May 16 – 22, 2022

1. Monthly RHCC On-Call

Each month, the NWRHCC has a different person on call to handle after hours emergency needs. Becki Chester is the on-call staff member for May. 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. 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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1. VHEMP Webinar Series – Hurricane Season Preparedness and Response
Panelists will share their firsthand hurricane preparedness and response experiences, including shelter-in-place planning and the conduct of facility evacuations.
(Webinar – May 18th at 12:00pm)
Flyer and registration information

2. 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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Credit: Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Technical Resource,                                                                                 Assistance Center, and Information Exchange

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New Pediatric Resource from ASPR TRACIE
ASPR TRACIE hosted a webinar to discuss the pediatric surge annex for healthcare coalitions, however they also provide additional pediatric resource information healthcare organizations can use to update their plan.
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1. Clinical Recommendations for Adenovirus Testing and Reporting of Children with Acute Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a cluster of children identified with hepatitis and adenovirus infection. During this COCA Call, presenters will discuss the unknown etiology of patients under investigation, progress of the investigation, and how clinicians can continue to support these efforts through testing and reporting.
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
A few minutes before the webinar starts, please click on the Zoom link below to join:

Passcode: 854934
Or Telephone:
US: : US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 or +1 669 216 1590 or +1 551 285 1373 

Or One-tap mobile:
US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 or +1 669 216 1590 or +1 551 285 1373 

Webinar ID: 161 132 1885

2. Long COVID or Post-COVID Conditions
Most people with COVID-19 get better within a few days to a few weeks after infection. Some people can experience long-term effects from their infection, known as post-COVID conditions or long COVID.
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1. Update on Philips Respironics June 2021 Recall
FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) is proposing that an order should be issued, under section 518(b) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, to require Philips Respironics (“Philips”) to submit a plan for the repair, replacement, or refund of the purchase price of recalled devices manufactured after November 2015.
Want to know more, read here »

2. Philips Respironics Issues Voluntary Recall Notification/Field Safety Notice* for the V60 Ventilator Product Family
Philips Respironics is notifying customers of its V60/V60 Plus and V680 ventilators about a potential issue with the electrical circuit in these ventilators that controls the 35V power supply to the ventilator and alarm.
Want to know more, read here »

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

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

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

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1. The InfoGram volume 22 Issue 19

  • Civil Unrest: Preparedness and Planning Resources for Fire and EMS Agencies 
  • New Mobile App Brings Timely Counterterrorism intelligence to First Responders and Homeland Security Professionals
  • more
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2. 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

3. 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

4. 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. 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

2. 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 Announcement Flyer

3. 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

4. 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. DNV Updates Requirements on Medical Exemptions for COVID-19 Vaccine
Check any medical exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccination that your facility approved before the CMS requirements for hospitals went into effect, says DNV Healthcare officials. DNV said it issued the advisory after receiving clarification from CMS on the requirements.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: A.J. Plunkett of Accreditation & Quality

2. COVID-19 Funding and Congress: No Clear Path Forward
Aid to boost the availability of COVID-19 tests, therapeutics and vaccines nationwide continues to dwell in a congressional logjam. 
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Source: Molly Gamble of BECKER’S Hospital CFO Report

3. 16 National Healthcare Organizations Urge HHS to Continue Public Health Emergency
The American Hospital Association and 15 other national healthcare organizations are calling on HHS to maintain the COVID-19 public health emergency.
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4. X-ray Dye Shortage Hinders Hospitals
Healthcare facilities across the globe are seeing shortages of chemicals used in imaging services as a result of the COVID-19 lockdowns in China.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Cailey Gleeson of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

5. Physicians Issue Warnings to Parents Amid Baby Formula Shortage
Parents around the country have found themselves driving hours to locate formula and feeding their children fewer ounces in hopes of avoiding leftovers as they deal with the repercussions of the shortage, CBS News reported May 11. 
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

6. Kids’ Hepatitis Outbreak Grows to 348 Cases: 5 Updates
New reports of unusual hepatitis cases among children in the U.S. have brought te global total to 348 probable cases from 20 countries, the World Health Organization said May 10.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

7. How 3 Health Systems are Addressing Workforce Shortages with Innovative Strategies
COVID-19 disrupted many approaches to workforce management and health systems are faced with a lengthy list of challenges as a result. With nursing care accounting for approximately 40% of total labor costs, hospitals have been forced to look for efficiency opportunities simply to control their bottom line. Healthleaders of hcpro is hosting this free webinar.
Date: Tuesday June 14, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW