th.
    • Staff met today to discuss another citywide PPE distribution.  The distribution will be a drive-thru event(s).  Targeting the middle of December for the events.
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Note that some households did not receive COVID kits due to No Trespassing Signs, animals off-leash, obstructions to the property, or other factors that prevented delivery.  If someone from one of these households contacts you, please have them call Recreation and Parks at (804) 541-2353 or email recandparks@hopewellva.gov and we will get a kit to them.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 14th5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
    • Staff is contracting with GENETWORx, the 3rd party COVID-19 Testing provider, to schedule testing events for this week and the 3rd week in  January
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 14th
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Started planning for “winterizing” the testing the process for cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
Total Doses Administered At least 1 Dose Fully Vaccinated Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
116,247 116,247 2,204 130 0
  • Crater Health District Vaccination Coordination meeting was held today.
  • Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for Vaccination of Group 1a, 1st Responders, is starting tonight in Emporia.  Completion of Group 1a is anticipated to taking several weeks to complete. There will be three (3) PODs per week until completed.
  • December 6th – Governor Northam held a press conference to discuss vaccinations to the citizens with the goal of completing by summer.  Top priority groups are long-term care residents and health care workers.
    • State is receiving 110,000 vaccines per week;
    • Vaccinations are occurring at 14,000 per day with goal of 25,000 per day;
    • List of essential workers to be released
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • HRHA – Distributed COVID-19 kits, one per family, that include disposable masks and hand sanitizer to their residents.
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • Re-Opening of City Buildings –
    • Tuesday, September 8th – City buildings opened by appointment only.  No significant issues encountered
    • Community Center
      • Since September 8th, there have been 2,602 appointments for gym and pool usage
    • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program – This program to supports small businesses in Hopewell that have been affected by COVID-19. More information about the program can be found in the media release or on the city’s website: https://hopewellva.gov/small-business-recovery-program/.
      • To date, $510,000 has be paid to 92 businesses; 1 application is pending; 12 applications are incomplete; 3 applications have been denied; 1 are being processed
      • Postcard sent to 820 business addresses in the City with information about our Small Business Recovery Program – October 13, 2020
      • Program revisions approved by City Council – September 21, 2020
    • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
    • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
    • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
    • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Dec. 26th % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 37 -0.43% 5,447
Continued Claims 341 -0.16% 43,605
  • Governor Northam –
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.
  • S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 5, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

The Central Region Healthcare Coordination Center activated the ODEMSA Diversion Plan at Stage 2, “Red,” for EMS patient transports due to the number of hospitals on diversion in the region.  Normal operations resumed at 5:00pm this evening.  JRMC is still on diversionary status for EMS patients.

 Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 5,261,537 371,913 (4,377↑) 18,526 (139↑) 5,132 (59↑) 16.2% (0.4↑)
Crater Health District 107,107 (436↑) 7,743 (169↑) 405 (2↑) 128 13.6% (0.2↓)
Hopewell n/a 941 (43↑) 67 9 14.7% **

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Community Transmission

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for December 19, 2020 to January 1, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

 

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 941 67 9
Dinwiddie 1,096 58 16
Emporia 434 42 27
Greensville 998 44 15
Petersburg 1,367 108 36
Prince George 1,961 36 5
Surry 237 16 6
Sussex 709 34 14
Crater District Totals 7,743 405 128

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)
    • The program guidelines were sent out under a separate email by Ms. Griffin.
    • Staff contacted Flagler House and Commonwealth Catholic Charities to discuss the RMRP program.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –
    • Coordinated deliver of mask for Voter Registration use during the November election.
    • Took delivery of additional City bags for fall PPE distribution.
    • Received 1600 2oz. bottles of donated hand sanitizer.
    • Total number available for distribution:  Non-surgical facial masks 25,000; Bottles of hand sanitizer 10,000
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Staff will start assembling the bags the week of November 30th and begin distribution on the week of December 7th.
    • Staff met today to discuss another citywide PPE distribution.  The distribution will be a drive-thru event(s).  Targeting the middle of December for the events.
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Note that some households did not receive COVID kits due to No Trespassing Signs, animals off-leash, obstructions to the property, or other factors that prevented delivery.  If someone from one of these households contacts you, please have them call Recreation and Parks at (804) 541-2353 or email recandparks@hopewellva.gov and we will get a kit to them.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 14th5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
    • Staff is contracting with GENETWORx, the 3rd party COVID-19 Testing provider, to schedule testing events for this week and the 3rd week in  January
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 14th
December 29th 49 8 16.32% 24 2 8.3%
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Started planning for “winterizing” the testing the process for cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th – 49 total tested;
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
Total Doses Administered At least 1 Dose Fully Vaccinated Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
104,083 104,083 0 107 0
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • HRHA – Distributed COVID-19 kits, one per family, that include disposable masks and hand sanitizer to their residents.
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • Re-Opening of City Buildings –
    • Tuesday, September 8th – City buildings opened by appointment only.  No significant issues encountered
    • Community Center
      • Since September 8th, there have been 2,602 appointments for gym and pool usage
    • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program – This program to supports small businesses in Hopewell that have been affected by COVID-19. More information about the program can be found in the media release or on the city’s website: https://hopewellva.gov/small-business-recovery-program/.
      • To date, $510,000 has be paid to 92 businesses; 1 application is pending; 12 applications are incomplete; 3 applications have been denied; 1 are being processed
      • Postcard sent to 820 business addresses in the City with information about our Small Business Recovery Program – October 13, 2020
      • Program revisions approved by City Council – September 21, 2020
    • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
    • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
    • City of Hopewell Wastewater Bill Assistance Program –
    • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Dec. 26th % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 37 -0.43% 5,447
Continued Claims 341 -0.16% 43,605
  • Governor Northam –
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.

U.S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

UPDATE – January 4, 2021 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 5,261,537 367,536 18,387 5,132 15.8%
Crater Health District 106,671 7,574 403 128 13.8%
Hopewell n/a 898 67 9 14.7% **

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Community Transmission

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for December 19, 2020 to January 1, 2021 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 898 67 9
Dinwiddie 1,066 58 16
Emporia 418 41 27
Greensville 993 44 15
Petersburg 1,340 108 36
Prince George 1,925 35 5
Surry 233 16 6
Sussex 701 34 14
Crater District Totals 7,574 403 128

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)
    • The program guidelines were sent out under a separate email by Ms. Griffin.
    • Staff contacted Flagler House and Commonwealth Catholic Charities to discuss the RMRP program.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –
    • Coordinated deliver of mask for Voter Registration use during the November election.
    • Took delivery of additional City bags for fall PPE distribution.
    • Received 1600 2oz. bottles of donated hand sanitizer.
    • Total number available for distribution:  Non-surgical facial masks 25,000; Bottles of hand sanitizer 10,000
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Staff will start assembling the bags the week of November 30th and begin distribution on the week of December 7th.
    • Staff met today to discuss another citywide PPE distribution.  The distribution will be a drive-thru event(s).  Targeting the middle of December for the events.
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Note that some households did not receive COVID kits due to No Trespassing Signs, animals off-leash, obstructions to the property, or other factors that prevented delivery.  If someone from one of these households contacts you, please have them call Recreation and Parks at (804) 541-2353 or email recandparks@hopewellva.gov and we will get a kit to them.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • January 14th5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
    • January 29th 10:00am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square, Crater Health District
    • Staff is contracting with GENETWORx, the 3rd party COVID-19 Testing provider, to schedule testing events for this week and the 3rd week in  January
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
January 29th
January 14th
December 29th 48
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Started planning for “winterizing” the testing the process for cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 29th
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination –
Vaccines Administered – Statewide Vaccines Administered – Hopewell Residents
Total Doses Administered At least 1 Dose Fully Vaccinated Total Doses Administered Fully Vaccinated
87,618 87,618 0 92 0
  • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
  • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
  • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
  • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
  • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
  • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
  • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
  • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
  • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • HRHA – Distributed COVID-19 kits, one per family, that include disposable masks and hand sanitizer to their residents.
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • Re-Opening of City Buildings –
    • Tuesday, September 8th – City buildings opened by appointment only.  No significant issues encountered
    • Community Center
      • Since September 8th, there have been 2,602 appointments for gym and pool usage
    • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program – This program to supports small businesses in Hopewell that have been affected by COVID-19. More information about the program can be found in the media release or on the city’s website: https://hopewellva.gov/small-business-recovery-program/.
      • To date, $510,000 has be paid to 92 businesses; 1 application is pending; 12 applications are incomplete; 3 applications have been denied; 1 are being processed
      • Postcard sent to 820 business addresses in the City with information about our Small Business Recovery Program – October 13, 2020
      • Program revisions approved by City Council – September 21, 2020
    • Hopewell CARES – Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
      • Checks totaling $29,258 had been issued
      • Received 14 new requests this week; applications are currently under review and appointments are begin schedule
      • 57 clients have completed applications; 16 applicants need to provide additional documentation
      • 102 S. 10th; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • (804) 215-1107 or hopewell.cares@cccofva.org
    • Hopewell CARES – Homeless Assistance Program –
      • Program has served a total of 12 individuals (6 male/4 female) between the ages of 37-69; 12 had some income;
      • 102 S. 10th; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • (804) 215-1107 or hopewell.cares@cccofva.org
    • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Dec. 26th % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 37 -0.43% 5,447
Continued Claims 341 -0.16% 43,605
  • Governor Northam –
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.
  • S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

UPDATE – December 22, 2020 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 4,719,962 (211,079↑) 314,481 (12,591↑) 17,083 (135↑) 4,705 (51↑) 11.7% (0.3↑)
Crater Health District 92,705 (895↑) 6,820 (11↑) 386 (6↑) 126 (2↑) 9.7% (0.6↑)
Hopewell n/a 785  (8↑) 63 (2↑) 8 11.6% (2.6↑)**

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Community Transmission

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for December 5, 2020 to December 18, 2020 (7-day is not available for localities) 

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 785 63 8
Dinwiddie 920 55 16
Emporia 383 41 27
Greensville 945 42 15
Petersburg 1,172 105 35
Prince George 1,752 34 5
Surry 210 15 6
Sussex 653 31 14
Crater District Totals 6,820 386 126

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)
    • The program guidelines were sent out under a separate email by Ms. Griffin.
    • Staff contacted Flagler House and Commonwealth Catholic Charities to discuss the RMRP program.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –
    • Coordinated deliver of mask for Voter Registration use during the November election.
    • Took delivery of additional City bags for fall PPE distribution.
    • Received 1600 2oz. bottles of donated hand sanitizer.
    • Total number available for distribution:  Non-surgical facial masks 25,000; Bottles of hand sanitizer 10,000
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Staff will start assembling the bags the week of November 30th and begin distribution on the week of December 7th.
    • Staff met today to discuss another citywide PPE distribution.  The distribution will be a drive-thru event(s).  Targeting the middle of December for the events.
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Note that some households did not receive COVID kits due to No Trespassing Signs, animals off-leash, obstructions to the property, or other factors that prevented delivery.  If someone from one of these households contacts you, please have them call Recreation and Parks at (804) 541-2353 or email recandparks@hopewellva.gov and we will get a kit to them.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • December 29th10:00 am to 11:30 am at Cavalier Square; Crater Health District
    • Staff is contracting with the 3rd party COVID-19 Testing provider for testing events in January – March
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
December 29th
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Started planning for “winterizing” the testing the process for cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination – Staff participated in a vaccination planning team meeting.  Key updates:
    • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
    • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
    • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
    • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
    • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
    • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
    • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
    • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
    • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • HRHA – Distributed COVID-19 kits, one per family, that include disposable masks and hand sanitizer to their residents.
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • Re-Opening of City Buildings –
    • Tuesday, September 8th – City buildings opened by appointment only.  No significant issues encountered
    • Community Center
      • Since September 8th, there have been 2,602 appointments for gym and pool usage
    • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program – This program to supports small businesses in Hopewell that have been affected by COVID-19. More information about the program can be found in the media release or on the city’s website: https://hopewellva.gov/small-business-recovery-program/.
      • To date, $510,000 has be paid to 92 businesses; 1 application is pending; 12 applications are incomplete; 3 applications have been denied; 1 are being processed
      • Postcard sent to 820 business addresses in the City with information about our Small Business Recovery Program – October 13, 2020
      • Program revisions approved by City Council – September 21, 2020
    • COVID-19 Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
      • Checks totaling $29,258 had been issued
      • Received 14 new requests this week; applications are currently under review and appointments are begin schedule
      • 57 clients have completed applications; 16 applicants need to provide additional documentation
      • 102 S. 10th; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • (804) 215-1107 or hopewell.cares@cccofva.org
    • COVID-19 Homeless Assistance Program –
      • Program has served a total of 12 individuals (6 male/4 female) between the ages of 37-69; 12 had some income;
      • 102 S. 10th; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • (804) 215-1107 or hopewell.cares@cccofva.org
    • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Dec. 12th % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 46 -0.26% 5,357
Continued Claims 389 -0.03% 42,870

  • Governor Northam –
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.
  • S. Congress – Passed the COVID-19 Relief bill, which provides $900 billion in aid, but does not provide direct aid to State, Local or Tribal governments.  Sec. 1001, Coronavirus Relief Funds Extension of the bill extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021. The bill is 5,593 pages.  We are awaiting confirmation by the State Secretary of Finance on the extension of the use of the funds.

 

 

UPDATE – December 21, 2020 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 4,508,883 (179,409↑) 301,890 (11,502↑) 16,948 (264↑) 4,654 (56↑) 11.4% (0.4↓)
Crater Health District 91,810 (2,949↑) 6,809 (151↑) 380 (9↑) 124 (1↑) 9.1% (1.3↑)
Hopewell n/a 777  (15↑) 61 (1↑) 8 11.6% (2.6↑)**

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Community Transmission

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for December 5, 2020 to December 18, 2020 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 777 61 8
Dinwiddie 920 53 15
Emporia 383 41 27
Greensville 945 41 15
Petersburg 1,171 104 34
Prince George 1,751 34 5
Surry 209 15 6
Sussex 653 31 14
Crater District Totals 6,809 380 124

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)
    • The program guidelines were sent out under a separate email by Ms. Griffin.
    • Staff contacted Flagler House and Commonwealth Catholic Charities to discuss the RMRP program.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –
    • Coordinated deliver of mask for Voter Registration use during the November election.
    • Took delivery of additional City bags for fall PPE distribution.
    • Received 1600 2oz. bottles of donated hand sanitizer.
    • Total number available for distribution:  Non-surgical facial masks 25,000; Bottles of hand sanitizer 10,000
  • PPE Distribution
    • 2nd round of PPE distribution is complete.  If PPE kits are needed, contact Parks and Recreation and they will deliver.
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Staff will start assembling the bags the week of November 30th and begin distribution on the week of December 7th.
    • Staff met today to discuss another citywide PPE distribution.  The distribution will be a drive-thru event(s).  Targeting the middle of December for the events.
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Note that some households did not receive COVID kits due to No Trespassing Signs, animals off-leash, obstructions to the property, or other factors that prevented delivery.  If someone from one of these households contacts you, please have them call Recreation and Parks at (804) 541-2353 or email recandparks@hopewellva.gov and we will get a kit to them.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • December 29th10:00 am to 11:30 am at Cavalier Square; Crater Health District
    • Staff is contracting with the 3rd party COVID-19 Testing provider for testing events in January – March
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
December 29th
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Started planning for “winterizing” the testing the process for cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination – Staff participated in a vaccination planning team meeting.  Key updates:
    • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
    • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
    • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
    • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
    • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
    • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
    • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
    • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
    • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • HRHA – Distributed COVID-19 kits, one per family, that include disposable masks and hand sanitizer to their residents.
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • Re-Opening of City Buildings –
    • Tuesday, September 8th – City buildings opened by appointment only.  No significant issues encountered
    • Community Center
      • Since September 8th, there have been 2,602 appointments for gym and pool usage
    • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program – This program to supports small businesses in Hopewell that have been affected by COVID-19. More information about the program can be found in the media release or on the city’s website: https://hopewellva.gov/small-business-recovery-program/.
      • To date, $510,000 has be paid to 92 businesses; 1 application is pending; 12 applications are incomplete; 3 applications have been denied; 1 are being processed
      • Postcard sent to 820 business addresses in the City with information about our Small Business Recovery Program – October 13, 2020
      • Program revisions approved by City Council – September 21, 2020
    • COVID-19 Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
      • Checks totaling $29,258 had been issued
      • Received 14 new requests this week; applications are currently under review and appointments are begin schedule
      • 57 clients have completed applications; 16 applicants need to provide additional documentation
      • 102 S. 10th; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • (804) 215-1107 or hopewell.cares@cccofva.org
    • COVID-19 Homeless Assistance Program –
      • Program has served a total of 12 individuals (6 male/4 female) between the ages of 37-69; 12 had some income;
      • 102 S. 10th; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • (804) 215-1107 or hopewell.cares@cccofva.org
    • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Dec. 12th % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 46 -0.26% 5,357
Continued Claims 389 -0.03% 42,870
  • Governor Northam –
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.

 

UPDATE – December 18, 2020 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 4,508,883 (76,890↑) 299,388 (3,295↑) 16,684 (181↑) 4,598 (53↑) 11.8% (0.2↑)
Crater Health District 88,861 (667↑) 6,658 (52↑) 371 (4↑) 123 7.8% (0.6↑)
Hopewell n/a 762  (8↑) 60 (2↑) 8 9.0% (2.1↑)**

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Community Transmission

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for November 28, 2020 to December 11, 2020 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 762 60 8
Dinwiddie 884 51 15
Emporia 374 41 27
Greensville 929 41 15
Petersburg 1,146 102 33
Prince George 1,716 31 5
Surry 205 14 6
Sussex 642 31 14
Crater District Totals 6,658 371 123

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)
    • The program guidelines were sent out under a separate email by Ms. Griffin.
    • Staff contacted Flagler House and Commonwealth Catholic Charities to discuss the RMRP program.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –
    • Coordinated deliver of mask for Voter Registration use during the November election.
    • Took delivery of additional City bags for fall PPE distribution.
    • Received 1600 2oz. bottles of donated hand sanitizer.
    • Total number available for distribution:  Non-surgical facial masks 25,000; Bottles of hand sanitizer 10,000
  • PPE Distribution
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Staff will start assembling the bags the week of November 30th and begin distribution on the week of December 7th.
    • Staff met today to discuss another citywide PPE distribution.  The distribution will be a drive-thru event(s).  Targeting the middle of December for the events.
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Note that some households did not receive COVID kits due to No Trespassing Signs, animals off-leash, obstructions to the property, or other factors that prevented delivery.  If someone from one of these households contacts you, please have them call Recreation and Parks at (804) 541-2353 or email recandparks@hopewellva.gov and we will get a kit to them.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • December 29th10:00 am to 11:30 am at Cavalier Square; Crater Health District
    • Staff is contracting with the 3rd party COVID-19 Testing provider for testing events in January – March
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
December 29th
December 16th 56 2 3.57% 44 2 4.55%
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Started planning for “winterizing” the testing the process for cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination – Staff participated in a vaccination planning team meeting.  Key updates:
    • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
    • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
    • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
    • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
    • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
    • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
    • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
    • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
    • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • HRHA – Distributed COVID-19 kits, one per family, that include disposable masks and hand sanitizer to their residents.
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • Re-Opening of City Buildings –
    • Tuesday, September 8th – City buildings opened by appointment only.  No significant issues encountered
    • Community Center
      • Since September 8th, there have been 2,602 appointments for gym and pool usage
    • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program – This program to supports small businesses in Hopewell that have been affected by COVID-19. More information about the program can be found in the media release or on the city’s website: https://hopewellva.gov/small-business-recovery-program/.
      • To date, $510,000 has be paid to 92 businesses; 1 application is pending; 12 applications are incomplete; 3 applications have been denied; 1 are being processed
      • Postcard sent to 820 business addresses in the City with information about our Small Business Recovery Program – October 13, 2020
      • Program revisions approved by City Council – September 21, 2020
    • COVID-19 Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
      • Checks totaling $29,258 had been issued
      • Received 14 new requests this week; applications are currently under review and appointments are begin schedule
      • 57 clients have completed applications; 16 applicants need to provide additional documentation
      • 102 S. 10th; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • (804) 215-1107 or hopewell.cares@cccofva.org
    • COVID-19 Homeless Assistance Program –
      • Program has served a total of 12 individuals (6 male/4 female) between the ages of 37-69; 12 had some income;
      • 102 S. 10th; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • (804) 215-1107 or hopewell.cares@cccofva.org
    • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Dec. 12th % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 46 -0.26% 5,357
Continued Claims 389 -0.03% 42,870
  • Governor Northam –
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.

Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.

 

UPDATE – December 17, 2020 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 4,431,993 (44,774↑) 296,093 (3,853↑) 16,503 (150↑) 4,553 (45↑) 11.6% (0.2↑)
Crater Health District 88,194 (795↑) 6,606 (45↑) 367 (3↑) 123 7.2% (0.2↑)
Hopewell n/a 754  (11↑) 58 (1↑) 8 9.0% (2.1↑)**

No updated figures were provided by Crater Health District this evening

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Community Transmission

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for November 28, 2020 to December 11, 2020 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 754 58 8
Dinwiddie 871 50 15
Emporia 373 40 27
Greensville 926 41 15
Petersburg 1,138 102 33
Prince George 1,701 31 5
Surry 203 14 6
Sussex 640 31 14
Crater District Totals 6,606 367 123

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)
    • The program guidelines were sent out under a separate email by Ms. Griffin.
    • Staff contacted Flagler House and Commonwealth Catholic Charities to discuss the RMRP program.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –
    • Coordinated deliver of mask for Voter Registration use during the November election.
    • Took delivery of additional City bags for fall PPE distribution.
    • Received 1600 2oz. bottles of donated hand sanitizer.
    • Total number available for distribution:  Non-surgical facial masks 25,000; Bottles of hand sanitizer 10,000
  • PPE Distribution
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Staff will start assembling the bags the week of November 30th and begin distribution on the week of December 7th.
    • Staff met today to discuss another citywide PPE distribution.  The distribution will be a drive-thru event(s).  Targeting the middle of December for the events.
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Note that some households did not receive COVID kits due to No Trespassing Signs, animals off-leash, obstructions to the property, or other factors that prevented delivery.  If someone from one of these households contacts you, please have them call Recreation and Parks at (804) 541-2353 or email recandparks@hopewellva.gov and we will get a kit to them.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • December 29th10:00 am to 11:30 am at Cavalier Square; Crater Health District
    • Staff is contracting with the 3rd party COVID-19 Testing provider for testing events in January – March
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
December 29th
December 16th 56
December 10th 41 1 2.44% 30 1 3.33%
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.09%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Started planning for “winterizing” the testing the process for cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination – Staff participated in a vaccination planning team meeting.  Key updates:
    • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
    • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
    • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
    • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
    • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
    • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
    • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
    • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
    • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • HRHA – Distributed COVID-19 kits, one per family, that include disposable masks and hand sanitizer to their residents.
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • Re-Opening of City Buildings –
    • Tuesday, September 8th – City buildings opened by appointment only.  No significant issues encountered
    • Community Center
      • Since September 8th, there have been 2,602 appointments for gym and pool usage
    • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program – This program to supports small businesses in Hopewell that have been affected by COVID-19. More information about the program can be found in the media release or on the city’s website: https://hopewellva.gov/small-business-recovery-program/.
      • To date, $510,000 has be paid to 92 businesses; 1 application is pending; 12 applications are incomplete; 3 applications have been denied; 1 are being processed
      • Postcard sent to 820 business addresses in the City with information about our Small Business Recovery Program – October 13, 2020
      • Program revisions approved by City Council – September 21, 2020
    • COVID-19 Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
      • Checks totaling $29,258 had been issued
      • Received 14 new requests this week; applications are currently under review and appointments are begin schedule
      • 57 clients have completed applications; 16 applicants need to provide additional documentation
      • 102 S. 10th; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • (804) 215-1107 or hopewell.cares@cccofva.org
    • COVID-19 Homeless Assistance Program –
      • Program has served a total of 12 individuals (6 male/4 female) between the ages of 37-69; 12 had some income;
      • 102 S. 10th; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • (804) 215-1107 or hopewell.cares@cccofva.org
    • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Dec. 12th % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 46 -0.26% 5,357
Continued Claims 389 -0.03% 42,870
  • Governor Northam –
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.

 

UPDATE – December 16, 2020 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

 Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 4,431,993 (37,329↑) 292,240 (3,931↑) 16,353 (166↑) 4,508 (38↑) 11.4% (0.2↑)
Crater Health District 87,399 (2,201↑) 6,606 (45↑) 367 (3↑) 123 7.0%
Hopewell n/a 754  (11↑) 58 (1↑) 8 9.0% (2.1↑)**

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Community Transmission

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for November 28, 2020 to December 11, 2020 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 754 58 8
Dinwiddie 871 50 15
Emporia 373 40 27
Greensville 926 41 15
Petersburg 1,138 102 33
Prince George 1,701 31 5
Surry 203 14 6
Sussex 640 31 14
Crater District Totals 6,606 367 123

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)
    • The program guidelines were sent out under a separate email by Ms. Griffin.
    • Staff contacted Flagler House and Commonwealth Catholic Charities to discuss the RMRP program.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –
    • Coordinated deliver of mask for Voter Registration use during the November election.
    • Took delivery of additional City bags for fall PPE distribution.
    • Received 1600 2oz. bottles of donated hand sanitizer.
    • Total number available for distribution:  Non-surgical facial masks 25,000; Bottles of hand sanitizer 10,000
  • PPE Distribution
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Staff will start assembling the bags the week of November 30th and begin distribution on the week of December 7th.
    • Staff met today to discuss another citywide PPE distribution.  The distribution will be a drive-thru event(s).  Targeting the middle of December for the events.
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Note that some households did not receive COVID kits due to No Trespassing Signs, animals off-leash, obstructions to the property, or other factors that prevented delivery.  If someone from one of these households contacts you, please have them call Recreation and Parks at (804) 541-2353 or email recandparks@hopewellva.gov and we will get a kit to them.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • December 29th10:00 am to 11:30 am at Cavalier Square; Crater Health District
    • Staff is contracting with the 3rd party COVID-19 Testing provider for testing events in January – March
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
December 29th
December 16th 56
December 10th 41 30
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.0%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Started planning for “winterizing” the testing the process for cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 16th42 pre-registered; 56 total tested
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination – Staff participated in a vaccination planning team meeting.  Key updates:
    • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
    • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
    • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
    • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
    • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
    • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
    • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
    • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
    • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • HRHA – Distributed COVID-19 kits, one per family, that include disposable masks and hand sanitizer to their residents.
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • Re-Opening of City Buildings –
    • Tuesday, September 8th – City buildings opened by appointment only.  No significant issues encountered
    • Community Center
      • Since September 8th, there have been 2,602 appointments for gym and pool usage
    • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program – This program to supports small businesses in Hopewell that have been affected by COVID-19. More information about the program can be found in the media release or on the city’s website: https://hopewellva.gov/small-business-recovery-program/.
      • To date, $510,000 has be paid to 92 businesses; 1 application is pending; 12 applications are incomplete; 3 applications have been denied; 1 are being processed
      • Postcard sent to 820 business addresses in the City with information about our Small Business Recovery Program – October 13, 2020
      • Program revisions approved by City Council – September 21, 2020
    • COVID-19 Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
      • Checks totaling $29,258 had been issued
      • Received 14 new requests this week; applications are currently under review and appointments are begin schedule
      • 57 clients have completed applications; 16 applicants need to provide additional documentation
      • 102 S. 10th; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • (804) 215-1107 or hopewell.cares@cccofva.org
    • COVID-19 Homeless Assistance Program –
      • Program has served a total of 12 individuals (6 male/4 female) between the ages of 37-69; 12 had some income;
      • 102 S. 10th; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • (804) 215-1107 or hopewell.cares@cccofva.org
    • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Dec. 5th % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 58 0.55% 5,311
Continued Claims 399 -0.05% 42,481
  • Governor Northam –
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.

 

UPDATE – December 15, 2020 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 4,394,664 (36,182↑) 288,309 (160↑) 16,187 (114↑) 4,470 (56↑) 11.2% (0.3↓)
Crater Health District 85,198(1,242↑) 6,561 (63↑) 367 (3↑) 123 7.0% (0.2↓)
Hopewell n/a 743  (15↑) 58 (1↑) 8 9.0% (2.1↑)**

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Community Transmission

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for November 28, 2020 to December 11, 2020 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 743 58 8
Dinwiddie 866 50 15
Emporia 372 40 27
Greensville 923 41 15
Petersburg 1,131 102 33
Prince George 1,687 31 5
Surry 201 14 6
Sussex 638 31 14
Crater District Totals 6,561 367 123

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)
    • The program guidelines were sent out under a separate email by Ms. Griffin.
    • Staff contacted Flagler House and Commonwealth Catholic Charities to discuss the RMRP program.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –
    • Coordinated deliver of mask for Voter Registration use during the November election.
    • Took delivery of additional City bags for fall PPE distribution.
    • Received 1600 2oz. bottles of donated hand sanitizer.
    • Total number available for distribution:  Non-surgical facial masks 25,000; Bottles of hand sanitizer 10,000
  • PPE Distribution
    • Recreation distributed PPE kits to all of the HRHA properties, and Kippax and the Summit.
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Staff will start assembling the bags the week of November 30th and begin distribution on the week of December 7th.
    • Staff met today to discuss another citywide PPE distribution.  The distribution will be a drive-thru event(s).  Targeting the middle of December for the events.
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Note that some households did not receive COVID kits due to No Trespassing Signs, animals off-leash, obstructions to the property, or other factors that prevented delivery.  If someone from one of these households contacts you, please have them call Recreation and Parks at (804) 541-2353 or email recandparks@hopewellva.gov and we will get a kit to them.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • December 16th 10:00 am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square; 3rd party contractor
    • December 29th10:00 am to 11:30 am at Cavalier Square; Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
December 29th
December 16th
December 10th 41 30
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.0%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Started planning for “winterizing” the testing the process for cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination – Staff participated in a vaccination planning team meeting.  Key updates:
    • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
    • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
    • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
    • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
    • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
    • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
    • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
    • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
    • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • HRHA – Distributed COVID-19 kits, one per family, that include disposable masks and hand sanitizer to their residents.
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • Re-Opening of City Buildings –
    • Tuesday, September 8th – City buildings opened by appointment only.  No significant issues encountered
    • Community Center
      • Since September 8th, there have been 2,602 appointments for gym and pool usage
    • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program – This program to supports small businesses in Hopewell that have been affected by COVID-19. More information about the program can be found in the media release or on the city’s website: https://hopewellva.gov/small-business-recovery-program/.
      • To date, $510,000 has be paid to 92 businesses; 1 application is pending; 12 applications are incomplete; 3 applications have been denied; 1 are being processed
      • Postcard sent to 820 business addresses in the City with information about our Small Business Recovery Program – October 13, 2020
      • Program revisions approved by City Council – September 21, 2020
    • COVID-19 Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
      • Checks totaling $29,258 had been issued
      • Received 14 new requests this week; applications are currently under review and appointments are begin schedule
      • 57 clients have completed applications; 16 applicants need to provide additional documentation
      • 102 S. 10th; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • (804) 215-1107 or hopewell.cares@cccofva.org
    • COVID-19 Homeless Assistance Program –
      • Program has served a total of 12 individuals (6 male/4 female) between the ages of 37-69; 12 had some income;
      • 102 S. 10th; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • (804) 215-1107 or hopewell.cares@cccofva.org
    • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Dec. 5th % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 58 0.55% 5,311
Continued Claims 399 -0.05% 42,481
  • Governor Northam –
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.

 

UPDATE – December 14, 2020 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 4,358,482 (168,073↑) 285,149 (14,106↑) 16,073 (350↑) 4,414 (79↑) 10.9% (0.1↓)
Crater Health District 84,956 (5,504↑) 6,498 (171↑) 364 (3↑) 123 (1↑) 7.2% (0.3↓)
Hopewell n/a 728  (26↑) 57 (3↑) 8 9.0% (2.1↑)**

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Community Transmission

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for November 28, 2020 to December 11, 2020 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 728 57 8
Dinwiddie 858 50 15
Emporia 370 39 26
Greensville 913 41 15
Petersburg 1,130 101 33
Prince George 1,675 31 5
Surry 191 14 6
Sussex 633 31 14
Crater District Totals 6,498 364 122

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)
    • The program guidelines were sent out under a separate email by Ms. Griffin.
    • Staff contacted Flagler House and Commonwealth Catholic Charities to discuss the RMRP program.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –
    • Coordinated deliver of mask for Voter Registration use during the November election.
    • Took delivery of additional City bags for fall PPE distribution.
    • Received 1600 2oz. bottles of donated hand sanitizer.
    • Total number available for distribution:  Non-surgical facial masks 25,000; Bottles of hand sanitizer 10,000
  • PPE Distribution
    • Recreation distributed 572 PPE kits Saturday, December 12th
    • Recreation distributed 502 PPE kits Friday, December 11th at Harry E. James Elementary School
    • Staff will start assembling the bags the week of November 30th and begin distribution on the week of December 7th.
    • Staff met today to discuss another citywide PPE distribution.  The distribution will be a drive-thru event(s).  Targeting the middle of December for the events.
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Note that some households did not receive COVID kits due to No Trespassing Signs, animals off-leash, obstructions to the property, or other factors that prevented delivery.  If someone from one of these households contacts you, please have them call Recreation and Parks at (804) 541-2353 or email recandparks@hopewellva.gov and we will get a kit to them.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • December 16th 10:00 am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square; 3rd party contractor
    • December 29th10:00 am to 11:30 am at Cavalier Square; Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
December 29th
December 16th
December 10th 41
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.0%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th 133 88 3 3.41%
  • Started planning for “winterizing” the testing the process for cold weather.
  • Crater Health District is using the testing model developed by City staff as the testing model for the region
  • December 10th – 60 pre-registered; 19 no-shows; 41 tested;
  • December 1st – 60 Registered; 5 no shows; 1 registered on-site; 56 total tested
  • November 19th – 66 pre-registered; 13 no shows; 34 registered on-site; 87 total tested
  • November 12th – 81 pre-registered; 15 no shows; No onsite registrations; 66 total tested
  • November 4th – 35 tested
  • October 28th – 29 pre-registered; 39 tested
  • October 20th 36 pre-registered; 5 No-shows; 23 Registered On-site; 54 total tested
  • October 13th100 tests available; 26 pre-registered; 46 total tested
  • COVID-19 Vaccination – Staff participated in a vaccination planning team meeting.  Key updates:
    • December 4th – VHD announced that the initial distribution of the vaccine will go to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.
    • 1st shipment of vaccine is anticipated to arrive in Virginia as early as December 11th or 12th, will likely be below need for 1A Priority Category
    • Hospitals will be the 1st to receive the vaccine.
    • Crater Health received $500,000 in CARES Act funding for vaccination planning and response equipment; Ben Ruppert is representing the City on the Crater Health District Vaccination Planning Committee.
    • Planning vaccine distribution locations in each locality that allow for drive thru operations in inclement weather
    • Vaccine as soon as late October under Emergency Use Authorization
    • Vaccine will require 2 shots 21-28 days apart
    • Public Health vaccination efforts will focus on vulnerable populations and health equity
    • 65% of vaccinations will be conducted by private sector
  • HRHA – Distributed COVID-19 kits, one per family, that include disposable masks and hand sanitizer to their residents.
  • Hopewell Public Schools
    • Launched Hopewell CARES Pilot Childcare Program with support from the City of Hopewell at Patrick Copeland Elementary School and Hopewell High School.  Students receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher in learning pods during the morning, and in the afternoon activities designed and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
      • Program has been extended through December 18th
      • 90 students are participating in the program.
    • Announced HPS is planning to move ahead with bringing most vulnerable students with special needs in mid-October for in-person learning
    • “Park & Learn” Initiative announced – Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mathis Field, the Hopewell Community Center, Woodlawn Park, Dupont ES, and Harry E. James ES, HPS teachers will be available to provide virtual learning support for students and parents.  The initiative will be supported by Hopewell Recreation and Parks staff.
      • Program ended October 22, 2020
      • 35 students participated in the Park & Learn program between October 1st and October 22nd.
    • Announced a Fall virtual re-opening, and to delay the start of school until September 8, 2020.
  • City Facilities –
    • All park facilities will be open for public use beginning Saturday, July11th.  Visitors will have full access to all athletic facilities and restrooms.  Users must comply with the Phase III guidelines of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan.
    • Finalizing the draft COVID-19 plan to address requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor.
    • Temperature sensors and related supplies have been installed and calibrated at all identified locations.  Email was sent to Department Directors providing guidance on use.
    • Air Filtration Systems have been installed on all City buildings.
  • Re-Opening of City Buildings –
    • Tuesday, September 8th – City buildings opened by appointment only.  No significant issues encountered
    • Community Center
      • Since September 8th, there have been 2,602 appointments for gym and pool usage
    • COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program – This program to supports small businesses in Hopewell that have been affected by COVID-19. More information about the program can be found in the media release or on the city’s website: https://hopewellva.gov/small-business-recovery-program/.
      • To date, $510,000 has be paid to 92 businesses; 1 application is pending; 12 applications are incomplete; 3 applications have been denied; 1 are being processed
      • Postcard sent to 820 business addresses in the City with information about our Small Business Recovery Program – October 13, 2020
      • Program revisions approved by City Council – September 21, 2020
    • COVID-19 Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program –
      • Checks totaling $29,258 had been issued
      • Received 14 new requests this week; applications are currently under review and appointments are begin schedule
      • 57 clients have completed applications; 16 applicants need to provide additional documentation
      • 102 S. 10th; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • (804) 215-1107 or hopewell.cares@cccofva.org
    • COVID-19 Homeless Assistance Program –
      • Program has served a total of 12 individuals (6 male/4 female) between the ages of 37-69; 12 had some income;
      • 102 S. 10th; Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • (804) 215-1107 or hopewell.cares@cccofva.org
    • City of Hopewell Unemployment Claims During COVID-19
  Week of Dec. 5th % Change from Prior Week Total Claims to Date
Initial Claims 58 0.55% 5,311
Continued Claims 399 -0.05% 42,481
  • Governor Northam –
    • December 10th – Issued Executive Order 72 placing the following new restrictions – gatherings limited to 10 people or less; masks are required for anyone indoors around people and outdoors if 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained; and Stay-at-home order from 12:00 am to 5:00 am
    • November 13th – Announced effective midnight Sunday, November 15th new Statewide measure to contain COVID-19 to including a limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol sales curfew, and increase enforcement.
    • November 9th – Announced $22million in CARES Act funding to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher learning
    • November 9th – Announced $7 million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia food banks
    • November 9th – Announced $60 million in CARES Act Funding for Municipal Utility Relief
    • October 28th – Announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
    • October 23rd – Announced $3 million in CARES Act funds to assist Free Clinics
    • October 23rd – Announced $22 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    • October 20th – Announced Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger (https://feedva.org/connect/roadmap-to-end-hunger/)
    • October 20th – Announced $65.8 million in funding to increase access to childcare and support childcare providers.
    • The SCC, at the request of Governor Northam, extended the moratorium on utility service disconnections through October 5, 2020.
    • Announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid COVID-19:  prepaid postage on all absentee ballots; drop off boxes and drop off locations for absentee ballots; and absentee cure process to allow voters to fix errors on their ballot.
    • Announced that an additional 60 extension on vehicle license and registration fees for those expiring before October 31st.
    • August 31st – Announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.
  • Crater Planning District Commission –S. Economic Development Administration (US EDA) announced that Crater Planning District Commission will received a $400,000 grant in response to the COVID-19 impacts upon the region.  The funds will be used to develop short- and long-term plans focused on recovery and economic resiliency of the region.
  • Health Equity – Crater Health District provided health equity training for City Department Heads.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program was approved for a 2nd round and is designed to take the pressure off of school feeding programs by providing additional money to households via electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to buy food for those who are virtual learning.  The release of the P-EBT benefits will be by the end of September.  Please copy the announcement below and send it out to your constituents.
  • Crater Health District – Announced that social gatherings now need to get approval from Crater Health Department to allow staff to ensure that proper protocols are being followed at the event.

 

UPDATE – December 10, 2020 

Attached for Council’s review are the following:

Additional Items of Interest:

  Total Testing Encounters Total Cases Hospitalizations Deaths 7-day Positivity Rate *
Statewide 4,190,409 (40,999↑) 271,043 (3,915↑) 15,723 (131↑) 4,335 (54↑) 11.0% (0.1↑)
Crater Health District 79,452 (556↑) 6,327 (17↑) 361 (3↑) 122 7.5% (0.1↑)
Hopewell n/a 702 (3↑) 54 8 6.9% (2.4↑)**

Crater Health District’s current status of COVID-19 is now at Substantial Community Transmission

* – PCR 7-day Percent Positivity Rate, instead of Positivity Rate for All Testing Encounters

** – PCR 14-day Percent Positivity Rate for November 21, 2020 to December 4, 2020 (7-day is not available for localities)

Crater Health District
Locality COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
Hopewell 702 54 8
Dinwiddie 828 50 15
Emporia 353 39 26
Greensville 903 41 15
Petersburg 1,100 101 33
Prince George 1,632 31 5
Surry 182 14 6
Sussex 627 31 14
Crater District Totals 6,327 361 122

NOTE:  The information that Crater Health District sends to the City Managers, County Administrators, and Emergency Managers is the updated information directly from their system used to track cases in “real” time as laboratories send them the reports and Crater District epidemiologist confirms the cases.  The VDH Central office staff only posts case numbers to the agency website in the morning.  Due to the data entry and reporting processes, there will always be differences between the Crater Health District numbers and the data posted on the VDH website.

Percent Positivity: This key statistic is what the Governor uses in measuring how the virus is spreading throughout the State. The Governor has stated that having a 14-day decline in this statistic is/was a key to Phase I and II reopening that has occur. This statistic is a measure of the % of total tests taken for which there was a positive result.

  • COVID-19 Timeline –
    • First COVID-19 case in Commonwealth – March 7, 2020
    • First COVID-19 case in City – March 27, 2020
    • Widespread community transmission in Virginia – March 31, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase II – Friday, June 5, 2020
    • The Commonwealth moved into Phase III – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    • Crater Health District upgraded to Substantial Spread – August 24, 2020
    • City Buildings opened by Appointment Only – September 8, 2020
    • Crater Health District downgrades District to Moderate Spread
    • Crater Health District upgrades District to Substantial Spread
  • Total number of calls to City’s COVID-19 Hotline to-date – 1103
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Dashboard – https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington COVID-19 Projections – https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia. Interesting information for your review.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Checker: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/
  • Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)
    • The program guidelines were sent out under a separate email by Ms. Griffin.
    • Staff contacted Flagler House and Commonwealth Catholic Charities to discuss the RMRP program.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –
    • Coordinated deliver of mask for Voter Registration use during the November election.
    • Took delivery of additional City bags for fall PPE distribution.
    • Received 1600 2oz. bottles of donated hand sanitizer.
    • Total number available for distribution:  Non-surgical facial masks 25,000; Bottles of hand sanitizer 10,000
  • PPE Distribution
    • Staff will start assembling the bags the week of November 30th and begin distribution on the week of December 7th.
    • Staff met today to discuss another citywide PPE distribution.  The distribution will be a drive-thru event(s).  Targeting the middle of December for the events.
    • Coordinated delivery of cloth masks for school children and staff through VDEM.
    • Citywide PPE distribution concluded to all residential households and apartments.  Note that some households did not receive COVID kits due to No Trespassing Signs, animals off-leash, obstructions to the property, or other factors that prevented delivery.  If someone from one of these households contacts you, please have them call Recreation and Parks at (804) 541-2353 or email recandparks@hopewellva.gov and we will get a kit to them.  Special thanks to the Aaron Reidmiller and the Recreation and Parks for managing the creation and distribution of the kits, and Code Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with distribution.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 Testing –
    • December 16th 10:00 am to 12 noon at Cavalier Square; 3rd party contractor
    • December 29th10:00 am to 11:30 am at Cavalier Square; Crater Health District
  • COVID-19 Testing Results –
Testing Event Total Tested Total Tests Positive All Tests

% Positive

# of Hopewell Residents Tested # of Hopewell Positive Tests % Hopewell Residents Tested Positive
December 29th
December 16th
December 10th 41
December 1st 55 5 9.0% 33 3 9.0%
November 19th 88 1 1.13% 57 0 0.0%
November 12th 66 5 7.57% 2
November 4th 35 0 0.0% 30 0 0.0%
October 28th 39 1 2.56% 37 1 2.70%
October 20th 54 2 3.70% 35 2 5.71%
October 13th 46 2 4.35% 2
September 29th 73 0 0.0% 63 0 0.0%
September 17th 41 5 12.2% 23 1 4.35%
August 20th 56 11 19.64% 31 11 35.48%
July 11th 61 1 1.64% 43 0 0.0%
May 30th