CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia scored above the national average on a recent assessment of health security preparedness.
The state Department of Health and Human Resources says West Virginia scored 7.3 on the National Health Security Preparedness Index. The national average was 7.2.
The index is prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health organizations. It measures five categories: health surveillance, community planning and engagement, incident and information management, surge management, and countermeasure management.
Letitia Tierney is the state health officer and commissioner for the Bureau of Public Health. She says West Virginia moving in the right direction on disaster and emergency preparedness, largely because of successful state and local partnerships among health care providers and emergency management personnel.