1. Any CDC, local health department, CCAOM or other agency updates?
US 10,036,463 confirmed cases 122,910new cases in 24hours 237,731 deaths 704 new cases in 24 hours
TX 974,230confirmed cases 10,865 new cases in 24hours 18,863 deaths 94 new deaths in 24hours Travis county 33,559confirmed cases 461 deaths
Of the 145 people who were in the hospital Tuesday for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, 51 were in intensive care and 25 were on ventilators. The county reported 24 new hospitalizations on Tuesday.
The seven-day rolling average of new hospitalizations — 25.7 — did not change from Tuesday to Monday. The figure is the highest average seen in the Austin area since Aug. 21, when it was 26.7. The rolling average has been gradually rising since the start of the month.
On Tuesday, interim Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott again warned residents against holiday gatherings, pointing to steadily rising number of cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks.
He also said he is considering recommending that Travis County go back to Stage 4 of Austin Public Health’s risk-based guidelines as early as next week if the situation does not improve.
-Student Robin Banyasz reported that her husband, an ER physician is seeing a large increase in patients presenting to the ER what appears to physicians to be symptoms of COVID but are testing negative. There is concern for the accuracy of the test results, but this also points out the complexity of what we are dealing with at this time when other Flu viruses are rising too.
2.Updates on any action items:
-Food Pantry is still well supplied if anyone has a need.
3. Communication for our AOMA community? Any new issues?
- Remember today is Veteran’s Day, please take time to thank our Veteran’s for all they do for all of us!
Veterans, the following website shares information about special discounts to honor you:
Nov 11-17 Veteran’s can receive free acupuncture sessions in the Student Clinics
-Revised classroom safety rules during this time of virus surge:
Rules for Clinic will be same in classroom for those classes requiring hands on work. Instructors must reinforce that these practical classes are preparing students for clinic.
-Meeting all screening criteria, proper masks (minimum surgical masks), face shields, physical distancing, regular and as needed hand washing/sanitizing, disinfecting of all common use tools and surfaces
If outdoors and on break it is permissible to take off mask and face shield to eat and hydrate, but physical distancing must be maintained. When outdoors and unmasked, good to avoid doors and walkways so you don’t unintentionally come close to someone else while unmasked.
- Class size - 8 max but faculty must monitor that proper distancing is maintained
- # of Massage Tables in a classroom – no more than 4
-PPE – as described above
NOTE: AOMA is providing surgical masks and face shields if anyone does not have their own
4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours
-AOMA as a community has done well to prevent COVID spread, everyone including students have graciously adhered to our safety rules during this Pandemic. We’ve had a few close calls but no exposures. Thank you to everyone, we can get through this safety if we remain vigilant.