August 9 – 15, 2021

1.   LOCKN’ Farm Summer 2021 Healthcare Worker Appreciation Weekend

The promoters of LOCKN’ Farm want to thank the healthcare workers for what they have done during the response to the pandemic. So, this weekend, August 13, 2021 4:00pm – August 15, 2021 11:30pm, the promoters are graciously offering a free 3-day pass to all healthcare workers in the Northwest Region. This is a $199 value. There is a cap of 500 free tickets with the ability to offer more should there be enough interest. The location is Diggs Mountain Road, 1500 Diggs Mountain Rd, Arrington, VA 22922. You will be required to show your organizational badge/ID as proof that you are a healthcare worker and the registrant who is receiving the free pass. Registration closes at 9am Sunday August 15th. 

Please pass along the word to your staff and co-workers. A flyer can be found here. Each healthcare worker must register themselves, there are no multiple tickets offered.  

If you are unfamiliar with LOCKN’, please click their logo above. 

2. 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.


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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: August 2021

This issue of The Express highlights the following new resources:

  • Pediatric Lessons Learned from COVID-19: Immediate and Future Implications (Speaker Series)
  • The Role of Support Services during COVID-19: ASPR TRACIE Experiences from the Field (e.g., physical, respiratory, and occupational therapy)
  • mAbs Calculator Tool

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Therapeutic Options to Prevent Sever COVID-19 in Immunocompromised People

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19 for certain patients. Monoclonal antibodies may be available through expanded access programs to treat COVID-19 for immunocompromised patients. However, the efficacy of use for immunocompromised patients is unclear.
During this COCA Call, presenters will discuss the FDA’s role in issuing EUAs for certain monoclonal antibodies, options for compassionate use, the process for ordering and distributing monoclonal antibodies, and current data on using monoclonal antibodies for both non-hospitalized and immunocompromised patients. Presenters will also cover preventing, diagnosing, and treating COVID-19 in immunocompromised patients, including the role of monoclonal antibodies, serologic testing, and potential third dose of COVID-19 vaccinations.
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
A few minutes before the webinar starts, please click on the Zoom link below to join:
Passcode: 980771

Or Telephone:
US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 or +1 669 216 1590 or +1 551 285 1373 

Or One-tap mobile:
US: +16692545252,,1612254638#,,,,*980771# or +16468287666,,1607826639#,,,,*183098# 

Webinar ID: 161 225 4638

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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
Learn More

2. The InfoGram

  • DHS S&T designs and test practical lightweight respirator for wildland firefighters
  • DHS releases new human trafficking guidance for law enforcement
  • FEMA releases new emergency planning guidance for chemical incidents
  • and more

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3. U.S. Fire Administration Digest: August 5, 2021

  • Free psychological wellness resources for fire departments
  • Funding to address public safety workforce mental health
  • Community risk reduction (CRR)
  • NFIRS COVID019 Special Study
  • 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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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 
Registration Link:

1. Mask sales rise amid delta variant spread

Sales of masks have risen 24 percent after months of decline as the delta variant continues to spread across the U.S., The Hill reported.
Citing data from the Adobe Digital Economy Index, The Hill reported that mask sales rose 24 percent July 21-27 compared to the week before. It’s the first time the mask sales have increased since May.
Mask sales went from more than $101 million at the beginning of April to more than $37 million at the beginning of July, according to NielsenIQ data cited by The Hill.
The CDC has advised that vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear a mask indoors as the delta variant spreads, and some states are reimplementing indoor mask mandates.
The CDC said July 29 that the delta variant appears to be as contagious as chickenpox and may cause more severe illness than earlier strains. It also may spread as easily from vaccinated people as unvaccinated, part of the reason the agency said it tightened its mask guidance.
Read the full article here.
Source: Maia Anderson of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

2. ‘War has changed’ against COVID-19, CDC says – 7 things to know

The delta coronavirus variant, first detected in India, appears to be as contagious as chickenpox and appears to cause more severe illness than earlier strains, according to an internal CDC slide presentation obtained by The Washington Post.

The internal report, dated July 29, says next steps for health officials include to “acknowledge the war has changed” against COVID-19.
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Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S Clinical Leadership & Infection Control

3. CDC: 74% of people infected in Massachusetts outbreak vaccinated

Among 469 COVID-19 infections tied to a number of summer events and large public gatherings in Barnstable County, Mass., about three-quarters of cases occurred in fully vaccinated people, according to the CDC’s latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published July 30. 

A number of large public gatherings occurred at a town in the county between July 3-17 and beginning July 10, the state’s health department started receiving reports of an uptick in COVID-19 infections among fully vaccinated residents. Of 469 infections associated with the events, about 74 percent were breakthrough infections, according to the report. 

A total of five people were hospitalized, including four who were fully vaccinated. No deaths were reported. 

The outbreak was largely fueled by the delta variant, first detected in India and now the dominant U.S. strain. The variant was detected in 89 percent of specimens that were sequenced from 133 patients.
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Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S Clinical Leadership & Infection Control

4. Physicians worry simultaneous RSV, COVID-19 outbreaks will overwhelm pediatric unit: 7 notes

Physicians at some U.S. hospitals are worried an unseasonable spike in respiratory syncytial virus combined with an uptick in COVID-19 cases among children could soon overwhelm pediatric units, The New York Times reported Aug. 1. 

RSV is a common flu-like illness and most often affects infants and older adults.
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Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

5. 7 ways this COVID-19 surge is different

Perhaps the worst way a leader can respond to the current surge of COVID-19 is with an exaggerated sense of familiarity.
Although communities have before experienced growing positivity rates, cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, the summer 2021 surge involves some new or evolved factors that are worthy of consideration for leaders to best respond to the needs of their teams, patients and communities.
COVID-19 surges may not be new for hospitals or health systems, but here are seven reasons the one unfolding now differs from those before.
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Source: Molly Gamble and Gabrielle Masson of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

6. Americans under 50 make up 41% of COVID-19 hospitalizations 

COVID-19 patients are younger and fitter, with American adults under age 50 accounting for 41 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to COVID-Net data.
At the start of 2021, people 65 and older made up 53 percent of COVID-19-related hospitalizations, and people 18-49 made up 20.5 percent, according to COVID-Net, a CDC surveillance system that draws data from numerous states, representing about 10 percent of the population.
As of July 24, the day with the most recent data available, those numbers shifted, with Americans older than 65 now making up 26 percent of COVID-19-related hospitalizations and people 18-49 making up 41 percent of hospitalizations. 
Some experts have credited the demographic change to higher vaccination levels among older Americans.
Source: Gabrielle Masson of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

7. Florida hospitals struggling to get oxygen

Florida hospitals are struggling to get enough oxygen to treat their COVID-19 patients as virus cases surge because of the delta variant, Bloomberg reported Aug. 4. 
Restrictions on how long truck drivers can be on the road went back into effect when the state’s public health emergency rules were lifted, and there is a shortage of qualified drivers to transport oxygen to hospitals, according to Bloomberg
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Source: Maia Anderson of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW