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Report says Virginia ready for emergency

December 28, 2007
by A.J. Hostetler
Richmond Times-Dispatch

A national report says Virginia is well-prepared for a public-health emergency. The commonwealth was among seven states with top performances in each of 10 categories evaluated by the Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit research group based in Washington. "We're certainly very pleased that we got a 10 out of 10," said Dr. Lisa Kaplowitz, the Virginia Department of Health's deputy commissioner for emergency preparedness and response. "But it doesn't mean our work is done." Last year, Virginia failed to meet categories on the nursing shortage and hospital surge capacity. While those categories were not part of this year's report, they remain challenges for the state, Kaplowitz said. Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Tennessee also earned top scores in the annual report, "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Disease, Disasters, and Bioterrorism," issued Dec. 18.

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