Briefing Minutes 8.21 & 8.24

My apologies-- I didn't realize these had been turned into drafts and not published.

~Diane


8/21/20

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

US 5,506,929 confirmed cases 46,500 new cases in 24 hours 172,416 deaths 1,404 new deaths in 24 hours

TX 562,559 confirmed cases 4,923 new cases in 24 hours 10,793 deaths 234 new deaths in 24 hours Travis county 25,062 confirmed cases 324 deaths

- Austin’s health authorities are pushing for a slow and steady approach to bringing student back on campus starting at 25% (source American Statesman 8/20/20)

Several school districts in Central Texas have started remote and in-person classes. Next week, many students at the University of Texas at Austin will return to campus, and Austin's top doctor said, "There's no doubt we're going to see cases associated with schools and universities."

At the City's weekly coronavirus press conference Aug. 19, Austin health officials repeated their advice to the community that Austinites should not let their guard down and to continue staying home except for essential activities. Austin's top doctor, Dr. Mark Escott, echoed that sentiment.

"I talked yesterday about the fact that we're still on this plateau in terms of new cases," Escott said. "We've got to work harder to push through it because we want to be in a better situation before Sept. 8 comes along and we want to send our kids back to school."

 About a week after welcoming students back to campusThrall Independent School District in Williamson County reported its first coronavirus case.

On Aug. 26, the fall 2020 semester at UT will begin with remote and in-person classes. Earlier in August, UT President Jay Hartzell said nearly 45% to 50% of students elected for exclusively online classes. On Wednesday, UT said more than 76% of students will be taking classes online. This number includes students who are doing a combination of both in-person and online. 

Additionally, UT reported that 60% of faculty are teaching online. 

Austin's health authority said he is pushing for a slow and steady approach to bringing students back on campus, starting at 25% capacity. 

For UT and other colleges, Escott said there's much more concern for the faculty and staff because students usually don't experience as severe reactions to COVID-19. 

As for football games, University of Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte said the Longhorns are moving ahead with a "safe, socially distanced seating plan," using 25% of Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium's capacity. Escott still believes this is risky.

For those who are placed in quarantine, Escott said APH has had "situations here where we've investigated cases and people don't stay in quarantine for the 14-day period from the last exposure to that case." He urged those who are put in quarantine to stay in isolation the full 14 days even if they test negative because they could still develop the disease within that time period.

-Austin ISD pushed back football games until October

2.Updates on any action items:

- AOMA’s Food Pantry in good status, so please take advantage if you are in need

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

-Academics and Facilities must work together as we upgrade the classrooms before the start of school in September. Will be coordinating with faculty who have hands on classes to ensure all technology works well.

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

-Was 64 degrees yesterday morning so we may be getting into cooler weather soon, so those of us who love the heat will be disappointed for Summer to end

-Today is National Senior Citizens Day, National Spumoni day, national Brazilian blow out day

8/24/20

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

US 5,643,812 confirmed cases 45,256 new cases in 24 hours 175,651 deaths 1,006 new deaths in 24 hours

TX 577, 537 confirmed cases(according to DSHS, but other sources say that Texas and Florida have joined California in topping 600 cases), 3,493 new cases in 24 hours 11,370 deaths, 104 new deaths in 24 hours deaths

25,640 confirmed cases in Travis county 331 deaths

- In Travis county COVID 19 is now the 4th leading cause of death, now killed more people than strokes,

- Texas is second only to California in number of cases, California has confirmed 665K cases, Texas 577K(some sources say Texas is now with more than 600K cases), greatest number of Covid related deaths is in NY with more than 32K

- Italy has reported its highest case count since May 4. Life in China is returning to normal.

2.Updates on any action items:

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

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

- Iconic American Restaurants day, National Maryland day, National Peach Pie day and National Waffle day

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