May 1 – 7, 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 May. 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 complete the PPE and Mobile Asset Request form located here.

2. Regional Coalition Meeting

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition monthly meeting is May 11. We are using the WebEx conferencing system. If you are a routine attendee for this meeting an you do not have the WebEx calendar invite, please contact us before the meeting. The meeting agenda and previous meeting minutes will be sent on the Tuesday prior to the meeting. 

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1. Virginia Department of Health Weekly Situation Report
The Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Preparedness offers a weekly report with key takeaways, key figures, and other information affecting public health and healthcare.
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2. Virginia Long-Term Care Clinician Network Monthly Update
About the Network: The Virginia Long-Term Care Clinician Network (LTC-CN) brings together medical directors and clinicians practicing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other congregate care settings, such as Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
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3. 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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4. 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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5. 2023 Virginia Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Summit
The Virginia Healthcare Emergency Management Program will host the 2023 Virginia Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Summit on April 19, 2023 in Richmond. The healthcare coalition will reimburse lodging, mileage, and per diem for those who meet the criteria for reimbursement. If you would like to attend the Summit, please contact Ashley Shifflett, Exercise and Training Coordinator for details. 


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The Express: April 2023

  • ASPR TRACIE Roundtable: Lessons Learned in Health Care Communications (Webinar)
  • Updated Risk Communications and Social Media in Emergency Response Topic Collections
  • Mass Casualty Hospital Capacity Expansion Toolkit
  • Extreme Heat Events: Lessons from Seattle’s Record-Breaking Summers
  • No-Notice Health Care Facility Water Loss: HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball’s Experience (Speaker Series Recording)

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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 Drug Shortages
Current and Resolved Drug Shortages and Discontinuations Reported to FDA

2. Medical Device Shortage Update
Medical Device Shortages During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

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The COVID-19 PHE is Ending on May 11, 2023 (No NEW COVID-19 PHE Waiver Requests)
Throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), CMS has used a combination of emergency authority waivers, regulations, enforcement discretion, and sub-regulatory guidance to ensure access to care and give health care providers the flexibilities needed to respond to COVID-19 and help keep people safer.
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The InfoGram

  • April is Autism Awareness Month: Resources for First Responders 
  • Cyber Threats
  • More

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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:



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Training Calendar

1. Making Mitigation Work (Webinar Series)
The Natural Hazards Center, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is pleased to present the Making Mitigation Work Webinar Series. These free one-hour webinars feature innovative speakers and highlight progress in mitigation policy, practice, and research.
Save the dates for future Making Mitigation Work webinars:
May 16, 2023, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST
June 13, 2023, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST
Click here to register for free

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.
Learn More

3. CBERS 2023 – Exercise Design for Community Partners
Participants will learn the fundamental steps of how to design a training exercise and participate with other community partners in a tabletop exercise. This is a free offering by the Virginia Department of Health. The bold location and date is the closest to the different parts of our region (East, West, North, and South).
The dates are locations are:
Chesapeake – May 10, 2023
Newport News – May 22, 2023
Dinwiddie – May 4, 2023
Fairfax – June 6, 2023
Stafford – June 7, 2023
To register,
click here.

1. CDC Says COVID-19 Tracking Will be Similar to Seasonal Flu Surveillance
Nearly two weeks away from the end of the public health emergency, the CDC has detailed what and how it will continue tracking COVID-19 data as some reporting aspects begin to sunset, according to an April 24 report from CNN.
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Source: Ashleigh Hollowell of BECKER’S Clinical Leadership & Infection Control

2. Man Charge With Setting Fires Inside Florida HCA Hospital
A man was arrested in connection to multiple fires found inside of Ocala-based HCA Florida West Marion Hospital and within the community, Fox 35 reported April 24.
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Source: Mariah Taylor of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

3. Viewpoint: Dr. Fauci Reflects on Pandemic, ‘fractured’ Public Health System
Anthony Fauci, MD, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, detailed his take on the COVID-19 pandemic, what went wrong, what went right and how it all ties back to the overarching picture of public health in the U.S. during a lengthy interview published April 24 in The New York Times.
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Source: Ashleigh Hollowell of BECKER’S Clinical Leadership & Infection Control

4. Healthcare Organizations More Reactive Than Proactive in Cybersecurity, Study Finds
The results showed that healthcare organizations have low coverage in supply chain risk management, asset management and risk management areas. 
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Source: Noah Schwartz of BECKER’S HEALTH IT

5. Woman’s Death Outside Massachusetts Hospital Prompts Signage Regulation
Massachusetts recently issued regulations that update emergency department signage requirements after a woman’s death outside of Cambridge Health Alliance Somerville (Mass.) Hospital in September 2016, WBUR reported April 27.
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Source: Mariah Taylor of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

6. CDC to Trim Hospital COVID-19 Reporting Rules: 2 Notes
The CDC plans to reduce the number of COVID-19 data elements hospitals must report upon termination of the COVID-19 public health emergency May 11. The American Hospital Association outlined the changes in an April 27 special bulletin.
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Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S Clinical Leadership & Infection Control

7. AHA: Supply Chain Won’t Return to ‘normal’ Anytime Soon, but Here’s What you can do
The American Hospital Association argues that the healthcare supply chain is not going to be back to “normal” anytime soon, despite estimates that still project its growth.
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Source: Ashleigh Hollowell of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

8. Court Revives Criminal COVID Charges Against Nursing Home Leaders
Two former leaders of a state-run nursing home where 76 veterans died in a single COVID outbreak must face criminal charges, despite a previous ruling that they could not be held liable for elder neglect.
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Source: Kimberly Marselas of McKnights Long-Term Care News