June 28 – July 4, 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.

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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.


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CDC Introduces COVID-19 Viral Testing Online Tool

Streamline the process of sorting through information about COVID-19 testing and next steps with CDC’s new COVID-19 Viral Testing Tool. This interactive, mobile-friendly online tool complements CDC testing guidance and helps healthcare providers make decisions and recommendations for their patients on—

  • Whether to order testing 
  • What kind of test to order
  • How to interpret the test result
  • What to do with conflicting test results
  • Whether confirmatory (follow-up) testing is necessary
  • How vaccination affects decisions for testing

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1. COVID-19 Resources for Health Professionals

As everyone involved working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want you to know that we recognize your concerns about protecting the safety of yourselves, your families, and others you care for. The FDA’s work is critical to ensuring the health and safety of the American public at any time, but is magnified during public health emergencies.

As we address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting the public’s health, using science to guide our decisions, and facilitating access to critical medical products continue to be top priorities for the FDA.

Stay up to date on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by visiting the Resources for Health Professionals page.

2. SARS-CoV-2: Host-pathogen interaction, vaccines & variants of concern
Professors Carroll and Hiscox’s studies reveal how the human body responds to severe SARS-CoV-2 infection which will help in future treatments of COVID-19 patients. They will also present results on the immunological response to infection and vaccination, in addition to the potential impact of new variants of the virus that are continuously evolving.

July 8, 2021; 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

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3. More stakeholder updates can be found by clicking the Read More button below.
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The InfoGram

  • Resources from USFA and IAFF on mitigating heat stress with firefighter rehabilitation
  • FICEMS releases Telemedicine Framework for EMS and 911
  • FEMA releases NIMS Incident Complexity Guide
  • ISAC National Webinar: Incident Response Tabletop – Working with law enforcement and insurers when responding to cyber incidents
  • More

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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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4. FEMA PER386 Whole Community Inclusive Economic Recovery Course (Multiple Dates)
An introduction to economic recovery planning using a method in which the entire community is empowered t owork collaboratively in preparation, mitigation, response, and in recovery from a disaster.

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1. FDA adds blood collection tubes to supply shortage list 

The FDA has added sodium citrate tubes, used to collect blood specimens, to its list of medical supplies and devices in shortage

The agency said June 10 the U.S. is experiencing “significant interruptions” in the supply of the tubes due to an increase in demand and vendor supply challenges. It is urging providers to use the tubes only when medically necessary and to try to find alternatives when possible. 

Meanwhile, AABB — a nonprofit representing transfusion medicine and biotherapies — America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross are urging people to donate blood now and throughout the summer as hospital need increases. 

“As the nation resumes some level of normalcy with progress in our battle against the pandemic, hospital need for blood is increasing. The majority of hospitals have resumed nonessential surgeries, and patients throughout the U.S. are resuming treatment options that include the use of blood and blood components that were postponed during the past year. These factors and more have led to a rise both in the number of patients who need blood — and an increased need for eligible individuals to donate,” the organizations wrote in a June 11 joint statement

Source: Maia Anderson of Becker’s Hospital Review

2. Virginia seeks funding for ‘overwhelmed’ mental health hospitals 

Virginia’s overfilled and understaffed state mental health hospitals are seeking federal funding support, The Washington Post reports.

The state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, which runs Virginia’s psychiatric hospitals, said the chronic problems have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alison Land, commissioner of the department, told lawmakers during a subcommittee meeting this month that state mental health hospitals are operating at 98 percent capacity, on average, according to the Post. She said a hospital in Falls Church had 135 patients and only 134 beds.

During her presentation to the panel studying mental health services, Ms. Land also addressed staffing.  

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Source: Kelly Gooch of Becker’s Hospital Review

3. Severe national blood shortage may lead to ‘suboptimal care’ 

Amid a severe national blood shortage, some physicians are reserving blood for the most critical patients, ABC News reported June 20. 

An influx in patients with traumatic injuries linked to violent crime, coupled with a backlog of rescheduled elective surgeries that were postponed during earlier stages of the COVID-19 pandemic have intensified the shortage. 

“From personal experience, as someone who has worked in the transfusion medicine field for many years, the current situation with the blood supply is the most concerning I have seen in my career,” Claudia Cohn, MD, PhD, chief medical officer of the American Association of Blood Banks, told ABC

Across hospitals with trauma centers, blood demand has risen 10 percent compared to 2019, according to Red Cross data cited by ABC News. In other facilities that offer transfusions, demand has jumped by more than five times.

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Source: Erica Carbajal of Becker’s Hospital Review

4. Many companies that made N95 masks during height of pandemic now facing financial collapse 

Many companies that shifted to producing N95 masks during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic are now facing financial collapse, shutting down production and laying off workers, NPR reported June 25. 

A combination of the widespread vaccination campaign and the return of cheaper, Chinese-made N95 masks has dramatically cut into mask sales, according to NPR

Some businesses that stepped up to make the masks when supply from China was cut off in early 2020 told NPR they feel abandoned by the U.S. government due to the lack of incentive for domestic manufacturing of personal protective equipment. Before the pandemic, less than 10 percent of the N95 masks used in the U.S. were made domestically, NPR reported.

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Source: Maia Anderson of Becker’s Hospital Review

5. Patient Safety Now 

Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare is offering a few online webinars related to emergency management and safety.

Are you seeing the Blips on your Risk RADAR?
The Agile Healthcare Organization: How Integrated Risk Management Improves Response in Times of Crisis
Rethinking Risk Management through High Reliability
Panel discussion: Risk Management Hot Spots

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6. June 2021 Preparedness Brief Digest 

  • NACCHO Updates and Feature Articles
  • Preparedness News, Tools and Resources
  • In the News
  • Upcoming Events and Opportunities

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