1. Any CDC, local health department, CCAOM or other agency updates?
US 15,040,175 confirmed cases 217,046 new cases in 24 hours 285,351 deaths 2,566 new deaths in 24 hours
TX 1,283,674 confirmed cases 10,930 new cases in 24 hours 23,081 deaths 273 new deaths in 24 hours Travis county 40,836 confirmed cases 484 deaths
- Janet Pichette, the chief epidemiologist at Austin Public Health, says the Austin area is currently in a "stage of widespread community exposure." An increase in new cases in the weeks after Thanksgiving has resulted in a slight bump in the seven-day average. On Nov. 25, Travis County was seeing 273 new cases per day, according to the Austin-Travis County dashboard. On Dec. 8, Travis County's new cases average rose slightly to 297 per day. Read more.
-APH has provided the following update on revised quarantine guidelines:
If you have been exposed to COVID ask yourself the following questions:
Did I wear a mask ? If no, quarantine for 14 days. If yes, quarantine for 10 days and monitor for symptoms or 7 days and test negative on or after the fifth day of exposure.
Do you work or live with someone who is high risk? If yes, 14 day quarantine.
Are you developing symptoms? If yes, quarantine at least another 10 days
-UT Longhorns cancel game at Kansas as COVID spreads through the football program, 9 student-
athletes and 13 staff have tested positive this week
-Question asked about changes due to surge in COVID cases. Currently Austin is in Stage 4 of response, if we go to Stage 5 shutdowns may be mandated by City Officials. AOMA though will be considered “essential” so we could continue our clinic and store operations with all the safety measures we’ve put in place. We’ll make that decision when and if we get to Stage 5 in Austin and Travis county.
2.Updates on any action items:
-Safety Committee met with one of Austin Public Health’s (APH)infectious specialists this week. After consideration of APH input the Safety committee met again to adjust any AOMA policies and make some key decisions:
1. Our time strategy is a good one. Testing is too complicated. There are many types of tests, you can be negative today and positive tomorrow, thus time strategy is preferred.
2. Appropriate quarantine was discussed, and the new guidelines as mentioned above from APH were shared. Our quarantine policy will remain in place and is in alignment with APH.
3. Best masks to use in a clinical environment are N-95 or KN-95 but surgical masks are excellent too. If o anyone is wanting to wear N-95 or KN-95 we have a supply of those and will provide. We have a large supply of surgical masks.
4.It was agreed that although helpful Face shields can be optional not required in clinic.
5.Agreed UV lighting is not practical because of time it takes and can pose a risk so we agreed to put this issue to rest.
3. Communication for our AOMA community? Any new issues?
- We’ll put all Safety information in our AOMA Life!
- Good progress to ready PCC for students in Winter term. Thank you Billy!
4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours
December 11 is
First day of Hanukkah, Hanukkah did begin officially last evening Dec. 10
International Mountain Day
Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster
Human Rights and Peace Day
National App Day
National Noodle Ring Day
National Salesperson Day