Briefing Minutes 11.20


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

US 11,465,722confirmed 165,087 new cases in 24 hours 249,670 deaths 1,836 new deaths in 24 hours

TX 1,060,883 confirmed cases 12,293 new cases in 24 hours 20,113 deaths 230 new deaths in 24 hours

Travis county 35,326 confirmed cases 464 deaths

-Although Austin/Travis County is still under Stage 3, Mayor Adler and our Health Authorities are asking that we engage Stage 4 guidelines to avoid going to Stage V. The biggest change under the renewed Stage 4 guidelines is that all residents are encouraged to avoid social gatherings with people who do not live within their immediate household. Residents should also avoid all nonessential travel and any other gatherings of more than 10 people.

Higher-risk individuals — those older than 65 and those who have chronic medical conditions — should stay home, unless they are going out to buy groceries or receive medical care.

Business and restaurant owners are asked to voluntarily reduce capacity from 75% percent to 25% or 50%.

And schools are encouraged to limit attendance at sporting events to only players, coaches and parents.

However, sports leagues who use Travis County parks will likely be canceled after fields and courts were shut down Thursday. All city park amenities will remain open if residents wear masks and socially distance as requested, city officials said Thursday.

Can’t be enforced by law

While Austin-Travis County officials strongly encourage the Stage 4 guidelines, they cannot enforce them by law because of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive orders that have previously overruled city and county mandates.

But Escott, who spoke Thursday alongside Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Andy Brown, said residents should follow these guidelines to prevent further deaths and economic woes.

“Just because you have the legal ability to do something, doesn’t mean it is right for you or your family or the community,” Adler said Thursday.

If Travis County residents begin to follow the guidelines immediately, Escott said the community will likely avoid entering Stage 5. Under the tightest restrictions, nonessential businesses would likely have to scale back occupancy even more or possibly shut down completely.

If residents do not implement the guidelines, Travis County would likely enter Stage 5 by early December, according to Escott.

“None of us want to close businesses,” Escott said. “None of us want to close schools. That is an absolute last resort for us.”

He said he understands the need to balance public health and the economy, but “if we act at this stage, before the big risk happens next week, then we can flatten the curve.”

Holidays with extended family a no-go according to APH

4:40 p.m. Thursday – Within all three health care systems of Ascension Seton, Baylor Scott & White Health and St. David's HealthCare, currently the 2,473 staffed beds are 79% occupied, and the 483 ICU beds are 85% occupied.

4:15 p.m. Thursday – Williamson County has moved to the Red Stage in its coronavirus response, the highest level and one that represents uncontrolled community spread.

Under the Red Phase, residents are advised to stay home and stay safe, avoid or postpone large events, prohibit gatherings and always where a mask when around another person who is not a household contact.

-Austin H. S virtual for a period of time

2.Updates on any action items:

- Need additional bags to ensure we are stocked for the holiday in our food pantry

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

- One more acupuncture techniques class this afternoon

-Break week begins this weekend

-Clinics and Stores closed Thurs and Fri next week

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

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