Briefing Minutes 10.16


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

US 7,894,768 confirmed cases 59,761 new cases in 24 hours 216,025 deaths 831 new deaths in 24 hours

TX 809,808 confirmed cases 4,615 new cases in 24 hours 16,812 deaths 95 new deaths in 24 hours Travis county 30,601 confirmed cases 436 deaths

-Travis county bars won’t reopen yet. Dr. Mark Escott said at the Austin Public Health’s weekly COVID-19 briefing Wednesday “now’s not the time to take substantial risk with COVID-19 transmission.” Escott, the interim health authority for Austin Public Health, recommended to not open bars at 50% capacity to Interim Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe, and the judge issued a statement just before the meeting that he could not allow the bars to open “in good conscience.” Dr. Escott said they’ll evaluate data again in two weeks, but he sees potential in increased transmission if bars were to reopen now.

- Austin Public Health announced Tuesday it has launched a high-risk worker hotline to promote the safety and well-being of the vulnerable workers in our community. The hotline, which is operated by Austin Voices for Education and Youth, provides information and referral services for front line staff who need assistance due to COVID-19.The hotline can be reached at 512-493-4288 and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be operational through mid-December and is available in any requested language.

For the hotline, a "high-risk worker" is defined as a worker who is one of the following:

  • Is over 65 years of age

  • Lives in a household with a resident over 65 years of age

  • Has a health condition

  • Is unable to work from home

  • Has an income below 200% of the federal poverty level

  • Is Black or Hispanic/Latinx 

  • Has been diagnosed with COVID and has not recovered or is still within the 14-day quarantine.

2.Updates on any action items:

No new updates currently

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

An ad campaign launched this week on Sun Radio 100.1 letting the public know about National Acupuncture day and an interview organized by AOMA. The interview will include Dr. Lee and Dr. Finnell with the VA’s Whole Health Program, South and Central Texas and why acupuncture is an important part of the integrative health care model. The interview will be aired on AM day, Oct. 24th!

-NCCAOM is also hosting a webinar on AM day. See their website for details.

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

October 16 is

National Sports Day

National Liqueur Day

National Dictionary Day

Global Cat Day

Department Store Day

Boss’s Day (or National Boss’s Day) – Annually Oct. 16 unless it falls on a weekend. Then it’s the closest workday.

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