December 5 – 11, 2022

1. New Coalition Staff Member

We want to welcome Ed Fisher (Fish is how he wishes to be addressed) who is our new Medically Vulnerable Populations (MVP) Coordinator. Fish comes to us from Albemarle County Fire and Rescue. He can be reached at 434-990-9476 or His cell phone number is (434) 531-6605.

2. Monthly RHCC On-Call

Each month, the NWRHCC has a different person on call to handle after hours emergency needs. Ron Clinedinst is the duty officer for December. 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

3. Regional Coalition Meeting

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition monthly meeting for December (8th) will be virtual using our RingCentral conference line. 

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1. COVID-19 Pandemic
Information related to the pandemic can be found on VDH’s and VHHA’s respective websites.
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2. Virginia Department of Health Weekly Influenza Activity Report
The Virginia Department of Health offers a weekly report that tracks visits to emergency departments and urgent care centers for influenza-like illness.
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3. Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program (HAI High Sign Newsletter)
Our HAI/AR Program newsletter, the HAI High Sign is published on a regular basis and distributed electronically to hospital infection preventionists, key stakeholders from other healthcare facilities and membership organizations, as well as health department staff.
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Credit: Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Technical Resource,                                                                                 Assistance Center, and Information Exchange

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 Clinician Outreach Communication Activity - Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) provides timely, accurate, and credible information to clinicians related to emergency preparedness and response and emerging public health threats. COCA fosters partnerships with national clinician organizations to strengthen information-sharing networks before, during, and after a public health emergency.
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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

3. Medical Device Shortage Update

Medical Device Shortages During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

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1. The Infogram Volume 22 Issue 47

• Infection Prevention and Control for the EMS and 911 Workforce
• Cyber Threats
• More

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2. NIMS Alert 24-22
FEMA published the National Continuous Improvement Guidance, which provides an approach to conduct consistent and rigorous continuous improvement activities before, during and after real-world incidents. The guidance is intended for the whole community, including state, local, tribal and territorial partners; nongovernmental organizations; the private sector; and other organizations with emergency management functions. FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinar sessions to launch the National Continuous Improvement Guidance

• Webinar 1: 1 – 2 p.m. ET on Nov. 1. (Guest Speaker: MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region 3 Administrator)
• Webinar 2: 12 – 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 7. (Guest Speaker: John Benson, Director, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management)
• Webinar 3: 4 – 5 p.m. ET on Nov. 17. (Guest Speaker: Melanie Bartis, Deputy Coordinator, Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management)
• Webinar 4 – Spanish-speaking session: 11 a.m. – 12 noon ET on Dec. 2. (Guest Speakers: Jose Marchand, Lead Continuity Analyst, and Michelle Ortiz, Continuous Improvement Coordinator, FEMA Region 2, Puerto Rico Caribbean Area Office)
• Webinar 5: 10 – 11 a.m. ET on Dec. 13. (Guest Speaker: Clint Osborn, Deputy Director, District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency)

To register for a webinar, please visit

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1. G191 Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface
This one day course works best when delivered to Incident Command System and Emergency Operations Center personnel from the same community. The course provides an opportunity for participants to begin developing an ICS/EOC interface for their community. The course reviews ICS and EOC responsibilities and functions and depends heavily on exercises and group discussions to formulate the interface. Prerequisites: Recommended: IS-100, IS-200 or equivalents. Required for Advanced Professional Series certification.

Where: Farmville EOC
116. N. Main St. Farmville, VA
When: January 18, 2023

2. V450 ICS Train-the-Trainer
This train-the-trainer course is specifically for persons interested in teaching VDEM ICS sponsored courses for their agency or organization. Participants will learn valuable tips on how to teach each of the ICS courses from experienced instructors. Participants will review the content of each ICS course and develop teaching and facilitation strategies to support the delivery of ICS courses within their agency or organization. Upon successful completion of this course, individuals will be authorized to teach the Introduction, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Incident Command System courses (ICS 100 – 400), as well as the ICS for Senior Executives/Elected Officials course (ICS-402). Participants completing V450 must be available as an ICS Sponsored Instructor for at least 12 months after completing this class.
Where: Farmville EOC
116. N. Main St. Farmville, VA
When: January 25-26, 2023
8:00am to 4:30pm
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3. G205 Recovery from Disaster: The Local Community Role
This course provides an introduction to disaster recovery principles and includes current recovery practices and policies as outlined in the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF).
Where: Farmville EOC
116. N. Main St. Farmville, VA
When: January 31 – February 1, 2023

4. Region 3 National Emergency Management Basic Academy
The National Emergency Management Basic Academy is the essential program for individuals committed to emergency management as a professional goal. Similar to basic academies operated by the fire service and law enforcement communities, the National Emergency Management Basic Academy provides learners with a broad foundation in emergency management policy and practice.
Where: Liberty University in Lynchburg
(L0101) Foundations of Emergency Management – August 14-18, 2023
(L0102) Science of Disaster – September 19-21, 2023
(L0103) Planning: Emergency Operations – October 17-18, 2023
(L0146) Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) – November 15-16, 2023
(L0105) Public Information and Warning – December 12-14, 2023
To view current offerings and register for these courses, please log in to the Commonwealth of Virginia Learning Center:



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Training Calendar

SKYWARN® – Basics
Attend the SKYWARN class to become an official National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington D.C. SKYWARN Weather Spotter. Warren County Fire and Rescue is partnering with the National Weather Service to provide free training, to anyone in the community. 
Where: 200 Skyline Vista Dr 200 Skyline Vista Drive Front Royal, VA 22630
When: December 16, 2022
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Register Here

1. Measles is ‘imminent’ Global Threat, CDC and WHO Say
The pandemic spurred major setbacks in global efforts to eliminate measles, making the disease an “imminent threat” for every part of the world, the CDC and World Health Organization said Nov. 23.   
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Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

2. HHS Announces New $350 Million Initiative to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced a new $350 million initiative for HRSA-supported health centers to increase COVID-19 vaccines in their communities, with a specific focus on underserved populations. This funding will support health centers administering updated COVID-19 vaccines through mobile, drive-up, walk-up, or community-based vaccination events, including working with community-based organizations, and other efforts to increase the administration of COVID-19 vaccines.
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3. Nursing Home Industry Reacts to White House ‘all-hands-on-deck’ Approach in Promoting COVID-19 Booster Shots
The American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living and LeadingAge applaud the White House for being proactive in encouraging Americans and especially older adults to get their updated COVID-19 vaccine. The Biden administration announced a six-week booster push last week. 
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Source: Kathleen Steele Gaivin of McKnights Senior Living 

4. Antiviral, Antibiotic Shortages Complicate Already Difficult Virus Season
Shortages of medications used to treat common childhood illnesses are placing added stress on parents, pharmacists and clinicians navigating an already challenging respiratory virus season, CNN reported Nov. 22.   
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Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

5. Blood Bag Shortage Complicates Collection Efforts
Blood bag shortages nationwide, particularly for the only universal blood type, O-negative, has been causing organizations to issue an urgent appeal to donors, multiple sources report.  
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Source: Nika Schoonover of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

6. Tackling Nursing’s Trifecta of Challenges
An aging and retiring nurse workforce, burnout from the pandemic, and a rapidly greying Baby Boomer population have created a trifecta of staffing challenges across the healthcare space, but one nurse leader has some suggestions.

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Source: John Commins of Accreditation & Quality Compliance Center

7. AHA Releases Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Field Guide
AHA is releasing a cross-sector field guide on disaster and emergency preparedness in collaboration with national partners. The Convening Leaders for Emergency and Response (CLEAR) Field Guide for Emergency Preparedness provides a set of aligned priorities and actionable strategies that health care and public health can jointly implement to strengthen the nation’s emergency management systems.

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Source: AHAToday

8. ‘The floodgates opened’: Flu Hits Hospitals
In a one week period, new flu hospitalizations in the U.S. rose nearly 30 percent, and experts say cases are expected to continue rising in the coming weeks.

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Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

9. CMS Memo Puts Workplace Violence in Surveyors’ Crosshairs
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a new memo reminding state surveyors of the importance of oversight of facility safety and security in the face of workplace violence, both from within and from outside threats. 

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Source: Joe Bush of McKnights Long-Term Care News

10. St. Thomas Midtown Hospital Staff Describe Terrifying Moments with Active Shooter
Patients and nurses running for their lives after hearing gunshots.
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Source: Nick Beres of News Channel 5 Nashville

11. Nurse Shortage Plaguing Hospitals in Post-COVID Recovery
“It never was a challenge before,” said Jessica Holden, a registered nurse. “It’s a dilemma. Why is it that we are not getting the number of applicants that we got before?[sic] There used to be waiting lists. We are not seeing those anymore.”

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Source: Jim Kinney of The Republican