Briefing Minutes 9.23-25

My apologies for the delay on these-- I thought they had published. --Diane


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

US 6,825,697confirmed cases 39,345 new cases in 24 hours 199,462 deaths 438 new deaths in 24 hours

TX 716,207 confirmed cases 3,964 new cases in 24 hours 14,994 deaths 77 new deaths in 24 hours Travis county 28,596 confirmed cases 405 deaths

-Under new Texas Education Agency rules, campuses will be required daily to report any confirmed coronavirus cases among staff and students to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The agency will keep a tally of the cases and publicly report the data by school district on its website. Districts also must continue to report such cases to their local health agencies, which is required by law

-Dogs arrived at Finland’s Helsinki Airport on Tuesday for their first day of work checking travelers for Covid-19 as part of a new pilot program which—if it’s as successful as preliminary research suggests— could present a widely employable method of coronavirus detection. Dog’s apparently have 94% accuracy. The Helsinki Airport is now putting these findings to the test through a trial run with 16 canines who will deliver results within 10 seconds, according to the researcher at the University of Helsinki who is gathering data on the research trial.

2.Updates on any action items:

-At the Tuesday Safety meeting we agree to treat parents of students of children attending on campus classes no differently than how we are treating other students, faculty and staff. We agree that we trust our processes and trust ourselves to follow all safety rules to keep each other safe, knowing despite all we do there is always still some risk. We can’t guarantee a risk-free environment but are doing our best to maximize safety.

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

Nothing new today

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

- Our Womxn run the vote team are doing well! Now traveling (virtually) through and have logged 246 miles! We’ve traveled from Atlanta and are now in N. Carolina on our way to Washington DC. In N. Carolina we are learning about the Constitutional amendment in 1899 that required residents to pass a literacy test to register to vote, disenfranchising most of the State’s Black voting population. Read more about this history of voting in our country in the AOMA Facebook.

- Sept. 23 is National family day, Autumn equinox, National great American pot pie day, National Snack Stick day, National teal talk day, national checkers day, National Dogs in Politics Day, Restless leg awareness day, and National Bisexuality day, National Za’atar day, Educational Technology Day, International Sign Language Day

-Creative ideas for safety heard on news this morning one state is going to use q-tips and foil to have safe disposable stylus for voting machines. A very creative cost-effective means to provide safety.


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

US 6,916,292 confirmed cases 41,310 new cases in 24 hours 201,411 deaths 1,136 new deaths in 24hours

TX 723,919 confirmed cases 3,840 new cases in 24 hours 15,267deaths 138 new deaths in 24 hours

Travis county 28,745 confirmed cases 412 deaths

2.Updates on any action items:

-At our general COVID safety meeting yesterday we approved a modified revision of the patient screening tool and changed process. New form and related information are on the student portal and faculty portal and we will soon post on T: drive and in another accessible location for everyone to access.

-First fall class on campus this morning, 8 students and 2 faculty, the class is Intro to Palpation

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

- Don’t forget Sept. 30 at noon we wish Dr. Mandyam a happy retirement. Look for information from Carlee Brignole on how to access the virtual event.

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours


-Alicia Brown is back at work very part-time, she recently gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby girl!

-Brian, Victor Manuel and Phil presented information on AOMA and our graduate programs to students of Prairie View A&M University (an historically black university) last evening. 30 students attended so was a great success.

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