1. Any CDC, local health department, CCAOM or other agency updates?
-US Total cases: 304,826 Total deaths: 7,616
-TX 91 6,812 plus cases upward trend 127 deaths
- Locally, cases are rising in Austin, with hot spot in West University area most attributed to the Spring Break trip to Mexico by several students
-Several HEB employees have tested positive, I image employees of other grocers will also come up positive
-Mayor Adler recommending all of mask or use some type of covering for face when out in public because of clear evidence that there are so many asymptomatic carriers
-DSHS Goals remain as stated before. Save lives, reduce spread, protect our vulnerable populations
- Real focus on increasing hospital capacity private and public sectors are working together to increase bed capacity. Press conference held today
- We only have non pharmaceutical interventions, so we must focus on mitigation strategies
-Washington state study March 5-9 supports how effective physical distancing is in the prevention of the virus.
-Fit testing for N-95 respirator filters out at least 95% of airborne particles but must be well fitting to your face OSHA requires an initial and annual fit testing. Meant to ensure healthcare workers have protection, OSHA has released requirement of annual fit testing but does require the initial. CDC blog has information, the blog is linked onto the DSHS website under PPE. If you need N95 level of protection you need to choose the respirator that fits you best. Look at training videos, should fit over nose and chin and snug all around your face you don’t want any gaps. Conduct a user field check each time the mask is worn. Test on inhale and exhale to demonstrate good seal.
- There is a State Team appointed by the Governor dedicated to getting more PPE for Texas
- One news reports stated there will be up to 20K beds that can be devoted to Texas
-US attorney general says this will be the highest peak week of the virus in US
-UK has surpassed Italy with number of cases
- It was reported that news media stated Medical Personnel /doctors have been approved to give to patients who hydroxycloraquine. The following is from the FDA as this is what is called and EUA or Emergency use authorization and is being used for only certain COVID19 patients and those patients must be given fact sheets that include known risks.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
On March 28, 2020, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to allow hydroxychloroquine sulfate and chloroquine phosphate products donated to the Strategic National Stockpile(SNS) to be distributed and used for certain hospitalized patients with COVID-19. These drugs will be distributed from the SNS to states for doctors to prescribe to adolescent and adult patients hospitalized with COVID-19, as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or feasible. The EUA requires that fact sheets that provide important information about using chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate in treating COVID-19 be made available to health care providers and patients, including the known risks and drug interactions. The SNS, managed by ASPR, will work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ship donated doses to states.
2.Updates on action items:
- No updates today
3. Communication status? Any new issues (e.g. Known traveling or potential exposures,
unavailable supplies, etc.)
-Natalie now has access to take any kind of payment remotely
- Getting OTC herbs on website, meeting being planned, and finance will be included
Alisha organizing the meeting
4. Good news or positive experience in past 24 hours -
- Michael shared that when biking it is great to see neighbors he never sees walking and although physically distancing they are happily staying social, friendly and making the best of the situation.