June 21 – 27, 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

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The Express

This issue of The Express highlights the following new resources:

  • Innovations in COVID-19 Patient Surge Management
  • Infectious Disease TTX Toolkit (Step-by-Step Implementation Guide)
  • The Role of Respiratory Therapists during COVID-19
  • Be a COVID-19 Vaccine Champion: Webinar Q and A
  • The Experience of Chaplains during COVID-19

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         Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Credit: U.S. Fire Administration


1. FEMA COVID-19 Update

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2. The InfoGram

  • Prepare your community for a safe summer with these free outreach materials
  • OSHA issues COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard, applicable to emergency responders providing health care service
  • DHS S&T successfully evaluates wildfire sensors with California emergency responders
  • CISA releases advisory on ZOLL defibrillator dashboard
  • More

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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. ASTHO Public Health Weekly

  • COVID-19 has taught us difficult lessons about our nation’s preparedness and resilience. Now, a new question looms large: how will we handle the next pandemic? The National Homeland Security Consortium has released a robust after-action report, featuring over 90 recommendations for improving our pandemic readiness.

  • “We’ve made good contact with the ball, but we still need to round the bases.” Yesterday, ASTHO hosted a deskside briefing with state health officials on the ongoing push to get Americans vaccinated. Listen to the recording and read coverage from the call in The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Best Life, and AP.

  • Vaccine passports are a divisive issue, but the reality is that many businesses will require patrons to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. On this bonus episode of Public Health Review, a global affairs expert discusses how organizations can create sophisticated vaccine credentials that protect your personal information.

  • More

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2. Philips issues recall notification* to mitigate potential health risks related to the sound abatement foam component in certain sleep and respiratory care devices

Following the company update on April 26, 2021, Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) today provides an update on the recall notification* for specific Philips Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), and mechanical ventilator devices to address identified potential health risks related to the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam component in these devices. The majority of the affected devices within the advised 5-year service life are in the first-generation DreamStation product family.

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Source: Alia Paavola of Becker’s Hospital CFO Report

3. HHS gives hospitals more time to use COVID-19 relief funds

Through the passing of several bills, Congress allocated about $187 billion in relief funding to hospitals and health systems to help offset pandemic-related losses. Hospitals and providers had until June 30 to use the federal aid received or return it. 

Under the extension plan, hospitals that received an aggregate of $10,000 after June 30, 2020, during one of the distribution periods will have more time to use the funding.

The deadlines to use the funding will be staggered based on the date the funds were received, according to HHS. For example, hospitals that received funds from July 1 to Dec. 31 last year will have until Dec. 31 of this year. Those that received funds between Jan. 1 and June 30 of this year will have until June 30, 2022. Providers that will receive funds between July 1 and Dec. 31 of this year will have until Dec. 31, 2022.

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Source: Alia Paavola of Becker’s Hospital CFO Report

4. Rare cases of heart inflammation in young vaccine recipients prompts emergency CDC meeting

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will hold an emergency meeting June 18 to discuss a potential link between heart inflammation and mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. 

During a June 10 presentation to the FDA’s advisory panel, the CDC committee said it has received 275 reported cases of myocarditis, heart muscle inflammation, or pericarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle lining, in people ages 16-24 after their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccine, CNBC reports. The number of cases is higher than the 10 to 102 cases of the conditions scientists anticipated in that age group.

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Source: Erica Carbajal of Becker’s Hospital Review

5. How hospitals are deciding to unmask patients and staff: 6 execs from Atrium, Oschsner & more 

As businesses lift mask mandates for fully vaccinated consumers, the healthcare industry has been untouched. As COVID-19 infection rates drop and vaccinations plateau, hospital leaders are determining what their mask mandates’ next move is.

Six hospital executives reveal to Becker’s how they are strategizing when to remove masks for patients and staff. 

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Source: Hannah Mitchell of Becker’s Hospital Review

6. US COVID-19 cases no longer declining; Delta variant’s rapid spread – 4 things to know 

Reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are no longer dropping and began to plateau around June 8, according to CDC data.  

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Source: Gabrielle Masson of Becker’s Hospital Review

7. CDC: Drop in pediatric vaccinations amid pandemic may pose ‘serious public health threat’ 

Many children are still behind on routine vaccinations after vaccination levels dropped dramatically during the early months of the pandemic, according to CDC data published June 10. The vaccination drop may raise the risk of other outbreaks that could derail school reopenings, the CDC said.

CDC researchers analyzed data from 10 jurisdictions between March and May 2020 and found that shots for children and teens were substantially lower for routine vaccinations — including DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis), measles and HPV — across all age groups, compared to the same three-month period in 2018 and 2019.

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Source: Gabrielle Masson of Becker’s Hospital Review

8. CDC: NIH study: SARS-CoV-2 arrived in U.S. earlier than reported. 

A National Institutes of Health-led review of more than 24,000 stored blood samples suggests that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was present in the U.S. as far back as December 2019. The samples were collected between January and mid-March 2020 and contributed by participants in NIH’s All of Us research program in all 50 states. Two separate serology tests revealed SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in a small number of patients from samples collected as early as Jan. 7 from patients in Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which suggests that the virus was present in the U.S. in late December. The study authors note that it is unknown whether participants who provided positive samples became infected through their travels or while in their own communities.

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Source: AHA Today

9. 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