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.
- The Coalition is hosting a Supply Chain Table Top Exercise February 26, 2020 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Augusta Community Care Building at Augusta Health. The purpose of the exercise is to assist healthcare organizations identify potential supply chain limitations, evaluate the organizational Emergency Operations Plan, address short-term and long-term supply shortages, evaluate the organizational Continuity of Operations Plan, and evaluate methods to communicate supply chain interruption needs. We will also host an After Action Review Webinar on March 26th. For more information and to register, please click here for the flyer.
- 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. 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.
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”.
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.
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.
- 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
2. Novel Coronavirus
3. The Express
Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was initially detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019.
This CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Update provides a situational update and interim guidance to state and local health departments that supersedes guidance in CDC’s HAN 426 distributed on January 17, 2020. It also adds
- guidance for clinicians caring for patients with 2019-nCoV (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-guidance-management-patients.html),
- and for public health officials on the evaluation and testing of patients under investigation (PUIs) for 2019-nCoV (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html), and
- updated infection prevention and control guidance specific to 2019-nCoV (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/infection-control.html).
G0205: Recovery from Disaster: The Local Community Role course is scheduled for February 10-11, 2020
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 fears depleting medical mask supplies
Supplies of medical masks are dwindling at drugstores and online retail platforms as people across the globe race to buy them amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to Bloomberg. On Amazon and Alibaba, many retailers that have antivirus masks already have run out of stock. In China, Hong Kong and Singapore, people spent hours waiting in line at pharmacies hoping to secure a mask. And people cross the U.S. reported they have been unable to find medical masks at drugstores or other outlets. Shira Doron, MD, an epidemiologist with Boston-based Tufts Medical Center, told local news station WCVB that people are taking masks meant for patients in the hospital, cutting into supplies. “We are worried about the mask shortage,” Dr. Doron told WCVB. Mike Roman, the CEO of 3M, which makes the popular N95 variation of the mask, told CNBC it is increasing production of the respiratory protection products to meet demand. “We are ramping to full production. We’re going 24/7,” Mr. Roman said. He added that the company is increasing production of the masks across the globe.
Source: Alia Paavola of Becker’s hospital Review
2.WHO Declares a Public Health Emergency of Internal Concern
Following the advice of the Emergency Committee on January 30, 2020, WHO Director-General has declared the outbreak of novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
Source: World Health Organization
3. Use Past Experience With MERS, Ebola to Prep for Latest Coronavirus
Dig out your plan for screening for MERS-CoV, Ebola, measles, or any other infectious disease and update it with the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the newly identified 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that originated in China. Patients with fever and acute respiratory illness should be asked for a detailed travel history and anyone under investigation should also be provided a mask, be isolated and hospital personnel should observe standard, contact, and airborne precautions and use eye protection such as goggles or a face shield, says the CDC. Healthcare providers also should be prepared to report the case to the CDC using a patient under investigation (PUI) form, says the CDC. The new virus has been compared to MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. The CDC says the process for evaluation and the PUI form to report suspected cases remains unchanged from the ones used with MERS-CoV, which was the virus of concern in 2015.
Source: A. J. Plunkett of PSQH Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
4. Cardinal Health recalls 2.5 million packs with surgical gowns that may not be sterile
Cardinal Health is recalling 2.5 million of its Presource Procedure Packs with surgical gowns that may not be sterile. The company recalled 9.1 million Level 3 surgical gowns last week that were produced by a contract manufacturer in locations not qualified by Cardinal Health to manufacture surgical gowns and where the environments were not controlled. Cardinal said it could not guarantee the sterility of the gowns and decided to recall them. The company is now recalling the procedure packs containing the gowns. There are components in the packs that are not separated from the affected gown by inner, sealed packaging. The procedure packs were placed on hold earlier this month. On Feb. 3, Cardinal Health will send customers detailed instructions for handling the affected procedure packs. The company also is initiating a voluntary correction of 374,794 procedure packs, which had components separated from the gowns by inner, sealed packaging. The components that are separated by the packaging can be used, but any other components and the gown must be discarded. “We understand the gravity of this situation and the disruptions to the healthcare system that will impact patient care,” said Mike Kaufmann, CEO of Cardinal Health. “We are fully committed to making this right, and we are doing everything we can to ensure it never happens again.”
Source: Anuja Vaidya of Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control
5. What sold-out coronavirus face masks teach about price-gouging
Since the coronavirus outbreak began, sales of medical face masks have spiked, especially since the government confirmed the first human-to-human transmission of the virus. Specifically, people are buying the N95 air filtration mask, the one recommended by the CDC for blocking most airborne viruses, Stephen Carter wrote in an opinion piece for Bloomberg. CVS, Staples and even Amazon are all sold out of the N95 mask, and experts haven’t even confirmed that the mask would stop transmission of the virus, Mr. Carter said. He argued in the piece that the spike in face mask sales in response to the coronavirus outbreak offers a lesson in price-gouging, saying if you don’t allow the price to rise for a product in demand, the quantity of that product will also fall. As an example, Mr. Carter said if sellers of the face masks were punished for raising prices on the masks during a period of increased demand, that would disincentivize other companies from selling the masks. That leads to a decreased supply, causing shortages like the one currently seen thanks to the coronavirus scare. Mr. Carter also said it is important for people to have equal access to supplies needed during an unexpected emergency, which may not be possible if prices are raised too high.
Source: Maia Anderson of Becker’s Hospital Review