February 17 – 23, 2020




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.

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2. Save the Dates

Upcoming training and conferences:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 2020 Virginia Public Health & Healthcare Preparedness Academy Details:

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.

Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Credit:

Virginia Department of Health

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.


Health & Human Services

 Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response


Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Technical Resource,                                                                                                           Assistance Center, and Information Exchange

Hospital Preparedness Program




1. 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.

Cybersecurity Edition Week of February 14, 2020

  • OpenSMTPD Vulnerability
  • Detecting Citrix CVE-2019-19781
  • Fixes for 99 CVEs
  • White paper on Phishing Campaigns Related to the Coronavirus
  • North Korean Malicious Cyber Activity
  • FBI Releases the Internet Crime Complaint Center 2019 Internet Crime Report
  • Key Takeaways from the ONC 2020 Annual Meeting
  • NIST Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management Products
  • HC3 Briefing: Botnet Threats to the Healthcare Industry
  • HC3 Briefing Slides on Ryuk Ransomware
  • Adobe Releases Security Updates for Multiple Products
  • Cisco Releases Security Updates for Multiple Products
  • Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome

2. The Healthcare and Public Health Sector 2019 Novel Coronavirus Incident Response (Update #2) 

Government and private sector partners continue to monitor for impacts as a result of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) outbreak. The CDC homepage on 2019-nCoV is the best source of information and is being regularly updated. 

  • Supply Chain
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Businesses
  • Travel


Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention




Continuing updates about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be found here.

Credit: U.S. Food & Drug


Credit: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


         U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Federal Emergency Management Agency


Virginia Department of Emergency Management


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

FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Delivery Model course is scheduled for February 25-26, 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 28-29, 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. Child abducted from Louisiana hospital at gunpoint found safe

A 12-year-old girl was found unharmed after her grandmother allegedly abducted her from Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans at gunpoint, according to CNNEvelyn Miller allegedly abducted her granddaughter from the hospital on Feb. 14. Her granddaughter was with her when she was arrested at a hotel in Bogalusa, La., on Feb. 15. Ms. Miller faces assault and kidnapping charges. During the alleged kidnapping, police say Ms. Miller pushed a nurse to the ground, hit a security guard with her car and pointed a gun at hospital staff. No one was injured during the incident, according to ABC13It is unclear what Ms. Miller’s motivations were in taking her granddaughter from the hospital.

Source: Ayla Ellison of Becker’s Hospital Review

2. CDC Focus on Protecting Staff and Supplies as Coronavirus Concerns Grow

The threat of the 2019 novel coronavirus spreading rapidly in the United States remains low for now, but concerns in the public may be contributing to a growing shortage of personal protective equipment and other supplies. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations (HCO) should keep a close watch on their N95 respirators, which could be walking out the door with staff or others concerned about contracting the highly contagious but—so far—slow spreading virus in the United States. And those surgical masks that physician offices, urgent care centers, hospitals, and other HCOs offer patients and visitors at entrances also seem to be disappearing faster than usual, said Skip Skivington, a vice president with Kaiser Permanente Health System, during a webinar sponsored Tuesday by the CDC for hospitals and others who need to stay ahead of what has become a deadly disease in China.


Source: A.J. Plunkett of HCPro

3. The invisible threat to medical device safety — How to protect equipment and patients in the “wireless” era

With more wireless devices being used in healthcare facilities and the proximity in which these devices are operating near medical equipment, it’s imperative to consider how to best protect your patients from electromagnetic radiation. Additionally, U.S. smartphone penetration has hit 77 percent, meaning patients and their families are entering facilities with devices that contribute to the saturation of electromagnetic radiation. This proliferation of wireless technology increases the likelihood of a crucial medical device being exposed to electromagnetic interference. Every year the FDA receives hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of reports of malfunctioning medical devices involving electromagnetic radiation. The majority of these involve active implanted devices such as defibrillators, pacemakers, neurostimulators and infusion pumps, which can cause irreparable damage to patients’ health. 

Source: Becker’s Hospital Review