Briefing Minutes 1.27


Any CDC, local health department, CCAOM or other agency updates?

US 25,152,433 confirmed cases 133,913 new cases in 24 hours 419,827 deaths 1,891 new deaths in 24 hours

TX 1,988,063 confirmed cases 21,813 new cases in 24 hours 34,701 deaths 307 new deaths in 24 hours

Travis county 65,507 confirmed cases 685 deaths

-Texas will receive more than 332,000 first doses of the vaccine from the federal government this week, but Mayor Steve Adler says Austin has only received enough vaccine for 2% of the population—with health care workers, nursing home residents, people 65 and older and those with high-risk medical conditions still waiting to be vaccinated. The biggest obstacle to getting the COVID-19 vaccine right now is availability. Central Texas is only getting about 320,000 doses of the vaccine to distribute each week, in a state of almost 30 million people.

In Travis County, there are approximately 1.2 million people, but the county is getting on average just 14,365 vaccine doses each week. To vaccinate even 50% of the population here with one dose would take 41 weeks at this rate, which would take us until November.

Several thousand recipients of Austin Public Health’s first COVID dose can’t sign up for a second dose at this time. APH is working to correct what occurred because of technical troubles with their computer system.

If you are in the Phase 1A or 1B groups — which includes health care workers, those in long-term care facilities, seniors 65 or older, and people with underlying medical conditions — you will be able to move from pre-registration to the registration phase, (pending the availability of the vaccine.)

Austin Public Health will send an email telling you that you can now sign up for a time to get your vaccine. But again — there are a limited number of doses, so it’s important to register for a time to get your vaccine as quickly as you can.

To help, try setting up email or push alerts for emails from Austin Public Health. For example, one Google extension allows you to set up text alerts for emails in Gmail. It might take a bit of googling on how to do this with your own email provider.

-Dr. Mark Escott, Austin's top doctor, said during a briefing Tuesday that metrics show people in the Austin area are changing their behavior. The moving average of new cases is 577, and there has not been a second surge from New Year's Eve. The moving average of hospitalization is 586, and there are 157 people in the ICU due to COVID-19.

-AISD is offering some free mass rapid testing days for AISD students and staff. Will offer once a week while Austin is in Stage V of COVID risk prevention.

2.Updates on any action items:

Nothing today

3. Communication for our AOMA community? Any new issues?

Boss Rocket Worklife Survey will be launched on Feb. 4. Mary will send an email out with more details, but it is an employee survey to help us improve worklife at AOMA.

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

- Our Librarian Rita has a fish tank in the library if anyone would like it let Rita know

January 27 is

National Chocolate Cake Day

Library Shelfie Day – Fourth Wednesday in January (day to organize your books!)

It is also Thomas Crapper Day a London plumber who in the 1860’s popularized the flush toilet and sanitary plumbing and made toilets and bathroom fixtures a global success!

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