March 28 – April 3, 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. Ron Clinedinst is the on-call staff member for April. 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 rhcc@nwrhcc.org.

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 regionalcoordinator@nwrhcc.org. 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

        New Prefilled Saline Flush Syringe Conservation Strategies – Letter to Health Care Personnel


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1. The InfoGram volume 22 Issue 12

  • First Intranasal Treatment for Cyanide Poisoning Begins Phase 1 Clinical Study 
  • America’s Evolving Homeland Security Threats: ODNI’s Annual Threat Assessment and CHDS Webinar Series  
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2. USFA Digest: March 24, 2022

  • Heating Remains Second Leading Cause of Residential Building Fires
  • Updated Chemical Companion Software Available to Fire Departments for Free
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3. 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.
April 12-13, 2022 Martinsville, VA
April 23-24, Blacksburg, VA
Course overview and registration

2. 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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/220022933517

April 23rd @ 6pm to 8pm https://www.eventbrite.com/e/220036072817

April 30th @ 9 am to 11 am https://www.eventbrite.com/e/220076975157

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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. ICS 400 Advanced Incident Command Systems
This training is a 15-hour classroom course that provides training on the advanced resource management provisions of the Incident Command System (ICS).
May 13, 2022 6:00pm-11:00pm
May 14, 2022 8:00am – 7:00pm 

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. Blood Shortages – How Can Hospitals Help?
Blood centers have been faced with decreased blood donation levels throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Chronic blood shortages have resulted from blood drive cancellations, blood center staffing shortages, and dramatic increases in no-show rates of scheduled blood donors due to COVID-19 infection, exposure, and social distancing recommendations.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Blood Bulletin courteous of America’s Blood Centers

2. COVID-19 Antibody Shipments to be Cut by 30%: 6 Details
States will see a significant reduction in shipments of COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments from the federal government beginning March 21 as the White House’s request for $15.6 billion in pandemic funding stalls in Congress, ABC News reported.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

3. 6 Tips for Managing the Prefilled Saline Syringe Shortage: FDA
The FDA on March 21 shared recommendations for healthcare organizations to conserve prefilled 0.9 percent sodium chloride intravenous lock/flush syringes amid a national shortage.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

4. Becerra Shoots Down Giving More Than 60 Days Notice on Ending COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Giving more than 60 days notice that the COVID-19 public health emergency will end is going to be difficult, as states and lawmakers have pressed for a longer heads-up, according to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Robert King of FIERCE Healthcare

5. As Possibility of 4th Doses Looms, White House Says it has no Money for Them
Federal regulators and health officials are due to assess the need for fourth COVID-19 vaccine doses, which the Biden administration currently lacks the funds to purchase for everyone, the Washington Post reports.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Molly Gamble of BECKER’S Hospital CFO Report

6. White House Sounds Alarm over Russian Cybersecurity Threat
The White House urged the private sector March 21 to harden its cyber defenses due to evolving intelligence that the Russian government may be exploring cyberattack options.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Andrew Cass of BECKER’S HEALTH IT

7. OSHA Schedules Hearing on Permanent COVID-19 Standard for Healthcare Workers
In a move toward developing a final COVID-19 standard for healthcare workers, the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said March 22 that it has partially reopened the rulemaking record and scheduled an online public hearing.
Source: Kelly Gooch of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

8. CDC Updates Mask Guidance for N95s in Hospitals
The CDC updated its COVID-19 infection control guidance March 24 to make it clear that healthcare facilities should permit patients and visitors to wear more highly protective masks, like N95s.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Molly Gamble of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

9. 9 States Ending Daily COVID-19 Reporting
At least nine states have cut back on daily COVID-19 reports that provide information on new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, The New York Times reported March 19. States cutting back on daily reports have shifted to reporting data either once a week or twice a week.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW