September 13 – 19, 2021

Regional Coalition Meeting
The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition will hold its monthly meeting Thursday October 14, beginning at 10:30 am. The agenda, the August 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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1. COVID-19 Pandemic

Information related to the pandemic can be found on VDH’s and VHHA’s respective websites.

VDH has developed a COVID-19 Level of Community Transmission dashboard. This dashboard indicates the severity of the case counts in the local jurisdictions. Click here to view the dashboard.

2. PPE Exchange

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association recently entered into a new partnership with PPE.Exchange, a Seattle-based firm that operates a global, online portal to connect health care providers and other organizations with vetted suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE). This new arrangement is being facilitated through the VHHA Shared Services Corporation to assist health care providers, businesses, and other Virginia organizations with obtaining PPE needed to protect staff, patients, students, customers, and others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Want to know how you can purchase PPE for your healthcare facility, read here »


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Credit: U.S. Food & Drug Administration

1. Who Does What? Respiratory Protection in the Workplace
More information about the roles for respiratory protection from NIOSH, OSHA, and the FDA can be found here.

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

Credit: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


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1. The InfoGram Volume 21 Issue 36

  • New report shows nearly three quarters of 9/11 responders have long-term illness
  • Drones: New CISA guidance for emergency communications centers and FAA outreach events next week
  • Updated Land Mobile Radio (LMR) funding and sustainability guidance from SAFECOM and NCSWIC
  • Webinar: Implementing Telemedicine in EMS and the 911 Communications Center, Sept. 22
  • and more

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2. U.S. Fire Administration Digest: September 9, 2021

  • New report on home cooking fires
  • Reconstructing the fires that brought down WTC 1, 2 and 7
  • Legislation impacting firefighting foam continues to evolve
  • NFIRS COVID-19 Special Study
  • and 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 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents (Stafford County)
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.
Dates: October 5-7, 2021
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Stafford County Public Safety Building
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3. 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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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.
Date: 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, i.e. 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. Mandatory Vaccine Update 

The Biden administration will require all 50,000 Medicare and Medicaid facilities to vaccinate their workforce of 17 million healthcare professionals. And spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines could cost healthcare workers’ their licenses, three major medical boards announced Thursday.
Source: FIERCE Healthcare

2. ‘A last resort’: Crisis standards of care enacted in Northern Idaho

Idaho activated crisis standards of care Sept. 6 for hospitals in the state’s northern region, which are facing severe shortages of staff and available beds amid the latest COVID-19 surge.
The state’s Crisis Standards of Care Activation Advisory Committee met Sept. 6 after Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene requested they be implemented, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The committee recommended the state activate them after determining that staffing shortages had severely hindered hospitals’ ability to provide the usual standard of care and that all other contingency measures had been exhausted. 
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

3. CMS to require staff at hospitals and other facilities to get COVID-19 vaccine or risk funding loss

The Biden administration is moving to require all Medicare and Medicaid facilities to vaccinate their workforce, expanding a mandate already applied to nursing home staff.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Thursday its intention to release an interim final rule in October to require hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical centers and other facilities to vaccinate their staff as a condition for participating in Medicare and Medicaid.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Robert King of FIERCE Healthcare

4. Federal health officials urge White House to push back booster timeline

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, and acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, MD, recommended the U.S. delay its COVID-19 booster rollout during a Sept. 2 meeting with Jeff Zients, White House COVID-19 response coordinator, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The recommendation was made because the FDA needs more time to collect and review the data on COVID-19 booster’s safety and efficacy, people familiar with the discussions said.
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5. Ballad Health: Visit ER for ‘life- or-limb-threatening’ emergencies – not COVID tests

With COVID-19 hospitalizations reaching system records four days in a row, Johnson City, Tenn.-based Ballad Health is getting explicit about what medical needs call for the emergency room. 
The 21-hospital system urged anyone who believes they are having a “life- or-limb-threatening emergency” to call 911 or get to the closest emergency department, according to its Sept. 7 statement. Ballad specifies this includes people experiencing trauma, chest pain, stroke symptoms or other serious health emergencies.
Patients with health needs that do not qualify as life- or-limb-threatening may wait in ERs for several hours, Alan Levine, chairman and CEO of Ballad, said in a Sept. 7 tweet
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Molly Gamble of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

6. White House unveils $65B plan to combat next pandemic, public health threats

On Sept. 3, the White House laid out a $65 billion plan to help fight the next public health threats after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, CNBC reported.
The government needs to prepare for the next pandemic, which likely will be much different than COVID-19, Eric Lander, President Joe Biden’s science adviser and director of the Office of Science and Technology, said Sept. 3. 
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Gabrielle Masson of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW