Infection Control Blog

This page is a pilot project of SCWIHERC and will be used to list all infection control/outbreak notices that SCWIHERC receives, including from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All notices will be removed after 90 days unless SCWIHERC receives notice that the notice is ongoing.

Please send any feedback or questions to Jennifer Behnke

Ongoing- COVID-19 CDC and WI DHS pages
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Ongoing- Weekly Respiratory Report from WI DHS

SCWIHERC Closed POD Workshop

Our Closed POD Workshop took place on September 26, thank you for making it a successful event!  The after action report can be found here:

If  you are looking for any of the resources presented at the workshop, or would like to begin planning our organization’s closed POD, please reach out to your local health department:

Adams County                           608-339-4505

Columbia County                     608-742-9227

Dodge County                           920-386-3670

Grant County                             608-723-6416

Green County                            608-328-9390

Iowa County                               608-930-9870

Jefferson County                     920-674-7275

Juneau County                          608-847-9373

Lafayette County                     608-776-4895

Madison/Dane County          608-266-4821

Marquette County                  608-297-3135

Richland County                       608-647-8821

Rock County                               608-757-5440

Sauk County                               608-355-3290

Watertown (City)                     920-262-8090

A Point of Dispensing (POD) is a site for mass medication distribution in the event of a public health emergency (such as an infectious disease outbreak, natural disaster, or act of terrorism). A closed POD is closed to the public and is sponsored by an agency to distribute medication to its employees and their families, and potentially the patients they serve.

Safer Prescribing of Opioids after Trauma and Surgery

SCWIHERC, SCRTAC, and many health departments throughout the state were recently awarded funds from the Public Health Crisis Response Grant from CDC to combat the opioid epidemic.  SCWIHERC and SCRTAC pooled our funds to support the development of an opioid prescribing continuing education series called SPOTS, Safer Prescribing of Opioids after Trauma and Surgery.  This series of seven collaborative learning sessions covers various topics on opioid prescribing.

Participants will receive free Opioid CME credit, and may either attend live or view recorded sessions online. Note that if you prescribe controlled substances, Wisconsin’s Medical Examining Board requires that you earn two CME credits on responsible opioid prescribing between 1/1/2018-1/1/2020.

More information and registration:

SCWIHERC Family Assistance Center Workshop

The SCWIHERC Family Assistance Center Workshop took place on April 4.  Thank you for attending!

The After Action Report and Improvement Plan is available here:

Resources mentioned at the workshop:


SCWIHERC Regional Pandemic Influenza Tabletop Exercise

Our regional pandemic influenza tabletop exercise took place on April 5 and was a great success!

The after action report is available here


Several resources mentioned during the exercise can be found on our links page.

The FEMA PrepTalk referenced during the exercise can be found here.

Join the coalition’s email distribution list here.

CMS Final Rule for Emergency Preparedness

CMS Final Rule for Emergency Preparedness was implemented November 16, 2016 and will be enforced starting November 16, 2017. The Final Rule applies to 17 provider types that receive funding from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Helpful information is available from the ASPR Tracie Website, including this helpful summary of what is required of these 17 provider types. On June 2, 2017, CMS released interpretive guidelines for the Final Rule, including their definition of a full scale exercise on page 59.

Emergency Preparedness Final Rule toolkits, resources, and templates

CMS Final Rule for Long-Term Care Powerpoint

WHEPP has put together some resources on emergency preparedness for long-term care facilities.

View the materials used to train CMS emergency preparedness surveyors

Regional Healthcare Emergency Evacuation Tabletop Exercise

Our regional exercise took place on Thursday, April 6.  Our focus was an emergency evacuation of a single facility (Tier 1) that escalated into an emergency evacuation of multiple facilities (Tier 2).  Attendees were be briefed on disaster tiers and the 2015 Wisconsin Hospital Surge Guidelines.  Attendees will  receive a generic evacuation template that may be tailored to meet the needs of their organization.  Participants who wish to conduct their own in-house functional or full-scale exercise may do so at their convenience.  We ask that lessons learned for in-house exercises be submitted to our exercise facilitator by Friday, June 2 to be integrated into our regional after action report and improvement plan.


Contact Jennifer Behnke with any questions