Corona Virus Daily Briefing Minutes

Hi everyone,

These are the minutes for both 3/11 and 3/12. Cheers!


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

- From Department of Health Services 4pm meeting last evening:

· In US cases have increased 200 in last two days

· Austin is suggesting cancellation of any event with 2500 or more

· It is recommended we begin to practice spread of 6-7 feet as the virus is spread via droplets. Cleaning surfaces is critically important right now.

· There are still only 7 labs in Texas able to test one in El Paso, Tarrant County, Houston, Lubbock, San Antonio, and the State Health and Human Services department lab in Austin. Private labs like Quest and Lab Corp should begin testing today or tomorrow. Capacity at each lab is still just 10-25 tests per day, but this should improve with the next two weeks.

- Harvard will move all classes to on-line, also other universities are doing the same

- Westlake HS student just returned from a high risk area and is self-quarantined, all of AISD and Eanes are cancelling all international travel

- It was reported that one Austin hospital has all staff all using masks, goggles, PPE, but their outpatient clinics are not doing the same. Important to remember that hospital settings are much more vulnerable than outpatient settings and thus use of PPE will be different, especially in light of PPE supply shortages.

2. Updates on action items:

- Clinic receptionists now using the new screening algorithm, the algorithm is dynamic and will be updated as needed, they are dated to ensure we are using the most current version.

- We are updating our response plan to include use of masks

3. Communication status? Any new issues (e.g. Known traveling or potential exposures, unavailable supplies, etc)

When testing Zoom, can see the faces of those zooming in, students showing up that are not on our list. If folks are seeing each other will those quarantined feel privacy is invaded? This is very temporary fix. We have to report what we are doing to ACAOM. All we are doing is precautionary.

Diane has put together 3 page of FAQs that will be distributed.

Zoom is for self-quarantining or to avoid travel by plane

Otherwise Zoom is working well for us

Need one point person can go to for Zoom, we will determine.

Robert reported that Seton McCarthy has changed processes because masks are becoming very limited.


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

· Cases are increasing in the US, it is anticipated community spread will soon begin to greatly increase in Texas

· If someone is ill and presents without a medical home they should be referred to a local Emergency department

· Because of low capacity for testing at this time only symptomatic patients are being tested

· Highly recommend using social separation 3-6 feet distance or in clinic registration or triage situations but up some barrier like plexiglass or glass

· Anyone with respiratory issues should mask

· As of our President’s announcement last night as of this Friday US will prevent entry from European countries (for 30 days) into US with UK being the exception and US citizens screened from reentry.

· MBA has cancelled all games

· NCAA will have games but limited attendance, no fans

· WHO announced this as Pandemic

2. Updates on action items:

- Updates on algorithm to be made on Tuesday, stores will also receive a similar algorithm

- We need to plan for social separation as a school

3. Communication status? Any new issues (e.g. Known traveling or potential exposures, unavailable supplies, etc)

- Having a few more students who are ill and self-quarantining, others considering their travel plans

- Notice to ACOM re: our use of Zoom during this time of emergency

- We were able to get a small amount of hand gel at CVS; they get deliveries on Wednesday so check at your local CVS if you can. Deliveries are in morning and they unload about 11am. They warn it goes fast.

- All cams installed in all classroom, currently goes through internet so if we can load on our computers in the classroom, would be helpful. Many faculty members want the camera in a different position, so we are determining how to best accomplish this.

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