1. Regional Coalition Meeting
1. Regional Coalition Meeting
The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition will conduct a Supply Chain Management Table Top Exercise Wednesday February 26, 2020 beginning at 8:00 am until 12:00 pm instead of its monthly meeting. The Table Top Exercise will discuss supply chain interruption and actions based on the Emergency Operations Plan for your facility. Please register for the exercise because it will allow us to capture the number of attendees. For more information, click the link below. The exercise will be conducted at Augusta Community Care (on the Augusta Health Campus), 64 Sports Medicine Drive, Fishersville, VA, 22939. We will follow the exercise with an After Action Review (AAR) Thursday March 26, 2020. For more information, please contact Matt Cronin, regional Exercise and Training Coordinator.
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.
- 2020 Community-Based Emergency Response Series (CBERS) at Blue Ridge Community College – Plecker Building, Weyers Cave April 15. For more information and to register, please click here for the flyer. Target Audience: Any disaster or emergency responder, Disaster Shelter Workers, EOC Staff, EMS/Fire/Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, Emergency Dispatch, Emergency Department Staff, Health Department and OCME Staff, anyone who responds to emergencies or disasters as part of their job
- 2020 Virginia Public Health & Healthcare Preparedness Academy Details:
- Dates: Monday, March 23rd and Tuesday, March 24th
- Location: Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center in Harrisonburg, VA
- Theme: Building Resiliency for Tomorrow’s Threats
- Website: http://virginiapreparednessacademy.org/
- Lodging Reservations:
- A block of rooms have been reserved at the Hotel Madison at the per diem rate of $96 and can be booked by using the direct link: https://res.windsurfercrs.com/ibe/details.aspx?propertyid=15115&nights=1&checkin=03/22/2020&group=VPHHPA20 To receive per diem rate, you must reserve your room by April 21st.
- To book online using the hotel’s website, go to https://www.hotelmadison.com/. Click Reserve Now to select your dates of stay and click the words Select An Option. Select Group Code, enter the code VPHHPA20, and then click Reserve Now again. You will be taken to a screen where you can select your room type and enter payment details.
- You may also call and make reservations by dialing 540-564-0200. Ask for the Virginia Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy and the dates you will be staying at the hotel.
3. 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.
1. Virginia Department of Health News Releases Related to the Novel Coronavirus (2019-NCOV) Outbreak
Continuing updates from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) can be found here.
The Virginia Healthcare Emergency Management Program under the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) has gathered guidance and FAQs and posted them on their website for easier viewing and rapid reference. The links on the website are from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS). Please continue to check their website for updates on this developing situation. The regional coalition will also post this information under the Current Events tab on our website.
2. 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”.
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.
The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Highlights
The HPH Sector Highlights – Preparedness, Resilience, and Response Edition is a weekly email produced by the HHS ASPR Division of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) on behalf of the HPH Sector Partnership. It provides updates on healthcare and public health critical infrastructure resources, tools and events related to preparedness, resilience, and response.
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus Stakeholder Listening Session
- ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) National Network Learning Session: Earthquake Preparedness For Everyone, With Everyone
- Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Guidelines for Active Bystanders
- WHO Antibacterial Agents in Preclinical Development an Open Access Database
- Demystifying Medicine – Ebola: Then, Now and the NIH
- Now Available: National Academies “Safeguarding the Bioeconomy Report”
- New Resources Available from ASPR TRACIE
1. MMWR Updates: Initial Public Health Response and Interim Clinical Guidance for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak; and Persons Evaluated for 2019 Novel Coronavirus — United States, January 2020
Dear COCA Partners and Subscribers, we would like to notify you of two recently released Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWRs) about novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
The first report, Initial Public Health Response and Interim Clinical Guidance for the 2019 Novel Coronavius Outbreak – United States, December 31, 2019-February 4, 2020 (MMWR Weekly/February 7, 2020. On February 5, 2020, this report was posted online as an MMWR Early Release.), describes 9 of the first 11 U.S. 2019-nCoV patients who were exposed in Wuhan, China. CDC expects more U.S. cases and is collaborating with multiple other federal agencies, state and local health departments, and other partners to implement aggressive measures to substantially slow U.S. transmission of 2019-nCoV, including identifying U.S. cases and contacts and managing travelers arriving from mainland China to the United States. Interim guidance is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html and will be updated as more information becomes available.
The second report, Persons Evaluated for 2019 Novel Coronavirus — United States, January 2020, takes an in-depth look at how CDC responded to clinical inquiries regarding approximately 650 persons in the United States and tested 210 for 2019-nCoV, one fifth of whom reported no recent travel-related risk but had close contact with a 2019-nCoV patient or a person under investigation for 2019-nCoV in the United States. (MMWR Early Release/February 7, 2020/69)
2. Shipping of CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus Diagnostic Test Kits Begins
A CDC-developed laboratory test kit to detect 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) began shipping on February 6, 2020, to select qualified U.S. and international laboratories. Distribution of the tests will help improve the global capacity to detect and respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus. The test kit, called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panel (CDC 2019-nCoV Real Time RT-PCR), is designed for use with an existing RT-PCR testing instrument that is commonly used to test for seasonal influenza.
3. Continuing updates about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be found here.
1. VIRGINIA SCHEDULES ANNUAL STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL FOR MARCH 17
The National weather Service and The Virginia Department of Emergency Management have scheduled the 2020 Virginia’s Statewide Tornado Drill for Tuesday, March 17 at 9:45 a.m. If widespread severe weather threatens the Commonwealth on that date, the drill will be rescheduled for Wednesday, March 18, at 9:45 a.m. The annual Statewide Tornado Drill is an opportunity to prepare Virginians for tornado threats and to test public warning systems. The drill will start at approximately 9:45 a.m. with a test tornado warning sent in the form of a required monthly test by the National Weather Service to National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radios and local broadcasters.
2. Course Offerings
VEOC 100 WebEOC for Local Government course is scheduled for February 19, 2020.
ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents course is scheduled for February 21-23, 2020.
FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Delivery Model course is scheduled for February 26-26, 2020.
L0101 EMPP Foundations of Emergency Management course is scheduled for March 2-6, 2020.
VEOC 100 WebEOC for Local Government course is scheduled for March 16, 2020.
G191 EOC/ICS Interface course is scheduled for March 27, 2020.
ICS 400 Advanced Incident Command System course is scheduled for March 28-28, 2020.
VEOC 100 WebEOC for Local Government course is scheduled for April 7, 2020.
G202 Debris Management course is scheduled for April 21-23, 2020.
FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Workshop course is scheduled for May 20, 2020.
ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents course is scheduled for June 2-4, 2020.
1. Coronavirus case confirmed in San Diego as global death toll tops 1,000
The death toll from the coronavirus topped 1,000 on Monday, as more than 42,000 cases were confirmed across the globe. More people have now died from the flu-like virus than were killed during the SARS virus outbreak in 2003. In the U.S., an official from the CDC told CBS News that a person in San Diego had been diagnosed with the coronavirus, bringing the number of cases in the country to 13. The official said that the patient had been evacuated from Wuhan, China, on a State Department-chartered flight last week.
Source: CBS News
2. Cardinal surgical gown recall cost $96M
Cardinal Health’s recall of millions of surgical gowns cost the company $96 million, CEO Mike Kaufmann told analysts during the company’s second-quarter earnings call Feb. 6, according to a transcript from investing advice company The Motley Fool. Cardinal recalled 9.1 million surgical gowns Jan. 22, then recalled 2.5 million surgical kits containing the gowns Jan. 31. The gowns were produced by two manufacturers that weren’t registered with the FDA or qualified by Cardinal Health to make surgical gowns, so Cardinal couldn’t ensure that the gowns were sterile. Because of the recall, Cardinal reported a $96 million charge on its second-quarter GAAP results, the company’s best estimate on how much the recall will cost it. Of that, $56 million is for the cost of products sold and $40 million is in nonproduction-related costs. Mr. Kaufmann said the company isn’t sure if the recall will have any impact on the company during the second half of the fiscal year. He also offered an apology to all people affected by the recall.
Source: Maia Anderson of Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control