Briefing Minutes 11.23


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

US 12,028,081 confirmed cases 184,591 new cases within 24 hours 255,076 deaths 1476 new deaths in 24 hours

TX 1,094,275confirmed cases 8,554 new cases in 24 hours 20,556deaths 89 new deaths in 24 hours Travis county 36,175 confirmed cases 467 deaths

Oxford-AstraZeneca Announces Third Viable Coronavirus Vaccine With Up to 90 Percent Protection

A trial has shown that the Oxford vaccine, created alongside the drug maker AstraZeneca, stops at least 70 percent of people from developing COVID symptoms—and data suggests that protection can be increased to 90 percent when people are given a low dose of the vaccine followed by a high one. It’s not yet known why that dosing method seems to increase protection. Crucially, the Oxford vaccine is cheaper than the other two and be stored at fridge temperature, which means it can be distributed all over the world. AstraZeneca has agreed to sell the vaccine at production cost to developing nations.

Read it at BBC News

-AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thanksgiving week may be a critical, or even dangerous, tipping point for at least 100 Texas counties.

New data from Harvard University shows at least 120 Lone Star State counties are now at red-level COVID-19 risk level — meaning they currently have 25 or more cases per 100,000 people.

Harris County leads in Texas and is fifth nationally for number of confirmed cases, with 178,811. The county is home to Houston, the fourth-largest city in the U.S. It ranks 10th nationally in number of deaths, with 2,943 fatalities reported as of Saturday.

Dallas County, which includes Dallas, follows Harris as number two in numbers of cases, with 113,754. Tarrant County follows third, statewide, with 87,536 cases.

According to the Harvard risk dashboard, ‘tipping point’ level suggests stay-at-home orders are necessary.

Despite surging numbers, however, Gov. Greg Abbott said earlier this week that no more lockdowns are going to happen.

-One in 5 ICU patients in Austin are COVID patients.

-On 60 minutes last night story on people in 20’s -40’ who have had COVID but relatively mild symptoms, no required hospitalization, that have had lingering symptoms. These symptoms have been debilitating for many. Autopsies showing microscopic blood clots causing strokes.

2.Updates on any action items:

-Thanks to those who donated additional bags of groceries for the pantry. We could still use a few more before the Thanksgiving holiday if you are able to donate.

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

-Safety committee is meeting tomorrow at 8:30. Others are welcome to attend just send Mary an email and she’ll send you the link.

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

November 23

National Cashew Day

National Eat a Cranberry Day

National Espresso Day

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