May 30 – June 5, 2022


1. Monthly RHCC On-Call

Each month, the NWRHCC has a different person on call to handle after hours emergency needs. Ashley Waite Shifflett is the on-call staff member for June. 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. 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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About the Hospital Preparedness Program

ASPR’s Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) provides leadership and funding through cooperative agreements to states, territories, and eligible metropolitan areas to improve the capacity of the health care system to plan for and respond to large-scale emergencies and disasters. HPP supports regional collaboration and health care preparedness and response by encouraging the development and sustainment of health care coalitions (HCC).
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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. FDA Drug Shortages
Current and Resolved Drug Shortages and Discontinuations Reported to FDA


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Guidance related to Emergency Preparedness- Exercise Exemption based on A Facility’s Activation of their Emergency Plan
The updated guidance only applies if a facility is still currently operating under its activated emergency plan or reactivated its emergency plan for COVID-19 in 2021 or 2022. Facilities which have resumed normal operating status (not under their activated emergency plans) are required to conduct their testing exercises based on the regulatory requirements for their specific provider or supplier type. This guidance will also apply for any subsequent 12-month cycles in the future, in the event facilities continue to operate under their activated emergency plans for COVID-19 response activities.
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The InfoGram volume 22 Issue 21

  • New iTAK App Enhances Situational Awareness for Wildland Firefighters
  • Guidance for EMS on Response to the Current Monkeypox Outbreak
  • more
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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 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. ICS-300 Intermediate ICS For Expanding Incidents
This 21 hour course outlines how the NIMS Command and Coordination component supports the management of expanding incidents as well as describes the incident management processes as prescribed by ICS. This course has a threaded activity that will give students the opportunity to practice implementing the incident management process and create an Incident Action Plan (IAP) for a simulated expanding incident. This course has been adapted to fit into two days without compromising learning materials for this session. This session will be hosted at the Ruckersville Volunteer Fire Company.
August 13-14, 2022
Course Announcement Flyer


1. 2022 Hurricane Season Outlook
NOAA released its 2022 Tropical Season Outlook today calling for another active season in the Atlantic basin. The entire release is linked to here: https://www.noaa.gov/news-release/noaa-predicts-above-normal-2022-atlantic-hurricane-season

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2. Hospices Wield Technology in Recruitment ‘Ground War’
As they battle it out for new hires, technology is proving essential to hospices’ recruitment arsenal. The pandemic accelerated shifts in the ways hospices use tech solutions, like telehealth for patient care or video conferencing to connect with remote-working employees, and a similar trend is developing around recruitment and retention.
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Source: Holly Vossel of Hospice News

3. CDC Expands Monkeypox Investigation in US: 7 Updates
The CDC is investigating four cases of monkeypox in the U.S. as of May 23.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Cailey Gleeson of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

4. Surgeon General Warns of Healthcare Worker Burnout, Release Guidance
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, has released new guidelines on taking care of the healthcare workforce as he warned the public about the threat of healthcare worker burnout.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Georgina Gonzalez of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

5. Police: 94-Year-Old Fatally Shoots Wife at Missouri Hospital
Police say a 94-year-old man shot and killed his wife May 22 at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters (Mo.) Hospital, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
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Source: Ayla Ellison of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

6. ‘We don’t want to be abandoned again’: Providers Fear Federal COVID Support Will go Away with PHE
Nursing home providers are afraid the support the industry has received during the COVID-19 pandemic will be non-existent once the public health emergency declaration comes to a close — despite a historic and ongoing workforce shortage. 
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Source: McKnights Long-Term Care News

7. US Plant Closure Could Lead to Drug Shortages
The closure of a Teva Pharmaceuticals manufacturing plant in Irvine, Calif., could affect the availability of 24 generic sterile injectable drugs, including five essential medicines, according to the first analysis from the End Drug Shortages Alliance.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Cailey Gleeson of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

8. US Has a New Dominant COVID-19 Strain
A highly contagious sublineage of the BA.2 omicron subvariant is now the nation’s dominant strain, according to the CDC’s latest variant proportion estimates
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

9. Contract Nurse Utilization Normalizing, But Hospice Staffing Situation Remains Dire
With hospice providers reporting fewer staff in quarantine, many hope to reduce their utilization of temp nursing services — as well as the higher labor costs that come with them. But the reality won’t be that simple.
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Source: Jim Parker of Hospice News

10. CMS Boosts Oversight of Hospitals with COVID-19 Outbreaks
CMS is investigating hospitals in which a high number of patients likely contracted COVID-19 while seeking care, part of an effort to increase oversight since relaunching routine inspections last year, Politico reported May 26.
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Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW