May 2 – 8, 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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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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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:
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 17

  • FDNY Provides Guidance on Lithium-ion battery Fires in Electric Bikes and Scooters
  • FEMA’s New Building Codes Strategy will Foster Resilient Communities Through Modern Building Code Adoption
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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. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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. CDC Reports Human Case of Avian Influenza
A Colorado man has tested positive for an H5 bird flu virus, the first such case in the U.S., health officials said April 28.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

2. Fauci Clarifies: US Transitioning out of Pandemic Phase
“The nation’s top infectious disease expert on April 27 said the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, clarifying comments from a day earlier in which he said the nation was “out of the pandemic phase.”
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

3. Nearly 60% of Americans have had COVID-19: CDC
More than half of people living in the U.S. had contracted COVID-19 as of February, including 75 percent of children, new CDC research shows.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Molly Gamble of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

4. Not the Time to Relax COVID-19 Surveillance, WHO Chief Warns
The director of the World Health Organization said a drop in global COVID-19 cases and deaths should be welcomed with caution, since countries have reduced testing and other surveillance measures.
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Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

5. Hospitals to OSHA: Do not Finalize COVID-19 Standard for Healthcare Workers
The American Hospital Association is calling on the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration not to finalize its emergency temporary COVID-19 standard for healthcare workers.
Want to know more, read here »

6. HHS Warns of Insider Threats to Healthcare Organizations
The HHS issued a warning April 20 about an increase in data breaches involving individuals within a healthcare organization, such as employees, contractors and business associates.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Naomi Diaz of BECKER’S HEALTH IT

7. Supply Chain Concerns Arise Again (Radio)
Brendan Murray, Trade Tsar with Bloomberg News, discusses his Bloomberg “Big Take” story on the supply chain crisis happening yet again. Hosted by Kriti Gupta and Lisa Abramowicz.
Want to know more, listen here »
Source: Bloomberg

8. 5 Key Takeaways from AEM’s Member Surveys on Supply Chain Issues

  • Almost every responding AEM member is experiencing supply chain issues,
  • These supply chain issues will continue into 2023,
  • These supply chain issues will continue into 2023,
  • Other issues continue to impact the industry, and
  • Supply chain solutions lie within inventory and transparency.

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Source: Benjamin Duyck of Association of Equipment Manufacturers

9. Inflation, Supply Chain Shortages Making it Harder, More Expensive to Obtain Needed Medical Equipment
The ongoing supply chain disruptions have made it difficult for medical officials to get their hands on much-needed equipment from wheelchairs, crutches to canes and even exam tables.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Daniella Genovese of FOXBusiness

10. 3M Stuck with Supply Chain Problems for the ‘Foreseeable Future’, CEO Says
3M’s (MMM) Shanghai facilities are continuing to operate, but Roman said getting workers to the plants has been a challenge, and COVID lockdowns have strained local supply chains, cutting into available cargo capacity.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Carl Surran of Seeking Alpha