January 9 – 15, 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. 

Credit: Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

Credit: Virginia Department of Health

1. COVID-19 Pandemic
Information related to the pandemic can be found on VDH’s and VHHA’s respective websites.
Want to know more, read here »

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.
Want to know more, read here »

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.
Want to know more, read here »


Credit: Health & Human Services

Credit: Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response



Credit: Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Technical Resource,                                                                                 Assistance Center, and Information Exchange

         Credit: Hospital Preparedness Program




 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.
Want to know more, read here » 

Credit: U.S. Food & Drug Administration

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

Credit: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Credit: U.S. Fire Administration

 Credit: U.S. Fire Administration


1. 2022 National Preparedness Report
FEMA released the 2022 National Preparedness Report, revealing the impacts that climate change and associated natural disasters continue to have on emergency management capabilities and communities across the country. 

2. The InfoGram

  • DoJ Releases Report, “Mass Shootings in American Cities: Mayors’ Experiences and Lessons Learned”
  • Cyber Threat
  • More

Credit: Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Credit: Virginia Fusion Center

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
Read More »

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.

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


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



Credit: 123RF


Training Calendar

1. Webinar – Polio Resurgence: Guidance for Health Care Workers **This Week**
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.
Date: January 11, 2023
Time: 11:00am Central Time
Register Now

2. 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)
Register Now

3. 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.
Learn More

4. 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. Russian Hacking Group ‘KillNet’ Targets US Healthcare
The HHS Cybersecurity Coordination Center is warning U.S. healthcare providers of the Russian hacking group Killnet, known to target hospitals with DDoS attacks, SCMedia reported Dec. 22.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Noah Schwartz of BECKER’S HEALTH IT

2. HHS Sends Disaster Response [NDMS] Team to 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.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

3. Younkin Announces Task Force on Troubled Temporary Detention Order System
With state hospitals continuing to be strained by mental health patients in crisis, Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced Monday the creation of a task force to combat deficiencies in how Virginia handles individuals whom magistrates order to be held involuntarily for treatment.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Sarah Vogelsong of Virginia Mercury

4. 8 Notable Supply Shortages in 2022
As health systems struggled with medical supply disruptions affected by inflation, geopolitical conflicts, demand spikes and COVID-19, click the read here to find out what they were or continue to be.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Paige Twenter of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

5. Moderna CEO Says MPOX Vaccine is ‘fantastic’.” It may Never see the Market8 Notable Supply Shortages in 2022
Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel says data from the company’s preclinical monkeypox, or mpox, vaccine are “fantastic,” but don’t expect to see it on the market any time soon, if at all.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Max Bayer of FIERCE Biotech

6. New Flu-shot reporting to be streamlined, Feds say
Amid ongoing confusion over mandated reporting of flu vaccinations among nursing home staff, federal health officials have agreed to streamline the process.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Kimberly Marselas of McKnights Long-Term Care News

7. New Jersey Hospital Cyber Attack Disrupts Patient Admissions
After a cyber attack forced Freehold hospital administrators to halt new patient admissions, CentraState Medical Center officials were advising that patients seek care elsewhere due to the volume of patients in the emergency room.

Want to know more, read here »
Source: Spencer Kent of nj.com

8. UVA Receives Grant to Help Control Spread of Disease in Nursing Homes
UVA Health officials are working with long-term care facilities around the state on the best practices to protect residents.

Want to know more, read here »
Source: Felicity Taylor of CBS19 NEWS

9. CMS Targeting Nursing Homes With Low Booster Shot Rates
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is routinely monitoring COVID-19 vaccine reporting, and offering on-site clinics and more resources to low-performing facilities, officials said.

Want to know more, read here »
Source: Kimberly Marselas of McKnights Long-Term Care News

10. Hospices Work to Recruit More Volunteers Before COVID PHE Ends
The number of hospice volunteers plunged during the first two years of the pandemic, and many are still working to rebuild their ranks.

Want to know more, read here »
Source: Holly Vossel of Hospice News