June 14 – 20, 2021




Regional Coalition Meeting
The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition will hold its monthly meeting Thursday July 8 beginning at 10:30 am. The agenda, the May meeting minutes, and the conference dial-in information will be sent to the routine attendees on the Tuesday prior to the meeting. The meeting will be held via our Ring Central conference call line.

Credit: Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

Credit: Virginia Department of Health

COVID-19 Pandemic

Information related to the pandemic can be found on our website under Current Events. We will continue to update information related to COVID-19 there.


Credit: Health & Human Services

Credit: Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response


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

         Credit: Hospital Preparedness Program




  Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 Vaccination Upon Discharge from Hospitals, Emergency Departments, and Urgent Care Facilities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently shared with immunization program mangers across the country the documentIncreasing Access to Vaccination Opportunities: COVID-19 Vaccination upon Discharge from Hospitals, Emergency Departments, and Urgent Care Facilities.” CDC is asking jurisdictions to distribute a portion of their existing COVID-19 vaccine allocation to hospitals, emergency departments (EDs), and urgent care facilities (UCs) to be used to vaccinate patients upon discharge.

EDs serve as the primary health care access point for up to a fifth of the U.S. population and UCs account for up to 29% of all primary care visits. These settings are therefore important access points for people who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19.

CDC is asking you to promote this effort as an important way to protect the communities you serve and to encourage them to participate in vaccinating patients against COVID-19 upon discharge if they are not already doing so. Please also help to spread the word that facilities interested in becoming a COVID-19 vaccine provider should reach out to their health department or visit How to Enroll as a COVID-19 Vaccination Provider for more information.

All available COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA are acceptable for use by sites. There is no special allocation channel for this program and jurisdictions will be using the inventory they are already receiving. Facilities will want to carefully consider the implementation of this activity based on the communities they serve and which COVID-19 vaccine product(s) they intend to use. Facilities that use a product that requires two doses should ensure that patients understand the importance of receiving the second dose and also help the patient arrange a future appointment within the timeframe suggested by the vaccine manufacturer.

For hospitals, ED, and UC facilities already administering COVID-19 vaccines at discharge, there is no need to change established processes, especially those working well.

Credit: U.S. Food & Drug Administration


Credit: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


         Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Credit: U.S. Fire Administration


1. FEMA Releases COVID-19 Healthcare Resource Roadmap (Version 2.0)

FEMA recently updated the COVID-19 Healthcare Resource Roadmap to assist state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) partners with the unprecedented challenges associated with healthcare support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specifically, in addition to the CARES Act, Version 2.0 includes resources that were identified in the Consolidated Appropriations Act and American Rescue Plan Act. Additionally, FEMA released the COVID-19 Healthcare Funding Decision Framework, which is intended to assist stakeholders who are navigating healthcare challenges attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the identification, sequencing, administration, and management of funding resources.

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2. The InfoGram

  • FEMA updates 25 Incident Management Team Job Title/Position Qualifications and Position Task Books
  • Department of Justice seizes $2.3 million in cryptocurrency paid to the ransomware extortionists Darkside

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Credit: Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Course Offerings

1. ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents (Multiple Dates)
This 21-hour course is designed for front-line personnel with supervisory responsibilities to serve in a command or general staff position. The curriculum includes instruction in general principles associated with incident command, along with various tabletop exercises that allow students to put this knowledge to practical use.
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2. ICS 400 Advanced ICS (Multiple Dates)
This training is a 15-hour course that provides training on the advanced resource management provisions of the Incident Command System (ICS). Course topics include explaining the special management challenges of major incidents such as unified command, multi-agency coordination systems, and emergency operations centers, as well as explaining how Multi-Agency Coordination Systems (MACS) are established and interface with emergency operations centers.

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3. G191 Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface (Multiple Dates)
This 8 hour course works best when delivered to Incident Command System and Emergency Operations Center personnel from the same community. The course provides an opportunity for participants to begin developing an ICS/EOC interface for their community. The course reviews ICS and EOC responsibilities and functions and depends heavily on exercises and group discussions to formulate the interface.

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1. OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard for Healthcare and Updated Guidance for All Industries

(important information for safety officers and infection control staff)

OSHA has issued an emergency temporary standard that requires employers to help protect healthcare workers in settings where suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients are treated. After the rules are published in the Federal Register, which are expected to be within days, healthcare organizations will have 14 days to be compliant with most of the provisions and within 30 days for the remaining provisions.

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Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

2. ‘We’re expendable’: Michigan nurses say PPE still stretched thin, staffing shortages affecting care

Many nurses at Michigan hospitals say some personal protective equipment is still in short supply and inadequate staffing is hindering best care practices, reports CW affiliate WWMT.

Nurses at more than half a dozen Michigan hospitals told WWMT that access to N95 masks is still very limited.

“We get one mask per day for COVID patients and then we get one mask per day for regular patient care,” said Jamie Brown, RN, critical care nurse at Kalamazoo-based Ascension Borgess Hospital and president of the Michigan Nurses Association.

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Source: Gabrielle Masson of Becker’s Hospital Review

3. Texas hospital returns to mask mandate for visitors

Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas, will reinstate its mask requirements, according to local station CBS7.
Earlier in June, the medical center eased many of its mask requirements. Under the relaxed policy, visitors weren’t required to wear masks, though the hospital said mask-wearing was encouraged and still required in certain situations.
Medical Center Hospital said that the decision to reimplement the mask policy for visitors was made at the request of CMS during an on-site visit.
All hospital visitors will be required to wear a mask at entry, and those who refuse will be prohibited entry. 

Source: Alia Paavola of Becker’s Hospital Review

4. Third of teens hospitalized for COVID-19 need ICU care; CDC chief urges youth to get vaccinated

A third of adolescents hospitalized with COVID-19 need intensive care, according to CDC data published June 4. 

The CDC examined data from the Coronavirus Disease 2019-Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network, analyzing COVID-19 hospitalizations among adolescents 12-17 years during Jan. 1, 2021, to March 31, 2021, along with hospitalization rates among adolescents from March 1, 2020 to April 24, 2021. 

Among 204 adolescents hospitalized for COVID-19 during Jan. 1 to March 31, 31.4 percent were admitted to an intensive care unit and 4.9 percent required invasive mechanical ventilation; there were no associated deaths. 

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Source: Gabrielle Masson of Becker’s Hospital Review

5. US likely to fall short of Biden’s July 4 vaccination goal, NYT projects

President Joe Biden is aiming to reach 70 percent of U.S. adults vaccinated with at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose by July 4, though a New York Times analysis projects that the nation will fall just short of that goal. 

If the current national rate of vaccination remains the same, about 68 percent of American adults are likely to be partly vaccinated by July 4, according to the Times.

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Source: Gabrielle Masson of Becker’s Hospital Review

6. Apple to launch new features that let users share health data directly with physicians (interesting article for healthcare and public health emergency managers)

Apple on June 7 announced a slew of new health features for its iPhone, Apple Watch and Health Records app, including the ability to share health information with loved ones or a provider. 

Apple’s iOS 15 software update, scheduled to come out this fall, will give users the ability to share their health data with people in their life, such as a family member or physician. Users also will have control over which data they share and with whom. 

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Source: Jackie Drees of Becker’s Health IT

7.University of Chicago Medicine and OptiFreight® Logistics: Advancing total healthcare logistics in a dynamic environment

Monday, June 28th, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CT

Health systems can and always will face changes in supply chain even with unprecedented events, like the pandemic. Challenges like supply shortages, increased diagnostic testing and now vaccine distribution have pushed supply chain professionals to find new ways to optimize resources and manage logistics. Join University of Chicago Medicine and OptiFreight® Logistics to discuss how tailored logistics solutions can help you strategically navigate all the changes happening in healthcare transportation.

Hear from our speakers on four focused areas:

  • Pandemic logistics support — discussing the changing transportation needs of health systems amid a global pandemic.
  • Total logistics management — addressing areas for savings and efficiencies beyond just inbound transportation management.
  • Customized solutions — providing personalized delivery services and holistic solutions tailored to customer needs.
  • Importance of data and analytics — using data to increase savings, benchmark against peers, and find opportunity areas.

Brad Wilson
National Vice President, Sales and Service, OptiFreight® Logistics, Cardinal Health

Osvaldo Torres
Director, Strategic Sourcing – Supply Chain, University of Chicago Medicine

Source: Becker’s Hospital Review