January 2 – 8, 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 January (12th) will be at Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital. Thank you to the staff at SRMH for hosting the meeting. 


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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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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. 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: 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.
HealthAware-Q4-2022

6: CIAware-December-2022
These products are a result of collaboration and cooperation from a variety of Shield programs and public safety orientated officials.

CIAware-December-2022

7: All Sectors Bulletin Holiday Scams 2022
These products are a result of collaboration and cooperation from a variety of Shield programs and public safety orientated officials.
All Sectors Bulletin Holiday Scams 2022

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


 

 

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Training Calendar

1. Webinar – Polio Resurgence: Guidance for Health Care Workers

Polio has once again caught the attention of public health and health care officials after a case of vaccine-derived poliovirus was reported in New York this summer—the first case in the United States in 10 years. In this webinar, experts share what you need to know about polio vaccines and CDC recommendations, patient management and post-polio syndrome, laboratory testing, and specimen handling and shipment. Continuing education credits are available for this webinar.
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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. CDC Alerts Clinicians on Severe Strep A Increase
The CDC issued a health advisory Dec. 22 to alert the medical community of a rise in severe strep A infections among children.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

2. New York Health System to use USDA Grant to Integrate Epic EHR Into Emergency Response System
Potsdam, N.Y.-based St. Lawrence Health is using part of a $10 million USDA grant to integrate its Epic EHR with its emergency response services, Watertown Daily Times reported Dec. 24.
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Source: Noah Schwartz of BECKER’S HEALTH IT

3. 52% of Americans Think COVID-19 PHE Still Needed
Fifty-two percent of Americans think a public health emergency should still be in effect for COVID-19, according to a new survey from Morning Consult. Last week, 25 governors sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting the end of the COVID-19 PHE in April.
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Source: Molly Gamble of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

4. Hospitals Suffer Setbacks from Winter Storm Elliott
Weather that snarled up travel for many Americans over the holidays also interfered with power and water, with problems spilling over to affect hospital operations. Fire departments from counties surrounding Memphis are using tanker trucks to pump water into area hospitals to keep pressure up. “The principal need there is for boilers, boilers that provide heat and steam and sterilization at our hospitals,” Doug McGowen, president of Memphis Light, Gas and Water, told local CBS affiliate WREG.
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Source: Molly Gamble of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

5. US to Enact Testing Requirement for Travelers From China: 3 COVID-19 Updates
Beginning Jan. 5, travelers from China, Hong Kong and Macau will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding flights headed to the U.S., the CDC said in a Dec. 28 announcement. The move comes as concern mounts over a growing surge of cases in China.
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Source: Erica Carbajal and Paige Twenter of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW