March 7 – 13, 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 hold its monthly meeting Thursday March 10, 2022 at 10:30am. The agenda, the January meeting minutes, and the conference dial-in information will be sent 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

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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: 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 March 2022

This issue of The Express highlights the following new resources:

  • Climate Change Resilience and Healthcare System Considerations
  • Hospital Evacuation during a Wildfire and Pandemic: Avista Adventist Shares their Experience
  • more

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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

Credit: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


         Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency

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1. The InfoGram volume 22 Issue 9

  • New study on the effectiveness of emergency warning lights and reflective markings yields surprising findings 
  • 2021 edition of US Violent Extremist Mobilization Indicators booklet released
  • more
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2. USFA Digest: Mar. 3, 2022

  • New wildfire evacuation outreach materials
  • Prehospital pain management guidelines for first responders
  • more
    Read More »

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.

Credit: Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Statewide Tornado Drill

Once again, VDEM is partnering with the National Weather Service to promote Severe Weather Awareness Week. The week is usually planned for March and includes a statewide tornado drill. Virginia’s Severe Weather Awareness Week will be from March 7-11, 2022, with the Statewide Tornado Drill taking place on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at 9:45 a.m.
More information



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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 15-16, 2022 Middletown, VA
March 29-30, 2022 Lynchburg, VA
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.

Webinar Dates:
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

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. 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

8. 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

9. 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 Wallops Nursing Homes with Planned Staffing Requirements and Increased Penalties
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will establish minimum staffing requirements as part of a broad plan to “crack down on unsafe nursing homes,” the White House announced.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Danielle Brown of McKnights Long-Term Care News

2. Healthcare Workforce Challenges a National Emergency, Hospitals say
The American Hospital Association is urging Congress to address workforce challenges facing healthcare facilities, calling the issue a national emergency.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Molly Gamble of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

3. RNs are Leaving Direct Care at Highly Elevated Rates
Staffing, pay, and lack of support are the reasons why 32% of RNs surveyed in the United States in November say they may leave their current direct patient-care role, according to research by the McKinsey & Co. consulting firm. That is an increase of 10 percentage points in under 10 months, according to McKinsey.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Carol Davis of healthleaders

4. Federal Grant to Help UVA Expand Program Addressing Stress in Healthcare Workers
The University of Virginia is using more than $2 million in federal funding to bolster an innovative new program aimed at helping stressed healthcare workers and first responders.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Eric Wicklundof healthleaders

5. ‘They heard us’: Partner Program to Allow Fast LTC Access to Federal Stock of COVID-19 Drugs
Soon, many long-term care facilities will be able to order COVID-19 medications for their residents that will come directly from a federal stockpile through their long-term care pharmacy partners, according to industry advocates and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Alicia Lasek of McKnights Long-Term Care News

6. Where Hospitals’ Omicron Data and Realities Diverge
A subtle difference in HHS data reporting is one reason why the public and even some health professionals are under the impression that hospitals never exceeded their safe care capacity during the latest COVID-19 surge of omicron, one physician argues. “HHS’ public reporting on hospital capacity more closely resembles fire capacity than safe care capacity,” Jeremy Faust, MD, an emergency physician at Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School, writes for Inside Medicine.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Molly Gamble of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

7. Omicron Subvariant Doubling Every Week in US: 5 Things to Know
Cases of the omicron subvariant BA.2 are doubling every week in the U.S., according to variant proportion estimates from the CDC.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

8. CDC no Longer Recommends Universal Contact Tracing, Case Investigation
The CDC no longer recommends universal COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing, instead encouraging health departments to now prioritize those efforts for high-risk settings.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Gabrielle Masson of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

9. Employees are Circumventing Cybersecurity Protocols: 5 Things to Know
Employees don’t always take cyber hygiene seriously, which could have harmful effects on a hospital or health system’s cybersecurity, according to a report released by software company Mobile Mentor.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Katie Adams of BECKER’S HEALTH IT