July 10, 2020

City Urges Residents, Businesses and Visitors to Recommit to Efforts that Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

​In the wake of recent steep rises in COVID-19 cases throughout both the City and the region, Virginia Beach is calling on residents, local businesses and visitors to adhere to established safety measures as well as Governor Northam's Executive Order 63 requiring masks to be worn in indoor public spaces. According to the Virginia Department of Health, as of today (July 10), Region 5, which encompasses the greater Hampton Roads region has a cumulative total of 9,448 cases – that number is up by 405 since just yesterday, with 116 cases from Virginia Beach. The regional death toll has reached 241 (up six since yesterday). Of the 943 new cases statewide, the highest number since early June, nearly half (43%) were in Region 5."COVID is posing a continuing threat and we want to make sure that everyone follows the same guidelines we have been advocating for the last several weeks: wear a face covering while indoors and in public spaces, especially when it isn't possible to maintain six feet of distance from others, said Mayor Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer. "In addition, it's important that we remind everyone to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently. We know these measures are effective at helping stop the spread." "The impacts of the coronavirus have already been devastating to many of our businesses and residents," said Emergency Management Director Erin Sutton. "Now, more and more young people are being diagnosed with COVID-19. To minimize the effects, we're going to have to do better. Other states have seen surges in cases which has led to hospitals that are over capacity. We don't want to end up in that situation – one which may force the governor to pause reopening, or worse yet, reinstate restrictions like we're seeing in Arizona, California, Texas and Florida." COVID-19 cases in people ages 20-29 increased by nearly 250% in Virginia Beach since the end of May.Steps to help prevent exposure and illness from COVID-19:Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 secondsAvoid shaking handsKeep from touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed handsCover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and then wash your handsAvoid close contact with people who are sickStay home when you are sickKeep children who are sick at homeClean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, cell phones, keyboards and mice, tablets, remote controls, light switches, door handles, gas pump handles, etc., with disinfectant wipes/spray Stay informed and listen to guidelines from health authoritiesFor the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus and follow us on facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and instagram.com/cityofvabeach.# # #

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