1. Regional Coalition Meeting
1. Regional Coalition Meeting
The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition will conduct a Pediatric Surge Annex Planning Workshop instead of its monthly meeting Thursday January 9, 2020 beginning at 8:00 am. The workshop is a way for all of the regional stakeholders to get together to discuss best practices, identify the mission/concept of operations, identify tasks to support the mission, and develop detailed plan components. This annex will be used to train the regional coalition membership on the response needs associated with a pediatric surge event. Additionally, the regional coalition will conduct a Table Top Exercise in June to test the annex as required by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).
2. Save the Dates
Upcoming training and conferences:
The Coalition is able to send to people to the 2020 NACCHO Preparedness Summit in Dallas. Please contact our Exercise and Training Coordinator Matt Cronin if you would like to attend the multi-day event. If you would like to attend, we must have your name and contact information before February 15, 2020 to allow us enough time to receive approval from VHHA and VDH. We are allowed to send and reimburse two coalition members for expenses incurred resulting from attending the summit. These members include healthcare organizational staff with responsibility of emergency management or are involved in emergency preparedness planning, fire, EMS, and local emergency management.
The Coalition is able to send to people to The Joint Commission Emergency Preparedness Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Please contact our Exercise and Training Coordinator Matt Cronin if you would like to attend the two-day event. If you would like to attend, we must have your name and contact information before March 21, 2020 to allow us enough time to receive approval from VHHA and VDH. We are allowed to send and reimburse two coalition members for expenses incurred resulting from attending the summit. These members include healthcare organizational staff with responsibility of emergency management or are involved in emergency preparedness planning, fire, EMS, and local emergency management.
3. Clinical Advisor
3. Clinical Advisor
The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition is seeking a part-time physician to serve as a clinical advisor. The job announcement can be found here. We ask healthcare organizational staff to please assist us by spreading the word about this open position. As part of our grant funding requirement, we must hire a physician before the next grant period begins.
4. Memorandum of Understanding
We are pleased to announce that the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition continues to receive 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 organization resides within the Northwest Region and you have 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.
Virginia Department of Health Weekly Influenza Activity Report
The Virginia Department of Health monitors the level of activity of influenza-like illness (ILI) each week from October through May. Those are the months when influenza (“flu”) is most likely to occur in Virginia, and that time period is referred to as the “flu season”.
The Virginia Department of Health uses a number of different data sources to determine the level of flu activity that is occurring each week during flu season. The main data sources that are used to make the weekly flu activity level determination are:
- laboratory reports
- outbreak reports, and
- data on visits to hospital emergency departments and urgent care centers for flu-like illness.
Flu Activity Levels:
Flu surveillance is not designed to count every person who has the disease. That would be nearly impossible because not all people with the disease are diagnosed by a physician and even fewer have their illness confirmed by a laboratory test.
Instead, VDH monitors changes in flu activity from week to week in each of the five health planning regions to look for increases compared to a baseline period. Activity is based on illness complaints that lead people to seek care in a hospital emergency department or urgent care center. Flu-like illness is defined as a fever along with a cough and/or a sore throat.
To view the weekly report, click here.
G775 EOC Operations and Management course is scheduled for January 22-24, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
L146: Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) course is scheduled for February 4-5, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
G0205 Recovery from Disaster: The Local Community Role course is scheduled for February 10-11, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
VEOC 100 WebEOC for Local Government course is scheduled for February 19, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Delivery Model course is scheduled for February 26-26, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
VEOC 100 WebEOC for Local Government course is scheduled for March 16, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
G191 EOC/ICS Interface course is scheduled for March 27, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
VEOC 100 WebEOC for Local Government course is scheduled for April 7, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
G202 Debris Management course is scheduled for April 21-23, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Workshop course is scheduled for May 20, 2020. Please see the flyer for additional details.
1. VDH: ‘No immediate threat’ for exposure to measles after recent warning
There is “no immediate threat” for exposure to the measles virus after a recent warning, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Health officials issued a warning Saturday for folks who may have come in contact with a person with measles this week in Henrico and Chesterfield counties. Officials said the person with the confirmed case of measles first visited Richmond International Airport on Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 9 to 11:45 p.m. Those dates and times are very important as officials say the virus is highly contagious during a two hour period.
Source: Gabrielle Harmon of WTVR
2. Rockbridge CERT team receives Walmart Foundation grant
The Rockbridge Area Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) announced December 26 [sic] it has received a $500 grant from the Walmart Foundation. CERT says it will use the grant to buy equipment and supplies for its Firefighter and Emergency Responder Support Program. According to the organization, volunteers will be able to provide a rest area, food and water for emergency responders during prolonged operations or when working in adverse conditions such as extreme heat or cold. CERT is a FEMA-sponsored volunteer program that is locally supported by Rockbridge County, along with Lexington and Buena Vista. CERT operated under the Rockbridge County Chief of Fire and Rescue. The purpose of CERT is to assist in emergency management and to educate people on disaster preparedness and basic response skills.
Source: Staff of WDBJ7
3. Kaiser Permanente’s disaster preparedness playbook
Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Region, based in Oakland, Calif., has executed its emergency response protocols twice after facing major wildfires over the last three years. Three leaders from the region recently wrote an article about their emergency response practices for Harvard Business Review. The article was written by Tom Hanenburg, COO; Shakiara Kitchen, regional emergency management – practice specialist; and Suzy Fitzgerald, MD, regional emergency management training director.
Four keys to their success:
- Create a centralized, regional command center with telecommunications and IT equipment to constantly surveil area hospitals’ operations during emergency.
- Open the command center before the threat becomes an emergency.
- Proactively assess patient capacity at unaffected hospitals and plan transportation resources.
- Do as much as possible ahead of a full patient evacuation.
Source: Emily Rappleye of Becker’s Hospital Review
4. 3 hospitals locked down over the weekend
Three unrelated lockdowns at hospitals in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia this weekend underscore the continued threat of violence in hospitals. Workplace violence is four times more likely to occur in healthcare settings than any other work environment, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Violence in hospitals has become so common that 80 percent of emergency medical workers reported experiencing physical violence at work, according to a review article published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
1. AdventHealth East Orlando (Fla.) went on lockdown in the early hours of Dec. 30 after a shooting in an attempted robbery at a nearby residence, according to local News 6. Two victims came to the hospital in an Acura that had been seen fleeing the crime scene. The gunman has not been identified, and the hospital remains on lockdown amid an investigation, according to the report.
2. Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, N.C., went on lockdown around 8 p.m. Dec. 29 after a person threatened to harm hospital staff, according to ABC 11. Emergency and ambulance operations continued as usual, and security was allowing visitors as of 7:40 a.m. Dec. 30, according to the report.
3. Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Va., was on lockdown Dec. 29 after a patient’s family member received a death threat by phone around 8 a.m., according to 13News Now, the local ABC News affiliate. The hospital called police and was able to update its status to “perimeter lockdown” by noon, which involved enhanced screening and security measures at hospital entrances. Sentara is reassessing the threat Dec. 30, according to the report.
Source: Emily Rappleye of Becker’s Hospital Review
5. Flu cases jump to 4.6M, deaths to 2,100
There have been at least 4.6 million influenza-related illnesses, 39,000 hospitalizations and 2,100 deaths in the 2019-20 flu season in the U.S., according to the CDC’s FluView report.
Six things to know:
1. The numbers have seen a major uptick since the Dec. 20 FluView report, which showed 3.7 million illnesses, 32,000 hospitalizations and 1,800 deaths.
2. The number of pediatric deaths due to the flu has increased from 19 to 22.
3. Flu-like illness is increasing around the country, with 25 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and New York City all experiencing high levels. Six states — Delaware, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio and Vermont — are experiencing minimal flu-like illness activity.
4. Thirty-nine states are reporting widespread flu activity, and nine are reporting regional flu activity.
5. Nationwide, 5.1 percent of patient visits to healthcare providers were due to influenza-like illness, which has been above the national baseline of 2.4 percent for seven straight weeks.
6. The overall hospitalization rate was 6.6 per 100,000 people. Last week, the hospitalization rate was 5.5 per 100,000 people.
Source: Anuja Vaidya of Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control