January 16 – 22, 2023

1. Monthly RHCC On-Call

Each month, the NWRHCC has a different person on call to handle after hours emergency needs. Jordan Rennie is the duty officer for January. 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 monthly meeting for February (9th) will be via virtual. We will not have our regularly scheduled meeting. We will conduct the Radiological Annex Table Top Exercise instead. 

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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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The Express: January 2023

This issue of The Express highlights the following resources:

  • On-Campus Hospital Armed Assailant Planning Considerations
  • Partnering with the Healthcare Supply Chain during Disasters (Updated)
  • The Exchange, Issue 16: Decedent Management during Disasters

 Clinician Outreach Communication Activity - emergency.cdc.gov 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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The InfoGram

  • U.S. Senate Report Identifies Failures in Federal Pandemic Preparedness and Initial COVID-19 Response
  • A Government Watchdog Spent $15,000 to Crack a Federal Agency’s Passwords in Minutes
  • Cyber Threat
  • More

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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: *Central Virginia Community College
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: https://covlc.virginia.gov/

5: CyberAware January 2022 1 of 2
These products are a result of collaboration and cooperation from a variety of Shield programs and public safety orientated officials.
CyberAware January 2022 1 of 2

6: HealthAware Q4 – 2022
Healthcare related open-source email bulletins geared towards issues relevant to healthcare professionals. These products will include information regarding security of facilities and active shooter readiness, pandemic and infectious disease information, bio-terrorism trends, and news and other healthcare related Shield content.



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Training Calendar

1. 2023 National ResilienceEXCH Virtual Summit
Over the course of three half-days, several hundred participants will learn, network, and collaborate with private sector critical infrastructure partners, state and local emergency managers, DHS/CISA, DHS/FEMA/FMCSA, trade associations, academia, industry, and research groups.
Date: January 24-26, 2023
Time: 12:30pm – 6:00pm EST (each day)
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2. Infection Prevention Education Series
NETEC has released a new education series on infection prevention and control for special pathogens. The courses in this program are designed for nurses, physicians, emergency responders, and other health care professionals—bringing you back to the basics of infection prevention and control. Earn up to 1.5 continuing education credits and complete the program in as little as 1.5 hours.
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3. 2023 Preparedness Summit
Registration for the 2023 Preparedness Summit, to be held April 24–27, 2023, in Atlanta, is officially open! The 2023 Preparedness Summit, Recover. Renew: Reprioritizing All-Hazards Preparedness, will provide an opportunity to revisit pressing issues in preparedness and share resources, shape policies, and build skills to mitigate a variety of threats. Please contact Ashley Shifflett before registering if you want to attend so we can receive approval to use money from the regional budget to pay for expenses related to the Summit. Take advantage of early-bird rates—register today!

1. Declarations of a Public Health Emergency
As a result of the continued consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  pandemic, on this date and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, I, Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, pursuant to the authority vested in me under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, do hereby renew, effective January 11, 2023.
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2. Biden Team Eyes end of COVID Emergency Declaration and Shift in COVID Team
Senior Biden officials are targeting an end to the emergency designation for Covid as soon as the spring, after debating doing so last summer and taking a pass, three people with knowledge of the matter told POLITICO. The decision, which has not yet been finalized amid more immediate efforts to manage a recent spike in Covid cases, would trigger a complex restructuring of major elements of the federal response — and set the stage for the eventual shifting of greater responsibility for vaccines and treatments to the private market.
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Source: Adam Cancryn of POLITICO

3. Uganda Declares end of Ebola Disease Outbreak
Uganda today declared the end of the Ebola disease outbreak caused by Sudan ebolavirus, less than four months after the first case was confirmed in the country’s central Mubende district on 20 September 2022.
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Source: World Health Organization

4. Free COVID Tests now Available to all Aging Services Providers
Nursing homes and other aging services providers across the US can now access free COVID-19 test kits through an expanded partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services and LeadingAge.
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Source: Kimberly Marselas of McKnights Long-Term Care News

5. OSHA Proceeding with Healthcare Rulemakings
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will proceed with three rulemakings focused on the healthcare industry—standards for COVID-19, infectious diseases, and workplace violence—the Department of Labor (DOL) announced as part of the fall 2022 unified regulatory agenda unveiled January 4.
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Source: Guy Burdick of Accreditation & Quality

6. Federal Surge Team Leaves New Mexico Children’s Hospital
HHS deployed a 14-person medical team to the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital Dec. 30 to support staff treating an influx of patients with respiratory illnesses.
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Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

7. Health Experts say new Variant Will Drive up COVID Infection[s] and Hospitalization[s]
The antiviral monoclonal antibody drugs that treated early variants of COVID-19 are not effective against new viral variants of the virus and have since been de-authorized by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration, said UVa Health infectious disease physician Patrick Jackson during the UVa Health COVID-19 briefing on Friday.
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Source: Sydney Shuler of The Daily Progress

8. China’s COVID Wave Threatens Another Snarl of U.S. Medical Supply Chain
U.S. efforts to lessen the health care system’s reliance on China will be tested in the coming weeks and months as the coronavirus rolls through China.
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Source: Shannon Pettypiece of NBC NEWS

9. Climate Threats Grow but Many Nursing Homes Don’t Know: Yale
Two new studies on wildfire and hurricane-related flooding threats to nursing homes demonstrate a need to bolster emergency preparedness in a sector where many leaders may be unaware of evolving weather-related risks.
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Source: Jessica R. Towhey of McKnights Long-Term Care News