Preparedness Awareness Blog

CVHC’s Preparedness Awareness is a digital journal of regional knowledge and resources relevant to the education and preparedness healthcare facility based emergency management programs in the Central Region of Virginia.

Additionally, CVHC’s Preparedness Awareness TV will offer video lectures, interviews, and training for the education and preparedness healthcare facility based emergency management programs in the Central Region of Virginia.

  • Emerging Disease Coronavirus
    Volume 2. Issue 2 – January 28, 2020 The CDC is monitoring an outbreak of a novel coronavirus (respiratory illness) named 2019-nCoV. It was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and believed to have originated from a live animal market. Unfortunately, it seems to have evolved from animal-to-person spread to person-to-person. This situation … Read more
  • Influenza (Flu) Outbreak
    Volume 2. Issue 1 – January 22, 2020 Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can range from mild to severe with serious outcomes resulting in possible hospital stays or death. Pediatrics, geriatrics, and people with compromised immune systems or certain health conditions (*diabetics, HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, asthmatics, cancer) are at … Read more
  • Hurricane Preparedness – Before, During, and After
    Volume 1. Issue 6. – August 30, 2019 Hurricanes are large storm systems formed over warm oceans and track toward land. These systems can cause powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, flooding, increased rip currents, and the formation of tornadoes (often multiple). Secondary effects of these storms will result in power outages, downed trees and … Read more
  • Legionella Bacteria and Legionnaires Disease
    Volume 1. Issue 5 – August 7, 2019 Legionella Bacteria– Potential Outbreak in Central Region, Virginia Legionella is a bacteria found to be naturally occurring in streams and rivers. When it is aerosolized by man-made machines such as pools, fountains, HVAC units, misting devices, or cooling towers it can cause the respiratory illness named Legionnaires … Read more
  • Understanding Local Public Health Preparedness for Collaborative Efforts with Healthcare Facilities in Central Region
    Volume 1. Issue 4 – July 23, 2019Written by: Erin M. Nowlin, MSN, RN, CEN, CHEC The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is a nation-wide association of Local Health Officials and Department Leaders. In our Commonwealth, Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has 35 local health districts. (Pictured below) Each of these … Read more

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