March 21 – 27, 2022

1. Monthly RHCC On-Call

Each month, the NWRHCC has a different person on call to handle after hours emergency needs. Ashley Waite is the on-call staff member for March. Should you need assistance from the RHCC, please call 1-855-469-7422.
To request Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), mobile medical assets, or other equipment from the RHCC, please send an email request to

2. Vacancy Announcement

The Northwest Region is seeking applications to fill the soon to be vacant Regional Healthcare Coordination Center (RHCC) Manager position. Anyone who may be interested can send a resume to the Regional Coordinator at Please enter RHCC Manager Resume in the subject line of the email. For more details, click here

3. Regional Coalition Meeting
The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition will conduct its annual exercise Thursday April 14, 2022 instead of the monthly meeting. This year’s annual exercise is a Table Top Exercise validating and/or making adjustments to the regional Infectious Disease Annex which is part of the regional surge plan. The venue and time will be announced in the coming weeks.

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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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1. FDA COVID-19 Vaccine News and Updates

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

2. At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests

This link lists FDA-authorized at-home OTC COVID-19 diagnostic tests.

3. FDA Drug Shortages

Current and Resolved Drug Shortages and Discontinuations Reported to FDA

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1. Major Disaster Declaration for Virginia Declared for the January 2-3, 2022 Snowstorm

FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the commonwealth of Virginia to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms and snowstorms Jan. 2-3, 2022. Federal funding is available to the state, eligible local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities in Albemarle, Amelia, Appomattox, Bedford, Buckingham, Caroline, Charlotte, Culpeper, Cumberland, Essex, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Hanover, King George, King William, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Westmoreland counties and the independent city of Fredericksburg.
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2. The InfoGram volume 22 Issue 11

  • 2022 Firefighter Safety Stand Down Theme and Educational Resources now Available
  • Updated Chemical Companion Software Provides Decision Support for Hazardous Chemical Response 
  • more
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3. USFA Digest: Mar. 17, 2022

  • The USFA Podcast: Community Risk Reduction and Fire is Everyone’s Fight
  • Contingency Planning for Emergency Communications Funding
  • more
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4. EMI Course Offerings

Below is a list of training opportunities received from VDEM Region 2. Some of the courses are virtual and some in-person. Click the course link you are interested in to find out more details.

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Training Calendar

1. Medical Preparedness & Response for Bombing Incidents MGT-348 – PER-233
This course is intended for members of emergency response as well as other city and county services that become a part of a community response to an bombing incident. This interactive, Instructor facilitated program employs case studies, lessons learned, validated medical data, and potential threats to the communities we serve. Sessions will address planning considerations and concerns specific to medical responders, law enforcement, and emergency planners, with an intended outcome of integrating incidents of an explosive nature to existing plans. This will enhance community preparedness by identifying areas to address when attendees return to their jurisdiction.
March 29-30, 2022 Lynchburg, VA
April 12-13, 2022 Martinsville, VA
April 23-24, Blacksburg, VA
Course overview and registration

2. Cybersecurity Awareness for Officials and Senior Management
This is a non-technical course meant to develop awareness of cybersecurity risks so that elected officials, appointed officials, and other senior managers are better informed to properly protect the jurisdiction/organization during a cybersecurity incident. It is designed to help officials and senior management work more effectively with their Information Technology (IT) departments to mitigate cyber threats. The training is tailored to government, critical infrastructure, and private sector personnel who have the responsibility for directing and developing policy within their organization.
March 29, 2022 Rockingham County Administrative Building
Course overview

3. Community Based Emergency Response Seminar (CBERS) 2022

The Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Preparedness partnered with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Development Services, and Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association to conduct a virtual Community Based Emergency Response Seminar (CBERS) in April 2022. This year’s topic will be Mental Health Wellness and the Rippling Effects of COVID-19.

April 6th @11am to 1 pm

April 23rd @ 6pm to 8pm

April 30th @ 9 am to 11 am

Registration: Registration is required for each attendee. Please only register for one date to attend.
Cost: Free
Seminar overview and registration

4. G290 Basic Public Information Officer
This two-day course is designed for the new or less experienced Public Information Officer (PIO) and focuses on essential emergency PIO functions. The course will teach PIOs how to write a news release, conduct an on-camera interview and prepare awareness campaigns.
April 20-21, 2022 8:00am – 5:00pm 
Course overview and registration

5. Critical Decision Making for Complex Coordinated Attacks (PER-335)
This course addresses the vulnerability of any community to a public safety situation, such as an active shooter at a shopping mall; a train derailment with hazardous chemicals; a bombing incident at a commercial district; a plane crash; or chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive attack.
April 26-27, 2022 8:00am – 5:00pm 
Course overview and registration

6. Physical and Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure (MGT-452)

Participants will identify physical and cybersecurity concerns impacting overall infrastructure security posture, examine integrated physical and cybersecurity incidents and the evolving risks and impacts they pose to critical infrastructure, and explore resources that can be applied to improve security within an organization, business, or government entity.
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Time: 1:00pm EST
Duration: 8 hours
Course overview and registration

7. Readiness: Training Identification and Preparedness Planning (MGT-418)
This course teaches participants how to create effective training plans for their agencies and jurisdictions. By evaluating their abilities to meet their emergency operations plan (EOP) using traditional and national preparedness tools, participants can answer critical readiness questions.
April 28-29, 2022 8:00am – 5:00pm 
Course overview and registration

8. Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP) Basic Academy
The EMPP Basic Academy is a five (5) course entry-level program for individuals pursuing a career in emergency management. It is also suitable for experienced emergency management personnel who want to expand their knowledge across all mission areas and contexts. 
VDEM Region 4

VDEM Region 6

 VDEM Region 2

9. Threat & Hazard Identification & Risk Assess & Stakeholder Preparedness Review (THIRA/SPR)
This is a 9-hour online course, that introduces you to the six-step THIRA/SPR process and covers topics that range from data gathering to THIRA-informed planning for the five mission areas. This online course was requested by FEMA and is intended to help increase knowledge of the process and expand capacity.
Course overview and registration

10. Introducing the new NETEC Website
The National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) has launched a new website designed to meet the needs of health care facilities and nurses, physicians, emergency responders, and other health care professionals to safely and effectively manage special pathogens.

1. CMS Updates COVID-19 Testing Guidelines for Nursing Homes
Long-term care residents and staff with symptoms or signs of COVID-19 must be tested immediately — regardless of vaccination status — under updated testing requirements for facilities by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Danielle Brown of McKnights Long-Term Care News

2. Workforce Hurdles and Solutions Across the Long-term Care Continuum
It’s no secret that long-term care, senior living and home care are struggling to attract and retain talent. During a virtual panel discussion, experts will discuss the roots of the problem, common challenges across the sectors and the tools and tactics providers can use to be successful in this environment.
Want to know more, read and register here »
Source: McKnight’s Online Forum

3. CDC Needs Authority to Better Coordinate Public Health Data, Former Directors Say
Modernized public data health infrastructure is needed to protect health and save lives, five former CDC directors said in an opinion article for The Hill.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Andrew Cass of BECKER’S HEALTH IT

4. China’s Worst COVID-19 Surge Since 2020 Poised to Further Disrupt Global Supply Chains
China’s “zero tolerance” approach to COVID-19 outbreaks has led to measures to curb its worst surge since 2020 that will further disrupt global supply chains, The New York Times reported March 15. “Even the most prepared businesses will be impacted by these new lockdowns in China, as flexibility within the supply chain is minimal,” Julie Gerdeman, CEO of Everstream Analytics, a supply chain analysis firm, told the Times.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Cailey Gleeson of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

5. Staffing Shortages Aren’t Just a Business Problem, They’re a Patient Safety Threat 
Since 2020, the healthcare industry has lost nearly half a million workers, exacerbating staffing shortages that existed prior to the start of the pandemic. One of the hardest-hit areas is the pharmacy. As of September 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected there would be 43,000 pharmacist and pharmacy technician job openings each year throughout the next decade.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Lani Bertrand of PSQH

6. The Meltdown of COVID-19 Relief Funds: 6 Things to Know
President Joe Biden signed into law March 15 a sweeping $1.5 trillion bill that funds the government through September. However, the bill does not include COVID-19 funding the White House had asked Congress for. Because of the funding snafu, the federal government will have to cut back shipments of monoclonal antibody treatments to states by 30 percent next week, and the country’s supply of those treatments could run out as soon as May, according to NPR. In April, the government will not be able to reimburse healthcare providers for testing, vaccinating or treating millions of uninsured people for COVID-19.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Ayla Ellison of BECKER’S Hospital CFO Report

7. Signs of Potential US Surge Warrant Caution, Not Alarm: 4 Expert Thoughts
Even as U.S. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to dwindle, upticks in other parts of the world have spurred concern over the potential for another U.S. surge.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW