Our mission is to effectively respond to any emergency impacting public health through preparation, collaboration, education and rapid intervention. The Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs involve state, regional and local emergency response partners working together to enhance readiness to respond to bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies. Funding to support these efforts is provided through grants from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Health Resources Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The Emergency Preparedness and Response team for the Western Tidewater Health District has been on the forefront of the response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic. Local Emergency Manager Will Drewery has coordinated Point Prevalence Surveys, Community-based Testing, and Long Term Care Facility testing efforts. To date, the Western Tidewater has conducted well over 4,000 tests, and is nearing nearly 2% of the total population for the district. Below are pictures documenting just a few of the monumental efforts that the EP&R team have accomplished during the first few months of the pandemic.