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KATHY'S WITH US.

ALRIGHT.

IT IS, UM, AUGUST 25TH.

THIS IS THE CITY OF AUSTIN COUNCIL WORK SESSION.

UM, COLLEAGUES, UH, WE HAVE A QUORUM PRESENT.

WE'RE DOING THIS VIRTUALLY.

WE HAVE THREE BLOCKS OF STUFF FOR US TO DO.

WE HAVE THE BRIEFINGS.

UH, WE HAVE SOME, UH, PULLED ITEMS, UH, AND WE HAVE EXECUTIVE SESSION.

I'M GOING TO SUGGEST THAT WE TAKE THEM IN THAT ORDER.

AND WE TRY TO GET THROUGH ALL THE BRIEFINGS HERE THIS MORNING.

PERHAPS TAKE A BREAK FOR LUNCH.

IF WE NEED TO COME BACK, DO THE POOL ITEMS AND THEN CONCLUDE THE DAY BY GOING INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION AND THEN NOT COMING BACK OUT INTO REGULAR SESSION.

YES, KATHY AND AGREEMENT ON WHETHER WE'RE TAKING LUNCH.

AND IF SO, WHEN WE, AND OUR FAMILIES CAN PLAN ON THAT, I THINK WE WILL TAKE LUNCH AND LET'S PLAN ON TAKING LUNCH ABOUT NOON.

OKAY.

IF WE FINISH AND THEN MAYBE THAT MEANS WE CAN TAKE SOME PULLED ITEMS IF THERE'S SOME TIME AFTER PRESENTATIONS BEFORE, BUT LET'S PLAN ON THAT.

ALRIGHT.

SO LET'S THEN BEGIN WITH THE, UH, PRESENTATIONS, UH, THAT WE, UH, THAT WE HAVE HERE THIS MORNING.

UM, WE HAVE A COVID BRIEFING THAT BRINGS ME ON AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION AND A BRIEFING ON THE SPRINGDALE POD.

AND WE'LL TAKE THOSE IN THAT ORDER SO THAT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS, DR.

PRESCOTT CAN LEAVE US AND GET TO THE POINT WHERE I THINK THEY'RE MAKING A, OR HE'S MAKING A SIMILAR PRESENTATION.

UM, AS WE HEAD OFF BEFORE I RECOGNIZE THE TEACHER TO PASS IT TO, UH, TO DR.

ESCA, UH, I JUST WANT TO SAY THANKS TO, UH, TO DR.

ASCOT AND ALSO TO A DIRECTOR, UH, HAYDEN, AUSTIN, PUBLIC HEALTH, UH, LOOKING AT THE RESPONSE OF THIS CITY.

UH, I THINK IT'S BEEN REALLY STRONG, UH, DONE A REALLY GOOD JOB OF KEEPING THE CITY IN THE RIGHT PLACE RELATIVE TO OTHER CITIES WHERE WE'RE, WE'RE, WE'RE DOING WELL.

UH, INFECTIVITY IS GOING DOWN, WHICH I THINK IS GOING TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY.

UH, THE HOSPITALIZATIONS, OBVIOUSLY GETTING TO A NUMBER WHERE WE'RE NOT A CHALLENGE.

WE HAVE A COMMUNITY THAT HAS BEEN LISTENING AND RESPONSIVE TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS THAT WE HAVE, UH, AND ULTIMATELY AT THE END OF THE DAY, REGARDLESS OF ORDERS OF WHAT'S HAPPENING STATEWIDE OR NATIONALLY LOCALLY, OUR COMMUNITY, UH, IS, IS RECOGNIZING WHAT THEY NEED TO DO.

AND IT'S UP TO THEM.

I MENTIONED THAT BECAUSE WE NEEDED TO CONTINUE.

UM, WE ARE AT A PLACE WHERE MOST CITIES PLATEAU, AND WE HAVE TO DRIVE DOWN INFECTIVITY.

IF IN FACT, WE'RE GOING TO ACTUALLY HAVE A CHANCE TO SUSTAINING THE OPENING OF SCHOOLS AND SUSTAINING THE OPENING OF BUSINESSES, UH, AND DR.

SCOTT AND DIRECTOR HAYDEN TO DO ALL THEIR WORK GREAT, BUT IT'S NOT GOING TO WORK UNLESS THE COMMUNITIES ENGAGED, UM, THE COMMUNITY IS DOING REALLY WELL.

WE STILL HAVE AS A LAGGING, UM, PART OF OUR COMMUNITY, UH, THE LATINO COMMUNITY.

UH, I THINK THAT WE'LL SEE IS TRENDS WHERE THE INFECTIVITY IS COMING DOWN IN THAT COMMUNITY, WHICH IS ALSO GREAT.

UH, BUT THAT'S WHERE OUR STAGGER IS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET TO A GOOD PLACE UNLESS OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY GETS TO A GOOD PLACE.

UH, SO, UM, WE NEED TO READABLE, UH, EFFORTS ASSOCIATED AGAIN WITH PULLING THAT COMMUNITY TOGETHER WITH THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY.

SO I HOPE THAT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT, UH, UH, DIRECTOR HAYDEN AND DR.

S SCOTT SPEAK TO I IN PARTICULAR, AS THEY GO THROUGH THE PRESENTATIONS MANAGER, YOU WANT

[B1. Update on Covid-19 related matters. (Standing staff update).]

TO SURE, MAYOR COUNCIL, AS THE MAYOR SIDE, THERE IS SOME POSITIVE NEWS, BUT WE AS A COMMUNITY, AS A COUNTRY ARE STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC, AND IT'S GOING TO TAKE A CONTINUED AND SUSTAINED EFFORT FROM ALL OF US.

AND WE HAVE INCREDIBLE STAFF THAT ARE REALLY ON THE FRONT LINES OF THIS.

AND SO, UH, WITH THAT INTRODUCTION OF APPRECIATION

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TO OUR STAFF ALTERNATIVE OVER TO A DIRECTOR HAYDEN, GOOD MORNING, I'M STEPHANIE HANEY, DIRECTOR, AUSTIN, PUBLIC HEALTH.

THANK YOU, SPENCER.

UM, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE TODAY.

UM, OUR STAFF CONTINUE TO, UM, CONTACT TRACE, UM, WITH TARGET POPULATIONS.

WE ARE, UM, CONSTANTLY REVIEWING AND, UM, PROVIDING UPDATES TO OUR MATERIALS AS WE MOVE ALONG THE PROCESS.

UM, EVERY FRIDAY WE PROVIDE A NON-NURSING HOME CLUSTER, UM, BUT THEY, WITH THE DAILY REPORT FROM, UM, FROM COMMUNICATIONS, WE CONTINUE TO, UM, PRIORITIZE OUR, UM, SPANISH TRANSLATION AS WELL AS ENSURE THAT WE HAVE NURSING, UM, SERVICES THAT ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR NURSE LINE, UM, AS WELL, OUR CONTACT TRACING WITH OUR TESTING EFFORTS.

UM, AS YOU MAY RECALL, UH, THE DEPARTMENT, UM, SUBMITTED A PLAN FOR COVID-19 TESTED AND RELATED, UM, EPIDEMIOLOGICAL RESPONSE ACTIVITIES FOR CALENDAR 2020.

WE SUBMIT DID THAT TO THE U S SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES IN COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RESOLUTION TWO 66.

AND OUR, UM, OUR PLAN WAS COMPLETING 10,000 TESTS IN MAY 40,000 TESTS IN JUNE AND 60,000 TESTS IN JULY.

THIS IS A COMBINED EFFORT WITH AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH, AS WELL AS, UM, WE'VE RECEIVED ASSISTANCE FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS, OUR HOSPITALS, OUR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CLINICS, AS WELL AS OUR PRIVATE PHYSICIANS.

AND SO, UM, WE WERE REALLY EXCITED TO, UM, SERVE, TO PROVIDE OVER 60,000 TESTS, UM, THIS MONTH.

AND WE, YOU CONTINUE TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO TEST OVER 6,500 PEOPLE EVERY WEEK.

WE ARE CONTINUING AT OUR TESTING LOCATION OR WALKUP SITES, DOVE SPRINGS, GIVENS, UM, AND WALNUT CREEK LIBRARY.

AND WE ARE PROVIDING EVENING AND, UM, SATURDAY SERVICES AT THOSE LOCATIONS IF INDIVIDUAL, UM, ARE UNABLE TO, UM, THOSE ARE WALKUP SITES.

AND SO WE ALSO, UM, CONTINUE WITH OUR DRIVE UPSIDE.

WE, UM, IF YOU'RE UNABLE TO, UM, GO ONLINE AND REGISTER, WE URGE YOU TO CALL OUR NURSE LINE.

YOU CAN CALL THREE, ONE, ONE, OUR NURSE LINE WE'LL, UM, STAFF.

WE'LL GET YOU SET UP AND REGISTER AND SCHEDULE YOU APPOINTMENT WITH OUR LAWYER TERM CARE, UM, INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM UPDATE.

OVERALL, THERE HAS BEEN A DECLINE IN REQUESTING FOR TESTING STRIKE TEAMS AND PPE SINCE, UM, OUR LAST UPDATE IN JULY.

UM, AND THIS IS JUST COINCIDES WITH WHAT'S HAPPENING ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY HERE TODAY, WE HAVE TESTED, UM, 8,338 TESTS, UM, AND A TOTAL OF 47 LONGTERM CARE FACILITIES HAVE BEEN TESTED.

WE ARE NOW ASSISTING, UM, OTHER AGENCIES WITH OUR TESTING NEEDS, THIS TESTING, UM, UM, REQUESTS HAVE DECREASED.

BUT WHAT WE ARE NOTICING IS IS THAT NURSING FACILITIES ARE TESTING ALL THEIR STAFF WEEKLY ON THEIR OWN.

AS YOU MAY RECALL, THE TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION, UM, STATED IN ORDER TO MOVE TO A PHASE ONE, UM, FACILITIES DESIGN, WHICH ALLOWS THEM TO HAVE VISITATION.

SO THEY ARE PROVIDING THOSE SERVICES AND WE ARE PROVIDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AS WELL NEEDED WITH OUR STRENGTHS AS A TEAM, THERE WERE PRIMARY FOCUS, AS YOU MAY KNOW OF STABILIZING OUR IMPACTED FACILITIES.

AND SO WE PROVIDE THOSE AS NEEDED.

AND ALSO WE PROVIDE MODELS OF PPE.

SO YEAR TODAY WE HAVE, UM, DEPLOYED 19 TO 19 FACILITIES.

THERE HAVE BEEN A TOTAL OF 308 STRIKE TEAM, OPERATIONAL DAYS.

AND ON AVERAGE, THEY SPAN ABOUT 15 DAYS AT EACH OF THOSE SPECIFICS.

MMM.

ADDITION TO THAT, UM, STAFF HAVE PROVIDED SOME TRAINING, UH, TO THE STRIKE TEAM, UM, AS WELL AS ASSISTED THEM WITH THEIR IN 95 FIT TESTING AND TEACHING THEM ABOUT TONING ON AND DAWNING OFF ALL PEOPLE, E R D OUR STRIKE TEAM REQUESTS HAVE ALSO DECLINED, UM, FOR OUR, UM, PPE PROVISION.

WE CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THAT AS

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REQUESTED.

WE HAVE PROVIDED 224 PEOPLE P E M ORDERS AS A DISTRICT.

AND THAT INCLUDES IN 95 RESPIRATORS, GOWNS, GLOVES, MASS, ET CETERA.

UM, OUR LONGTERM FACILITIES, UM, OVER A HUNDRED WERE OFFERED A ONE TIME 3,500 THEM TOOK US UP ON THE PPE PUSHBACK, UM, WHICH THAT'S ALL OF THE INFORMATION THAT I PROVIDED.

IT ALSO INCLUDES THIS INFECTED AND OTHER SUPPLIES, OUR WEEKLY DELIVERIES, DELIVERIES OF PPE, I'VE BEEN PROVIDED TO FACILITIES THAT HAVE CLUSTERS AND CASES.

SO WE CONTINUE TO, UM, PROVIDE THAT TO THEM AS WELL.

WELL, WITH OUR HOMELESS UPDATE, WE HAVE FIVE PROLOGIS THAT ARE OPERATIONAL.

WE HAVE 333 GAMES.

YES THEY'RE UM, WELL CARE CONTINUES TO ASSIST US WITH ONSITE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES AT ALL OF THE PROTECTIVE LODGES, UM, DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT FOR INSTEPS SALVATION ARMY COMMUNITIES FOR RECOVERY AND INTEGRAL CARE ARE PROVIDING THE HOUSING FOCUS CASE MANAGEMENT AND SUPPORTIVE SERVICES.

IN ADDITION TO THAT COMMUNITY CARE IS PROVIDING WEEKLY ON SITE SERVICES AS THREE OF THE LAST, AT THE LARGEST 25 INDIVIDUALS HAVE EXITED, UM, TO PERMANENT HOUSING.

SO WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL THAT ARE EXITING TO PERMANENT HOUSING.

WE'RE DOING IT CONTINUE TO DO TESTING IN THAT COMMUNITY.

WE HAVE TESTED OVER 680 INDIVIDUALS, UM, THAT HAVE BEEN IN SHELTERS OR ON CAMPUS ACROSS THE CITY.

WE'RE CONTINUING TO PROVIDE THE HYGIENE, UM, UM, RESOURCES, WHICH IS THE MOBILE SHOWERS AND THE STATIONARY SHOWERS.

AND WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE OVER 2000 BAGS OF SHELF STABLE FOOD.

EACH WEEK.

WE HAVE A CONTRACT ON THE AGENDA, EXCUSE ME, WITH CISCO ON THE 27TH OR ADDITIONAL, UM, FOOD BACK SERVICES, UM, WITH THE FOOD BANK.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, JUST AS A REMINDER, UM, THE U S CENSUS IS GOING TO BE CONDUCTING, UM, A COUNT OF HOMELESS PEOPLE.

AND THEY'RE GOING TO DO THAT.

UM, IN SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR, UM, OUR OUTREACH PARTNERS, UM, HAVE CONTINUED TO COME TOGETHER A PH POST AND OTHER CITY DEPARTMENTS HAVE PARTNERED WITH DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE TO PROVIDE, UM, BOTTLED WATER MASS COBIT EDUCATION MATERIALS, AND OTHER, UM, OUTREACH EFFORTS WITH OUR, UM, COMMUNITY DISTRIBUTION.

UM, OUR STAFF, OUR HEALTH EQUITY TASK FORCE CONTINUES TO PARTNER WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS.

WE HAVE, UM, ESTABLISHED THE TOP SIX, UM, AREAS WHERE WE NEED TO PROVIDE PPE IN THOSE AREAS.

WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH AGENCIES THIS PAST WEEKEND AND THIS WEEKEND COMING UP.

AND SO, UM, WE HAVE A, A LIST OF OUR ZIP CODES AND WE ARE PROVIDING THOSE SERVICES IN THE CITY IS WORKING ON A SIX WEEK CAMPAIGN WITH CENTRAL HEALTH COMMUNITY CARE AND TRAVIS COUNTY AROUND, UM, MESSAGING AS WELL AS WE'LL HAVE PEOP UM, PSA AND DO, UM, PPE DISTRIBUTION.

THE GOAL IS, IS TO BE, UM, TO PROVIDE PPE AND TARGETED ZIP CODES IN ORDER TO REALLY PROVIDE THAT SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITIES WHERE WE SEE, UM, THE POSITIVITY RATE IS HIGHER, OUR PP DISTRIBUTIONS, UM, THIS PAST WEEKEND, WE'RE IN THE SEVEN, EIGHT, SEVEN FOUR ONE AND THE FOUR, FOUR AREA, AS WELL AS DEL VALLEY.

WE HAVE ANOTHER EVENT THIS WEEKEND AT GUS GARCIA, AND WE ARE WORKING WITH THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, UM, TO PROVIDE SOME PPE TO SENIOR PROPERTIES AS WE CONTINUE TO WORK THROUGH WITH OUR PIO.

UM, WE ARE REALLY WORKING CLOSELY, UM, WITH ALL POPULATIONS.

UM, OUR STAFF WILL HAVE, UM, A MEMO THAT WILL BE SENT OUT LATER THIS WEEK TO A MAYOR AND COUNCIL TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE ABOUT THE LATIN X, UM, SERVICES THAT HAVE BEEN PROVIDED.

OUR STAFF HAVE ALSO, UM, HAVE BEEN WORKING TO INCREASE LANGUAGE ACCESS AT ALL OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS TESTING SITES WITH OUR, UM, WE'VE BEEN PROVIDING SOME TESTING AND GROUP HOMES.

WHAT WE, UM,

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WE'RE NOTICING IS THAT THERE WERE INCREASED IN THE NUMBER OF GROUP HOMES.

AND SO WE WERE COORDINATING WITH INTEGRAL CARE TO, UM, ADDRESS THOSE SETTINGS.

WE ARE ALSO, UM, PROVIDING ISOLATION AND QUARANTINING ONSITE, BUT WE'RE ALSO ASSISTING THEM WITH FIT TESTING AND, UM, PPE AS WELL AS THE, IN 95 MATH WITH OUR, UM, CHILDCARE AND SCHOOLS, AS YOU MAY RECALL, ON THE 14, UM, WE, UM, RELEASED THE SCHOOL REOPENING INTERIM GUIDANCE AND, UM, STAFF WE'RE WORKING ON AN FAQ.

WHAT WE HAVE ESTABLISHED, UM, FOR, UM, FOR, FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IN QUESTIONS FOR SCHOOLS IS AN APH SCHOOL INFO.

IT AUSTIN, TEXAS.GOV THAT IS, UM, SET UP FOR ALL, UM, SCHOOLS FROM PEAK PRE K TO 12.

UM, AS WELL AS WE HAVE A, ANOTHER MAILBOX FOR CHILDCARE PROVIDERS WHERE THEY CAN REACH OUT AS WELL.

OUR, UM, WE, BUT WE PROVIDED SOME ADDITIONAL NURSES TO OUR NURSE LINE TO BUILD CAPACITY FOR THE REOPENING OF SCHOOLS.

SO WE ARE ABLE TO, UM, TRACK ANY COVID-19 CASES THAT COME THROUGH AND, UM, ESTABLISH A REPORT IN THAT SPACE.

WE ALSO, UM, HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE OUR, UM, CHILDCARE PROVIDERS, UH, CURBSIDE PICK UP THIS PAST FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FOR HEALTH SUPPLIES.

THIS WAS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH, TRAVIS COUNTY AGRILIFE EXTENSION AND WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS THAT WE WERE ABLE TO PROVIDE OVER 140 OF THOSE PACKAGES.

WE ARE WORKING ON, UM, ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO, UM, SOLIDIFY OUR TEST SCORES AND FOCUSING ON PRE K THROUGH 12.

WE ARE ALSO WORKING WITH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WHERE THEY MAY HAVE, UM, UM, ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND SUPPORT THAT THEY MAY NEED FROM THE DEPARTMENT AS WELL.

SO AS WE CONTINUE TO WORK IN THIS PACE, AND WE KNOW WE NEED TO SET UP ADDITIONAL AREAS TO PROVIDE THE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, UM, IN THIS SPACE.

AND SO WE WILL BE DOING THE SAME THING FOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES THAT CONCLUDES MY REPORT.

I'LL PASS OVER TO THEM.

THANK YOU.

STEPHANIE, PAY ME TO PULL UP MY SLIDES.

PERFECT.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL, FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO UP YET, DATE YOU ON OUR COVID-19 DATA.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SORRY.

THERE SEEMS TO BE OKAY.

I CAN SEE THAT.

THERE WE GO.

UH, SO I WANT TO TALK A BIT ABOUT CASES FIRST.

UH, YOU KNOW, THERE'S BEEN SOME, SOME CHATTER ON, ON SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT, ARE WE PLATEAUED OR NOT? SO IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE COUNCIL AND THE PUBLIC UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT THE PLATEAU THAT WE'VE BEEN SAYING, IT'S RELATED TO THE NEW CASES.

NOW YOU CAN SEE THAT SINCE ABOUT JULY THE 29TH, WE'VE BEEN RELATIVELY FLAT, WE'VE HAD SOME OSCILLATIONS UP AND DOWN, BUT WE'RE HAVING TROUBLE BREAKING THROUGH THAT 200 BARRIER IN TERMS OF THE SEVEN DAY MOVING AVERAGE ON NEW CASES.

UM, I, I WILL SAY THAT THAT PART OF THIS, IT SEEMS IS A RESULT OF THE DATA DUMP AS WE CALL IT, THAT WE SAW FROM THE STATE DUE TO A DELAY IN REPORTING, UH, OF EARLIER CASES.

UH, SOME OF THOSE CASES THAT WE'VE RECEIVED IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS WERE FROM AS FAR BACK AS APRIL, WE HAD MANY IN JUNE AND JULY AS WELL.

UH, SO WHAT WE'VE DONE IS WE'VE ASKED OUR TEAM TO, TO LOOK AT THE DELAYS AND SEE WHAT PROPORTION OF THE CASES THAT WERE RECEIVING IT AND REPORTING ARE GREATER THAN TWO WEEKS OLD, MEANING THEY'RE NO LONGER ACTIVE CASES.

UH, SO WHEN WE LOOK AT THAT DATA, IT TURNS OUT THAT OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS, ABOUT 50% OF THE CASES THAT WE'RE REPORTING ARE NO LONGER ACTIVE CASES.

UM, AND THIS IS LARGELY DUE TO THAT, THAT INCREASING DATA THAT WE'RE RECEIVING FROM THE STATE FROM OLD CASES.

UH, SO WHILE RIGHT NOW, THIS APPEARS TO BE PLATEAU WITH SOME OSCILLATIONS.

WE HAVE EVIDENCE NOW, UH, THAT SUPPORTS THE FACT THAT OUR CASES ARE LIKELY ACTUALLY DECLINING MORE SUBSTANTIALLY.

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NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

WE CAN SEE THE NEW ADMISSIONS, WHICH HAS BEEN OUR, OUR KEY INDICATOR, UH, UP TILL NOW REGARDING OUR STAGING OF RISK.

UH, AND THAT'S BASED ON THE FACT THAT IT IS NOT, UM, AS, UH, VULNERABLE TO VARIATIONS IN, IN TESTING AND TURN AROUND TIMES AND SO FORTH.

WE CAN SEE THAT WITH OUR NEW ADMISSIONS TO THE HOSPITAL, THOSE HAVE BEEN STEADILY DECLINING.

UH, WE SAW THAT WE HAD A RAPID DECREASE, UH, TOWARDS THE END OF JULY.

IT FLATTENED OUT A BIT, BUT WAS STILL ON THE DECLINE.

AND NOW IS DECLINING A BIT MORE RAPIDLY AS THE MAYOR AND CITY MANAGER SAID, HEY, THIS IS A REFLECTION OF, OF THE WORK THAT IS BEING DONE ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY, BY INDIVIDUALS TAKING ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROTECTING THEMSELVES, PROTECTING THEIR FAMILIES AND ACTING IN A, IN A PROTECTIVE WAY.

AND THAT'S, THAT'S CERTAINLY, UH, RESULTED IN WHAT WE'RE SEEING HERE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

YEAH, WE'RE LOOKING AT THE OVERALL IMPACT ON HOSPITALS, BUT WE CAN SEE THE TOTAL HOSPITAL BEDS BEING UTILIZED IN THE BLUE.

WE SAY ICU ADMISSIONS IN THE ORANGE AND THE GRAY IS THE, THE INDIVIDUALS ON VENTILATORS.

ALL THOSE NUMBERS CONTINUE TO DECLINE.

UH, AND WE CAN SAY THAT THAT RIGHT NOW, WE'RE IN A VERY GOOD SITUATION, LESS THAN 200 ADMISSIONS, A TOTAL ON THAT SEVEN DAY MOVING AVERAGE.

AND, UH, WE CONTINUE TO SEE DECREASES IN THE, UH, ICU AND VENTILATOR USE AS WELL.

UH, IN TALKING TO OUR HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES, WE MEET WITH THEM EVERY WEEK.

IT'S, YOU KNOW, THE REPORTS THAT WE'RE RECEIVING FOR THEM AS THE HOSPITALS ARE IN GOOD SHAPE.

THERE'S PLENTY OF HOSPITAL BEDS, PLENTY OF ICU BEDS RIGHT NOW, PLENTY OF VENTILATORS.

UH, SO FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO'VE BEEN PUTTING OFF ELECTIVE PROCEDURES OR GOING TO THE HOSPITAL FOR AN EVALUATION, OR EVEN SEEING THEIR PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR FOR PHYSICALS OR VACCINATIONS FOR THEMSELVES OR FOR THEIR CHILDREN, THERE'S PLENTY OF SPACE.

NOW'S THE TIME TO GO.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UH, MAYOR COUNCIL, THIS IS A, AN UPDATE ON THE, UH, THE DEMOGRAPHICS ASSOCIATED WITH HOSPITALIZATIONS.

I'LL POINT OUT THAT WE'VE, UH, IN, IN THE GREEN LINE, WE SAY ARE, UH, INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE IDENTIFIED AS HISPANIC, UH, A SLIGHT DECREASE, BUT RELATIVELY FLAT, UH, OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS, UH, AGAIN, STILL OVERREPRESENTED IN TERMS OF, UH, THEIR REPRESENTATION IN THE TRAVIS COUNTY COMMUNITY.

UH, WE'RE SEEING STEADY INCREASES IN THE BLUE LINE, WHICH IS OUR WHITE NON-HISPANIC, UH, AND RELATIVELY FLAT IN TERMS OF OUR AFRICAN AMERICAN POPULATION, WHICH IS REPRESENTED IN THE GRAY.

UH, AGAIN, THAT LINE ALSO OVER REPRESENTING, UH, THAT COMMUNITY IN TERMS OF HOSPITALIZATIONS, AS COMPARED TO THEIR REPRESENTATION IN TRAVIS COUNTY'S POPULATION.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS A, A REPRESENTATION OF THE HOSPITALIZATIONS BASED ON AGE GROUP.

WE CAN SEE LAST WEEK, I TALKED ABOUT THE SHARP INCREASE IN THAT 70 TO 79 AGE GROUP, WHICH IS THAT MUSTARD YELLOW COLOR, UH, WHICH STILL IS ACCOUNTING FOR THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF, OF HOSPITALIZATIONS, UH, THIS WEEK, BUT CERTAINLY DECREASED AS COMPARED TO LAST WEEK, YOU CAN SEE A SHARP INCREASE IN THAT 40 TO 49 AGE GROUP.

AND YOU CAN ALSO SEE AN INCREASE IN THE BOTTOM, UH, THE GRAY LINE AT THAT 10 19 AGE GROUP, UH, WHICH IS NOW REPRESENTING 4% OF ALL THE INDIVIDUALS HOSPITALIZED.

UH, NOW AGAIN, THE NUMBERS OF INDIVIDUALS HOSPITALIZED IS DROPPING, BUT WE ARE SEEING THAT, THAT, THAT YOUNGER AGE GROUP, THAT GROUP WHO IS GOING TO TO SCHOOL AND TO COLLEGE, UH, IS, IS INCREASING.

SO 4% REPRESENTS THE HIGHEST NUMBER TO DATE AS FAR AS PERCENTAGE OF, OF HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS, UH, IN OUR COMMUNITY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS AN UPDATE OF OUR NURSING HOME AND LONGTERM CARE FACILITY, UH, OUTBREAK THAT YOU CAN SAY THAT, UH, SEVERAL INSTITUTIONS, EXCUSE ME, HAVE DROPPED OFF THIS WEEK.

WE'VE GOT TWO ADDITIONAL ONES THAT HAVE GONE THREE WEEKS WITHOUT, UH, WITHOUT A NEW CASE.

AND OUR HOPE IS THAT THEY WILL DROP OFF NEXT WEEK.

UH, OVERALL OUR NUMBER OF NEW CASES AT 58, WHICH IS A SUBSTANTIAL DECREASE FROM LAST WEEK AS DIRECTOR HAYDEN SAID EARLIER, UH, WE'RE SEEING DECREASE, UH, DECREASES IN THE REQUESTS FOR STRIKE TEAMS AND OTHER SUPPLIES, UH, DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE NURSING HOME SITUATION IS, IS NOW IMPROVING OTHER LONGTERM CARE FACILITIES, ALSO IMPROVING.

UH, BUT WHEN WE CONTINUE TO TRACK

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THIS, WE WILL CONTINUE TO OFFER SUPPORT AND THOSE FACILITIES, AND, UH, WE'RE, WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR THE FACT THAT THAT MANY OF THEM HAVE, UH, INSTITUTED THEIR OWN MEASURES, THEIR OWN, UH, PPE AND TESTING, UH, AS DIRECTOR HAYDEN DESCRIBED EARLIER, WHICH IS TAKING SOME BURDEN OFF OF THE PUBLIC RESOURCES TO DO THAT.

UH, BUT AGAIN, WE WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THOSE EFFORTS.

UH, WE HAVE LOTS OF VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS IN OUR COMMUNITY, BUT THE NURSING HOME AND LONGTERM CARE FACILITY STILL REPRESENTS THOSE WHO ARE AT HIGHEST RISK FOR, FOR HOSPITALIZATION AND DEATH.

SO WE HAVE TO CONTINUE OUR VIGILANCE FOR THIS GROUP.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

NOW, MAYOR AND COUNCIL, I WANT TO TALK A BIT ABOUT POSITIVITY.

YOU KNOW, I'VE, I'VE TALKED ABOUT THIS FOR THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS, UH, BUT I WANT TO HONE IN ON A LITTLE BIT MORE, UH, WE'RE PLEASED WITH THE FACT THAT, UH, WE'VE GOT A NUMBER OF COLLABORATORS WHO ARE PROVIDING WEEKLY FEEDS OF, OF TESTING DATA THAT INCLUDES POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE FEEDS.

UH, AND THIS WAS DONE IN COLLABORATION WITH, UM, WITH UT AND DR.

MIKE KENYATTA, WHO, WHO LED THIS GROUP AND, AND, UH, HELP US BRING THIS DATA TOGETHER.

SO WE'RE, WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR THEIR PARTNERSHIP.

UH, BUT WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS, IS A DATA FEED, WHICH CONSTITUTES NOW MORE THAN 160,000, UH, UH, DATA POINTS, POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE TESTS, UH, LOOKING AT THIS DATA COMPARED TO ALL OF THE CASES REPORTED IN TRAVIS COUNTY BY, UH, THE STATE, IT REPRESENTS ABOUT 87% OF ALL THE CASES, ALL THE DONE.

SO IT IS A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF, OF THAT TESTING EFFORT THAT'S BEING DONE.

AND WHAT WE CAN SEE IS SINCE WE 27, WE'VE HAD A PROGRESSIVE DECLINE IN THE POSITIVITY RATE.

UH, WE ARE IN WEEK 34 NOW, BUT WE'RE ONLY SHOWING YOU THE DATA UP TO WEEK 32, BECAUSE WE ARE STILL REFINING THOSE FEEDS.

WE STILL WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT FEEDS ARE TIMELY ENOUGH THAT THE IMMEDIATELY PRIOR WEEK AND CURRENT WEEK ARE NOT GOING TO CHANGE MUCH, UH, BEFORE WE PRESENT IT.

UH, BUT THE LAST WEEK THAT WE'RE, WE'RE SHOWING YOU HERE WEEK 32, UH, IT SHOWS US THAT WE HAVE A 7.6% POSITIVITY RATE OVERALL IN OUR COMMUNITY.

I CAN TELL YOU THAT WEEK 33 LAST WEEK SHOWS A DECLINE EVEN FURTHER AROUND FIVE TO 6%, BUT AGAIN, WE ARE STILL EXPECTING SOME ADDITIONAL DATA POINTS FROM WEEK 33 AND CERTAINLY WEEK 34, UH, WHICH WE ANTICIPATE SHARING WITH YOU NEXT WEEK.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AGAIN, IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS SUBSTANTIAL VARIATION ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY, IN THE RATES OF POSITIVITY.

UH, I SHOWED THIS TO YOU LAST WEEK.

UH, THIS IS UPDATED THIS WEEK, UH, AND THIS IS SHOWING US A BREAKDOWN BY RACE AND ETHNICITY OF THOSE POSITIVITY RATES.

UM, THE, THE RED DOTTED LINE IS THE, THE 5% MARK, WHICH WE WOULD REALLY LIKE TO GET EVERYBODY BELOW, INCLUDING THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY, BUT WE HAVE MORE WORK TO DO.

AND WHAT YOU CAN SEE HERE IS THAT OUR, OUR AFRICAN AMERICAN IN BLUE AND OUR HISPANIC OR LATINO GROUP, AND THE GOLD COLOR, UH, ARE STILL CLOSE TO OR EXCEEDING IN THE, IN THE CIRCUMSTANCE OF OUR LATINO COMMUNITY, UM, THAT 5% MARK.

SO WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO.

UH, WE, WE SHOULD NOT BE HAPPY AS A COMMUNITY UNLESS ALL OF THESE LINES ARE BELOW 5% OR PRETTY DARN CLOSE TO IT.

AND WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? DOES THIS MEAN THAT WE AS A CITY GOVERNMENT OR COUNTY GOVERNMENT ARE ENTIRELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS? NO, BUT IT DOES MEAN WE HAVE TO LOOK AT OUR EFFORTS.

WE HAVE TO LOOK AT OPPORTUNITIES TO INCREASE THOSE EFFORTS, AND WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO ENGAGE OTHER COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN HELPING US FIGHT THIS.

UH, I'M PLEASED TO HEAR STORIES ABOUT PRIVATE BUSINESSES, PARTNERING WITH COMMUNITY GROUPS, TO, TO PROVIDE SUPPLIES, INCLUDING PPE.

THOSE EFFORTS NEED TO CONTINUE.

IF WE HAVE INDIVIDUALS IN THE COMMUNITY WHO WANT TO KNOW WHAT THEY CAN DO TO HELP, THEY CAN DONATE TO THESE GROUPS, THEY CAN GIVE THEM PPE, THEY CAN MAKE CASH DONATIONS, THEY CAN SUPPORT THIS EFFORT TO TARGET AND SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.

IF WE'VE MADE ONE REVELATION OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS, THAT IS WE HAVE TO BE A COMMUNITY TOGETHER AS ONE, AND WE CANNOT BE SUCCESSFUL AS A COMMUNITY UNLESS WE'RE ALL SUCCESSFUL.

AND THAT MEANS WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON THOSE WHO WERE STILL STRUGGLING WITH THEIR INFECTIVITY RATES, AND WE HAVE TO PUSH THEM DOWN.

AND

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THAT'S GOING TO TAKE ALL OF US.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS A BREAKDOWN OF A POSITIVITY BY AGE GROUP.

AND I'M SHOWING YOU WEEK 31 THROUGH WEEK 34.

UH, AGAIN, AS I POINTED OUT LAST WEEK, THAT BLUE BAR THAT 10 TO 19 AGE GROUP, UH, IS CONTINUING TO BE, UH, HIGH IN TERMS OF POSITIVITY AS IS THE GREEN BAR NEXT TO IT, THE, THE ONE TO NINE AGE GROUP, UH, THIS IS CONCERNING BECAUSE AS WE ARE LOOKING AT CERTAIN SCHOOLS IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS, WE HAVE TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE TESTING THIS GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS THAT WE ARE ENCOURAGING AS PARENTS, UH, THAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS ARE NOT ENGAGING IN ACTIVITIES, WHICH IS GOING TO INCREASE THEIR, THEIR RISK OF INFECTION.

AND THAT MEANS STAYING HOME WHEN THEY CAN, AND WHEN THEY ARE GOING OUT, THAT THEY ARE GOING OUT IN A PROTECTIVE WAY, WEARING MASKS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND, AND PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO THAT HAND HYGIENE, UH, TO REDUCE THE RISK OF INFECTION TO THEIR MOUTH, NOSE, OR EYES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, MAYOR COUNCIL.

THIS IS A, A BREAKDOWN OF OUR TOP ZIP CODES.

UH, THIS IS FROM OUR APH FEED.

UH, AGAIN, YOU CAN SEE THAT, THAT SOME OF THE ZIP CODES THAT WE FOCUSED ON BEFORE CONTINUED TO BE, UM, UH, PROBLEM AREAS FOR US.

UH, WE ANTICIPATE THAT LATER THIS WEEK OR EARLY NEXT WEEK, WE WILL HAVE A RELATIVELY LIVE FEED RELATED TO POSITIVITY RATES IN PARTICULAR ZIP CODES SO THAT YOU AND THE COMMUNITY CAN FOLLOW, UH, WHERE THE HOTSPOTS ARE.

SO THAT FOLKS HAVE A BIT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT, UH, WHERE THOSE POSITIVE TESTS ARE COMING FROM, AND IT'LL HELP US AS PUBLIC HEALTH AS THE CITY AND COUNTY AND COMMUNITY TO FOCUS RESOURCES ON THOSE AREAS THAT ARE EXPERIENCING THE GREATEST CHALLENGES.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO I WANT TO TALK ABOUT OUR STAGING AND WE'VE BEEN AT STAGE FOUR FOR QUITE SOME TIME NOW.

UM, WE HAD CONCERN REGARDING THE PLATEAUING OUT OF CASES IN THE MIDST AT THE SAME TIME OF, OF DECREASING HOSPITALIZATIONS.

NOW THAT WE HAVE THE EVIDENCE THAT MANY OF THE CASES THAT WE'VE SEEN OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS ARE IN FACT OLD CASES.

AND AS A RESULT OF, OF THE STATE DELAYED REPORTING, I FEEL CONFIDENT NOW IN MAKING THE RECOMMENDATION THAT WE CHANGE OUR STAGING RISK TO STAGE THREE.

SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR US AS A COMMUNITY? IT MEANS THAT WE STILL MUST ACT IN A PROTECTIVE WAY.

WE STILL MUST MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCE.

WE STILL MUST PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO OUR PERSONAL HYGIENE, PARTICULARLY OUR HAND HYGIENE.

AND WE MUST CONTINUE TO AVOID SOCIAL GATHERINGS AND GATHERINGS OF GREATER THAN 10 PEOPLE.

UM, THIS IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR THOSE WHO ARE AT HIGHER RISK OR WHO WOULD LIVE IN HOUSEHOLDS, WHO ARE AT HIGHER RISK.

SO THOSE OVER THE AGE OF 65, AND THOSE WERE SIGNIFICANT UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS THAT MAY LEAD TO HOSPITALIZATION AND DEATH.

THIS ALSO MEANS THAT THAT EVEN THOUGH WE'RE IN STAGE THREE, WE MUST CONTINUE TO ACT AS IF WE WERE IN STAGE FOUR, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE.

AND WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? BECAUSE WE ARE APPROACHING THE START OF SCHOOL.

WE ARE APPROACHING THE TIME ON SEPTEMBER 8TH, WHEN WE WANT TO SEND OUR CHILDREN.

TO SOME EXTENT BACK TO SCHOOL, WE HAVE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES OPENING RIGHT NOW AND IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US, INCLUDING THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE TO CONTINUE TO ACT IN A PROTECTIVE WAY SO THAT WE CAN DRIVE THE POSITIVITY RATE DOWN.

WE CAN CONTINUE TO DRIVE OUR CASES AND HOSPITALIZATIONS DOWN, AND WE HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF SUSTAINING OPERATIONS OF OUR SCHOOLS, OUR COLLEGES, AND UNIVERSITIES, AND OUR BUSINESSES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO MANY ACCOUNTS, I'VE GOT A FEW SLIDES AND I, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOME, SOME FICTION AND FACTS THAT ARE OUT THERE ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO CLARIFY SOME OF THE INFORMATION THAT WE'RE SEEING ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

UH, SO A FEW THINGS THAT HAVE COME UP IN THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS THAT I WANTED TO ADDRESS, UH, ONE IS, IS THAT FACE MASK CAN CAUSE PNEUMONIA, BACTERIAL OR FUNGAL PNEUMONIA.

UH, THIS IS FICTION.

SO THE FACT IS THAT THERE'S NOT ANY CLINICAL EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE CONCLUSION THAT, THAT IT LEADS TO INFECTIONS LIKE THIS.

UH, WE HAVE A VERY LONG HISTORY OF HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHO WEAR MASKS, OTHER OCCUPATIONS WHO WEAR MASKS FOR AN EXTENDED DURATION OF TIME AND NO

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EVIDENCE THAT, UH, THAT THESE THINGS ARE TRUE.

UM, SECOND ONE THAT FACE MASK CAN CAUSE TOXIC LEVELS OF CARBON DIOXIDE.

ALSO FICTION.

AGAIN, THERE'S NO CLINICAL EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THIS CONCLUSION, UH, YOU KNOW, WHILE SOME INDIVIDUALS MAY GET ANXIOUS WHEN THEY WEAR A MASK, UH, USUALLY IT'S BECAUSE THEY'RE NEW TO WEARING MASKS.

UH, WE CERTAINLY SEE THIS WITH NEW HEALTHCARE WORKERS.

UH, BUT THE FACT IS THAT ONCE YOU GET USED TO IT, THAT ANXIETY GENERALLY DECREASES, UH, THAT HYPERVENTILATION GENERALLY DECREASES, UH, AND PEOPLE BECOME ACCUSTOMED TO WEARING MASKS.

I BRING THIS UP PARTICULARLY BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT AS WE LOOK TO SEPTEMBER 8TH AND THE REOPENING OF SCHOOLS, TO SOME EXTENT IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS TO START INTRODUCING THEIR CHILDREN, TO MASK WEARING.

IF THEY'RE THE APPROPRIATE AGE GROUP TO WEAR MASKS, IT IS PART OF, OF WHAT WE HAVE TO DO THIS FALL SEMESTER IN PARTICULAR AND POSSIBLY INTO THE SPRING UNTIL WE HAVE A VACCINE WHICH IS WIDELY AVAILABLE.

AND THESE STEPS TO RAPE TO INTRODUCE THAT MASS WEARING REGULARLY, UH, WILL HELP THEM, UH, BECOME, UH, ACCUSTOMED TO DOING IT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UH, SO ONE THAT, UH, HAS, UH, HAS BEEN IN THE MEDIA A LOT RECENTLY IS, IS MISINFORMATION RELATING TO, UH, THE ASSERTION THAT SUICIDES DURING COVID-19 HAVE OUTPACED DEATHS FROM COVID-19.

THIS IS ALSO FICTION.

THE FACT IS THAT THAT COVID-19 IS THE THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE FOURTH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN TRAVIS COUNTY AS COMPARED TO OUR 2018 DEATHS STATISTICS.

UM, AND, UM, THAT, UM, THERE'S, THERE'S NO EVIDENCE IN, IN DISCUSSION WITH THE TRAVIS COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER.

UH, THERE'S NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THAT, UM, THAT COVID-19, OR THAT, THAT SUICIDES DURING COVID-19.

UH, SO THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2020, UH, ARE HIGHER THAN THEY WERE IN 2019.

IN FACT, THERE'S SOME EVIDENCE RIGHT NOW THAT THOSE RATES OF SUICIDE ARE LOWER THAN THEY WERE IN 2019.

AGAIN, THERE IS SOME DELAYS, UH, AS IT RELATES TO DEATH STATISTICS, WE DON'T USUALLY CALCULATE THEM MID YEAR.

UH, BUT WHEN ASKED TO DO THAT, THIS IS THE RESPONSE, UH, FROM THE, THE TRAPS COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE, UH, WHO IS RESOLVED FOR INVESTIGATING AND DETERMINING CAUSE OF DEATH.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UH, SO ANOTHER, ANOTHER STATEMENT THAT I'VE HEARD, UH, THAT I WANT TO CLARIFY THAT THAT SEASONAL INFLUENCE IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN COVID-19.

THIS IS ALSO FICTION.

THE FACT IS THAT 176,000 MORE THAN 176,000 AMERICANS HAVE DIED FROM COVID-19 MORE THAN 11,000 TEXANS HAVE DIED FROM COVID-19 SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR.

UH, THE CDC ESTIMATED THAT LAST YEAR, THE 2019, 2020 INFLUENCE A SEASON RESULTED IN 24,000, THE 64,000 DEATHS, UH, WHICH OF COURSE IS ECLIPSED BY WHAT WE'VE ALREADY EXPERIENCED WITH COVID-19 CDC ALSO ESTIMATES THAT, UH, 3,516 TEXANS DIED, UH, DURING THAT SAME INFLUENCE SEASON, AGAIN, UH, BEING ECLIPSED BY COVID-19, BUT THIS IS A DANGEROUS DISEASE.

UH, IT IS PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS FOR OUR ELDERLY INDIVIDUALS OVER THE AGE OF 60 TO 65, FOR THOSE WITH SIGNIFICANT UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS AND FOR OUR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.

SO WE NEED TO IGNORE THE FICTION THAT WE'RE SEEING IN THE MEDIA AND PARTICULARLY SOCIAL MEDIA AND UNDERSTAND THE FACTS.

AND THAT MEANS THAT ALL OF US HAVE TO USE RELIABLE RESOURCES, UH, TO, TO GET INFORMATION ON COVID-19 AND BE VERY SKEPTICAL OF INFORMATION THAT IS SEEN ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

AND WITH THAT, UH, MAYOR AND CITY MANAGER.

I'LL TURN IT BACK TO YOU.

I'VE GOT A QUESTION YOU'RE ON MUTE.

THANK YOU.

I'LL GET RIGHT TO YOU, LESLIE, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO GO FROM ORANGE TO YELLOW? SURE.

UH, SOME AGAIN, THE BIG CHANGE IS THE, UH, THE GROUP SIZE.

SO GOING FROM TWO TO 10, UH, BUT STILL AVOIDING SOCIAL GATHERINGS, UH, AGAIN, UH, INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE IN THAT HIGH RISK CATEGORY, UH, SHOULD STAY HOME.

UH, THEY SHOULD ONLY GO OUT IF HE'S IN CONTROL AND, UH, IF THEY'RE GOING OUT, THEY NEED TO BE VERY COGNIZANT OF THEIR SPACING OF THE HAND HYGIENE, UH, AND ULTIMATELY IT'S BEST IF THEY CAN

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HAVE OTHER PEOPLE GO OUT FOR THEM TO GET GROCERIES, TO DO THAT INSTEAD.

SO RIGHT NOW, WITH RESPECT TO SCHOOLS, A LOT OF SCHOOLS ARE STAYING CLOSED.

AND SO SEPTEMBER 8TH, RIGHT AFTER LABOR DAY, AND THEN TRYING TO OPEN UP A LOT OF THAT VIRTUALLY, UH, IS THERE A LINK BETWEEN THE OVERALL INFECTIVITY IN THE COMMUNITY AND OUR ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN THE OPENING OF SCHOOLS? MAYOR? WE THINK SO.

UH, AGAIN, WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF EVIDENCE RIGHT NOW REGARDING, UH, INFECTIVITY IN SCHOOLS.

UH, WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF EVIDENCE ON HOW IT SPREADS INSIDE SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES.

THERE'S SOME EVIDENCE FROM OTHER PLACES AROUND THE WORLD.

WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE DIFFERENT FROM SCHOOLS IN SWEDEN, IN GERMANY AND OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD.

UM, WE KNOW, AND WE'VE CERTAINLY SEEN ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS FROM OTHER STATES WHO'VE OPENED EARLY AND LOUD, ALL STUDENTS BACK TO CAMPUS, BUT THAT OFTEN RESULTS IN SHUTTING DOWN VERY SOON AFTERWARDS.

THIS IS WHY WE MADE THE RECOMMENDATION THAT REGARDLESS OF THE STAGE OF RISK, THAT WE'RE IN ON SEPTEMBER 8TH, THAT THE SCHOOL'S ONLY OPEN UP TO 25% OF THEIR CAPACITY TO ALLOW US TO, UH, REFINE OUR PROCESSES AND ALLOW THE TEACHERS AND THE STAFF AND THE STUDENTS TO WORK OUT THE KINKS IN THE SYSTEM.

AND TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN DO THAT EFFECTIVELY WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT SPREAD, BEFORE WE START INTRODUCING ADDITIONAL STUDENTS INTO THAT SPACE.

OKAY.

COMING UP RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY.

OUR COMMUNITY HAD A PEAK SOON AFTER THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY, NO PEAK AFTER THE JULY 4TH HOLIDAY, ANY SPECIAL SUGGESTIONS OR WARNINGS TO THE COMMUNITY WITH RESPECT TO THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND.

AGAIN, MAYOR I THINK THE, THE SAME WARNINGS THAT WE GAVE JULY 4TH ARE, ARE TRUE.

NOW, IF YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A GATHERING, MAKE IT ONLY THE INDIVIDUALS WITHIN YOUR HOUSEHOLD THAT YOU HAVE REGULAR CONTACT WITH.

UH, THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO INVITE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OVER, UM, BEYOND THAT BECAUSE WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO ACT IN THAT PROTECTIVE WAY.

UH, WE CAN STILL GATHER, WE CAN STILL GET TOGETHER.

WE SHOULD DO THAT VIRTUALLY WHENEVER POSSIBLE.

UH, IF PEOPLE MAKE THE DECISION, REGARDLESS OF MY ADVICE, NOT TO DO IT, IF THEY MAKE THE DECISION TO HAVE THOSE GALLERIES ANYWAY, AND THEY SHOULD BE DONE IN A WAY, WHICH IS SOCIAL DISTANCE AND MASKED, UM, WE, WE HAVE MORE WORK TO DO, AND WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THAT OUR ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO GET KIDS IN SCHOOL AND KEEP THE SCHOOLS OPEN.

AND IF WE SACRIFICE NOW BY TAKING TOO MANY LIBERTIES BY BEING TOO FREE AND DISREGARDING THAT ADVICE, WE'RE, WE'RE GOING TO FEEL IT IN SEPTEMBER.

OKAY.

TWO QUICK AREAS REAL QUICK.

THE FIRST ONE IS UT STUDENTS.

I UNDERSTAND THAT THE UNIVERSITY IS GOING TO GREAT IS TO TRY TO MITIGATE ANY IMPACT THAT WOULD COME FROM UNIVERSITY STUDENTS THAT HAVE A LITTLE BIT HIGHER INFECTIVITY RATE, UH, PROJECTED THAT WHAT WE HAVE AT AUSTIN BECAUSE OF WHERE THEY'RE COMING FROM, FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY, UT IS, IS TRYING TO URGE STUDENTS TO ACCEPT THE SAME DISCIPLINE THAT OUR COMMUNITY HAS.

UH, BUT IN THAT REGARD THAT I UNDERSTAND THEY'RE GOING TO BE TESTING 5,000 STUDENTS A WEEK SO THAT IF THERE IS A SPIKE OR AN ISSUE, IT GETS IDENTIFIED, UH, EARLY.

UM, WHAT ABOUT THE FRAT HOUSES AND THE SORORITY HOUSES? ARE WE DOING ANYTHING PROACTIVELY TO HELP THERE? MAYOR, WE ARE SENDING LETTERS OUT THIS WEEK TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO'VE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS, AS THE SITE OPERATORS FOR THE FRATERNITY AND SORORITY HOUSES, UH, TO REMIND THEM OF THEIR LEGAL OBLIGATION, UH, TO FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE AS SITE OPERATORS.

UM, THEY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY, UH, TO ENSURE SAFETY.

UH, THEY HAVE THAT LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY AND, UH, AND WE ARE SITTING THOSE OUT, UH, TODAY AND TOMORROW.

UH, IF WE FIND VIOLATIONS, WE WILL TAKE ACTION TO ENSURE THAT THOSE, THOSE VIOLATIONS ARE MITIGATED.

AND, UH, THAT, THAT THOSE TYPES OF ENVIRONMENTS DO NOT POSE A RISK TO LARGER AUSTIN COUNTY.

ON SOCIAL THIS WEEKEND, THERE WERE VIDEOS THAT SHOWED ACTIVITY THAT ON SIXTH STREET, ARE YOU GUYS LOOKING AT THAT MAYOR? WE ARE, UM, WE RECEIVED, WE RECEIVED THE VIDEO AS WELL.

UH, THE VIDEO SHOWED, UH, CROWDS OF PEOPLE.

IT SHOWED LONG QUEUES OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF A BUSINESS WHO WERE CLEARLY NOT SOCIAL DISTANCE.

UH, AGAIN, IT'S UP TO ALL OF US TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT, AT MITIGATING THE RISK OF COVID-19 OUR COMMUNITY.

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AND THAT MEANS BUSINESS OWNERS NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLE NOT ONLY FOR WHAT'S HAPPENING INSIDE OF THEIR FACILITY, BUT ALSO WHAT'S HAPPENING OUTSIDE.

AND WE WERE, WE WERE TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT THAT.

UH, WE HAVE, UH, REACHED OUT TO AUSTIN CODE THE FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE AND OUR PUBLIC HEALTH, UH, ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICE, UH, TO INVESTIGATE THAT.

OKAY.

AND THEN THE LAST QUESTION WITH RESPECT TO THE LATINO COMMUNITY, WHICH IS SUBSTANTIALLY LAGGING BEHIND ON OVERALL INFECTIVITY, UH, THERE WAS A REPORT THAT CAME OUT FROM AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH BACK AT THE BEGINNING OF JUNE, UH, WITH DIFFERENT STRATEGIES TO PURSUE, I GUESS IT'S EITHER FOR YOU OR FOR DIRECTOR HAYDEN.

UH, MY UNDERSTANDING IS, IS THAT THERE SHOULD BE A REPORT COMING OUT THAT, THAT, THAT KIND OF TRACKS THAT TO SAY WHAT WE'RE DOING OR NOT DOING OR WHAT WE'RE PRIORITIZED OR YOU'RE NOT PRIORITIZING.

UH, SO THE ADDITIONAL WAY FOR THE COMMUNITY TO SEE WHAT OUR STRATEGY IS WITH RESPECT TO THAT.

I THINK, I DON'T KNOW IF DIRECTOR HATE DISTILL ON HERE.

YES, WE WILL.

WE WILL HAVE THAT, UM, TO MAYOR AND COUNCIL, UM, ON, ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON, UM, WE'VE TAKEN THE DOCUMENT, UM, IN, UM, WE'VE READJUSTED THE DOCUMENT, JUST SO IT'S A LITTLE CLEAR.

AND SO WE WILL PROVIDE THAT UPDATE TO MAYOR AND COUNCIL ON FRIDAY.

IT WILL, UM, SHOW, UM, THINGS THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS DONE OVER THIS TIME.

IT WILL SHOW AN INCREASE, UM, OF EFFORTS, UM, THAT WE ARE, ARE ON THE WAY.

UM, FOR EXAMPLE, WITH THE TARGETED ZIP CODES, WHERE THERE IS, UM, AN HIGH INCREASE IN POSITIVITY RATE, WE ARE, UM, PROVIDING PPE IN THOSE, IN THOSE ZIP CODES.

BUT IN ADDITION TO THAT, UM, OUR, UM, ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, OUR RESTAURANT INSPECTORS, UM, ARE GOING BACK BY THOSE BUSINESSES TO ENSURE THAT, UM, THEY HAVE THEIR SIGNAGE UP.

AND IF THEY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR OPERATIONS, WE'RE ALSO DOING, UM, THAT SAME SERVICE, UM, FOR, UM, CHILDCARE FACILITIES IN THOSE COMMUNITIES AND PROVIDING ADDITIONAL EDUCATION.

SO, UM, THAT'S JUST A FEW OF THE EFFORTS THAT WE HAVE UNDERWAY.

WE ARE PARTNERING WITH, UM, COMMUNITY CARE AND CENTRAL HEALTH ON A, ON A MARKETING STRATEGY, UM, AS WELL AS TRAVIS COUNTY TO INCREASE ALL OF OUR EFFORTS EFFORTS OF, OF TPE.

UM, WE ARE PREPARING A, UM, A COUPLE OF PSA THAT WE WILL, UM, GENERATE, UM, INTO THE COMMUNITY.

AND SO THERE ARE SEVERAL EFFORTS THAT YOU WILL SEE ON THE DOCUMENT THAT WE WILL SHARE.

AND IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS, UM, I'LL BE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS.

I COULDN'T, I COULDN'T SAY THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, DIRECTOR HAYDEN COUNCIL MEMBER POOL.

THANKS.

UM, AND THANK YOU TO DR.

ESCADA AND DIRECTOR HAYDEN FOR ANOTHER REALLY GOOD AND INFORMATIVE UPDATE.

I JUST HAVE THREE KIND OF SPECIFIC QUESTIONS, UH, TO GET A LITTLE MORE PROACTIVE AND LESS REACTIVE ON OUR DATA.

I WAS NOTICING, UM, DR.

PRESCOTT, WHEN YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THE SLIDES TOWARD THE END OF THE PRESENTATION, WHERE THE DELAYS IN US GETTING THE NUMBERS OF TESTS RESULTS CAME IN, AND WE WEREN'T, WE DIDN'T KNOW FIRST THAT THERE WAS, WAS A DELAY, AND THEN WE GOT THEM ALL, UH, CAN WE MAYBE GET REAL NUMBERS, UM, ON THE DATES, THOSE TESTS WERE EITHER DONE OR SUBMITTED SO THAT WE COULD ASSIGN THOSE NUMBERS TO THE DATES WHERE THEY WOULD BE WHERE THEY ACTUALLY OCCURRED, SO THAT, SO WE HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHETHER WE HAVE A MINI SURGE OR WE CAN ACCURATELY GET AN ACCURATE ASSESSMENT OF WHAT THE, WHAT THE ACTUAL DATA IS.

DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? I'M LOOKING FOR SOME KIND OF A TWO THINGS ABOUT AN EARLY NOTICE FROM THE STATE TESTING CENTER THAT THEY DO HAVE A BACKLOG, AND WE SHOULD LOOK FOR, UM, A LARGE TRAUNCH OF DATA COMING TO US LATER AND NOT, NOT AT THE TIME THAT WE HAD EXPECTED IT.

AND THEN CAN WE TAKE THE DATA THAT WE GOT AND ASSIGN IT TO WHEN THOSE TESTS WERE EITHER SUBMITTED OR TO SO, SO COUNCIL MEMBER, WAIT, WE CAN'T DO THAT BECAUSE, UH, BECAUSE OF THE RECORDING NATURE OF THE STATE, WHICH IS, IS THAT WE REPORT THE CASES BASED ON THE DAY THAT THEY'RE ENTERED IN THE SYSTEM, BUT THE EPI CURVE, WHICH IS ON THAT MAIN DASHBOARD SHOWS THE DATE OF, OF THE INDIVIDUAL

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WHEN THEY STARTED AS SYMPTOMS. IF THEY'RE ASYMPTOMATIC, WHEN THE TEST WAS DONE, I WILL POINT OUT THAT ONE OF THE THINGS TO HELP, UH, DISPLAY ANY DELAYS IS GOING TO BE THE ACTIVE CASES, RIGHT? SO IF YOU KNOW, THE ACTIVE CASES ARE, ARE DECREASING AT THE SAME TIME, CASES ARE INCREASING.

THAT INDICATES THAT A LARGER PORTION OF THE, OF THE ONES REPORTED ARE OLDER THAN 14 DAYS.

SO THEY'RE ALREADY RECOVERED AT THE TIME.

AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE SAW LAST WEEK, WHICH, UM, WHICH, UH, INITIATED THAT IN THAT INVESTIGATION, BECAUSE WE HAD, YOU KNOW, ONE DAY WITH 350 CASES REPORTED AND WE HAD 303 RECOVERIES IN THE SAME DAY.

UM, SO THAT IS A WAY TO, TO HELP TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NEW CASES AND OLD CASES.

AND WHAT I WOULD JUST SAY THERE IS WE NEED TO HAVE SOME ACTIVE FEEDBACK IN THAT LOOP TO THE STATE AND LET THEM KNOW THAT WE COULD USE SOME ADDITIONAL DISTANT, EARLY WARNING SIGNALS WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

I UNDERSTAND THAT'S THEIR SYSTEM.

UM, AND IT'S MORE OF A PERSUASIVE, UH, DISCUSSION WITH THEM, BUT THEY NEED TO KNOW, UM, HOW THOSE GAPS ARE AFFECTING THE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND, THE GRASSROOTS, WHICH IS WHAT WE ARE AND OUR TRANSMISSION OF THAT INFORMATION OUT TO OUR COMMUNITIES.

UM, THE SECOND QUESTION OF THE THREE I HAD ON THE ZIP CODE, UM, SORT THAT YOU HAVE, CAN YOU PULL UP THAT SLIDE? WAS THAT, I GUESS SLIDE 10.

MAYBE I'LL SEE IF AVI CAN, THE QUESTION I HAVE THERE ON THE ZIP CODES.

CAN THAT NUMBER SHOW WHAT THE PERCENT, WHAT THE NUMBERS OF POPULATION ARE, UH, SORRY, GO FORWARD TWO SLIDES.

THERE IT IS.

YUP.

SO IF I'M LOOKING AT THIS RIPE, THE ONES ON THE FAR RIGHT, SEVEN, SIX, FIVE, FOUR NINE HAS FEWER CASES, PERSONAL CASES THEN OVER ON THE OTHER SIDE.

SO THE NEXT SIX TO ONE, DO WE KNOW WHAT THE REAL NUMBERS ARE IN THOSE, FROM THE POPULATION, THE POPULATION DISTRIBUTION, UM, FOR THOSE ZIP CODES? UM, WE DON'T HAVE IT BROKEN DOWN BY POPULATION AGAIN.

UH, THE, THE TEAM IS WORKING ON A, UH, A MAP INTERACTIVE MAP, WHICH WILL SHOW POSITIVITY, BUYS ZIP CODE.

UM, WE CAN CERTAINLY SEE IF THEY CAN, IF THEY CAN DO A, A MEASURE BASED ON, ON POPULATION IS, WELL, THE REASON WHY THAT'S, WHY I'M BRINGING IT UP.

I'VE BEEN FOLLOWING A COUPLE OF ZIP CODES SPECIFICALLY IN MY DISTRICT.

AND, UH, ONE IN PARTICULAR HAS BEEN AT THE VERY BOTTOM WITH THE FEWEST NUMBER OF CASES FOR A SIGNIFICANT PERIOD OF TIME.

AND NOW I SEE IT'S KIND OF IN THAT SECOND TIER, UM, WITH MORE, AND I, I'M CURIOUS TO SEE WHAT THE REAL NUMBER CHANGE OR THAT IS AND WHAT THE PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION OF INFECTION IS BY W WHAT YOU'RE SEEING HERE IS, IS NEW CASES IN THE PAST SEVEN DAYS.

SO THOSE ARE THE ACTUAL NEW CASES FOR THAT ZIP CODE.

OKAY.

SO YOU DON'T HAVE POPULATION PERCENTAGES IN THERE BECAUSE THESE ARE JUST REAL NUMBERS.

OKAY.

WELL, THAT WOULD, THAT WOULD BE AN INTERESTING, UM, PIECE OF ADDITIONAL, UH, DATA.

AND THEN SLIDE SEVEN SEEMS TO BE INCOMPLETE.

AND THAT'S THE SLIDE ON A NURSING HOME CASES.

CAN YOU PULL UP SLIDE SEVEN? THERE IT IS.

SO THAT, THAT LOOKS INCOMPLETE TO ME.

AND, UM, YEAH, I WAS JUST CURIOUS WHY THAT IS.

WE TALKED A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO WHEN YOU ALL MADE THE PRESENTATION ABOUT NURSING HOUSE, WE REQUESTED THAT THE NURSING HOME NAMES BE ADDED TO THIS LIST, AND THAT HAS NOT HAPPENED.

I HAVEN'T HAD ANY FEEDBACK FROM STAFF AT ALL AS TO WHY THAT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DONE.

THE INFORMATION IS PUBLIC.

WE HAD A DISCUSSION HERE IN WORK SESSION ABOUT ADDING THOSE NAMES.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT DONE, OR IF YOU'RE, IF IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, AND THIS MAY BE DIRECTED TO STAFF, I'D LIKE TO UNDERSTAND WHY IT COMES FROM POOL.

THIS IS, THIS IS SAM MORGAN.

UM, WE ARE STILL FOLLOWING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL RULING ABOUT THE NAMES OF THE NURSING HOMES.

AND I'M HAPPY TO VISIT WITH YOU OFFLINE.

I, I THOUGHT THAT OUR OFFICE HAD DONE THAT.

SO I'LL GET TO YOU RIGHT AFTER THIS MEETING.

UM, YEAH, I, I NEED TO BE ABLE TO CLOSE THE GAP BETWEEN WHAT THE PUBLIC IS HEARING FROM PRESS OUTLETS AND WHAT WE ARE PROVIDING SINCE WE ARE CONSIDERED TO BE A PRETTY CREDIBLE SOURCE OF INFORMATION.

AND IT NEEDS TO BE AS COMPREHENSIVE AS IT POSSIBLY CAN.

I THINK A COUPLE OF US EXPRESS THAT PRETTY CLEARLY A FEW WEEKS AGO.

YES.

PLEASE HAVE SOMEBODY GIVE ME A CALL.

MY CELL PHONE WOULD BE GREAT.

WE'LL DO.

THANKS, MAYOR.

THAT'S IT FOR ME.

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CUTE.

YES, I DO.

OKAY.

LET'S SEE.

I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS, UM, UH, ON NURSING HOMES.

UM, CAN YOU SPEAK AGAIN TO THE, UM, TREND RATE? THE REASON I'M ASKING THAT IS, UM, I HAD HOPED TO SEE THE KIND OF DASHBOARD ON OUR WEBSITE THAT ACTUALLY SHOWS TRENDS JUST LIKE WE ARE CHILLING TRENDS, UM, IN OUR, OUR BAR CHARTS WITH THE GENERAL POPULATION, AND ALSO HOW WE'RE SHOWING TRENDS, UH, RELATED TO OUR MINORITY POPULATION, BUT I'M NOT SEEING THAT.

SO I'M HAVING TO LOOK AT RAW DATA.

I MEAN, I APPRECIATE THE DATA THAT YOU ARE MAKING AVAILABLE, BUT NOW THAT, UM, NOW THAT PERHAPS WE, OR I'M SEEING A LITTLE BIT OF RELIEF IN TERMS OF THE IMPACT ON OUR DEPARTMENT, I WOULD REALLY, REALLY APPRECIATE DASHBOARD AND BY A DASHBOARD.

I MEAN, UM, THE, THE ONLY THING WE'RE SEEING ON THE COBOT PAGE IS THE, UM, THE SPREADSHEET YOU'RE GIVING US THE LAST ONE THAT IS ON, UM, THE LAST ONE THAT'S ON OUR ONE THAT'S ON OUR PUBLIC PAGE IS AUGUST 4TH.

I THINK.

SO I APPRECIATE WHAT YOU GAVE US TODAY, WHICH IS MORE OF AN UPDATE THAN THAT, BUT, UM, BUT IT WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL IF WE COULD FIND A WAY, UM, TO, TO ACTUALLY, UM, UH, POST SOME MORE USER-FRIENDLY DATA THAT SHOWS A TREND, JUST LIKE WE'RE DOING FOR THESE OTHER AREAS, WITH REGARD TO OUR ELDERLY FOLKS.

SO THAT'S A REQUEST THAT I HAVE THAT I'VE HAD THAT REQUEST FOR AWHILE, AND I'VE, I HAVEN'T REPEATED IT RECENTLY BECAUSE I'VE UNDERSTOOD HOW, HOW MUCH OF AN, YOU KNOW, HOW MUCH UNDER THE GUN OUR HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS IN TERMS OF WHAT YOU'RE WORKING ON, BUT I'M HOPING THAT THERE'S AT LEAST A LITTLE BIT OF A BREATHER NOW, SO THAT WE CAN BE MORE TRANSPARENT IN THE DATA THAT'S AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

SO MY QUESTION IS, SO THAT'S JUST A REQUEST.

IS THERE SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO TO HELP PLEASE LET US KNOW, BUT WE REALLY NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB.

I THINK OF MAKING THAT INFORMATION AVAILABLE.

SO MY QUESTION THOUGH, IS CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT IS THE TREND FOR IN OUR NURSING FACILITIES IN OUR ASSISTED LIVING ARE, IF I WAS TO, IF I WAS ABLE TO SEE A, A BAR, YOU KNOW, UM, A TREND LINE, WOULD IT SHOW US, WOULD IT SHOW US LEVELING OFF, OR WOULD IT SHOW US GOING DOWN IN TERMS OF DEATHS AND HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS AND INFECTIVITY IN OUR, A LONGTERM CARE FACILITY? UH, SO COUNCIL MEMBER I'LL, UM, I'LL GET WITH THE TEAM AGAIN AND, UH, AND FIND OUT WHERE WE ARE ON THE DASHBOARD.

I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THAT INFORMATION AVAILABLE AND ACCESSIBLE FOR ME IN THE MANNER THAT YOU DESCRIBED, UH, SO THAT FOLKS CAN FOLLOW THAT.

UM, LOOKING OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS, THREE WEEKS AGO, OUR TOTAL CASES WERE 89 FOR THAT WEEK.

LAST WEEK, IT WAS 112 AND, UH, THIS WAY, 50, 111 LAST WEEK.

UM, SO IT IS DECLINING AS COMPARED TO THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS.

AND, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK AND SEE IF WE CAN PRIORITIZE THE DASHBOARD IN A WAY THAT'S, THAT'S MORE ACCESSIBLE AND CLEAR TO YOU AND TO THE COMMUNITY.

OKAY.

SO CAN YOU TELL FROM JUST LOOKING AT THE PAST FEW WEEKS, WHETHER WE ARE SEEING AN IMPROVEMENT FOR THESE LONGTERM CARE FACILITIES, DO YOU FEEL WITH COMPETENCE THAT YOU CAN SAY THAT WE'RE DECLINING AT THIS POINT, OR DO WE NEED MORE, MORE BREADTH OF DATA TO LOOK AT? WELL, I THINK, UH, I THINK RIGHT NOW WE ARE DECLINING, UH, AND I WILL SAY THAT IT HAS COMMUNITY INFECTIVITY INCREASES.

SO DO THE, THE CLUSTERS ASSOCIATED WITH THE NURSING HOMES AND LONGTERM CARE.

AND THIS IS WHY IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US AS A COMMUNITY TO CONTINUE TO TRY TO SUPPRESS PUSH DOWN THAT INFECTIVITY RATE OR POSITIVITY RATE FURTHER, UH, BECAUSE IT'S, YOU KNOW, ONCE IT GETS ABOVE 8%, 10%, UH, IT'S REALLY VERY DIFFICULT TO, UH, TO HAVE ENOUGH DEFENSES UP FOR THOSE FACILITIES THAT ARE REALLY THE MOST VULNERABLE.

UH, I AM NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE, THE NUMBER OF DEATHS THAT WE'VE SEEN OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS.

UH, MANY OF THOSE ARE FROM OUR NURSING HOMES AND LONGTERM CARE FACILITIES, AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S, THIS IS WHY WE SHOULD NOT BE CELEBRATING

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RIGHT NOW.

THIS IS A DEVASTATING DISEASE.

IT'S DEVASTATED MANY NURSING HOMES, IT'S DEVASTATED MANY FAMILIES AND, AND WE'VE GOTTA BE VIGILANT.

AND THAT MEANS WE HAVE TO ALL COMPROMISE A LITTLE BIT AND, AND DO SO IN ORDER TO PROTECT THOSE WHO CAN'T REALLY CAN'T PROTECT THEMSELVES.

MMM.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, SO I'LL ASK QUESTION THEN IS, UH, AGAIN, UM, YOU SPOKE TO THIS, UM, UM, DIRECTOR HAYDEN, BUT I WANT TO MAKE SURE I'M UNDERSTANDING.

SO WITH REGARD TO THE ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES, UH, DO WE KNOW YET WHETHER THEY'RE ALL ENGAGED IN TESTING OR ALL HAVE INVOLVED TESTING? I KNOW OUR NURSING HOMES HAVE JUST CURIOUS ABOUT OUR ASSISTED LIVING.

ALL OF THEM HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN SOME LEVEL OF TESTING BECAUSE THEY, UM, FROM THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE GOING TO, UM, TO HAVE VISITORS.

SO THAT IS A REQUIREMENT.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, UM, WE HAVE, UM, PROBIOTIC TESTING TO OVER 47 OF THE AFFILIATES, 47 OF THE, OH, I'M SORRY, BUT YOU SAID THAT EARLIER, SO 47 OF THE 75 ASSISTED LIVING, IS THAT YEAH.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

COLLEAGUES, HAVE YOU OTHER QUESTIONS CROSS OVER ALTAR? GOOD MORNING.

UM, APPRECIATE ALL OF THE UPDATES AND PLEASED TO HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS.

UM, I WANTED TO GET A BETTER SENSE OF HOW THE CITY IS SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOLS.

UM, YOU KNOW, AS A PARENT OF KIDS IN THE SCHOOLS, WHEN YOU HEAR AT LEAST FOR HIGH SCHOOL, WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE IF YOU SHOW UP, UM, THERE'S REALLY NOT MUCH REASON IF YOU DON'T, YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET, ET CETERA.

UM, YOU KNOW, AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL TO SEND THE KIDS.

AND I'M JUST TRYING TO UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH WE'RE WORKING WITH THE SCHOOLS.

THEY'RE VERY DIFFERENT NEEDS ACROSS THE DIFFERENT AGES.

UM, AND I JUST WANT MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE PROVIDING THEM THE SUPPORT AND KNOWLEDGE THAT THEY NEED.

MY IMPRESSION IS THAT WE ARE, BUT I'D LIKE SOME MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DETAILS.

UM, I'LL START.

UM, SO ESSENTIALLY, UM, WE HAVE A WEEKLY MEETING, UM, WITH THE SUPERINTENDENTS, UM, ACROSS TRAVIS COUNTY, SOME FROM OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTY.

UM, WE HAVE, UM, HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH FOLKS FROM CHARTER SCHOOLS.

WE'VE ALSO HAD CONVERSATIONS AND MEETINGS WITH, UM, WITH PUBLIC SCHOOLS, I MEAN, WITH PRIVATE SCHOOLS AS WELL UPON REQUEST.

UM, AND SO AS YOU KNOW, UM, THE DEPARTMENT PUT TOGETHER THE GUIDANCE THAT WAS SUBMITTED ON THE 14TH OF THIS MONTH.

UM, VERY COMPREHENSIVE, UM, GUIDANCE, AND, UM, EACH OF THEM ARE USING IT AND ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE GUIDANCE, UM, NRA.

ARE WE GOING TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THOSE PLANS ON THEIR WEBSITE? IN ADDITION TO THAT, UM, LIKE WITH THE NURSING HOMES, WE HAVE SET UP AN INCIDENT COMMAND STRUCTURE, UM, THAT INCIDENT COMMAND STRUCTURE, UM, WILL ONE WE'VE INCREASED THE, THE, UM, NUMBER OF NURSES THAT WE HAVE, UM, AS WELL AS, UM, SUPPORTIVE SERVICES.

SO WHEN INDIVIDUALS CALL THAT LINE, THEY'RE ABLE TO GET INFORMATION, UM, IN GENERAL ABOUT COVID-19, UM, TESTING, ET CETERA, WITHIN THAT PLAN, UM, IN THE GUIDANCE, WE'VE ASKED THAT THERE IS A, UM, A SPOCK AT EACH OF THE CAMPUSES, AS WELL AS A GENERAL SPOT FOR EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT.

AND SO, UM, IF FOLKS HAVE, YOU KNOW, GENERAL QUESTIONS, WE'VE SET UP A MAILBOX AND SO THEY CAN EMAIL, UM, OUR STAFF AND GET ASSISTANCE FROM THEM.

WE'VE ALSO, UM, WITHIN THAT INCIDENT COMMAND, JUST A LITTLE SMALL INCIDENT COMMAND STRUCTURE, WE ALSO ADDED A, UM, UM, OUR EPIDEMIOLOGISTS ARE, UM, ASSIGNED TO THAT SPECIFIC GROUP OF FOLKS.

UM, SO THEY'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT THE, THE NUMBER OF CASES THAT WE WILL HAVE COMING IN FROM THE SCHOOLS, UM, AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE AS MUCH TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THEM.

AND THEN, UM, LASTLY, UM, IN ADDITION TO OUR EPI STAFF, OUR FOLKS ARE ESTABLISHING A, UM, A TASKFORCE FOR K THROUGH 12.

AND SO, UM, THAT TASKFORCE, UM, WILL OPERATE LIKE

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THE CHILDCARE TASK FORCE IS OPERATED.

AND SO WE'LL HAVE, UM, VARIOUS REPRESENTATIVES, UM, FROM THE DIFFERENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

THAT WILL BE A PART OF THAT.

AND SO, UM, AS THINGS COME UP THAT, UM, AFFECT EACH OF THEM AT THAT, WE'LL BE ABLE TO, UM, ALL WORK TOGETHER ON, ON ANY COUNTER INSTANCES THAT COME UP.

SO THOSE ARE THE SUPPORTS THAT WE ARE PROVIDING TO, UM, TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE SCHOOLS AND CHARTER SCHOOLS, ET CETERA, COUNSEL FOR ALTERNATE I'LL, I'LL JUST ADD TO ONE OF THE CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW IS THAT THE SUPERINTENDENTS, UH, FOR THE MOST PART SEEM VERY ENGAGED IN, IN THAT THAT GRADUAL RISK-TAKING STARTING AT 25% AND THEN GRADUALLY GOING UP FROM THERE TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN DO EACH LEVEL SAFELY BEFORE WE MOVE ONTO THE NEXT THAT WE LEARNED FROM REOPENING BUSINESSES, THAT DOING THINGS TOO QUICKLY, UH, IS, IS COSTLY.

AND WE ARE TRYING TO AVOID THE SAME ERROR IN OUR RE REOPENING OF SCHOOLS.

THE CHALLENGE THAT WE HAVE IS THAT, UM, THAT TEA, UH, HAS THREATENED TO, UH, TO NOT FUND THOSE SCHOOLS THAT GO BEYOND THEIR, UH, THEIR GRACE PERIOD.

AND I THINK WHAT WE NEED NOW IS, IS WINNING SOME MORE FLEXIBILITY FROM THE TEA SO THAT IT WILL ALLOW COMMUNITIES LIKE OURS, UH, TO, TO USE THE APPROACH THAT WE'RE USING, WHICH IS TO GO SLOW AND STEADY AND ENSURE WE CAN DO THINGS SAFELY.

UH, AND I KNOW THAT THAT, THAT STRESS IS BEING CERTAINLY FELT BY OUR SUPERINTENDENTS AROUND TRAVIS COUNTY RIGHT NOW.

THANK YOU.

AND I, I TOTALLY AGREE THAT WE NEED TO BE PUSHING THE TEA AND GOVERNOR ABBOTT TO HOLD OUR SCHOOLS HARMLESS IN TERMS OF FUNDING SO THAT THEY CAN PLAN AND DEAL WITH THE MANY THINGS THAT ARE THROWN AT HIM AND, AND HAVE BEEN WORKING THROUGH A GROUP THAT I HELPED FOUND, JUST FUND IT TO DO THAT