July 26 – August 1, 2021

Regional Coalition Meeting
The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition will hold its monthly meeting Thursday August 12 beginning at 10:30 am. The agenda, the July meeting minutes, and the conference dial-in information will be re-sent, if needed, 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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COVID-19 Pandemic – Public Health Emergency Extension
As a result of the continued consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, on this date and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, I, Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, pursuant to the authority vested in me under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, do hereby renew, effective July 20, 2021, the January 31, 2020, determination by former Secretary Alex M. Azar II, that he previously renewed on April 21, 2020, July 23, 2020, October 2, 2020, and January 7, 2021, and that I renewed on April 15, 2021, that a public health emergency exists and has existed since January 27, 2020, nationwide.
Source: PublicHealthEmergency.gov

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Credit: U.S. Food & Drug Administration

FDA COVID-19 Vaccine News and Updates
To read about news and updates from the FDA on the COVID-19 vaccines, click here.

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1. Virtual Whole-of-Government R&D Showcase

In the face of emergent threats, securing the homeland requires a whole-of-government approach to solving problems. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is convening experts across U.S. Government research organizations and states and localities to showcase how investments in research, science, and innovation are saving lives and moving the country forward.


JUNE 21 – Series 1: Enhancing Public Health Security and Resilience

JULY 12 – Series 2: Building Resilience and Innovation Equity

JULY 26 – Series 3: Mitigating Evolving Threats and Understanding the Convergence of Breakthrough Technologies

AUGUST 9 – Series 4: Building Whole-of-Government R&D Partnerships

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2. The InfoGram

  • Call for participants in study measuring impact of COVID-19 on first responder organizations
  • NIST launches full technical investigation into Champlain Towers South collapse in Surside, Fla.
  • Updates to AirNow Fire and Smoke Map equip the public with air quality monitoring as wildfire smoke blankets the US
  • Webinar: Community Awareness Briefing on violent extremist recruitment tactics
  • Cyber Threats

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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. G205 Recovery from Disaster
Fairfax County is hosting the G0205: Recovery from Disaster Course has been scheduled and is available in the COVLC. This course provides an introduction to disaster recovery principles and includes current recovery practices and policies as outlined in the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). Case studies and activities are included in the course to support participant learning. Access to and use of a variety of resources for recovery planning are taught in the course, including a FEMA online Community Recovery Management Toolkit (CRMT) and a Resource Library associated with the Recovery Pre-Disaster Planning Guide for Local Governments (RPPG-L) that contains links to model plans, templates, tools, lessons learned, best practices, and a range of supplemental reference materials and related pre-disaster planning and disaster recovery resources. Prerequisites: ICS 100 is a suggested prerequisite. IS-2900: National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Overview is strongly recommended, but not required.

Dates: October 6-7, 2021
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: VDEM-Room 2115, VDEM-McConnell PSTOCB (MPSTOC)

5. K0419 Shelter Field Guide Training for State and Local Communities – Virtual (Multiple Dates)
An introduction to economic recovery planning using a method in which the entire community is empowered to work collaboratively in preparation, mitigation, response, and in recovery from a disaster.
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6. V450: ICS Train-the-Trainer (ICS100-400)
This train-the-trainer course is specifically for persons interested in teaching VDEM ICS sponsored courses for their agency or organization. Participants will learn valuable tips on how to teach each of the ICS courses from experienced instructors. Participants will review the content of each ICS course and develop teaching and facilitation strategies to support the delivery of ICS courses within their agency or organization. Upon successful completion of this course, individuals will be authorized to teach the Introduction, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Incident Command System courses (ICS 100 – 400), as well as the ICS for Senior Executives/Elected Officials course (ICS-402). Participants completing V450 must be available as an ICS Sponsored Instructor for at least 12 months after completing this class.

Dates: September 2-3,2021 or November 9-10, 2021
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Location: VDEM Headquarters – Moorefield, 9711 Farrar Ct, North Chesterfield, VA 23236
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1. Hospitals, health systems mandating vaccines for workers

The number of hospitals and health systems requiring COVID-19 vaccination for employees is growing. Click the link below to find out which hospitals and health systems have mandated COVID-19 vaccination.
Source: Kelly Gooch and Hannah Mitchell of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

2. Kids under 12 could be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in winter, FDA official says

The FDA could grant emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccines’ use in children under 12 this winter, an agency official told NBC News July 15.
In March, Pfizer and Moderna launched trials testing their COVID-19 vaccines in children between 6 months and 12 years old. The trials are expected to produce results this fall, after which the FDA will review the data.
Pfizer hopes to apply for FDA approval for its vaccine’s use in children between ages 5 and 11 in September. The drugmaker said trial results for children between ages 2 and 5 could be available in October or November.
The FDA is asking for four to six months of safety follow-up data for COVID-19 vaccine trials involving children under 12, compared to the two months of follow-up data it required for COVID-19 vaccine trials involving adults.

3. CDC director: Pandemic reaching ‘another pivotal point’

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said the COVID-19 pandemic is at “another pivotal point” in the U.S. as hospitals in areas with low vaccination rates deal with fewer beds and more COVID-19 patients.

Dr. Walensky made the comments during a July 22 briefing from the White House’s COVID-19 response team, according to The New York Times. While new cases, hospitalizations and deaths remain at a fraction of what they were at the pandemic’s peaks, officials fear health systems in areas with low vaccination rates will be overwhelmed.

Rising cases also have renewed discussions around mask guidances. President Joe Biden said during a July 21 CNN town hall that the CDC will “probably” recommend children under age 12 who aren’t yet eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine to wear masks in school this fall. Under current CDC guidance, teachers and students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 don’t need to wear masks at schools.

On masks, Dr. Walensky said during the briefing that the CDC’s current guidance will remain in place, and “if you are vaccinated you get exceptional protection from the vaccines, but you have the opportunity to make the personal choice to add extra layers of protection.”
Source: Morgan Haefner of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

4. What Hospitals Should Look for in a New PPE Supplier

There’s no question that the COVID-19[sic] pandemic forced us all to take a hard look at our supply chain strategies. While demand for critical PPE surged, supply dwindled and the global supply chain crumbled. We’ve learned it’s essential for organizations to take proactive steps to diversify their supply chain and mitigate the risk of potential disruptions.
Now, it’s essential for organizations to take protective steps to diversify their PPE supply chain and mitigate the risk of potential disruptions in the future.
In this white paper, you will learn:

  • How the pandemic exposed PPE supply chain issues
  • The importance of diversifying suppliers to increase resiliency
  • Key considerations in selecting a PPE supplier

Although this whitepaper it titled with the word hospitals, it is applicable to all healthcare organizations that uses and orders PPE.


5. Respiratory viruses on rise amid pandemic, per CDC

Clinicians should be aware of increasing respiratory virus circulation and consider multipathogen testing, according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published July 23.

Nonpharmaceutical interventions — such as decreased travel, mask use and physical distancing — used to mitigate COVID-19 spread have reduced transmission of common respiratory viruses, with flu viruses and human metapneumovirus hitting historic lows through May 2021.

However, respiratory syncytial virus activity in the U.S. increased in April 2021, while common human coronaviruses, respiratory adenoviruses and parainfluenza viruses have been increasing since January or February 2021. Rhinoviruses and enteroviruses also began to increase in June 2020.

“Among each group of viruses, changes in the circulation of specific species and types warrant further assessment,” the report said.

Reduced circulation of flu viruses may affect the severity of the upcoming flu season given the prolonged lack of ongoing natural exposure to flu viruses. Lower levels of immunity, especially among younger children, could prompt more widespread disease and a potentially more severe epidemic, reports the CDC.
Source: Gabrielle Masson of BECKER’S Clinical Leadership & Infection Control

6. Strategic National Stockpile now far better equipped, US official says

The Strategic National Stockpile is in much better shape than it was at the beginning of the pandemic, Dawn O’Connell, HHS secretary for preparedness and response, told a U.S. Senate panel July 20, The Washington Post reported. 

Ms. O’Connell said the stockpile now contains 35 times as many N95 masks and eight times as many other types of masks as it did when the pandemic began. It also has 17 times as many protective gloves. 

She said all of the N95s in the stockpile were made in the U.S., the Post reported. 

Thanks to the money allotted to replenishing the stockpile included in coronavirus relief packages, “we’re beginning to see some progress,” Ms. O’Connell told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, according to the Post

But Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the Senate committee’s ranking Repubican, warned that it will be hard to prevent the stockpile from being depleted again because lawmakers may be reluctant to keep providing money to manufacture supplies.
Source: Maia Anderson of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW