The Break Week Beat

We have new students!

We had new students start in the masters and doctoral programs! We're so excited to welcome them into the community, and if you see any new faces at any open meetings or town halls, be sure to say, "Hi!"


In case you missed the briefings:

7/13/20

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

US 3,236,130 confirmed cases(greater than 62,000 cases in 24 hours) 134,572 deaths(906 new deaths in 24 hours)

TX 258,658 confirmed cases 3,196 deaths There were 166 new cases on Sunday and 318 on Saturday. Travis county is approaching 15,000 cases we were at 14,622 confirmed cases as of yesterday 168 deaths

Houston, Dallas, Ft. Worth, San Antonio and Austin have the highest case counts, all greater than 14,000 cases with Houston now very close to 44,000 cases.

-Florida had a record number of 15,000 cases in one day!

-One new article published that many CDC employees have raised issues of systemic racism within CDC including issues of disparities in addressing death rates of Hispanics and Blacks related to COVID

-The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced that international students may need to leave the US if their universities transition to on-line only learning. Universities nationwide are beginning to make the decision to transition to online courses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. At Harvard, for example all course instruction will be delivered online, including for students living on campus. For internal students, this opens the door to them having to leave the US. Many schools are protesting this decision and Harvard and others have already begun legal action to reverse this.

We will work with any of our AOMA students who are potentially impacted.

2.Updates on any action items:

-Thanks to ASA and others helping Dr Jing find students for Tuesday’s pilot. We 11 students and just need 5 more for the desired 16.

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

- A special “SWAT” team has been established to support faculty and supervisors during Phase I of the clinic and campus reopening. They will take care of screening and be available to support COVID safety as needed. We also call them the COVID Busters 😊 The team includes Dr. Song, Mary Faria, Stephanee Owenby, Camillia Hunter, Michael Jewell and Ralf!

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

- Many thanks to Carlee, Estella and others who worked to make the virtual graduation such a success.

Carlee especially worked hard with the videographer to ensure the ceremony was special for our grads

and it truly was, including the fun live virtual reception!!

-Today is National French Fry, Bean’s and Franks and Delaware Day, Beef Tallow Day, International Rock Day, Town Criers Day, Embrace your geekiness day! Michael shared a bit of trivia, French Fries should be called Belgium Fries, during WWI, these were served in Belgium to the American Troops, but since Belgium spoke French, the came to be called French Fries.

7/15/20

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

US 3,355,457 confirmed cases958,858 new cases in 24 hours) 135,235 deaths (351 new deaths in 24 hours)

TX 275,058 confirmed cases 3,322 deaths Travis county 15,445 confirmed cases 172 deaths

-Austin Convention Center being set up to care for people sick with COVID-19 in case hospitals become overwhelmed with COVID patients. There’s nothing on the outside of the Austin Convention Center to indicate that the building is being converted into an overflow hospital, but supplies and equipment are in the process of being set up, according to Sarah Eckhardt who’s helping coordinate the effort. “We are really hoping to never have to use it but what we have seen is if you think you are over- preparing for COVID-19, you may be preparing just enough," said Eckhardt, who is involved as the special assistant to Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe.

- Austin will roll out more “Healthy Streets”. In the second phase of Austin’s Healthy Streets Initiative, three new sections of streets will get temporary traffic control devices to promote physical activity and mental health. The city shared this information in a news release Monday morning.

Within the next two weeks, the Austin Transportation Department confirmed it will roll out the following “Healthy Streets” in Hyde Park, Windsor Park and Southwest Austin:

· Avenue G from 38th Street to 56th Street

· Belfast Drive from Broadmoor Drive to Cameron Road

· The street segments including Marsh Drive, Leo Street, Seminary Ridge Drive and Whispering Oaks Drive from West Slaughter Lane to West William Cannon Drive.

The department said the goal is to open up streets to allow more space for walking, running, biking and other activities that benefit physical and mental health. These streets will feature “soft closures,” meaning motor vehicle access will only be available for residents, deliveries and emergency vehicles.

-Hospitals will apparently now report case and death rates to Health and Human Services rather than DC. Trump Administration tells hospitals to bypass CDC with COVID-19 data reporting. The Trump administration has ordered hospitals to begin sending coronavirus patient information directly to the Department of Health and Human Services, bypassing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The change in reporting will begin Wednesday, according to

a document offering guidance for hospitals and clinical labs posted on the HHS website.

2.Updates on any action items:

- Last pilots for clinics went very well. 2nd pilot for campus re-opening went well also. Next campus pilot will test use of E2 and E3 only which is what is proposed for the Summer Term. A/C in student

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

-President Trump's administration agreed Tuesday to rescind its controversial rule barring international students from living in the USA while taking fall classes online, a sharp reversal after the White House faced a slew of lawsuits challenging the policy.  

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

-Trump Admin reversal regarding international students as mentioned previously

- Today is National Give Something Away Day, National Pet Fire Safety Day, and Clean Beauty Day, Orange Chicken Day and Tapioca Day!

-New Student orientation day is today and will be using BrightSpace (our LMS) platform

7/17/20

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

US 3,483,832 confirmed cases 136,938 deaths

TX 292,656 confirmed cases 3,561 deaths Travis county 16,570 confirmed cases 183 deaths

-Texas classrooms can stay closed this fall without losing state funding if local health officials order it

- Gov. Abbot says Texas will extend time that schools will be allowed to stay online-only

-Gov. Abbot also says it’s too early to know if his mask mandate is making a major difference, but that it’s important for local leaders to enforce it. The Governor said, We’re seeing more people hospitalized," Abbott said. "In fact, for an entire month, there were more people hospitalized each day until today, where it was the first decline in over a month. But because of the increase in hospitalizations, there is more need for staffing of hospital beds. There remain adequate hospital beds as well as ICU beds, however, we need staff for those beds. And so, in certain regions of the state that are burdened the most, there are these medical teams that are coming in to provide the staffing needed to treat anybody who has COVID-19."

2.Updates on any action items:

No updates today

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

- Starting Monday, July 20 all parking spaces along the side walk on the north side of buildings A and B in front of the entry to the Clinic and Herbal Store will be dedicated to store customers and patients only.

Staff, Faculty and Students may still use the other 8 parking spaces in that lot but please reserve the side walk parking to customers and patients. This in an effort to be more patient and customer friendly as we work to rebuild clinic and store volumes.

-Phil will send out an email to the students to remind everyone that campus life will be very different next week. Phil will collaborate with Violet, Dr. Jing and Stephanee so one combined communication can go out to our students.

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

- National Lottery, Peach Ice Cream, Tattoo, Wrong Way Corrigan, Yellow Pig Day and World Emoji Day!

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