1. Any CDC, local health department, CCAOM or other agency updates?
US 18,909,910 confirmed cases 179,104 new cases in 24 hours, 330,901 deaths 1,309 new deaths in 24 hours
TX 1,476,674 confirmed cases 6,105 new cases in 24 hours 26,472deaths 51 new deaths in 24 hours
Travis county 48,208 confirmed cases 522 deaths
-The City of Austin is in Stage V. Last Tuesday Austin saw the highest single day case count since July 13 with 613 new cases. COA top pubic health physician, Mark Escott warned that the surge in cases is the result of Thanksgiving gatherings and there are concerns we will see another major spike following Christmas and New Year’s. The ongoing surge in cases could overwhelm area hospitals if the trend continues. Dr. Escott warns that we are going to see unprecedented levels of cases and deaths in this community between now and the end of January if we don’t take action now.The City is recommending that businesses move to curbside models. In Stage 5 of the city's risk-based guidelines, it is suggested only essential businesses stay open and all people avoid non-essential travel and gatherings outside their own households, avoid in-person dining and shopping and to avoid non-essential travel and trips outside your home. Under Stage 5, businesses, including restaurants, are also recommended to only operate through contactless options such as curbside and delivery.
-City of Austin and Travis County have extended the "Stay Home, Work Safe" orders – now titled "Stay Home, Mask and Otherwise Be Safe" – until Feb. 16, 2021.
The orders were extended on Tuesday, Dec. 15, the day they were set to expire. The orders were last extended in August. The extended orders direct residents to continue practicing social distancing and good hygiene and to continue wearing face coverings. The orders also state that social gatherings with up to 10 people should be avoided or minimized, and gatherings of more than 10 people not living in the same household are prohibited.
-Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen has tested positive for COVID-19
- According to the TSA, 10,970 people flew out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Saturday. A total of 1,128,773 people flew nationwide, making it the third busiest day of the pandemic nationally, despite pleas from health leaders not to travel.
- Starting today, Dec. 28, long-term care facilities across Texas will start receiving vaccines for both residents and staff. Seniors have been anxiously waiting to receive the vaccine, so they could see family and friends more often.
Pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens partnered with the federal government earlier this year to deliver and administer many of the vaccines to long-term care facilities that opted into the program.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced earlier this month Texas would take part in the program to make sure people living and working in places like nursing homes and retirement communities are prioritized during vaccine distribution.
-New study indicates surface cleaning for COVID may not be as necessary as first thought. The virus appears to be very fragile in our environment, transmission is primarily airborne. Most important continues to be masking and keeping distance, handwashing.
-Mutated virus found in UK has been found in other countries as well and strong shut down travel measures have been put in place in many countries. While not as deadly as COVID-19 it is much more infectious.
Updates on any action items:
None at this time.
3.Communication for our AOMA community? Any new issues?
Inventory this weekend at the stores 8-2, Saturday north and Sunday south store. Anyone who can help are most welcome. All safety measures will be taken.
-Re-opening of classes in light of Austin’s being in Stage V and extension with stay at home, work safe orders through end of February. Decisions will be made this week and communicated via email and other sources including through ASA and facebook.
4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours