April 25 – May 1, 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 host its monthly meeting Thursday June 9, 2022 (no meeting in May). The agenda, the March 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. 


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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.


 

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  • Crisis Standards of Care during COVID-19: Summary of State Actions 
  • Mass Violence Resource Page
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1. Evaluating and Supporting Patients Presenting with Cognitive Symptoms Following COVID
During this COCA Call, presenters will discuss post-COVID conditions (PCC), an umbrella term for the wide range of health consequences that are present four or more weeks after infection with SARS-CoV-2, which includes long COVID. Cognitive symptoms, often described by patients as “brain fog”, are frequently reported following SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Date: Thursday, May 5, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
A few minutes before the webinar starts, please click on the Zoom link below to join:
https://www.zoomgov.com/j/16033167
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Passcode: 828356
Or Telephone:
US: +1 669 254 5252 or

+1 646 828 7666 or
+1 551 285 1373 or
+1 669 216 1590
Or One-tap mobile:
US: +16692545252,,1603316732#,,,,*828356# or +16468287666,,1603316732#,,,,*828356#

Webinar ID: 160 331 6732

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

3. At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests
This link lists FDA-authorized at-home OTC COVID-19 diagnostic tests.

4. FDA Drug Shortages
Current and Resolved Drug Shortages and Discontinuations Reported to FDA


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1. The InfoGram volume 22 Issue 16

  • NIOSH Announces New Study on Cancers Linked to 9/11
  • FEMA Updates 25 NIMS Resource Types for Fire Management and Suppression
  • more
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2. USFA Digest: April 21, 2022

  • A Conversation with the NFA Superintendent
  • iTAK now Available in the App Store
  • 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. Flight 60 Clinical Engineering Training

***NEW***

The Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance has arranged a virtual Flight 60 ventilator training for clinical engineering staff who may be experiencing frustrations with the ventilators and assist with PM questions and fault issues. This training will be lead by the expert from Israel. For more information and the Zoom Meeting information, please contact Ashley Waite, Exercise and Training Coordinator.
April 27th 10:00am to 12:00am

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 30th 9:00am to 11:00am 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. Certified Healthcare Emergency Coordinator (CHEC)
The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition is pleased to announce the opportunity to earn the CHEC certification. We are partnering with the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance to offer two courses required for certification. The Basic Course is two days, June 21-22 and the Advanced Course is one day, June 23. Both classes begin at 8:00am and end at 5:00pm. The courses will be taught at Bridgewater Rescue Squad.  Although the flyer has registration details, you cannot complete the registration without the enrollment key. For more details please contact our Exercise and Training Coordinator, Ashley Waite and see the attached flyer.
Course Announcement Flyer

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.
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
1:00pm-9:00pm

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. L0146 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
This 2-day period of instruction is for those individuals that are directly involved in the planning, design and evaluation of training exercises. The intermediate-level course incorporates exercise guidance and best practices from the HSEEP Volumes.
Harrisonburg, VA
June 15-16, 2022 Course flyer and registration information is pending

9. 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 8:30am-4:30pm
Course overview and registration

10. 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. Some Hospitals Relax Masking Rules
Health systems are weighing and making decisions for face masks to become optional for many individuals in certain spaces.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Molly Gamble of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

2. Isolation, Quarantine, and Public Health Authority Beyond the Pandemic
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic several states exercised their isolation or quarantine powers on individuals returning from foreign countries or from states with high rates of COVID-19 transmission. Now, some states are reviewing how to modify the authority.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Shalini Nair and Maggie Davis of ASSOCIATION OF STATE AND TERRITORIAL HEALTH OFFICIALS

3. Philips Piles on Another Trio of Class I Recalls for Beleaguered Ventilator Portfolio
The latest safety event concerns the V60, V60 Plus and V680 ventilators. Though all three models escaped the original far-reaching recall, about 1,500 of the V60 and V60 Plus machines were the target of yet another FDA notice earlier this year.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Andrea park of FIERCE Biotech

4. A Growing Threat to Healthcare and Other Facilities
Shooting incidents and other attacks seem to be increasing. In many cases, domestic violence has become a common denominator and one that has many opportunities for prevention. While the domestic violence threat alone is tragic, these incidents can become more deadly when they transcend the home and enter the workplace, resulting in secondary victims being harmed. Facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and small outpatient clinics have become targets of violence.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Rodney Andreasen of Domestic Preparedness

5. CDC Creates Center for Disease Forecasting
The CDC on April 19 launched a new Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytic aimed at improving response measures during disease outbreaks.
Want to know more, read here »
Source:Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

6. HHS Sounds Alarm on ‘Exceptionally Aggressive’ Ransomware Group
The HHS Cybersecurity Program issued an alert April 19 to healthcare providers warning them to defend against the “exceptionally aggressive” Hive ransomware group.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Naomi Diaz of BECKER’S HEALTH IT

7. A Growing Threat to Healthcare and Other Facilities
Shooting incidents and other attacks seem to be increasing. In many cases, domestic violence has become a common denominator and one that has many opportunities for prevention. While the domestic violence threat alone is tragic, these incidents can become more deadly when they transcend the home and enter the workplace, resulting in secondary victims being harmed. Facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and small outpatient clinics have become targets of violence.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Rodney Andreasen of Domestic Preparedness