August 2 – 8, 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.

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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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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

  • Fire and EMS health and wellness resources from the National Volunteer Fire Council
  • Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association discusses response to Champlain Tower collapse
  • FBI releases annual report, Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2020
  • Webinar: Crisis stabilization & scene management: A roadmap to de-escalation, field dynamics and decision making using the R.O.A.R. model
  • CISA Alert (AA21-209A): Top Routinely Exploited Vulnerabilities
  • MDBR stops ransomware, phishing, malware, and more
  • and more

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3. U.S. Fire Administration Digest: July 29, 2021

  • AirNow Fire and Smoke Map helps communities monitor air quality
  • National Fire Academy vacancy opportunities
  • New toolkit helps fire departments prepare for pipeline incidents
  • Home fire deaths
  • Recent firefighter fatalities report to USFA
  • Focus on fire safety

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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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7. FEMA PER 386: Whole Community Inclusive Economic Recovery

FEMA PER 386, is an introduction to economic recovery planning using a whole community approach, in which the entire community works together in planning for economic recovery. 
This free virtual 4.5 hour course is designed to increase awareness of how inclusive collaborations with diverse populations can enhance community resilience and safety; and will introduce overarching tools, strategies, and opportunities to engage in the economic recovery (pre)-planning process through practical application.
Target Audience: Individuals or groups who may have a role in pre/post-disaster economic recovery planning, ie.. economic development districts, business and civic leaders, partner stakeholders, industry associations, large and small private sector representatives, local or regional jurisdictional representatives and community organizations. 
Length of Course: 4.5 participant hours with an additional 30 minutes after for Post-test and Evaluation.
Accommodations: Requested accommodations can be provided to ensure full participation in the course. Requests can be made during the registration process.
Date: September 28 morning session for Region 2 (9am EST start).
Class ID for Registration: 15444402 
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1. COVID-19 surge will peak in mid-October, new model predicts

The nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases will accelerate through the summer and autumn before peaking in mid-October, according to projections shared July 21 by the COVID-19 Scenario Modeling Hub, a consortium of researchers helping the CDC track the pandemic’s trajectory.
The new “ensemble” projection combines 10 different models from various academic institutions, according to NPR. It outlines four different scenarios based on the pace of the delta variant’s spread and U.S. vaccination rates.
In the most likely scenario, which results in cases peaking in October, 70 percent of eligible Americans are vaccinated and the delta variant is 60 percent more transmissible. At this peak, the model forecasts about 60,000 cases and 850 deaths each day in the U.S. By January 2022, the model shows deaths falling to about 300 per day, which is the current death level in the U.S.
“What’s going on in the country with the virus is matching our most pessimistic scenarios,” Justin Lessler, PhD, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill who helps run the consortium, told NPR. “We might be seeing synergistic effects of people becoming less cautious in addition to the impacts of the delta variant.”
However, there is still a lot of uncertainty around these projections, and various factors could affect the course of the pandemic, Dr. Lessler said.
“Changes in behavior that we didn’t predict and big shifts in vaccination could very much change these results,” he said.
To read NPR‘s full article, click here.
Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S Clinical Leadership & Infection Control

2. What Will it Take to Defend Drinking Water from Cyber Attacks?

Water may be among the least cyber-defended critical infrastructure sectors. Keeping it safe may include channeling more funds and training to tiny agencies and establishing voluntary guidelines.
Public water systems are exceptionally vulnerable to cyber attack, said senators during a U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing July 21.
The White House has deemed sixteen industry sectors as essential to the nation’s health, safety economy and/or security. Among them, the financial services sector has emerged with particularly robust defenses, while drinking water and wastewater systems may be among the most loosely protected.
Water systems on both coasts were hit by digital tampering efforts this year, in incidents that did not ultimately harm residents but which nonetheless raised alarm bells about the utilities’ cyber preparedness. Criminals broke into a Bay Area California water facility’s systems to delete programs involved in treating drinking water, a former employee allegedly used remote access to shut down a Kansas water system’s cleaning and disinfection processes and hackers seemingly tried to poison Oldsmar, Fla., residents by elevating the amount of the lye used during water treatment — before staff detected and reversed that attempt.

Source: Jule Pattison-Gordon of government technology

3. Americans with ‘long COVID’ will be covered under federal disability law

Americans suffering from “long COVID” will be eligible for the benefits and protection provided under federal disability law, the HHS and U.S. the Department of Justice announced July 26.
The agencies said COVID-19 can be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, for people who continue to experience symptoms weeks or months after first developing COVID-19.
The news comes the same day the agencies commemorate the 31st anniversary of the ADA. Speaking in the Rose Garden July 26, President Joe Biden listed some of the lingering effects of COVID-19, including “breathing problems, brain fog, chronic pain or fatigue,” reports The New York Times.
The president noted that resources will include special accommodations and services in the workplace, schools and the healthcare system.
The full guidance can be found here.
Source: Gabrielle Masson of BECKER’S Clinical Leadership & Infection Control

4. 2 North Carolina health system have 700+ nursing position open – each

Amid increasing COVID-19 cases and an ongoing nurse shortage, several North Carolina hospitals are reporting hundreds of unfilled positions, reports WNCT-TV.
Durham, N.C.-based Duke Health is currently recruiting for 700 nursing positions to accommodate expansions and expected turnover. Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health is seeking more than 800 nurses.

“Within our healthcare system — all of our hospitals — it’s probably our number one topic of conversation,” said Cathy Madigan, DNP, RN, chief nurse executive at UNC. 
UNC Hospitals just gave nurses raises at some of its hospitals, and is offering up to $25,000 in loan forgiveness and up to $10,000 for relocation.
Nurses are stretched thin statewide, said Dennis Taylor, DNP, president of the North Carolina Nurses Association, adding that universities will need to recruit more teachers and students to build up the next generation of nurses.
Source: Gabrielle Masson of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

5. Arkansas, Oklahoma children’s hospitals see ‘worrisome’ uptick in critically ill COVID-19 patients

Children’s hospitals in Arkansas and Oklahoma — two states where COVID-19 hospitalizations are up at least 60 percent from 14 days ago — are warning that more pediatric patients are becoming critically ill with COVID-19.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock reported a record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations July 27. The hospital had 24 COVID-19 patients, a 50 percent increase over any previous daily hospitalization peak during the pandemic. Seven of the patients are in intensive care, and four are on ventilators.
While more than half of the hospitalized patients are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines, none of the patients are fully immunized, Arkansas Children’s said.
As of July 27, 23 pediatric patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Oklahoma, according to data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Stephanie DeLeon, MD, a pediatrician at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, told Fox 25: “We watched our adult physician colleagues go through this in the last year knowing that our kids were a little bit protected and now to see this happening where we feel like our kids are really vulnerable. It’s a little bit worrisome. Actually, it’s a lot worrisome.”
Dr. DeLeon said a combination of the delta variant and ineligibility for children under age 12 to be vaccinated are contributing to the uptick in pediatric COVID-19 patients.
Source: Morgan Haefner of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW