April 11 – 17, 2022

1. Monthly RHCC On-Call

Each month, the NWRHCC has a different person on call to handle after hours emergency needs. 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. 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 exercise will be virtual and participants will receive a flyer with dial-in information. This same information was included in last Friday’s weekly recap Ashley sends to those who are subscribed to receive it.  

Credit: Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

Credit: Virginia Department of Health

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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Credit: U.S. Food & Drug Administration

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

CMS Returning to Certain Pre-COVID-19 Policies in Long-term Care and Other Facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking steps to continue to protect nursing home residents’ health and safety by announcing guidance that restores certain minimum standards for compliance with CMS requirements. Restoring these standards wll be accomplished by phasing out some temporary emergency declaration waivers that have been in effect throughout the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). These temporary emergency waivers were designed to provide facilities with the flexibilities needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Want to know more, read here »

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Credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency

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1. The InfoGram volume 22 Issue 14

  • USFA release Firefighter Fatalities in the United States in 2020
  • DIY tech for bomb technicians’ X-ray generator batteries for DHS S&T
  • more
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2. USFA Digest: April 7, 2022

  • Analysis reveals 6 selected wildfires not thoroughly reported in NFIRS
  • NFIRS COVID-19 Special Study
  • more
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3. National Emergency Management Executive Academy (NEMEA)

The National Emergency Management Executive Academy provides an ideal setting for a diverse representation of senior emergency management executives to come together and explore contemporary and emerging 21st century challenges. The program hones strategic leadership and critical thinking skills for senior executives involved with multi-jurisdictional, national, homeland security and emergency management policy development and decision-making responsibilities. Participants work collaboratively on team capstone projects, which are the cohort’s opportunity to leave a lasting impact on the profession of emergency management. NOTE: Completion of the Basic Academy or Advanced Academy is NOT a prerequisite to apply for the NEMEA.
Course overview and application process

4. National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA)

NEMAA reinforces the qualities needed to lead emergency management programs, provides relevant management theories and concepts, and uses case studies to enhance emergency management (EM) skill sets. NEMAA participants work within a collaborative environment on projects and establish a network of peers.

NEMAA is designed for mid-level managers/professionals with a background and experience in an Emergency Management (EM) position who want to advance their skillset. Participants learn knowledge critical to performing EM responsibilities, such as program management and oversight, effective communication at all levels, integrated collaboration, and strategic thinking.
Course overview and application process

5. Master Public Information Officer Program (MPIOP)

The program reinforces the qualities needed to lead whole community public information/external affairs programs, provides relevant management theories and concepts, and uses case studies to enhance public information/external affairs skill sets. MPIOP participants work within a collaborative environment on projects and establish a network of peers.

MPIOP participants will contribute to the body of knowledge for emergency management related public information. This includes evaluation of leadership, group dynamics and functional best practices of joint information centers (JICs) by monitoring student activity during advanced public information officer course offerings.
Course overview and application process

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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 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 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. V450: ICS 400 Train-the-Trainer (ICS 100-400)
This train-the-trainer course is specifically for persons interested in teaching VDEM ICS sponsored courses for their agency or organization
June 28-29, 2022 8:30 am-4:30pm
Course overview and registration

9. 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

1. Are You Ready for OSHA’s Wave of New Rules
Are you ready for a wave of new federal worker safety and health regulations? OSHA is moving forward with several rulemakings, three of which are healthcare-specific, that could affect many employers.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Guy Burdick of Accreditation & Quality

2. CDC Mask Guidelines Spur Confusion Among Hospitals
Healthcare facilities nationwide are grappling with conflicting CDC guidelines on masking amid the pandemic, resulting in a patchwork of policies and practices, Politico reported April 5.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

3. It Could Take Years to Know What ‘Endemic COVID-19’ Looks Like
It can take years for scientists to determine endemic patterns while pandemics settle, and consequences of widespread illness can be long lasting after new infections fade, leaving the endemic stage of COVID-19 a “mystery,” The New York Times reported April 7.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Cailey Gleeson of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

4. DEA Warns of Spike in Mass-Overdose Events Linked to Fentanyl
The powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl is fueling an increase in mass-overdose events across the country, the Drug Enforcement Agency said April 6.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

5. Flu Hospitalizations Rise for 8th Week Straight: 8 CDC Notes
Flu activity appears to be declining slightly in central and south-central states but is still highest in these regions, according to the CDC’s April 1 FluView report.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

6. Bayada Exec Rings Alarm Bell Over Rising Gas Prices
In an urgent message aimed at Washington, Bayada’s chief government affairs officer warned that economic “stars are aligning” to undermine the home care industry at a time when demand for caregivers is skyrocketing.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Diane Eastabrook of McKnights Home Care

7. Breaking: CMS Ends Nurse Aide Certification Waiver, Many Other COVID-19 Allowances
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is restoring training requirements for nurse aides who work at skilled nursing facilities after waiving them early during the COVID-19 crisis. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is restoring training requirements for nurse aides who work at skilled nursing facilities after waiving them early during the COVID-19 crisis. The 16 waivers will lapse in distinct groups, 30 and 60 days from the issuance of today’s memo, which was signed by David Wright, director of CMS’s Survey and Operations Group Management.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Danielle Brown of McKnights Long-Term Care News