Corona Virus Daily Briefing Minutes

March 31st and April 1st


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

-US now has over 140,000 Increase of over 55,000 cases over the weekend We are in acceleration phase

-TX 2877 confirmed 1146 increase over the weekend 38 increase of 15 since Friday

-Working to expand IP hospital capacity and alternative places

- Texas Goals.

Expand hospital bed capacity

Develop alternative treatment/care sites

Acquire needed supplies and equipment to support healthcare and testing

Protect the most vulnerable

Prevent spread

Ensure visibility of data related to the spread of the virus

Support local government

-CDC did recommend limited domestic travel

-Since no approved vaccines or treatments must rely on mitigation strategies

-FDA issued EUA many ways for decontamination of masks that will allow use up to 20 times. Also more flexibility to sell packaged foods

2.Updates on action items:

- 5 licenses were granted to us by Zoom at no additional cost. Lesley is feeling that faculty will most likely need to have licenses go through at least until the end of May

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

unavailable supplies, etc.)

- There were social media posts related to Herbal medicine use specifically for coronavirus treatment. The implication of these claims for AOMA was not understood. This has been removed from AOMA social media sites. It is important we remember that in US remedies/treatments must be vetted by the FDA regardless of use elsewhere in the world.

- Need to update on closure dates when those decisions are made. AOMA has not decided to continue closures through end of April but most likely will. We align our decisions with those of our local government. Since the Federal government has extended social distancing guidelines through April 30th, Academics is using that timeline as a guide. The Spring term will remain on-line.

- Dr Song is developing an interprofessional panel discussion to discuss integrative approaches to patient care including COVID 19. She is starting with a few pilots with small groups before opening these up to larger more public groups. The goal is to eventually offer these to the community at large.

- N and S clinics are still operating for herbal consults. Patients can call and let us know they are interested in herbal consultation and they will be scheduled.

- Although homemade masks are not considered by CDC to be official PPE the CDC does advise if there are no other options there is no harm is using them. As Dr. Phil expressed there is no evidence that they are effective but also no evidence that they are not. It was shared that many of the homemade masks are including an additional layer of filtering protection that is ironed into the cloth mask. So, the homemade masks are creatively being made to add more protection.


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

- Texas Executive Orders & Public Health Disaster Declaration

On March 31, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued an Executive Order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols. The protocols renew the Governor's directive to avoid eating or drinking inside at bars, restaurants, and food courts, although use of drive-thru, pickup, and delivery for food is highly encouraged. The order prohibits visiting gyms or massage establishments, and expands to include tattoo studios, piercing studios, and cosmetology salons. It also extends social distancing measures to April 30, 2020, and schools will remain closed to in-person classroom attendance through May 4, 2020.

On March 30 and March 26, Gov. Abbott issued several self-quarantine edicts for travelers returning from certain locations within the United States. For complete details on which returning travelers are subject to these self-quarantine orders, see our Information for Travelers page. Instructions for self-quarantined travelers can be found on the CDC COVID‑19 Traveler Information Card.

-WHO reports Worldwide 783,360 confirmed cases, 37,203 confirmed deaths

-CDC reports US greater than 163,000 cases reported, more than 1700 deaths

-DSHS reports TX 3,266 cases reported 41 deaths, 206 cases in Travis county, 122 of 254 Texas counties reporting cases



2.Updates on action items:

-US mail is still being delivered and one of us will be checking and distributing. We will contact those that need to know about a given piece of mail as needed.

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

unavailable supplies, etc.)

- Looking at probably through end of April for continuation of classes on-line, may need to extend at least through May 1st because school district will be closed through May 4.

- Will determine who needs Zoom licenses, some non-faculty licenses will have to be given up to accommodate faculty needs.

- We need to update our signature lines about being closed through 30th of March. Best to have a generic statement with no date. Example: AOMA is complying with state and local authorities regarding COVID 19 response. Our campus, clinic and store closures will remain in effect accordingly. We will provide notice when operations are back to normal schedules. Herbal Dispensary and Virtual Herbal Consults are available which can be scheduled through the traditional patient scheduling process for consults or by calling our Herbal dispensaries North and South for herbal prescriptions.

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