April 22 -28, 2019

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition’s next meeting is Thursday May 9th beginning at 9:00 am. This meeting will be at Bridgewater Rescue Squad (10 Volunteer Dr, Bridgewater, VA 22812). We will conduct our annual exercise instead of the usual monthly meeting. Overflow parking is located on Don Litten Parkway which is beside the Rescue Squad. 



Upcoming exercises: We will conduct the annual regional exercise May 9th in-place of our regional coalition meeting. For questions regarding the upcoming exercises, please contact our Exercise and Training Specialist, Matt Cronin. 


Click here to access our website. Don’t forget to visit the Events calendar for upcoming training and exercise events.

We have developed a one page understanding of the regional coalition that can be shared between coalition partners. Please click here to view the regional “one-pager”.

 Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

Virginia Department of Health

1. Virginia Department of Health Community Based Emergency Response Seminar

The Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Preparedness will be conducting the Community Based Emergency Response Seminar (CBERS) this spring throughout the state.  This year’s topic will be an overview of the CHEMPACK Program. This Seminar is designed to provide attendees an overview of the CHEMPACK Program, recognition of nerve agent exposures, and awareness of the state plan in which attendees will be encouraged to return to their agencies to assist in reviewing and editing their local plan(s), assist in further developing their local training and protocols/plans. Please take time to review and share the attached flyer with dates, locations and registration information with coworkers and partners.

The location in our region for this year’s CBERS is Augusta County Fire-Rescue, Preston L. Yancey Station, 2015 Jefferson HWY, Fishersville, VA 22939. There are two different dates and times for the training.
Click here for the CBERS 2019 Flyer.
*Continuing Education credits are awarded for the program.
To register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/o/virginia-department-of-health-18596986991 
For more information see http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-preparedness/cbers-2019/   .
Questions: Adreania Tolliver adreania.tolliver@vdh.virginia.gov

2. Virginia Department of Health Weekly Influenza Activity Report

To view the weekly report, click here. This link will be provided each week until we are no longer in flu season for the 2018-2019 reporting period. To view the map of the US for the influenza summary, click here.

 Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response


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Hospital Preparedness Program




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Federal Emergency Management Agency


Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Course Offerings

Individual Assistance Workshop
A two-day workshop will be held at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Manassas May 1st and 2nd. Please see the flyer for details.

1. Memorandum of Understanding
We are pleased to announce that the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition has begun receiving requests to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the coalition and non-hospital facilities. The MOU is designed for healthcare facilities that are not classified as an Acute Care or Critical Access hospital, and it is good for five (5) years before it will need to be renewed. If your your organizations resides with the Northwest Region and has not signed the MOU, you can contact either the Regional Coordinator or the Medically Vulnerable Populations Coordinator to find out more details.

We are expanding our outreach to healthcare agencies within the region as a way of offering assistance to you and your organization. We ask for everyone’s help to spread the word by talking with your colleagues about the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition. You can contact us by clicking the Contact Us tab on our website.

2. Dialysis During Disasters – Webinar

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM EST

The Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program would like to invite you to attend an informational webinar titled Dialysis During Disasters. Presentation objectives include:  

  • Provide a basic understanding of end stage renal disease (ESRD) and dialysis treatments
  • Provide an overview of the ESRD Network Program
  • Provide an overview of the KCER Program
  • Provide an overview of how KCER collaborates with ESRD Networks, patients, providers, and other renal stakeholders
  • Discuss key considerations for ESRD community planning, response, and recovery
  • Discuss ways to build partnerships within the ESRD community

This event is open to the public and is geared towards professionals in the fields of Emergency Management, Public Health (ESF-8), Healthcare Coalitions, and additional stakeholders responsible for disaster response and recovery.

Please click here to register for this event. Space is limited, reserve your spot immediately!

3. Staggering number of measles cases in US just part of the 300% global uptick

The measles outbreak that continues to spread across the U.S. is just one of many that are going on around the world this year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that preliminary global data shows that reported cases of measles are up by 300 percent in the first three months of 2019 as compared to the same time frame in 2018.

Countries with ongoing outbreaks include Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Myanmar, Philippines, and Ukraine among others.

“Many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises in cases,” the organization wrote in a news release Monday, adding that many of the outbreaks have caused deaths, “mostly among young children.”

The organization noted that a number of countries that have high overall vaccination coverage — including the United States, as well as Israel, Thailand and Tunisia — are experiencing spikes in cases as the disease is spreading among clusters of unvaccinated individuals.

That is certainly the case in the U.S., with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noting that the outbreaks in New York and New Jersey are attributed largely to cases among unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities.
To read the rest of the report, click here.

Source: Meghan Keneally of ABC News

4. Flu activity still high for this time of year, CDC says

Flu activity is decreasing nationwide, but remains “relatively high for this time of year,” the CDC said in a summary of its most recent FluView report.

Six things to know:

1. The percentage of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness decreased to 2.4 percent for the week ending April 13. However, this figure still sits above the national baseline of 2.2 percent.

2. One state experienced high influenza-like illness activity for the week ending April 13; five states reported moderate activity; 14 states and Puerto Rico experienced low activity; and 30 states experienced minimal activity.

3. The number of respiratory specimens testing positive for flu viruses also decreased. CDC confirmed 2,266 positive specimens for influenza A and 403 positive specimens for influenza B for the week ending April 13.

4. The overall flu-associated hospitalization rate increased from 59.9 per 100,000 people for the week ending April 6 to 62.3 per 100,000 people for the week ending April 13.

5. Five pediatric flu deaths were reported to the CDC for the week ending April 13, bringing the total count to 91 for the 2018-19 season.

6. Flu was still widespread in 11 states for the week ending April 13. Puerto Rico and 20 states reported regional flu activity; Washington, D.C., and 17 states reported local flu activity; and two states reported sporadic activity.

Source: Mackenzie Bean of Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control

5. 833 deaths linked to Congo’s Ebola outbreak: 4 updates

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s health ministry reported 17 new Ebola cases April 17, which brings the outbreak total to 1,290, reports CIDRAP News.

Four updates:

1. The new cases occurred in the cities of Katwa, Butembo and Mandima — all current hotspots of the outbreak, which started in August 2018.

2. Of the 1,290 Ebola infections, 1,224 are confirmed. Health officials also reported 833 confirmed and probable deaths linked to the outbreak.

3. Officials are still investigating an additional 251 suspected cases, and 379 people have been cured.

4. Four more health workers contracted the virus, bringing the total number of infected workers to 89. One Ebola case occurred in a physician in the city of Beni, with 534 known contacts potentially exposed to the virus.

Source: Mackenzie Bean of Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control