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1 Virginia’s Preparedness for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) March 19 2015

2 Ebola: The Basics Ebola virus is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever. Virus spread person to person mainly by direct contact with bodily fluids (blood, feces, vomit), less commonly by contaminated items (needles). Ebola is a severe and often fatal disease; begins with acute fever, progressing to multi-organ involvement. Infected person is contagious only once symptoms develop (2 to 21 days after exposure). Persons caring for infected persons (healthcare workers, household members) are at highest risk of disease.

3 Ebola in Africa and the United States Mar 2014: Outbreak began in Guinea Aug 8: WHO declared international public health emergency Sep 30: First case diagnosed in US (Texas); traveler left Liberia Sep 19, arrived US Sep 20, and became symptomatic Sep 24 Oct 20: Outbreaks in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, with limited spread in Nigeria and sporadic detection in 3 other countries, account for 8,973 total reported cases and 4,484 deaths Image source: CDC (October 10, 2014)

4 Ebola – Cumulative Cases in West Africa through 03/08/15 n=24,247

5 Confirmed weekly Ebola virus disease cases reported from Sierra Leone (WHO)

6 EVD Control Measures: Based on Established Core Public Health Actions Surveillance Disease Reporting Communication Investigation Implementation of Control Measures Risk Communication

7 Three EVD Scenarios to Consider in Virginia I.Individual arrives at Virginia airport (Dulles most likely) with symptoms consistent with EVD (or likely exposure) and travel history to affected areas II.Individual presents to Virginia hospital with symptoms consistent with EVD and a travel history to the affected areas III.Individual with EVD identified in another state but had contact with Virginians

8 Quarantine Orders Legal authority (§ 32.1-43) exists for State Health Commissioner to issue orders of quarantine for disease threats – If non-compliant with voluntary agreement, or – If such order is necessary to control the disease Letters for EVD-related voluntary quarantine and orders for quarantine scenarios have been drafted

9 State Health Commissioner Actions Maintain full situational awareness at local, state, national and international levels Inform and regularly update public, healthcare community, legislators and Executive Branch leadership about significant events/developments Promote hygienic practices and influenza vaccination in addition Evaluate each potential EVD case/contact as a Communicable Disease of Public Health Threat – Determine need for individual orders of isolation or quarantine

10 Commissioner (continued) Coordinate efforts with neighboring jurisdictions Direct agency resources to meet local needs Identify need for interagency assistance Declare Public Health Emergency if situation warrants enhanced awareness and communication Request Governor declaration of emergency if an affected area needed to be isolated or quarantined

11 Ebola – Virginia Traveler Active Monitoring Risk CategoryNum% Low but not zero risk63197.7 Some risk142.2 High risk10.2 Travelers entered Virginia’s active monitoring program between 10/27/2014 and 2/28/2015 Current StatusNum% Completed monitoring40662.8 Transferred out17627.2 Released from monitoring50.7 Under monitoring (as of 2/28/15)599.1 *2 travelers were transferred out of Virginia prior to being assigned to a region/health district

12 VDH Response Activities to Date Case finding & consultations with hospitals around the Commonwealth 5 patients to date tested for Ebola (all negative) Airport screening began 10/16 at Dulles Post-arrival monitoring of all travelers began 10/27



15 EVD 2015 UC Briefing 24 March

16 Incident Commander Dr. Marissa Levine Info/Intel Chief Suzi Silverstein Sit Awareness Unit Josh Czarda Planning Chief Bob Mauskapf Technical Advisors Four (4) Regional Planners Operations Chief Dr. David Trump SNS Coordinator Cindy Shelton Hospital/Medical Community Branch Kevin Pannell EMS Unit Gary Brown ESF3 Drinking Water Branch John Aulbach Fatality Management Dr. Bill Gormley Environmental Health Allen Knapp Radiological Health Steve Harrison CHS Branch Bob Hicks 35 Local Health District Directors Epi Branch Dr. Laurie Forlano Surveillance Unit Dr. Diane Woolard Admin/Logistics/ Finance Chief Richard Corrigan HR Becky Bynum Finance Beth Franklin Procurement/ General Services Steve VonCanon IT Debbie Condrey PIO Maribeth Brewster Liaison Officer Joe Hilbert Safety Officer Dr. Joanne Wakeham VEOC/ESF8 Liaison TBD VDH All Hazard Incident Management Team 3/1/2015

17 Unified Command EVD Focus Access to Gov-authorized funding (VDEM / Executive Action) Coordinate interagency actions (VDH / VDEM) Coordinate Risk Communications / VA.211 (VDH ORCE / VDEM / JIC) Coordinate efforts with neighboring jurisdictions (All) Local preparedness assessments (VDH OEP / VDH CHS) Local roles and missions (VDEM) Pet quarantine / management (VDH +) Expand /define Unified Command (VDEM / VDH) Post-arrival tracking (VDH OEpi & Local Health Districts) Laboratory testing and transportation of samples (DCLS, DGS) Personal protective equipment status / availability (VDH OEP / VHHA) Supply chain status tracking (VDEM) Function-specific guidance (VDH OEpi) Emergency medical services’ patient transport (VDH OEMS) Medical waste disposition (DEQ) Hazmat response in non-healthcare settings (DEQ) Fatality management (VDH OCME) Behavioral health (DBHDS) Healthcare coalition preparedness and response (VDH OEP / VHHA) Training and Exercises (VDEM +) 1 st TTX 2/12 / 2 nd planned 5/19

18 EVD Unified Command Update Unified Command meets monthly Plans, Gap Analyses, & Tabletop Exercises Completed Regional Coordination Section Tiered Hospital Concept Treatment, Assessment, Frontline Hospitals Prepared Transport Teams in all EMS Councils HHS and CDC Grants Hospital and Public Health Preparedness ~$11M Training and Exercises Facility, local, regional exercises tracked 1 st Unified Command Exercise conducted 2/12 Cat A Medical Waste DEQ regulates and coordinates with facilities Communications Pre-scripted messaging VDH Website / Dark Site IF EVD case presents in VA. 211 Call Center Law Enforcement Video:

19 Additional Issues W Africa Healthcare Worker Evacuation Just-in time Logistics / Vendor List(s) DOD Coordination Tiered Hospital Response Situational Awareness

20 Questions? Dr. Dave Trump, Chief Deputy Commissioner Public Health and Preparedness 804-864-7025 Bob Mauskapf, Director Emergency Preparedness 804-864-7035 Cindy Shelton, Assistant Director, Emergency Preparedness 804-864-7486 Jennifer Freeland VDH State Volunteer Coordinator 804-396-0543 Kim Allan, Operations Director 804-864-7030 Suzi Silverstein, Director, Risk Communications and Education 840-864-7538 Kevin Pannell, State Hospital Coordinator 804-864-7033 General Info / Contact

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