1. Any CDC, local health department, CCAOM or other agency updates?
-US 8,553,827 confirmed 83,851 new cases in 24 hours 2224,221 deaths 828 new deaths in 24 hours
-TX 862,375 confirmed cases 3,793 new cases in 2 hours 17,504 deaths 48 new deaths in 24 hours -Travis county 31,493 confirmed cases 442 deaths
-From KXAN yesterday, Austin Public Health is preparing for a future COVID-19 vaccine.
Austin Public Health’s says it’s walk-up flu vaccination clinics are serving as a practice for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. Saturday, an Austin Public Health walk-up flu shot event delivered nearly 200 vaccinations. Another clinic is expected to take place next month which will offer some 600 shots, according to officials. “We are just making sure we have all the nuts and bolts in place so that we are ready once the COVID-19 vaccine comes around,” said Chief Epidemiologist Janet Pichette.
The second clinic will operate as a drive-thru event on Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane. Austin Public Health also announced earlier this week a move to form a COVID-19 distribution coalition based on the fact that vaccine demand will be limited at first. The coalition is made up of health care and community partners. “As we meet we are going to develop a distribution plan. In order to follow the outline provided, we are going to determine the priority populations, who we know in this community will be able to get the vaccine first,” said Pichette. “Health care workers and first responders will be the first to receive it.”
Pfizer, a pharmaceutical corporation, says we could expect results from its first COVID-19 vaccine trial as early as the first week of November. The Austin Regional Clinic is a part of the Pfizer vaccine trial which currently includes thousands of participants across the country. “They believe they will have preliminary data that will suggest if it was positive or negative. They will also have safety data sometime mid November,” said Dr. Jay Zdunek, Austin Regional Clinic. “If all goes well, then it is anticipated that we may get rapid approval from the FDA.”
This discussion comes at a time when COVID-19 numbers are spiking in some areas of Texas.
2.Updates on any action items:
- Still need additional food for our food bank.
3. Communication for our AOMA community? Any new issues?
- Reminder All students should be following the clinic rules when in the clinics. Not all students are being diligent. It has been proposed that a contract be signed to ensure everyone understand what is required.
-Classrooms need to have Clorox wipes, one was missing. We know Ralf is checking regularly and stoking so we hope no one has been tempted to take the container. We had a similar problem when the COVID outbreak began.
4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours
- Cool front this afternoon so Fall has arrived, rain through Wednesday
-Lesley had a great start to the morning on her walk, she saw a skunk and jack rabbit and she noted that you can see dew coming down as a fine mist. Others considered how the dew mist aligns with concepts in TCM. Nice thoughts with which to start the morning!