Virginia has been recognized as one of the states best prepared for public health emergencies

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Richmond, Virginia For several years in a row, Virginia has been recognized among the states best prepared to respond to public health emergencies. The trend continues in the latest report from Trust for America’s Health, Ready or not 2022: Protecting public health from disease, disaster, and bioterrorismAnd the Which again puts Virginia in first place among states. The report measures a country’s levels of preparedness to respond to a wide range of health emergencies including outbreaks of infectious diseases, natural disasters and man-made events.

Several recent Trust for America’s Health reports — which also ranked Virginia the top tier of states in 2021 And the 2020 Compiled during the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent years, the Commonwealth has also been ranked Among the top countries in the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHPSI) report that assesses a country’s readiness to respond to public health emergencies.

“This ongoing and frequent verification of Virginia’s public health emergency preparedness is a testament to the hard work of the thousands of employees at the Virginia Department of Health who focus day in and day out on protecting the health and promoting the well-being of Virginians,” said Acting State Health Commissioner Colin M. Green, Ph.D. In Medicine, MPH. “Our continued attention to preparedness means that when we encounter situations like this pandemic, extreme weather events, or calculated attacks, we have systems, guidelines, relationships and community partnerships ready to launch a comprehensive response.”

“Virginia hospitals are essential partners in the Commonwealth’s emergency preparedness infrastructure and essential providers of lifesaving care to patients, including those whose safety is at risk due to public health emergencies,” said Sean, President and CEO of Virginia Hospital and Health Care Association (VHHA) T Connaughton. The pandemic has been a real-world stress test for our healthcare delivery system and its level of emergency preparedness. While there are always opportunities for improvement, it is gratifying to see Virginia’s commitment to preparedness continues to place us among the best in the country.”

Earlier this month, Virginia celebrated the second anniversary (March 7, 2020) of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. Since then, Virginia’s public health agencies, private healthcare providers such as hospitals and health systems, and many other stakeholders have risen to the challenge of a global pandemic. Virginia has recorded more than 1.65 million cases of COVID-19, resulting in more than 105,600 hospitalizations.

When vaccine doses became available, the Commonwealth mobilized public and private resources to quickly get shots into the guns—nearly 7 million Virginians had received at least one dose of the vaccine (hospitals administered more than two million doses) and more than 72 percent of those eligible Virginia residents were fully vaccinated. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH), local health districts, hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, and other partners have also supported efforts to respond to pandemic surges, outbreaks, and other evolving conditions through testing, treatment, vaccination, telehealth, and other strategic approaches.

The Ready or not 2022: Protecting public health from disease, disaster, and bioterrorism The report examines a variety of factors to determine the ratings including the level of preparedness to respond to large-scale health emergencies and the provision of public health services such as disease surveillance, seasonal influenza vaccination, safe drinking water, and expanded health care services in those situations. The report is also intended to serve as a tool to provide policy makers with data that can be used to support improvements and investments in the event of emergency preparedness.

Unvaccinated individuals remain at increased risk of serious illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19. This population remains a top priority for VDH. Everyone 5 years of age or older is eligible for the vaccination. To find free vaccines near you, visit Vaccination. virginia.gov Or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1). Help is available in English, Spanish, and over 100 other languages.

About VDH: The mission of the Virginia Department of Health is to protect the health and promote the well-being of all people in Virginia. VDH’s central offices and a network of 35 local health districts serve Virginia communities. Learn more through https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/. Contact VDH through FacebookAnd the TwitterAnd the YoutubeAnd the LinkedInAnd the And the Instagram.

About VHHA: The Virginia Hospital and Health Care Association It is an alliance of 110 hospitals and 25 healthcare delivery systems that develops and advocates sound healthcare policy in the Commonwealth. Its mission is to achieve excellence in both healthcare and health to make Virginia the healthiest state in the country. Its vision is to collaborate with members and stakeholders, to ensure the sustainability of the Virginia health care system, transform the delivery of care to promote low costs and high value across the continuing chain of care, and to improve health for all Virginians. Connect with VHHA through FacebookAnd the TwitterAnd the YoutubeAnd the LinkedInAnd the Instagram.

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