Newport News officials are continuing to monitor and respond to the coronavirus outbreak. In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the city is enhancing its social distancing measures. The following actions are effective immediately, and will remain in effect at least through Sunday, March 29.
City officials will re-evaluate these actions based on the status of the outbreak and guidance from the Virginia Department of Health before reopening facilities to the public.
During the closure, residents are encouraged to use online resources for services and payments available at www.nnva.gov. Citizens can visit the Newport News Public Library website at www.library.nnva.gov to apply for an e-Membership and receive immediate access to the Library’s online collection, which includes eBooks, digital audiobooks, online courses, streaming movies, TV and music.
Peninsula residents are urged to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people, including church services, civic/social organization meetings, and public events and festivities; however, critical needs such as grocery shopping, fueling vehicles, and other essential tasks should not be neglected.
Earlier, Newport News established a working group of city and schools staff along with representatives from the Virginia Department of Health and local healthcare systems to monitor the spread of the disease and coordinate efforts, including the dissemination of timely and relevant information.
On Friday, March 13, City Manager Cindy Rohlf declared a local state of emergency due to the public health threat associated with COVID-19. This was a precautionary step that allows the City to be able to respond quickly and effectively to changing situations.
Symptoms of COVID-19 – fever, cough, shortness of breath – have ranged from mild to severe, and like other respiratory illnesses, it is spread through coughing and sneezing. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the disease, and the CDC recommends that we take the following steps to help prevent the spread of not only this virus, but the flu and other respiratory diseases as well.
For more details on COVID-19, including preparation and prevention guidelines, citizens can visit the Virginia Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.