Corona Virus Daily Briefing Minutes 3/17-3/18


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

- Other cities like Dallas have closed restaurants and bars. Food establishments are being allowed to do drive through or carry out. Austin may be making decision regarding this today.

- If we are able to join the State and Local Health authority daily meetings today, we’ll have updates tomorrow. The number has changed, and we did not get notification yet on the new number.

2.Updates on action items:

- Dr. Song will lead a team to develop a plan to offer herbal medicine services virtually.

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

- Please see correction in minutes of 3/16 regarding national vs. Texas stats for number of Covid 19 cases.

- All students were notified of transition to complete distance learning for at least 2weeks, a few are stating they did not know and missed class or are calling in to say they are ill and not coming to campus. Lesley will work with Dr. Jing to ensure all students know we only have remote classes at this time.


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

- US confirmed cases 4,226 75 deaths

- Texas 64 confirmed cases 2 deaths

Most of these are travel related but community spread appears to be involved as well.

656 tested in Texas by Public Health Labs, 70 pending results

- Advise is that best community mitigation and most critical is social distancing, discouraging any travel, stay home as much as possible, avoid any congregating of groups of people.

- If ill with fever, respiratory issues stay at home and isolate, even if symptoms are mild. Everyone with symptoms should call ahead if they plan to go to a hospital or physicians office to allow the office or hospital to plan and remain safe.

- Two articles now published on the survivability of the virus, latest New England of Medicine Journal and Journal of Hospital Infections(this article refers to other viruses so New England Journal is probably best info at this time)

- Best community mitigation is social distancing, avoid travel, avoid group gatherings

- If ill even with mild symptoms stay at home and isolate. Everyone with symptoms should call ahead to a hospital or physician’s office to allow prep and maximum safety for healthcare workers

- Most testing being done in Texas by Public health labs we are still minimum 3 weeks out before testing capacity is increased dramatically

- There is a number for PPE supplies 1 888 info fda but trauma centers and high volume hospitals will be first priority

2.Updates on action items:

- We currently have enough cleaning supplies and toilet paper as we should with no onsite classes. There are supplies on shelves of the stores as they replenish their stock, but we are reminded not to hoard so that everyone has access to needed supplies

- There are conversations with ACAOM to develop some creative solutions for students to receive remaining hours for graduation. More to come on this.

- We have received a shipment of 200 surgical masks. Dr. Jing will also be receiving a donation of both surgical and N-95 masks.

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

unavailable supplies, etc.)

- Diane made a video with Mary inviting students to a Zoom meeting, much like a Townhall so questions can be asked and answered. It was suggested this be scheduled for either F, M, or Tuesday 12:45-1:45

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