Coronavirus Daily Briefing Minutes 6.19

(Apologies for the late posting of these minutes. I didn't realize publishing timed out.)

6/19/20

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

US 2,155,572 confirmed cases 117,632 deaths

TX 99,851 confirmed cases 2,105 deaths Travis county 4,991 confirmed cases 108 deaths

-Stay at home orders extended to August 15 in Austin

-Austin Health Authority Mark EscottMayor Steve Adler and the special assistant to Judge Sam Biscoe and Sarah Eckhardt discussed the changes at the 2:30 p.m. press briefing.

Escott said there was a 90% increase in the number of new cases from Saturday to Sunday from the previous week. He also said the doubling time transitioned from 44 days to 22.5 days on June 14. There has been a substantial increase in overall hospitalizations, ICU admissions and ventilator use in the Austin area, according to Escott.

Escott emphasized that the current hospital capacity is OK, but changes must be made to flatten the curve once again. He said that those in "at-risk categories" should only go out when absolutely essential. Escott said the same advice applies to those who live in the same household as those in "at-risk categories."

-Takes 3 weeks to see improvement once safety behaviors are enacted. As of midnight last night mask are required to be enforced by businesses. Employees and customers must wear mask or be at risk for finds.

- - June 15, 2020 Update: Based on ongoing analysis and emerging scientific data, FDA has revoked the emergency use authorization (EUA) to use hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to treat COVID-19 in certain hospitalized patients when a clinical trial is unavailable or participation is not feasible. We made this determination based on recent results from a large, randomized clinical trial in hospitalized patients that found these medicines showed no benefit for decreasing the likelihood of death or speeding recovery. This outcome was consistent with other new data, including those showing the suggested dosing for these medicines are unlikely to kill or inhibit the virus that causes COVID-19. As a result, we determined that the legal criteria for the EUA are no longer met. Please refer to the Revocation of the EUA Letter and FAQs on the Revocation of the EUA for Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate and Chloroquine Phosphate for more information.

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2.Updates on any action items:

Today we commemorate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, it is a celebration of Black freedom from slavery in Texas but also celebrated in 18 other states

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

-Dr. Garrison’s message on the pilots was well received. We want to continue to reassure students and faculty that there will be no reopening unless it can be done safely and in compliance with City of Austin’s requirements. AND important for all to remember there will be options for those who do not yet feel safe returning to campus when we do re-open.

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

- Filming for our virtual graduation will continue this weekend. I know not being able to do a traditional commencement exercise is disappointing, but I want to thank Estella Proctor and Carlee Brignole for doing such an outstanding job to make our virtual ceremony as special as it can be.

-Today is Juneteenth, also national flip flop day and national martini day

6/22/20

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

US 2,248,209 confirmed cases 119,615 deaths

TX 111,601 confirmed cases 2,182 deaths Travis county 5,704 confirmed cases 109 deaths

- On Saturday, Travis county set another daily record in new coronavirus cases: 418. That was 41.6% jump over the last single day record of 295 set on Friday. The 29 new hospital admissions on Saturday pushed the seven-day rolling average number of hospitalizations (a key figure that will determine future mitigation strategies and an indicator of hospital capacity – to an all-time high of 28.6 continuing a troubling upward trend.


- Of those testing positive for the virus, 60% are Hispanic, according to recent Austin data. Travis county officials have said that concerns remain about the disproportionate impact the virus is having on the Hispanic community as well as people living in nursing homes. Non-hispanic whites account for about 28% of cases, 7% are Black and 3% are Asian.

- Reminder for anyone having symptoms there is free COVID testing through Austin Public Health. Go to the austintexas.gov/covid19 website and take the self-assessment, if you meet the criteria you will then be able to schedule a free test at a local Austin Public Health facility. You must be in a vehicle to be tested at these sites.

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2.Updates on any action items:

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

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

- Preparation for our virtual 2020 commencement ceremony continued on Saturday and the rain cleared up just in time so that filming could take place around the pond in the courtyard

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