Briefing Minutes: Inclement Weather Week


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

US 27,127,858 confirmed cases 97,309 new cases in 24hours 470,110 deaths 3,645 new deaths in 24 hours

TX 2,196,882 confirmed cases 8,435new cases in 24hours 39,771 deaths 385 new deaths in 24hours

Travis county 72,972confirmed cases 786 deaths

-From the NY Times: On Thursday, President Biden said his administration had “now purchased enough vaccine to vaccinate all Americans.” And earlier in the day, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, predicted that as early as April, any American could begin seeking a vaccine in an “open season” that would extend availability beyond priority categories. Still, the issue might be getting doses to people who do not readily seek them. Pfizer and Moderna would each provide 300 million doses by the end of July in “regular increments.”

-Updated quarantine recommendations for vaccinated persons. Fully vaccinated persons who meet criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19. Additional considerations for patients and residents in healthcare settings are provided.

-Variant virus was confirmed in Hayes County which is very close AOMA south campus

2.Updates on any action items:

-Weather plan for campus remains unchanged. We’ll keep everyone updated via email and media alert.

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

Chinese New Year Newsletter can be found on our websites, blog and social medial and includes a link to hear the Joslin Elementary Children singing in Mandarin as they did at last year’s celebration.

Fefe Ho & Chloe Chiao

The Ox is the second of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, the Rat jumped down and landed ahead of the Ox. Thus, the Ox became the second animal. In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal. Because of its role in agriculture, positive characteristics, such as being hardworking and honest, are attributed to it.

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

News report that more African Americans are applying to Medical School driven to action by COVID applicants-drive-to-action-by-covid-100644933846

February 12 is


NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Day

Hug Day

Lincoln’s birthday

National Plum Pudding Day

No One Eats Alone Day – Changes Annually (February 12, 2021)


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

US 27,417,468 confirmed cases 88,193 new cases in 24hours 482,536 deaths 3,317 new deaths in 24 hours

TX 2,221,995 confirmed cases 5,725new cases in 24hours 40,527deaths 149 new deaths in 24hours

Travis county 73,538 confirmed cases 804 deaths

-Severe weather conditions are impacting vaccinations. As of Saturday, Austin Public Health has canceled all of its COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Anyone who had an appointment to get the vaccine through APH, will be sent a new appointment when road conditions improve. All COVID-19 testing by APH is now canceled through Monday. Texas officials also say that the coming week's vaccines will arrive late, they expected to arrive on Wednesday and Thursday.

- Sunday, Mayor Adler issued a local state of disaster for the City of Austin in response to severe winter weather conditions. Residents need to stay home and off the roadways. Conditions are dangerous.

2.Updates on any action items:

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

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

February 15 is

National Gumdrop Day

Singles Awareness Day

National Wisconsin Day

Presidents Day – Third Monday in February


Today’s briefing focused on the severe weather Austin is experiencing and related closures due to power outages

The severe weather may last through Friday. We will continue to monitor and assess. Power outages continue that are disrupting the ability for many to stay at home safely. Many are also without water.

Registration will be postponed one week and pushed out to the 27th. Ashely will work with Michael to get this information out to students.

Decisions will be made regarding Sunday’s doctoral class and communicated to the affected students.

We reminded one another that the weather conditions are causing many to have to gather closely with family or friends and this increases risk of COVID. This is a challenging time as we must be mindful of safety in so many ways.

We are hopeful things will improve by this weekend.


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

US 27,669,556confirmed cases 69,165 new cases in 24hours 489,067 deaths 2,601 new deaths in 24 hours

TX 2,234,506confirmed cases 2,690 new cases in 24hours 40,814deaths 97new deaths in 24hours

Travis county 73,538 confirmed cases 807 deaths

- COVID has taken a back seat to our power and water outages and food shortages due to the severe winter weather.

2.Updates on any action items:

- Although power has been restored to the s. campus, building C and D sustained significant water damage due to two major water lines bursting. Server and computers in those buildings are down and most likely will be until next week. HCTG will get to the site as soon as possible.

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

- We will reopen clinics and stores as soon as we can this is dependent on power and water availability and everyone’s ability to access safe roads for in town travel.

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

- Weather should be improving as we move into the weekend

-AOMA is blessed with two amazing facility coordinators who have risked the weather each day to walk to AOMA to do a campus check. Thank you Ralf and Michael, we appreciate you more than you will ever know!

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