Briefing minutess 10.19


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

US 8,081,489confirmed cases 53,157 new case in 24 hours 218,511 deaths 593 new deaths in 24 hours

TX 823,779 confirmed cases 3,048 new cases in 24 hours 17,014 deaths 30 new deaths in 24 hours Travis county 30,908 confirmed cases 438 deaths

-Worldwide cases rising with over 40M cases, over 8million in US which is highest in the world.

-Dr. Mark Escott told CBS Austin on Friday our COVID hospitalizations have been up for the past 10 days. ”This is concerning, this is not flat anymore,” said Dr. Escott. The city and county’s top public health official said UT’s modeling Consortium COVID projections for much of September showed the Austin area dipping into stage 2 restrictions but now projections are headed in the other direction – upward.

“It’s a subtle shift, but it’s a concerning shift particularly given what’s going on in other jurisdictions around the state,” said Escott. The seven-day moving average of new hospitalizations are a key measure officials use to recommend further city and county-wide restrictions.

-On yesterday’s 60 minutes episode Dr. Anthony Fauci was interviewed. Dr. Anthony Fauci has been a voice of logic and stability since the pandemic began. And right now, he's worried we're heading in the wrong direction. Worldwide the number of new cases is surging at an alarming rate, as seen in this map by Johns Hopkins University. This week, Russia reported a record number of infections, and cases are spiking in the UK, France, and Italy.

- Dr. Fauci also mentioned that the benefit of masks has been supported by evidence that, under certain conditions, the virus can travel more than the six feet suggested by social distancing guidelines. Tiny, aerosolized droplets can float, like cigarette smoke, across a room. Over time, without good ventilation, they can build up and pose a risk of infection. Research shows a mask can reduce that risk.

-Westlake HS has had several students and faculty come down with COVID causing cancellation of sporting events.

2.Updates on any action items:

Not currently

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

-We’ll be celebrating AM day all week, Dr. Kohli of People’s community clinic will be interviewed tomorrow, Sun radio interview with Dr. Edward Lee and Dr. John Finnell will air on Saturday. Look for details in emails from Carlee.

-Brian is hosting another Virtual open house Wed the 21st

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

October 19

National Kentucky Day

National Seafood Bisque Day

National LGBT Center Awareness Day

National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day – Third Monday in October

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