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AND, AND CONVENE THE MEETING TODAY'S WORK SESSION HERE ON SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2020.

THIS IS HAPPENING, UM, UH, VIRTUALLY IT IS NINE OH SIX AND WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN THE COUNCIL WORK SESSION.

[B1. Briefing on Covid-19 related matters, including a report on nursing homes. (Standing staff update)]

ALEX.

I THOUGHT WE WOULD START, UH, WITH THE BRIEFINGS AS A BEGINNING WITH THE KOBE BRIEFING SO THAT OUR STAFF CAN GET OVER TO, UH, THE COUNTY, UH, WHEN WE'RE DONE WITH THAT BRIEFING, WE'LL GET THE SAVES BRIEFING.

UH, THE, UH, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO HAS PULLED ITEM NUMBER 52.

UH, SO I THINK WE'LL DO THAT PULLED ITEM THE SAME TIME WE DO THE BRIEFING, UH, SINCE WE'LL HAVE A RE UH, YES, THE STAFF HERE TO SPEAK ON SAVES.

THAT SEEMS TO MAKE SENSE.

UH, AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET ALL THOSE BRIEFINGS DONE BEFORE LUNCH ANTICIPATING BREAKING AT NOON FOR AN HOUR OR SO FOR, FOR MUCH.

UH, WE ALSO HAVE, UM, THE OTHER THAN THAT, WE HAVE THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU HOLD ITEM TRIAL.

UH, SO THE STAFF CAN SPEAK TO THAT.

WE'LL EITHER DO THAT BEFORE LUNCH OR RIGHT AFTER LUNCH.

UH, AND THEN WE HAVE THE EXECUTIVE SESSION, UH, TODAY, UH, ECONOMIC ROUTE FINDING ITEMS. YES, COUNSELOR KITCHEN.

UM, I WAS THINKING, AND I APOLOGIZE IF I DIDN'T LOOK RIGHT, BUT I, I WAS THINKING THAT WE HAD, UH, THE, UH, NURSING HOME REPORT.

IS THAT NOT? YES.

I THINK THAT'S PART OF THE KOBE BRIEFING.

OH, OKAY.

IT'S GOING TO BE A PART OF THAT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UH HUH.

ALRIGHT.

SO IF EVERYBODY'S READY THEN WE'LL GO AHEAD AND START, UH, MANAGER, UH, UH, WE'LL GO TO THE, TO THE COVID BRIEFING REAL GOOD TO SEE THE NUMBERS COMING DOWN AS LOW AS THEY ARE.

UH, I THINK THAT'S, UH, LARGELY IN DUE TO A COMMUNITY THAT'S SO RELIGIOUSLY ADOPTING MASKING, UM, AND IT'S REALLY GOOD AND WHAT I THINK THE COMMUNITY AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE PROUD OF ONE ANOTHER FOR, FOR, FOR DOING THAT.

UM, AS WE GO THROUGH THE NUMBERS, I'M SURE THAT WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE RISKS TOO, BUT I JUST WANTED TO LAY THAT OUT THERE.

UH, WE SEE, UM, AND THE REMINDER THAT WE SEE RIGHT NOW, 21 STATES IN THE COUNTRY THAT GOT TO LOW NUMBERS AND ARE NOW WATCHING THEIR NUMBERS RISE.

UH, WE HAVE COUNTRIES, ISRAEL AND OTHERS THAT GOT TO REALLY, REALLY LOW PLACE, UH, AND ARE NOW MOVING BACK TO LOCKDOWNS.

UH, SO THIS IS THE KIND OF THING THAT IS.

IF WE LOSE THE DISCIPLINE AS A COMMUNITY, WE'RE GONNA LOSE THE STATUS THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW, THAT'S ENABLING US TO OPEN SCHOOLS AND TO FURTHER OPEN BUSINESSES AND TO HAVE PEOPLE GATHER, UH, THE SCIENCE THAT, UH, THAT'S BEING PRESENTED TO US MORE AND MORE POINTS TO THE EFFICACY OF MASKING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING, UH, THAT THEY ACTUALLY DO WORK.

SO WITH THAT SAID, I REALLY APPRECIATE OUR HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THAT'S GOT MAKING SURE THAT THE COMMUNITY UNDERSTANDS THAT AND PUSHING THAT MESSAGING REALLY HARD.

CAUSE IT'S JUST SOUNDS CRITICAL.

SO THANKS.

YOU GUYS ARE WORKING REALLY HARD, MANAGING, HOPING THAT I'M SURE THE MAYOR, THERE ARE A LOT OF, UH, PROMISING TRENDS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY, BUT THAT THERE'S NO REASON FOR US TO, TO LAY OFF THE IMPORTANT MESSAGING AND, AND, AND PRACTICES THAT WE HAVE GOTTEN USED TO OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS.

UM, MAYOR COUNCIL, UH, GOOD MORNING.

AND WE'RE, I'M GONNA PASS IT RIGHT OVER TO DIRECTOR HAYDEN TO LEAD OFF THIS COVID.

THANK YOU, SPENCER.

GOOD MORNING.

UM, THANK YOU ALL AGAIN FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AS, UM, THE MAYOR SAID, AS CENSOR SAID, COVERT IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE WITH US.

WE ARE AT A POINT WHERE, UM, WE ARE SEEING, UM, QUITE A BIT OF, UM, THINGS TO BE EXCITED ABOUT, BUT WE MUST CONTINUE THE PATH THAT WE'RE ALL IN.

WE CANNOT GET COMFORTABLE.

UM, AS WE CROSS OVER, UM, AND FINISH OUT THIS YEAR, WE MUST CONTINUE ALL OF THE EFFORTS THAT WE HAVE IN PLACE.

WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE FEDERAL FUNDING WILL END AS OF DECEMBER OF THIS YEAR, BUT WE MUST CONTINUE TO PROVIDE, UM, TESTING AND CONTACT TRACING OUR CASE INVESTIGATIONS, OUR SURVEILLANCE AND OUR INFORMANT.

THOSE EFFORTS HAVE REALLY HELPED US AS A CITY AND A COUNTY, UM, TO BE IN THIS PLACE THAT WE ARE IN.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO JUST FLAG IT FOR YOU ALL THAT, THAT FEDERAL FUNDING, UM, IS SLATED TO END

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THE DECEMBER.

OUR, UM, EPIDEMIOLOGISTS AND OUR SURVEILLANCE TEAM ARE PROVIDING ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO SCHOOLS, UM, HIGHER EDUCATION, UH, LONGTERM CARE AND OTHER NON NURSING HOME SITES.

WE'VE ADDED ADDITIONAL NURSING AND EPIDEMIOLOGISTS TO OUR TEAM.

AND, UM, THEY ARE PROVIDING, UM, MORE INVESTIGATIONS, BUT THEN PROVIDING SOME TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND DOING SOME SURVEILLANCE AS NEEDED.

WE CONTINUE TO RECEIVE WORD FROM THE STATE LAST WEEK ON THE 21ST.

UM, WE RECEIVE WORD THAT THE STATE WOULD BE SENDING US THREE BATCHES OF LAB WORK THAT WAS GOING TO, UM, BE SENT TO US.

AND THAT WAS SENT TO US LATE LAST WEEK.

AND OUR STAFF, UM, HAVE VERIFIED OVER 1300, UM, POSITIVE.

UM, WE DID HAVE THOSE IN OUR SYSTEM.

AND SO I THINK FOR US, UM, HAVING OUR, UM, SALESFORCE, WHICH WE'VE CHANGED THE NAME, UM, IN PLACE HAS ALLOWED OUR STAFF TO QUERY AND LOOK UP THOSE POSITIVES AND DETERMINE, UM, IF WE HAVE THOSE LABS.

AND SO SUCCESSFULLY, WE HAVE THE MAJORITY OF THEM WITH OUR TESTING.

WE'RE CONTINUING OUR TESTING AT DOVE SPRINGS, UM, GIVENS AND WALNUT CREEK COMMUNITIES.

AND LAST WEEK WE ADDED THE MONTOPOLIS NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER.

NOW EACH OF THESE LOCATIONS HAVE DAY, EVENING AND WEEKEND HOURS, AS WELL AS OUR DRIVE UP SITE AT ST JOHN'S.

AND SO IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO, UM, TO REMEMBER THAT THE SERVICES THAT WE ARE PROVIDING, WE'RE ALSO CONTINUING TO PROVIDE AT HOME TESTING AND REALLY FOR THOSE VULNERABLE POPULATIONS, UM, WE ARE WILLING TO COME AND SEND THE TEAM OVER TO PROVIDE THOSE TESTING FOR YOU, JUST REACH OUT TO US ON THE WEBSITE OR CALL OUR NURSE LINE AND SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT IN ORDER TO, UM, ENSURE THAT WE ARE, UM, PROVIDING MORE CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE, UM, SERVICES.

WE DID ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE CENTRAL TEXAS ALLIED HEALTH PATIENT CARE TECHNICIANS, AND THEY ARE USING SOME OF THEIR STUDENTS AND THEY ARE REFLECTIVE OF THE POPULATIONS TO ADMINISTERED THE COVID-19 TESTING WITH OUR LONGTERM CARE, UM, INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM.

WE HAVE PROVIDED A TOTAL OF 8,572, UM, TEST AND 48 LONGTERM CARE FACILITIES AS MOST OF, YOU KNOW, THE GOVERNOR OPENED UP LAST WEEK.

AND SO THOSE FACILITIES ARE ALLOWING FAMILY MEMBERS TO COME INTO LONGTERM CARE FACILITIES AND NURSING HOMES.

SO THAT HAS BEEN A CHANGE AND WE'RE CONTINUING OUR TEAM MEETS WITH THEM WEEKLY, AND WE DISCUSS ANY CONCERNS THAT THEY MAY HAVE, UM, WITH OUR HOMELESS UPDATE, WE'RE CONTINUING TO PROVIDE, UM, SURVEILLANCE TESTING, WORKING WITH COMMUNITY CARE, AND THEY HAD MET DELL MEDICAL SCHOOL.

WE RECENTLY DID A SERIES OF TESTS OF 100 INDIVIDUALS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, AND THERE WAS ONE PERSON THAT TESTED POSITIVE, AND WE TYPICALLY GET THEM OVER TO OUR, UM, TO THE ISOLATION FACILITY.

WE'RE CONTINUING TO DO OUR FOOD ACCESS WITH THE EATING APART, UM, TOGETHER PROGRAM TO PROVIDE THOSE SERVICES.

OUR HYGIENE SERVICES HAVE CONTINUE.

AND, UM, WE ARE PROVIDING SOME, UM, WALKING AT THERESE BRANCH LIBRARY.

UM, OUR DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT HAS TEMPORARILY MOVED THERE AND THEY ARE PROVIDING CASE MANAGEMENT BASIC NEEDS SERVICES.

AND THEY'RE ALSO, UM, PROVIDING, UM, MATH OR OUR HOMELESS FOLKS ARE, UM, ARE, UM, PROLOGUE OR CONTINUING.

UM, WE, WE ARE WORKING, UM, AND WE WILL BE PROVIDING FOOD VACCINES OR ARE, UM, FOLKS THAT ARE AT THE PRO LODGES TO ENSURE THAT THEY GET THEIR FLU VACCINE.

AS YOU KNOW, WE ARE REALLY, REALLY PUSHING THE FLU VACCINE.

UM, LAST YEAR, UM, OUR, UM, EMERGENCIES AND EMERGENCY ROOM AND HOSPITALS WERE OVERWHELMED JUST WITH THE FLU, UM, SEASON THAT WE HAD LAST YEAR.

SO IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO REALLY EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING FLU.

UM, FLU SEASON STARTS OCTOBER 1ST.

WE ARE CONTINUING WITH OUR PROTECT

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YOURSELF AND PROTECT YOUR FAMILY CAMPAIGN.

UM, AND SO AS OF TODAY, OUR STAFF HAVE DISTRIBUTED OVER 4,000, UM, KITS.

UM, WE ARE PROVIDING THOSE KIDS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR WEBSITE PROVIDES THE INFORMATION OF, UM, AT OUR WWW AUSTIN, TEXAS DOT PPE OR A CALENDAR.

WE ARE DEVELOPING A PLAN THAT WILL TAKE US THROUGH, UM, THE END OF THE YEAR ON, UM, YESTERDAY I SENT OUT A MEMO ABOUT THE HIGH RISK WORKERS MEMO, UM, AND, UM, IT JUST BASICALLY, UM, TALKED ABOUT OUR PROCESS OF WORKING WITH THE AUSTIN AREA, URBAN LEAGUE AUSTIN, VOICES OF EDUCATION AND YOUTH AND OUR WORKERS DEFENSE FUND.

AND SO THEY ARE GOING TO, UM, COME TOGETHER, UM, AND BE ABLE TO, UM, PROVIDE A CENTRAL LINE FOR WORKERS TO CALL WITH QUESTIONS.

UM, BUT THEY WILL RECEIVE INFORMATION, ADVICE, UM, LEGAL CASE MANAGEMENT, UM, INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO ACCESS UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS, UM, AND SO ANY TYPE OF ASSISTANCE THAT THEY MAY NEED THAT IS GOING TO, TO BE SET UP FOR THEM AS WELL AS THE FINANCIAL, UM, ASSISTANCE, OUR CHILDCARE AND SCHOOLS, UM, WE'RE CONVENING CONTINUING TO CONDUCT, UM, UM, OUTREACH SERVICES IN OUR CHILDCARE CENTERS THAT ARE IN OUR SIXTH AS ZIP CODES, UM, TO PROVIDE THAT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THEM.

WE ARE TRANSITIONING TO ONLINE REPORTING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO SUBMIT TO US WEEKLY.

UM, JUST AS A REMINDER, UM, WE STILL RECEIVED THOSE RESULTS, UM, AS, UM, AS WE NORMALLY DO WITH ANY RESULTS, BUT THIS PROVIDES JUST THE, A SECOND LAYER FOR THAT TEAM TO BE ABLE TO, UM, REACH OUT AND MAKE SURE WE'RE HAVING THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITH, WITH SCHOOL STAFF.

UM, AND THIS INCLUDES, UM, CHARTER AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS.

OUR STAFF ARE HOSTING A WEEKLY CALL WITH THE KOBE 19 POINTS OF CONTACT WITH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS.

AND WE, UM, ARE DOING THE SAME WITH OUR, UM, HIGHER EDUCATION, OUR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH STAFF, UM, CONTINUE TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO BUSINESS OWNERS AND RESTAURANTS IN THOSE SAME TARGET ZIP CODES.

AND THEY ARE PROVIDING, UM, SERVICES IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA.

WE'RE TEAMING UP WITH, UM, AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT, UM, APD AND CODE ENFORCEMENT ON THOSE EFFORTS.

WE WILL CONTINUE, UM, THIS, WHAT WE'RE CALLING KIND OF COMPLIANCE SWEEPS.

UM, WE TYPICALLY, UM, DO THOSE, UM, THURSDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

AND THE GOAL OF THAT IS TO ENSURE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITY, BUT ENSURE THAT EVERYONE IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH OUR, UM, ORDERS FROM OUR HEALTH AUTHORITY AND OUR MAYOR.

UM, THAT CONCLUDES MY REPORT.

I AM GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO DR.

S .

THANK YOU, STEPHANIE.

AND IF I CAN GET A V TO PULL UP MY SLIDES, I'LL TRY TO GET MY CAMERA SITUATED HERE.

OKAY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COUNCIL, THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON COVID-19 NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

NOW THIS GRAPH IS SHOWING US AGAIN, THE, UH, CONFIRMED NEW CASES IN TRAVIS COUNTY WITH A YELLOW LINE BEING THE SEVEN DAY MOVING AVERAGE.

UH, OUR NEW CASES YESTERDAY WERE 91, WHICH GIVES US A MOVING AVERAGE OF 106.

UH, YOU CAN SEE THAT WE'VE HAD SOME OSCILLATION, UH, IN CASES OVER THE PAST THREE WEEKS AS DIRECTOR HAYDEN SAID, PART OF THIS IS DUE TO A BACKLOG OF CASES THAT HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO US FROM THE STATE.

UH, LAST WEEK, SOMEWHERE AROUND A THIRD OF THE CASES REPORTED WE'RE OLDER THAN 14 DAYS.

UH, OUR EPIC TEAM IS WORKING ON A, UH, A OUTPUT THAT'S GOING TO PROVIDE US WITH A DAILY INVENTORY OF NEW CASES VERSUS OLD CASES OR THOSE CASES THAT ARE NO LONGER ACTIVE AT THE TIME OF REPORTING.

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SO WE CAN PROVIDE YOU AND THE PUBLIC, UH, SOME MORE CLARITY ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS REGARDING NEW VERSUS OLD.

UH, WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT THAT THE BACKLOGS OF CASES WILL BE RESOLVED AS THE, THE STATE HAS UPGRADED THEIR SYSTEM.

BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE DO FACE THAT THAT SECOND WAVE, UH, AND, AND LAB RESULTS MAY BE DELAYED ONCE AGAIN, THAT WE HAVE ONGOING IDEAS OF NEW VERSUS OLD NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, UH, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

THIS IS A NEW SLIDE, UH, AND THIS IS SHOWING THE ACTIVE CASES I'VE INCLUDED THE ACTIVE CASES, UH, SINCE OUR PEAK BACK IN EARLY JULY, UH, TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF, OF WHAT OUR ACTIVE CASES HAVE LOOKED LIKE OVER THE PAST MONTHS, UH, WHILE YOU HAVE SEEN OSCILLATIONS IN THE NEW CASES, THE ACTIVE CASES HAVE BEEN RELATIVELY FLAT.

UH, OUR, OUR CURRENT ACTIVE CASES ARE 692 WHERE THE MOVING AVERAGE OF 716.

NOW, AGAIN, OVER THE PAST THREE WEEKS, IT'S OSCILLATED A LITTLE BIT BETWEEN 650 AND 750, BUT RELATIVELY FLAT IN TERMS OF ACTIVE CASES.

AGAIN, THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS IN THE COMMUNITY NOW THAT ARE CAPABLE OF TRANSMITTING DISEASE THAT, THAT WE KNOW OF.

AND, UH, LUCKILY IT'S BEEN RELATIVELY FLAT WITH A CONTINUING DOWNWARD TREND, UH, WHICH WE'RE HAPPY TO SEE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS A GRAPH OF OUR NEW ADMISSIONS.

AGAIN, THE YELLOW IS THE SEVEN DAY MOVING AVERAGE.

OUR NEW ADMISSIONS YESTERDAY WERE FOUR.

UH, SO AGAIN ON A, WE HAD ANOTHER SINGLE DIGIT DAY, WHICH IS EXCITING, UH, THAT BROUGHT DOWN OUR MOVING AVERAGE TO 13.

YOU CAN SEE THAT OVER THE PAST WEEK OR SO.

WE HAD A, A SIGNIFICANT BOUNCE IN TERMS OF CASES, UH, WITH SOME OSCILLATION OR ADMISSIONS, WITH SOME OSCILLATIONS BETWEEN A MOVING AVERAGE OF 12 AND 18.

AGAIN, THIS IS ONE OF OUR, UH, KEY INDICATORS BECAUSE THIS IS, THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE EFFECTED BY LABORATORY DELAYS.

IT'S NOT GOING TO BE EFFECTED BY NEW VERSUS OLD CASES.

UH, AND IT IS A GOOD PREDICTOR OF ACTUAL CASE BURDEN IN THE COMMUNITY.

SO, UH, AGAIN, WE'RE SEEING A DOWNWARD TREND ONCE AGAIN, AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN CONTINUE THAT DOWNWARD TREND.

UH, AS A REMINDER, WE WANT TO GET UNDER 10 IN THAT SEVEN DAY MOVING AVERAGE, UH, IN ORDER TO BREAK THAT, THAT THRESHOLD FOR STAGE TWO OF RISK.

UH, AND I'M HOPEFUL THAT WE CAN GET THERE THIS FALL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

NOW, THIS IS A BREAKDOWN OF THREE THINGS.

THE BLUE IS OUR TOTAL HOSPITAL BEDS BEING UTILIZED.

THE GRAY IS ICU BEDS, AND THE ORANGE IS VENTILATORS BEING USED.

NOW OUR HOSPITALIZATIONS YESTERDAY WERE 78 WITH A MOVING AVERAGE OF 85, AND THAT'S BEEN FLAT FOR THE PAST 10 DAYS.

UH, YOU KNOW, WE'VE BEEN OSCILLATING A LITTLE BIT, BUT, BUT THE TREND HAS BEEN RELATIVELY FLAT IN TERMS OF ICU BEDS, UH, REPORTED 19 YESTERDAY WITH A MOVING AVERAGE OF 26 AND AGAIN, A OSCILLATING IN A TIGHT MARGIN BETWEEN 26 AND 28 OVER THE PAST WEEK.

UH, SIMILARLY, UH, VENTILATORS WERE REPORTED AT 16 MOVING AVERAGE OF 17, ALSO RELATIVELY FLAT OVER THE PAST WEEK.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, THIS IS AN UPDATE OF OUR BREAKDOWN OF HOSPITALIZATIONS BY WEEK IN TERMS OF RACE AND ETHNICITY.

UH, THIS WEEK, OUR GREEN LINE, WHICH REPRESENTS OUR INDIVIDUALS WHO IDENTIFIED AS HISPANIC, UH, ON THEIR ADMISSION TO THE HOSPITAL, DECREASE FROM 50% TO 48.1%.

AND OUR AFRICAN AMERICAN POPULATION, UH, REPRESENTED BY THE GRAY LINE 15.1% TO 12.5%, UH, AGAIN, DECREASES IN BOTH AREAS.

HOWEVER, UH, WE STILL SAY THE, UH, DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, UH, AS IT RELATES TO COVID-19.

UH, SO AGAIN, OUR EFFORTS THAT, UH, DIRECTOR HAYDEN MENTIONED, UH, FOCUSED ON OUR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR WILL CONTINUE, UH, AND WE APPRECIATE OUR, OUR PARTNERS IN TRAVIS COUNTY, OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS, AS WELL AS THOSE PRIVATE BUSINESSES, UH, WHO HAVE, UH, LENDED THEIR SUPPORT IN, UH, IN, IN PROVIDING PDP AND OTHER, UH, OTHER MEASURES TO HELP MITIGATE THE SPREAD IN THESE PARTICULAR COMMUNITIES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE UPDATE OF OUR HOSPITALIZATIONS BY AGE GROUP.

UH, THE GRAY LINE THAT I POINTED TO OF THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS IS DECREASING THAT'S OUR 10 TO 19 AGE GROUP.

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UH, LAST WEEK, IT WAS 7.1% OF OUR HOSPITALIZATIONS.

THIS, THIS WEEK, 2.7%, UH, THE, UH, GRAY LINE OR, SORRY, THE YELLOW LINE, THE BRIGHT YELLOW LINE IS OUR 20 TO 29 AGE GROUP, UH, WHICH HAS SEEN A CONTINUED INCREASE FROM 13.3% TO 15.9% OF HOSPITALIZATIONS.

UH, SO BETWEEN THESE TWO AGE GROUPS, UH, ABOUT ONE IN FIVE OF OUR HOSPITALIZATIONS IN THE LAST WEEK, UH, WERE INDIVIDUALS BETWEEN 10 AND 29 YEARS OLD.

UH, SO AGAIN, THIS IS TO, TO STRESS THE, THE, THE POINT THAT, THAT THESE AGE GROUPS, WHILE THEY ARE LESS LIKELY TO BE, AND A LOT LESS LIKELY TO DIE FROM COVID-19, THEY ARE STILL BEING SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED.

AND ONCE AGAIN, WE'RE CALLING ON ARE OUR TEENAGERS IN OUR COLLEGE AGE STUDENTS TO BE VIGILANT, TO BE CAUTIOUS, UH, TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY'RE NOT IMMUNE FROM THIS.

AND THEY TOO MUST ENGAGE IN THOSE PROTECTIVE BEHAVIORS, THE SOCIAL DISTANCING, THE MASKING AND THE ATTENTION TO, TO PERSONAL HYGIENE, TO PREVENT TRANSMISSION AMONGST THEMSELVES, AND CERTAINLY TO OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, THIS IS AN UPDATE OF OUR, UH, WEEKLY POSITIVITY RATES.

UH, I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT, UH, AGAIN, AS WE RECEIVED A LOT OF OLD CASES, UH, THOUSANDS OF OLD CASES, UH, BOTH POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES FROM THE STATE, WE'VE HAD SOME ADJUSTMENTS OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS, A WEEK 35 WAS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED AT 4.9%.

SORRY, IT'S A, YEAH, IT'S 4.7%.

NOW 4.9% A WEEK 36 WAS 5.4%.

NOW 6.3% AND WEEK 37 WAS 4.4%.

NOW 5.4%.

UM, THE LAST WEEK THAT WE'RE REPORTING WEEK 38, 4.3%.

AGAIN, WE'VE GOT SOME DATA FOR WEEK 39, WHICH WAS LAST WEEK, UH, WHICH IS EVEN LOWER THAN, THAN THE 4.3.

AGAIN, THESE NUMBERS ARE GOING TO BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS NEW DATA COMES IN.

UH, SOMETIMES THEY'LL MOVE UP, SOMETIMES THEY'LL MOVE DOWN.

SO WE'LL CONTINUE TO UPDATE THESE, UH, THESE POSITIVITY RATES AS AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH RECEIVES NEW DATA.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

NO, THIS IS A BREAKDOWN OF THE SAME DATA BY RACE AND ETHNICITY.

UH, AGAIN, OUR, UH, OUR CONCERN IN THE PAST HAS BEEN OUR, AMONGST OUR HISPANIC AND LATIN X COMMUNITY, WHICH IS REPRESENTED BY THE GRAY BAR.

UH, YOU CAN SEE WEEK AFTER WEEK WHEN YOU'VE HAD IMPROVEMENTS, UH, IN THE POSITIVITY RATE, BUT STILL IT IS THE ONLY, UH, RACE OR ETHNICITY THAT IS ABOVE 5%.

UH, WE'RE HAPPY THAT IT'S DOWN TO 8% NOW AND WEEK 39, BUT AGAIN, WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO, UH, TO FOCUS ON, UH, THIS COMMUNITY TO FURTHER DECREASE THAT POSITIVITY RATE.

ALL OTHER RACES AND ETHNICITIES ARE UNDER 5% AT THIS STAGE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AGAIN, THIS IS A, THE SAME DATA BROKEN DOWN BY AGE GROUP.

UH, IN THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS, I'VE TALKED ABOUT THE GOLD BAR, WHICH IS OUR 10 TO 19 AGE GROUP.

WE HAVE SEEN A SIGNIFICANT IN POSITIVITY AMONGST THIS GROUP OVER THE PAST FOUR WEEKS.

AND WE'VE SEEN A DECREASE IN THE GROUP NEXT TO IT, THE GRAY BAR, WHICH IS OUR 20 TO 29 AGE GROUP.

UH, BOTH OF THOSE ARE ABOVE THE, UH, THE 5% MARK, BUT WE'RE HAPPY TO SEE THE PROGRESS OF THE POSITIVITY RATES COMING DOWN.

UH, AGAIN, OUR YOUNG PEOPLE NEED TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION.

THEY NEED TO PRACTICE THE SAME, UH, PROTECTIVE BEHAVIORS THAT WE'RE ASKING THE REST OF OUR COMMUNITY TO DO.

UH, AND IF WE DO THIS TOGETHER, AS THE MAYOR SAID EARLIER, WE CAN KEEP OUR SCHOOLS OPEN.

WE CAN KEEP OUR RESTAURANTS AND BUSINESSES OPEN, AND WE CAN CONTINUE, UH, TO, TO KEEP OUR CASE NUMBERS DOWN.

THE BIG MISTAKE THAT WE'VE SEEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ACROSS THE WORLD IS PANDEMIC FATIGUE.

PEOPLE GETTING TIRED OF THESE PROTECTIVE ACTIONS, THINKING THAT, THAT WE'RE, WE'RE SAFER THAN, THAN WE'VE BEEN IN THE PAST.

AND AS DIRECTOR HAYDEN SAID, THE VIRUS IS STILL OUT THERE.

AND IF WE STOP THOSE PROTECTIVE BEHAVIORS, IT WILL MANIFEST A NEW CASE AS HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS.

UH, AS LONG AS WE STICK TO THOSE, AS LONG AS WE STAY VIGILANT ABOUT THOSE, WE CAN

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KEEP OUR CASES DOWN.

WE CAN KEEP THE HOSPITALIZATIONS DOWN AND WE CAN KEEP OUR DEATHS DOWN.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

A MAYOR COUNCIL.

THIS IS AN UPDATE REGARDING REPORTS TO OUR AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE LINE.

AS DIRECTOR HAYDEN MENTIONED EARLIER, RIGHT NOW WE'RE GETTING PHONE CALLS IN FROM THE SCHOOLS TO REPORT CASES.

UH, THERE'S AN ELECTRONIC METHOD.

THAT'S A THAT'S OUT THERE AS WELL.

THAT WILL BE TRANSITIONING TO A, BUT THIS IS A, A BRIEFING OF, OF THOSE REPORTS, UH, OVER THE PAST, UH, MONTH OR SO SINCE, UH, EIGHT 16.

UH, SO COVERT POSITIVE TUNES, THE STUDENTS IN TRAVIS COUNTY FOR THE WEEK ENDING NINE 26, WE HAD ONE CASE REPORTED A TOTAL OF 24 SINCE EIGHT 16 STAFF.

WE'VE HAD THREE POSITIVES WITH 21 POSITIVE SENSE, EIGHT, 16, UH, CLOSE CONTACTS ARE THOSE IDENTIFIED AS INDIVIDUALS WHO NEED TO QUARANTINE AS A RESULT OF THIS, THESE CASES, 37 FOR LAST WEEK AND 63 TOTAL SINCE EIGHT 16 FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF SEVEN LAST WEEK AND 53 TOTAL, UH, SINCE, UH, SINCE EIGHT 16, AGAIN, THE DATA THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW STILL INDICATES TO US THAT THAT TRANSMISSION DISEASE IS HAPPENING IN SCHOOLS, IN, IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, FOOTBALL, UH, CHEERLEADING BAND ACTIVITIES LIKE THAT.

AND THERE, UH, WE DON'T HAVE ANY EVIDENCE RIGHT NOW OF TRANSMISSION BETWEEN STUDENTS AND STAFF.

UH, SO AGAIN, THESE CASE INVESTIGATIONS ARE ONGOING.

UH, THE, THE CONTACT TRACING IS ONGOING AND WE WILL SHARE INFORMATION.

UH, IF WE DO SEE EVIDENCE OF TRANSMISSION BETWEEN THOSE TWO GROUPS, UH, AGAIN, IT'S, IT'S AN IMPERATIVE THAT, THAT PEOPLE ARE SCREENING THEMSELVES BEFORE THEY LEAVE THEIR HOUSE.

IF THEY'RE GOING TO SCHOOL AS A STUDENT, IF THEY'RE GOING TO SCHOOL AS AN EMPLOYEE, IF THEY'RE LEAVING THEIR HOUSE FOR ANY REASON, THEY NEED TO DO THEIR SYMPTOM CHECK.

THEY NEED TO CHECK THEIR TEMPERATURE.

AND IF EVERYTHING IS NORMAL, THEN THEY GO OUT.

IF IT'S NOT, WE NEED THEM TO STAY HOME, BE PROTECTIVE AND PROTECT THEIR COWORKERS AND FELLOW STUDENTS IN, IN, UH, IN THE CIRCUMSTANCE OF STUDENTS.

UH, IF WE CAN DO THAT, THEN WE CAN REALLY DECREASE THE TRANSMISSION RISK IN OUR SCHOOLS AND KEEP OUR SCHOOLS OPEN AND HELPING NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, THIS IS AN UPDATE OF OUR, UH, DASHBOARD RELATED TO POSITIVITY RATES ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY.

AGAIN, THIS IS AVAILABLE ON OUR AUSTIN, TEXAS.GOV FORWARD SLASH COVID-19 ONE OF OUR MANY DASHBOARDS WHICH ARE AVAILABLE.

UH, YOU CAN SEE THAT, UH, SINCE LAST WEEK THERE'S BEEN SOME SIGNIFICANT SHIFTS IN POSITIVITY RATES.

UH, LAST WEEK I TOLD YOU MY ZIP CODE WAS, WAS TWICE THE, UH, THE COMMUNITY AVERAGE THIS WEEK.

IT'S, IT'S BELOW THE COMMUNITY AVERAGE, UH, BUT THERE'S GOING TO BE WEEKLY SHIFTS IN POSITIVITY RATES.

AND THIS IS A WAY THAT, THAT OUR COMMUNITY CAN INTERACT WITH THE DATA AND UNDERSTAND WHAT TRANSMISSION IS LIKE IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

UH, AGAIN, THESE ARE SHOWING, UH, ZIP CODES WHERE PEOPLE LIVE, IT'S NOT NECESSARILY INDICATING WHERE THEY WERE EXPOSED.

UH, SO IT'S IMPORTANT THAT FOLKS KEEP THAT IN MIND, BUT THIS WILL HIGHLIGHT THE HIGHEST INCREASES, UH, AS COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS WEEK, IN TERMS OF POSITIVITY, THE HIGHEST PERCENT POSITIVES, UH, ZIP CODES, UH, AS WELL AS THE HIGHEST INCREASE IN, IN NEW CASES IN THE LAST WEEK.

SO IT'S AN INCREDIBLY USEFUL TOOL FOR FOLKS TO USE, UH, WHEN THEY'RE DETERMINING THEIR RISK, UH, FOR THEIR PARTICULAR HOUSEHOLD OR THEIR COMMUNITY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, A MAYOR COUNCIL.

THIS IS AN UPDATE OF OUR, UH, LONGTERM CARE FACILITY DASHBOARD.

UH, AGAIN, WE'VE REPORTED 63 CASES IN THE PAST 14 DAYS, 99, UH, IN THE PAST 28 DAYS.

AND AGAIN, THIS IS A ANOTHER DASHBOARD AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE THAT FOLKS CAN, UH, CAN MONITOR FOR PROGRESSION, UH, IN, UH, IN OUR NURSING HOME, IN LONGTERM CARE FACILITIES.

AGAIN, WE'RE GRATEFUL TO OUR, UH, APH STAFF WHO ARE MANAGING THESE, UH, THE SITES, UH, IN OUR TEAMS, OUR TASK FORCE FOR NURSING HOMES AND OUR TASK FORCE FOR SCHOOLS WHO ARE DOING A GREAT JOB OF ENGAGING WITH, UH, WITH THOSE PARTICULAR COMMUNITIES TO ENSURE THAT, UH, OUR DAD IS ACCURATE AS POSSIBLE AND THAT, UH, THAT'S STRIKE FORCES, UH, STRIKE TEAMS ARE DEPLOYED, UH, TO THOSE ENTITIES THAT ARE IN NEED.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

MAYOR COUNCIL, ONCE AGAIN, WE'RE STILL IN STAGE THREE.

UH, OUR, OUR SEVEN DAY MOVING AVERAGE OF HOSPITALIZATIONS IS AT 13.

OUR POSITIVITY RATE RIGHT NOW IS, UH,

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IS BETWEEN FOUR AND 5%.

UH, SO WE'RE STILL SOLIDLY IN, IN STAGE THREE.

AGAIN, THERE, UH, CONTINUED COMMUNITY VIGILANCE, UH, IN MASKING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING AND PERSONAL HYGIENE.

AND IN PARTICULAR, THAT SELF SCREENED BEFORE FOLKS LEAVE HOME, WE CAN PUSH THIS DOWN TO STAGE TWO, BUT IT'S GOING TO TAKE THAT ONGOING COMMITMENT, UH, IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS IN ADVANCE OF OUR VACCINE.

WHAT THAT ALTERNATE, UH, BACK TO YOU FOR QUESTIONS, DR.

ASCOT, THANK YOU.

WE ALSO WANT TO SEE THE NURSING HOME PRESENTATION HERE IN JUST A MOMENT, UM, BUT TO ASK YOU QUESTIONS IN CASE YOU NEED TO LEAVE TO GET TO THE COUNTY, HAVE SOME JUST REAL QUICK.

UM, IN FACT, IF THE FOLKS COULD TAKE US OFF THE, UH, UH, PRESENTATION FOR A SECOND, UM, EXCUSE ME, UH, JUST A COUPLE POINTS I WANT TO JUST HIT ON FIRST.

GOOD TO SEE ME, THE PERCENTAGES, ALL POPULATIONS GO BELOW 5%.

IT'S STILL A CONCERN THAT THE LATINO POPULATION IS ABOVE 5%.

GOOD TO SEE THAT IT'S DROPPING.

MY RECOLLECTION IS, IS THAT THE PERCENT POSITIVITY IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT, THAT YOU AND DIRECTOR HAYDEN OBVIOUSLY ARE LOOKING AT CONTINUALLY ALSO COMPARING THAT DATA WITH COMMUNITY CARE, COMMUNITY CARE RUGS, THAT PERCENTAGE FOR ITS CLIENTS, UH, AND HISTORICALLY THEIR NUMBERS FOR POSITIVITY, UH, HAVE BEEN MUCH HIGHER IN A LATINO COMMUNITY THAT OURS, BECAUSE IT'S DEALING WITH A LATINO COMMUNITY, WHICH IS EVEN MORE HIGHLY CONCENTRATED WITH THE CENTRAL WORKERS, UH, PARTS OF THE COMMUNITY THAT DON'T OTHERWISE INSURANCE.

MY UNDERSTANDING IS IS THAT THEIR POSITIVITY RATES HERE, UH, IN THEIR MOST RECENT NUMBERS ALSO FOR THE LATINO COMMUNITY BELOW 10%, A LITTLE BIT HIGHER THAN OURS AT EIGHT OR NINE SOMETHING, BUT THEY'VE DROPPED BELOW 10%, UH, AS WELL.

THAT'S RIGHT, ISN'T IT? DR.

SCOTT? YES, SIR.

I THINK, UH, THEIR, THEIR POSITIVITY RATE FOR LAST WEEK, AGAIN, THEY HAVE PARCEL DATA WAS UNDER 5% FOR THE OVERALL POPULATION.

CORRECT.

AND THEN FOR THE LATINO POPULATION, I THINK IT WAS NINE POINT SOMETHING.

UH, SO I THINK THAT THAT'S REAL GOOD THING TO SEE WITH RESPECT TO THE CASES THAT WERE SAYING, UH, INCREASED NUMBER IN STUDENTS, INCREASE NUMBER BOTH, UH, UH, HIGH SCHOOL, MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS, ALSO, UH, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS STUDENTS, WHILE WE SEE INCREASES IN THOSE AREAS, THEY SEEM TO BE CONTAINED WITHIN THOSE STUDENT POPULATIONS AND NOT SPREADING OUTSIDE OF THOSE STUDENT POPULATIONS INTO THE WIDER COMMUNITY.

IS THAT CORRECT? UH, YES, SIR.

WE'RE WORKING CLOSELY WITH, UH, WITH UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS WHO WAS A PARTNER WITH US FOR A CASE INVESTIGATION AND CONTACT TRACING.

UH, AND WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO LINK A STUDENT CASE WITH AN OUTSIDE MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY, GENERALLY THEY'RE SPREADING AMONGST THEMSELVES.

AND WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO, TO HIT HOME THAT MESSAGE, UH, YOU KNOW, WE'D LOVE FOR THEM TO, TO NOT INTERACT FACE TO FACE WITHOUT PROTECTIVE BEHAVIORS, UH, PROTECTIVE MASKING ON, BUT, UH, IF THEY'RE GOING TO DO IT, IT'S REALLY ESSENTIAL THAT THEY NOT INTERACT WITH PEOPLE IN THE OUTSIDE COMMUNITY, UH, PARTICULARLY THOSE THAT ARE GOING TO BE MORE VULNERABLE.

NOW, THOSE OVER THE AGE OF 65 AND THOSE WITH UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS.

AND I THINK THEY'RE DOING A GOOD JOB.

OKAY.

AND I WANT TO JUST NOTE FOR A SECOND AND THANK YOU, BUT ESPECIALLY, UH, UH, DIRECTOR HAYDEN AND HER STAFF FOR IMPLEMENTING AT THIS POINT AND TALKING TO US NOW ABOUT REACHING OUT TO THOSE ESSENTIAL WORKERS, UH, TO PROVIDE THE SUPPORT FOR ISOLATION SUPPORT, FOR INCOME SUPPORT, FOR EXPERTISE.

UM, UH, AND I KNOW THOSE EFFORTS HAVE BEEN GEARING UP, UH, BUT IT WAS IDENTIFIED AS A, AS A CRITICAL NEED, UH, AND THAT'S UP AND WORKING NOW, AND IT'S, IT'S GOOD TO SEE THAT.

AND THEN FINALLY TODAY OR TOMORROW, UM, YOU'RE WORKING WITH ME, DR.

HAYDEN TO, TO UPDATE AND REISSUE THE ORDER OR THE, THE MAYOR'S ORDER, UH, ASSOCIATED WITH KOBE.

AND I APPRECIATE AS ALWAYS THE DIRECTION AND ASSISTANCE THAT COMES FROM THE TWO OF YOU.

UM, UH, I THINK THAT PROBABLY THE UPDATE TOMORROW OR THE NEXT DAY IS GOING TO BRING US INTO CLOSER COMPLIANCE WITH SOME OF THE EVICTION STUFF THAT'S HAPPENING, UH, AT THE STATEWIDE LEVEL AND OUR JP COURTS NOW.

BUT ALSO WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT THE ACTIVITY ON THE BARS THAT ARE NOW ALLOWED TO OPERATE AS RESTAURANTS.

AND I DON'T KNOW WHERE WE ARE IN TERMS OF, I DON'T KNOW IF WE'RE GOING TO WAIT TO SEE IF WE HAVE A BETTER INDICATOR, UM, OR WHETHER IT'S SOMETHING

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THAT WE'RE GOING TO ADDRESS NOW.

UH, BUT THERE'S SOME CONCERN ASSOCIATED WITH THE OPERATION OF THE BARS THAT ARE NOW OPEN UNDER THE GOVERNOR'S ORDER ASSOCIATED AS RESTAURANTS.

AND I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS FOR YOU IF, FOR DIRECTOR HAYDEN.

I HAVE, WE LOOKED AT, UM, THE, THE BARS ON THE WEST SIXTH STREET AREA OR OTHER AREAS TO SEE HOW THAT ACTIVITY IS GOING.

UM, YES, WE HAVE A TEAM, UM, THAT, UM, WITH OUR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, UM, UM, SANITARIANS AS WELL AS OUR CODE POKE AN AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT FOLKS.

UM, THEY STARTED, UM, THE PROCESS ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO.

UM, AND WHAT THEY'RE DOING IS, IS THAT, UM, THEY'RE, THEY'RE CALLING THEM COMPLIANCE, UM, SUITES AND BASICALLY, UM, CHECKING TO ENSURE THAT, UM, FOLKS ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE, UM, UM, FAITH COVERINGS, AS WELL AS, UH, SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THEN LOOKING AT CAPACITY IN THOSE FACILITIES AS WELL.

SO THEY WILL CONTINUE, UM, TO DO THAT INITIALLY WHEN THEY, WHEN THEY STARTED, UM, YOU KNOW, WE ISSUED SEVERAL, UM, WARNING CITATIONS, WHICH EVENTUALLY WILL TURN INTO, UM, AN ACTUAL TICKET, UM, ONCE WE MOVE IN TO CODE ENFORCEMENT.

AND SO, UM, WE ARE SEEING MORE COMPLIANCE IN THOSE AREAS.

YEAH.

IF IT'S NECESSARY FOR US TO ENTER AN ORDER THAT SAYS TO THOSE RESTAURANT BARS TYPE SITUATIONS THAT WE'RE GOING TO REQUIRE THE SAME KIND OF RULES FOR BOTH RESTAURANTS AND BARS IN A SITUATION SO THAT YOU HAVE TO BE SEATED, IF YOU'RE EATING AND DRINKING AND MAKE THAT APPLY TO THE BARS THAT ARE OPERATING AS, AS, AS RESTAURANTS WITH THE ASSOCIATION, PLEASE LET ME KNOW SO THAT I CAN MAKE SURE THAT WE INCORPORATE THAT KIND OF REQUIREMENT, UH, INTO THE ORDERS THAT WE HAVE.

AND THEN FINALLY, I WOULD COLLEAGUES AND TO THE COMMUNITY, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PUBLISHES THEIR DASHBOARD, UH, EVERY DAY, WHICH HAS THE TESTING THAT THEY'RE DOING OF UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS STUDENTS.

YOU CAN SEE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS AND FACULTY SHOWING UP AS POSITIVE ALSO WITH THEIR SURVEILLANCE TESTING THAT THEY'RE DOING, POP-UP TESTING, UH, IN THE WEST CAMPUS AREA AND OTHER AREAS SO THAT YOU CAN TRACK THOSE NUMBERS.

THERE'S OBVIOUSLY AN ELEVATED NUMBER TO SOME DEGREE IT'S BEEN COMING DOWN AS WITH THE REST OF THE NUMBER.

AND THE INFORMATION WE HAVE AT THIS POINT IS IT'S BEEN CONTAINED WITHIN THOSE COMMUNITIES.

COLLEAGUES, YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER, HARPER, MADISON, UH, YES, I HAVE A FEW.

UM, AND GIVEN THAT SOUNDS LIKE BOTH OF US ARE, ARE STRUGGLING WITH A LITTLE RAGWEED THIS MORNING, MAYOR ADLER.

UM, I, THAT'S ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I HAVE AS WE MOVE INTO THIS, I'M ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO GET FLU SHOTS AND SEASONAL ALLERGIES ARE JUST SO BAD.

UM, IS THERE SOME SORT OF INDICATION SOMEWHERE WHERE PEOPLE CAN DETERMINE, UM, WHAT'S ALLERGIES? WHAT'S THE FLU WHAT'S COVID.

I MEAN, YOU KNOW, WHEN I WOKE UP AND MY ANTIHISTAMINE HADN'T KICKED IN YET, I KNOW MY EYES AND CHIN AND MY SCRATCHIES BROKE.

I KNOW WHAT IT IS FOR ME, BUT WHEN PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, LIKE ME, FOR EXAMPLE, I DIDN'T GET SEASONAL ALLERGIES.

AND SO I TURNED 40.

I THINK SOME PEOPLE JUST DON'T RECOGNIZE THE SYMPTOMS. I WONDER IF THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THE DIFFERENCES ARE.

I HEARD THE QUESTION FOUR IS FOR EXACTLY, BUT IT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT OCCURRED ME AS I'M WATCHING THE PEOPLE AROUND STRUGGLE.

YEAH.

AND COUNCIL MEMBER, THIS IS ONE OF THE CHALLENGES WITH, WITH COVID-19 IS THE SYMPTOMS ARE VAGUE.

THE SYMPTOMS INCLUDE CONGESTION, BUT SYMPTOMS INCLUDE SORE THROAT.

THE SYMPTOMS INCLUDE NAUSEA AND DIARRHEA, UH, WHICH COULD BE A WHOLE HOST OF THINGS.

I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THOSE THINGS, YOU DON'T LEAVE YOUR HOUSE.

UH, AND YOU KNOW, YOU CAN, YOU CAN CONSULT WITH, UH, WITH A DOCTOR OR YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER, UH, TO MAKE A DETERMINATION, IF YOU NEED TO BE TESTED, UH, YOU KNOW, IF YOU TAKE YOUR ANTI-HISTAMINE AND, AND IT'S BEHAVING LIKE, UH, LIKE ALLERGIES AND YOU DON'T DEVELOP A FEVER IN A DAY OR SO, IT'S PROBABLY NOT GOING TO BE COVEN.

UH, BUT I'LL TELL YOU THAT THAT INTERVIEWING MANY COVID CASES, MYSELF, THAT A LOT OF THE SYMPTOMS ARE VERY MILD, PARTICULARLY IN YOUNGER PEOPLE, UH, WHO SAID, OH, I THOUGHT IT WAS A NORMAL HEADACHE.

I THOUGHT IT WAS NORMAL ALLERGIES.

I THOUGHT IT WAS A SORE THROAT.

AND IT WASN'T.

UH, SO REGARDLESS OF THE SYMPTOMS, IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS, REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU THINK IT IS, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO IS STAY HOME AND THEN CONSULT WITH YOUR, YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS.

SEE IF YOU NEED TO BE TESTED.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

UM,

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THERE, SO I THINK MAYOR ADLER TOUCHED ON MY QUESTIONS AROUND WHAT WE'RE DOING TO MAKE THOSE NUMBERS IN THE LATINEX COMMUNITY DROP, BUT I THINK I'LL ASK A FEW MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT OFFLINE.

UM, THE ICE EFFECT NUMBERS, I'M CURIOUS ABOUT, ARE THOSE RISING, ARE THEY DROPPING, ARE WE SAYING FLAT? I DIDN'T QUITE CATCH THAT IF YOU SAID THAT THE INSTALLATION FACILITY MANAGERS YEAH.

THOSE NUMBERS, THOSE NUMBERS ARE UP AND DOWN.

UM, AND JUST KIND OF BASED UPON, UM, BECAUSE WE ARE PARTNERING WITH THE UNIVERSITIES, UM, WITH THAT FACILITY AS WELL, YOU KNOW, THE COMMUNITY ASSET.

AND SO THOSE NUMBERS ARE UP AND YEAH, COUNCIL MEMBER, I WILL JUST ADD THAT THERE'S SPACE IF FOLKS WANT TO ISOLATE OUTSIDE OF THEIR HOUSEHOLD, WHICH IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT IF, IF THEY'RE IN A MULTIGENERATIONAL HOUSEHOLD OR IF THEY'RE LIVING WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS SIGNIFICANT RISK FACTORS, THE BEST THING THAT INDIVIDUAL CAN DO IS TO GO TO THE ISOLATION FACILITY.

IT IS A FREE HOTEL ROOM.

UH, PEOPLE ARE FED THERE'S WIFI, THERE'S CABLE.

IT'S A COMFORTABLE PLACE TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM, FROM GETTING COVID.

I APPRECIATE THAT, UM, EXPANSION, AND I THINK IT MIGHT ACTUALLY BE A GREAT SEGUE INTO MY NEXT QUESTION.

WE TALKED ABOUT MASS FOR, UM, CERTAIN POPULATIONS OF PEOPLE, BUT WHERE I HAVE BEEN RECEIVING SOME SPECIFIC REQUESTS AND MAKING SOME OBSERVATIONS ARE MULTIFAMILY COMPLEXES.

UM, PARTICULARLY THOSE INCOME RESTRICTED COMPLEXES, UM, I HAVEN'T TO DATE SEEN A SYSTEM OUTSIDE OF THE COMMUNITY, SORT OF COMING TOGETHER TO DO DRIVES AND SUCH.

IS, IS THERE ANY INTENTION FOR US TO DO A, A MORE COMPREHENSIVE EFFORT AROUND MULTIFAMILY, ESPECIALLY THE, SORT OF THE LOWER INCOME, INCOME, RESTRICTED COMPLEXES, UM, TO DO PPE SPECIFICALLY MASS, I THINK WHAT, WHAT WE MAY NEED TO JUST FOLLOW UP WITH YOU OUTSIDE OF THE SESSION, UM, TO KIND OF DETERMINE EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE, UM, KIND OF THINKING ABOUT AND WHAT YOU, WHAT YOU WERE HEARING OUR STAFF HAVE, UM, HAVE REACHED OUT TO HAKA AND HAVE, AND SAID CONVERSATIONS WITH THEM.

UM, AND SO YOU AND I CAN MAYBE ADDRESS IT OUTSIDE OF THIS SESSION.

THAT'D BE GREAT.

THANK YOU, DIRECTOR HAGAN, TWO, TWO, TWO EDUCATION PODS.

I'M HEARING MORE AND MORE ABOUT PEOPLE DOING THE POTS.

UM, I JUST HAVE SOME QUESTIONS.

UM, I HEARD, YOU KNOW, PUBLIC SCHOOL CHARTERS, PRIVATE.

I DIDN'T HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT PODS.

AND SO IF WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE PUTTING, YOU KNOW, 10 TO 12 KIDS TOGETHER, UM, IS THERE ANY, I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW WE WOULD GO ABOUT TRACKING THAT.

AND SO I'M JUST CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE.

AND IT'S NOT A QUESTION THAT I NECESSARILY NEED AN ANSWER FOR TODAY, UNLESS OF COURSE IT'S SOMETHING YOU ARE ALREADY WORKING ON.

IT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT'S ON MY RADAR AS A POINT OF VIEW.

UM, WE ARE ALREADY ADDRESSING, UM, THOSE, THOSE PARTS.

UM, WE, WE HAVE A COUPLE OF, UM, CONTEXT THAT ACTUALLY WORKED FOR THE CITY, UM, THAT ARE WORKING IN THE COMMUNITY ON THAT EFFORT.

UM, OUR STAFF HAVE PUT TOGETHER SOME GUIDANCE IN ISSUE THAT, AND WE'VE ALSO PUT IT ON THE WEBSITE.

UM, AND SO THAT INFORMATION TYPICALLY ALSO COMES IN THROUGH OUR, UM, EDUCATION MINE, UM, THROUGH OUR NURSE LINE.

AND SO THAT'S, THAT'S HOW IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION.

SO WE ARE WORKING WITH THEM, UM, AS WE FIND OUT THEY EXIST AND THEN WE PROVIDE THE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND THE GUIDANCE TO THEM.

THAT'S HELPFUL.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, AND I THINK THE LAST QUESTION I HAVE IS DR.

SCOTT, YOU MADE REFERENCE TO THE SECOND WAY, I'M CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT THAT TIMELINE LOOKS LIKE.

UM, AND THEN WHAT SHOULD BE, WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE BE DOING RIGHT NOW WHILE WE'RE RELATIVELY FLAT BEFORE WE GET TO THAT PLACE? YOU KNOW, FOR EXAMPLE, UM, DENTIST APPOINTMENTS THAT YOU MISSED BECAUSE OUR NUMBERS WERE HIGH, YOU KNOW, WHAT, WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE BE DOUBLING DOWN ON DOING RIGHT NOW BEFORE WE GET TO THAT SECOND WAY COUNCIL MEMBER? I THINK IT'S, IT'S CRITICAL FOR FOLKS TO UNDERSTAND THAT, THAT WE CAN AVOID A SECOND WAVE OR IT CAN LOOK LIKE A, REALLY A WAVE THAT YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO SURF ON.

UH, BECAUSE IT'S, IT'S ABOUT PROTECTION.

IT'S ABOUT CONTINUING THOSE THINGS THAT MASKING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING AND PERSONAL HYGIENE AND THAT SELF SCREENING, UH, BEFORE PEOPLE LEAVE HOME.

IF, IF WE DO THAT, UM, WE

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CAN PUSH THIS OFF UNTIL NOT UNTIL WE HAVE A VACCINE AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW.

IT'S IMPORTANT THAT FOLKS TAKE CARE OF THOSE THINGS THAT THEY'VE BEEN DELAYING, THE DENTAL VISITS, THE PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS, AND IMPORTANTLY, THEIR VACCINATIONS.

UH, IT'S REALLY VERY IMPORTANT THAT THAT FOLKS GET THEIR FLU SHOT THIS YEAR.

AND YOU KNOW, THAT THAT IS A, AN EPIDEMIC THAT WE, WE HAVE A VACCINE FOR RIGHT NOW.

UH, THAT'S VERY EFFECTIVE.

AND IF WE CAN ELIMINATE THAT AS A RISK FOR THIS COMMUNITY, IT WILL CERTAINLY HELP US IF WE DO SEE A SUBSTANTIAL SECOND WAVE IN AUSTIN, AS I POINTED OUT, UH, TO, TO COMMISSIONER'S COURT LAST WEEK, LAST YEAR, DURING THE PEAK OF FLU SEASON, WE ALMOST RAN OUT OF ICU BEDS.

UH, WE, WE, WE CAN'T TOLERATE THE BAD FLU SEASON THIS YEAR.

WE REALLY NEED PEOPLE TO BE ENGAGED IN AND GETTING THEIR FLU SHOTS, WHICH ARE AVAILABLE FROM PHARMACIES AND TARGET AND PEOPLE'S EMPLOYERS, AND OF COURSE THEIR, UH, THEIR PHYSICIAN'S OFFICE.

SO I APPRECIATE THAT.

SO IT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS IT'S NOT INEVITABLE THIS SECOND WAVE, BUT GIVEN THE CURRENT TRENDS, IF IT WERE TO HAPPEN, WHEN DO YOU THINK THAT WOULD BE, ARE WE TALKING OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER JEN? I MEAN, I'M JUST HAVING A GENERAL IDEA, JUST GIVEN THE CURRENT TRENDS, IF WE COULD PROJECT BASED ON THAT.

I DO APPRECIATE THAT.

YOU'RE SAYING IT'S, IT'S NOT THAT IT'S INEVITABLE, BUT IF THERE'S SOMETHING PEOPLE NEED TO BE PREPARING FOR, I THINK MORE INFORMATION IS BETTER THAN LESS, UH, YEAH.

COUNCIL MEMBER.

THE ANSWER IS, I DON'T KNOW, UH, THE ANSWER IS GENERALLY WHEN WE LOOK AT SECOND WAVES, IT'S WHEN PEOPLE GROW TIRED OF, OF ALL THE PROTECTION AND THEY SAY I'M DONE WITH THIS.

AND, AND THEN WE REALIZE WHY WE WERE DOING THOSE PROTECTIONS BECAUSE IT HITS HARD.

UH, I, I THINK IF WE CAN AVOID THAT, THEN, THEN WE CAN PUSH OFF A SUBSTANTIAL SECOND WAVE INDEFINITELY.

UM, BUT THE, THE TIMELINE IS, IS BASED ON INDIVIDUALS IN THIS COMMUNITY.

UH, AND YOU KNOW, WHEN ARE WE GOING TO SEE INCREASED RISK FOR, OR THE, YOU KNOW, THE, THE, THE BURNING OF THE MASKS.

WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT AT HALLOWEEN, WE'RE GOING TO SEE IT AT THANKSGIVING.

WE'RE GOING TO SEE IT AT CHRISTMAS.

NOT BECAUSE PEOPLE WANT TO BE MORE NORMAL DURING THOSE HOLIDAYS.

IF WE CAN RESIST THAT TEMPTATION, THEN WE CAN RIDE THROUGH THE WINTER WITHOUT, WITHOUT A SUBSTANTIAL SECOND WAVE.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

I HEARD A SONG THE OTHER DAY THAT SAID JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE OVER, IT DOESN'T MEAN IT'S OVER.

UM, SO I THINK, AND THEN THE LAST THING I'LL SAY IS JUST THE HOSPITALIZATIONS BY AGE GROUP SLIDE THAT YOU SHOWED.

WOULD YOU MIND SHOWING THAT ONE MORE TIME, PLEASE? I WILL ASK AMY TO PULL THAT UP.

IT WAS THE ONE THAT LOOKED LIKE, LIKE A VERY CREATIVE, SMALL PERSON DREW IT.

THIS ONE.

YEAH.

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT ANY OTHER MEN, BUT I FIND THIS TOUGH TO FOLLOW.

UM, I WONDER IF IT COULD BE MORE GRAPH, LIKE I JUST, I FIND THIS ONE TOUGH TO FOLLOW.

UH, WE'LL SEE IF THE TEAM CAN, CAN WORK OUT A WAY TO DISPLAY IT A BIT DIFFERENTLY.

UH, YOU KNOW, THE CHALLENGES WE'RE TRACKING OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, SO IT MAKES IT MORE CHALLENGING.

WE COULDN'T CHOP OFF THE, THE MORE RECENT DATA TO, YOU KNOW, TO GIVE YOU A SMALLER SNAPSHOT.

UH, BUT WE'LL WORK WITH THE TEAM TO SEE IF WE CAN DISPLAY THIS BETTER.

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT ANYBODY ELSE, BUT YEAH, MY EYES GO CRAZY ON THIS SLIDE.

SO THAT WOULD, IT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL.

UM, AND THEN THE VERY LAST ONE, THERE WAS A SLIDE THAT WAS BY ZIP CODE.

I JUST MISSED THE NUMBER THAT TALKED ABOUT 77 TO THREE.

IF I COULD SEE THAT ONE MORE TIME.

AND THEN THAT WAS ALL I HAD.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S IT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I APPRECIATE YA.

OKAY.

YOU'RE ON MUTE MAYOR.

HOW'S IT OVER ELLIS.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, ARE THERE ANY OPPORTUNITIES TO SPEED UP THE RESULTS OF THE TESTING? I DIDN'T KNOW IF THAT WAS RELIANT ON THE PROCESS FOR GETTING THOSE RESULTS OR IF IT WAS A SUPPLY ISSUE THAT WE MIGHT STILL BE DEALING WITH TYPICALLY 24 TO 36 HOURS IS THE TYPICAL TURNAROUND TIME.

UM, BECAUSE I DO THE PCR AND IT IS BEING SENT TO A

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LAB.

UM, SO THAT'S ACTUALLY REALLY GOOD TIME.

NOW, IF YOU'RE USING A DIFFERENT TYPE OF TEST, WHICH WE ARE NOT, UM, AND IT DIDN'T TEST IN, YOU CAN GET THOSE BACK IN ABOUT 20 MINUTES.

COUNCILMEMBER, THE, THE DELAYS THAT, THAT, UH, DIRECTOR HAYDEN I DESCRIBED ARE FROM OUTSIDE LABS.

UH, SO WHAT HAPPENS IS A CLINICIAN ORDERS, THE TEST, UM, AND THE CLINICIAN MAY REPORT THE TEST RESULTS TO US AND THE LAB REPORTS IT TO THE STATE.

AND SOMETIMES, SOMETIMES TO US DIRECTLY AS WELL.

UH, WHAT HAPPENED WAS A DELAY IN THE STATE REPORTING.

UH, SO THEY HAD DATA FEED ISSUES GOING INTO THE STATE SYSTEM, WHICH MEANT DATA DELAYS COMING BACK DOWN TO US.

UH, AGAIN, I THINK, YOU KNOW, THE SAME WITH THE STATES UPGRADE IN THEIR SYSTEM.

WE SHOULD AVOID SIGNIFICANT FUTURE DELAYS.

UH, BUT AGAIN, I'LL POINT OUT THAT, THAT THESE DATA FEEDS A LOT OF THEM ARE BRAND NEW.

THEY DIDN'T EXIST BEFORE, UH, MARCH OF THIS YEAR.

UH, SO PART OF THE CHALLENGE WE'VE HAD IS, IS PLAYING CATCH UP.

UH, AND AGAIN, I THINK THIS, THIS GOES TO UNDERLYING, UH, UNDER FUNDING, FEDERALLY OF, UH, UH, UH, PUBLIC HEALTH DATA INFRASTRUCTURE, UH, IN ORDER TO PREPARE FOR EVENTS LIKE THIS, I CAN, CAN APPRECIATE THAT, THAT, THAT IS A HIGH HURDLE TO, TO BE NAVIGATING, UM, AS, AS THIS HAS PROCEEDED.

UM, WHEN I SEE THAT THERE'S A RAPID TEST AVAILABLE AT SAY, A PRIVATE PHARMACY, IS THAT INFORMATION THAT'S STILL BEING FED INTO YOUR DATABASES.

WE DO RECEIVE NOTIFICATION REGARDING THE ANTIGEN TESTS, THE RAPID TESTS, AS WELL AS THE RAPID PCR TESTS.

UH, OUR TEAM IS WORKING ON, UH, DISPLAYING THE PROBABLE CASES, WHICH IS WHAT YOU GET, IF YOU HAVE A POSITIVE ANTIGEN TEST, UH, SO THAT WE CAN DESCRIBE BOTH THE CONFIRMED CASES AND THE PROBABLE CASES.

OKAY.

THAT'S HELPFUL.

AND THEN ARE THERE ANY RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR SOME OF THE QUICK READ THERMOMETERS? I KNOW SOME PEOPLE MAY BE TRYING TO DO THEIR OWN TEMPERATURE CHECKS AT HOME EACH MORNING TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE BEING RESPONSIBLE.

AND I WASN'T SURE IF THE CITY HAD SOME AVAILABLE OR THROUGH A PRIVATE PARTNER FOR THOSE WHO MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS ONE, UH, I'M NOT AWARE OF, OF RESOURCES WE HAVE.

UM, I KNOW THAT MONITORS ARE CHALLENGING TO GET, UH, I ORDERED SOME, SOME OF THE, UH, THE INSTANT, UH, THERMOMETER THE DISPOSABLE ONES, UH, BACK IN FEBRUARY AND STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED THEM.

UH, SO I KNOW THAT'S AN ONGOING ISSUE AND, AND, UH, I'M NOT SURE IF DIRECTOR HAYDEN MIGHT HAVE ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF THOSE.

WE HAVE PROVIDED THOSE TO, UM, SOME OF THE, THE, THE, UM, CHILDCARE FACILITIES.

WE PROVIDED THOSE TO SOME OF THE NONPROFIT PARTNERS, UM, THAT DID NOT HAVE THE ACCESS TO THOSE, BUT AS DR.

SCOTT HAS, HAS STAYED IN, UM, THOSE ARE A LITTLE DIFFICULT, UM, AND CHALLENGING TO SEE, BUT WE WE'VE PROVIDED THOSE, UM, ON A SMALLER SCALE.

IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT IS WIDELY DISTRIBUTED IN OUR COMMUNITY.

YES, THAT'S HELPFUL.

I WISH THERE WERE MORE OF THAT.

WE COULD HAVE MORE ACCESS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY, BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT THAT'S ALL THE QUESTIONS I HAD.

THANK YOU.

WELCOME.

AND THERE YOU'RE ON MUTE AGAIN.

SORRY.

ANY QUESTIONS BEFORE WE GO TO NURSING HOMES, A COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO THAT COUNTS BARKER SAW THE COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR.

THANKS VERY MUCH.

UM, AND MAYOR AND COLLEAGUES, I'M GOING TO JUMP OVER FOR A LITTLE BIT TO THE AUSTIN AT 10 TO WELCOME THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT.

SO I'M GOING TO MISS A LITTLE BIT OF THIS.

SO THANKS FOR CALLING ON THE NEW YEAR.

UM, DR.

SCOTT, I WANTED TO GO BACK TO THE SLIDES THAT YOU HAD ABOUT STUDENTS.

THIS IS SUCH A CONVERSATION IN OUR COMMUNITY RIGHT NOW.

AND SO I APPRECIATE YOUR INFORMATION THAT YOU PROVIDED, BUT I WANT TO BE SURE I'M UNDERSTANDING IT.

I'M NOT, I BELIEVE IT'S SLIDE 11.

SO AS I UNDERSTOOD YOUR COMMENTS RIGHT NOW, FOR GENERAL SUMMARY THAT YOU OFFERED IS THAT STUDENTS WHO ARE TESTING POSITIVE APPEAR TO BE PRIMARILY WITHIN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING AND BAND, UM, AND THAT THERE HAVE NOT BEEN CASES OF STUDENT TO TEACHER TRANSMISSION.

WAS THAT THE CORRECT STEP? WAS THAT SUMMARIZING? WAS THAT SUMMARY CORRECT? THAT'S CORRECT.

UH, IN OUR LAST DISCUSSION WITH OUR, OUR EPI TEAM, UH, THEY HAVE NOT SEEN ANY, ANY TRANSMISSION BETWEEN STUDENTS AND TEACHERS.

AND ARE YOU, ARE YOU SEEING ANY

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STUDENT TO STUDENT TRANSMISSION WITHIN SCHOOL SETTINGS THAT HAVE REOPENED FOR IN PERSON CONTACT? WE HAVE NOT YET SEEN ANY STUDENT TO STUDENT TRANSMISSION WITHIN A CLASSROOM TYPE OF SETTING.

WE HAVE SEEN STUDENT TO STUDENT TRANSMISSION IN THOSE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES THAT IN CERTAINLY IN, IN SOCIAL SETTING, OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL SETTING STUDENTS.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S HELPFUL TO KNOW.

AND SO ON THIS SLIDE, UM, I UNDERSTAND THE FIRST COUPLE OF CATEGORIES, THE CLOSE CONTACTS.

CAN YOU, UM, YOU ADDRESS THIS IN YOUR, IN THE PRESENTATION, BUT I MISSED, I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT IT WAS.

WHAT IS THE STUDENT CLOSE CONTACTS? IS THAT 37 PEOPLE WHO WERE WITHIN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE POSITIVE STUDENTS NOTED ABOVE, OR W WHAT ARE THOSE LAST TWO? RIGHT.

SO THOSE ARE, THOSE ARE STUDENTS IN STAFF WHO HAD CLOSE CONTACT WITH A POSITIVE CASE.

UH, SO THESE WERE PEOPLE IN SIX FEET FOR MORE THAN 15 MINUTES, NECESSITATING QUARANTINE OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS.

I SEE.

SO THOSE ARE COVID POSITIVE.

THOSE ARE JUST, UM, INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE NOW ISOLATING BECAUSE THEY WERE WITHIN CLOSE CONTACT WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO HAD OKAY.

AND THEY HAD GOOD CONTACT WITH THEM IN A SCHOOL SETTING OF SOME SORT.

UH, I'LL HAVE TO CLARIFY WHAT THE TEAM OF, IF THESE ARE ONLY ARE ONLY RELATED TO THOSE SCHOOL CASES, OR IF THOSE INCLUDE, UH, INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ISOLATED BECAUSE OF EXTERNAL CLOSE CONTACT.

UM, THANK YOU.

AND THEN I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUICK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SLIDE THAT I THINK IS LIKE SEVEN, THAT COUNCIL MEMBER OF HARPER MEDICINE ASKED YOU TO LOOK AT AS WELL.

SO I EITHER I MISHEARD, OR I THINK YOU MAY HAVE REVERSED A COUPLE OF COLORS IN YOUR DESCRIPTION OF IT.

SO I JUST WANT TO BE SURE THAT I'M UNDER, I'M READING THE GRAPH CORRECTLY.

THE 10 THROUGH 19 HERE IS ACTUALLY THE LIGHT GRAY, IS THAT CORRECT? CORRECT.

SO THOSE NUMBERS, IT LOOKS LIKE ARE DROPPING, BUT THE GOAL 20 TO 29 ARE ACTUALLY INCREASING AS I READ THIS GRAPH.

CORRECT.

OKAY.

UM, AND OF THAT 20 TO 29 POPULATION OF NUMBERS THAT ARE INCREASING, DO YOU HAVE A SENSE OF, OF HOW MUCH OF THAT? UM, OUR, OUR COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE OUR INDIVIDUALS ASSOCIATED WITH SOME OF THE UNIVERSITIES IN OUR AREA.

I COULD CERTAINLY COMPARE IT TO UT AND SOME OF THE INFORMATION OUT THERE ABOUT OUR OTHER INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING, BUT JUST WONDERED IF YOU HAVE ANY KIND OF GENERAL COMMENT ABOUT WHETHER I DO HOW MANY TO 29 YEAR OLDS ARE.

OKAY.

I DO NOT HAVE A FURTHER DETAIL REGARDING THAT AGE GROUP.

UM, I CAN TELL YOU THAT, UH, LET'S SAY IN THE LAST WEEK FOR THE, THE TURN TO 19 AGE GROUP, UH, ONE INDIVIDUAL AGE 11 AND 13 WAS HOSPITALIZED, UH, FOR INDIVIDUALS AGED 14 TO 17 WERE HOSPITALIZED INTO AGED 18 TO 19 WERE HOSPITALIZED.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT INFORMATION.

AND FOR THESE, UM, FOR THE RANGE OF INFORMATION THAT YOU'VE PRESENTED TODAY, I KNOW THAT YOU HAD A CONVERSATION LAST NIGHT WITH THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, AISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

AND YOU MAY HAVE TOUCHED ON SOME OF THE KEY POINTS TODAY THAT YOU PRESENTED THERE, BUT I ALSO JUST WANTED TO ASK YOU, OR INVITE YOU TO, TO OFFER ANY, UM, INFORMATION OR FINDINGS OR CONVERSATION THAT YOU THINK IS RELEVANT FOR US TO KNOW COMING OUT OF THAT PRESENTATION OR THAT COMPENSATION THAT ENSUED WITH THE ISB LEADERSHIP.

CERTAINLY, UH, THE CONVERSATION I HAD WITH THEM IS THAT, UH, I BELIEVE THAT GIVEN OUR, OUR POSITIVITY RATE, AS WELL AS THE PROTECTIVE MEASURES THAT, UH, THAT HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE BY ASD AND OUR OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS, UH, TH THAT NOW'S THE TIME TO, TO OPEN TO THAT 25% LEVEL.

UH, I THINK OUR COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE, UH, HAS BEEN MORE PROTECTIVE THAN, THAN OTHERS AROUND THE STATE OF TEXAS.

AND I THINK THAT'S PARTICULARLY TRUE FOR OUR, OUR SCHOOL REOPENING PROCESS.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE'VE DEMONSTRATED THAT OPENING AT 25% ALLOWING, UH, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS TO ADOPT AND ADAPT TO THE NEW GUIDELINES.

SO THE NEW PROCEDURES WITHIN THAT SCHOOL SPACE ALLOWS VALUABLE TIME TO, UH, TO LEARN HOW THAT WORKS TO MODIFY IF NECESSARY IN THOSE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS AND TO MAKE CHANGES, UH, BEFORE THEY BRING IN ADDITIONAL STUDENTS.

UM, YOU KNOW, ULTIMATELY IT, THE SUCCESS DEPENDS ON

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PEOPLE BEING ENGAGED AND DOING THAT SELF SCREENING BEFORE THEY LEAVE THE HOUSE EVERY DAY, ENGAGED IN WEARING THE MASKS, ENGAGE IN THE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THE HAND HYGIENE.

UH, SO IT REALLY HAVE MULTIPLE LAYERS OF PROTECTION THAT ARE BUILT IN, UH, TO, TO KEEP SCHOOLS SAFE.

AND, AND I THINK THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT HAVE OPENED SO FAR AND BEEN DOING A GOOD JOB OF THAT, AND I EXPECT THAT THE AISD WILL AS WELL.

UH, THIS DOES NOT MEAN WE'RE NOT GOING TO SEE CASES WE WILL.

UH, OUR, OUR GOAL IS TO AVOID SUBSTANTIAL OUTBREAKS, SUSTAINED OUTBREAKS WITHIN SCHOOLS, WHERE WE CAN EXPECT, WE'RE GOING TO SEE, UH, YOU KNOW, ONE OFF CASES COME WHERE SMALL CLUSTERS COME, BUT IF WE'RE SUCCESSFUL AT IDENTIFYING THOSE CLOSE CONTACTS AND IN QUARANTINING THEM APPROPRIATELY, THEN WE CAN AVOID THOSE SUSTAINED OUTBREAKS.

UH, AND AGAIN, I APPLAUD, UH, AISD AS WELL AS THE OTHER SUPERINTENDENTS WHO, WHO WE'VE BEEN MEETING WEEKLY WITH FOR FOUR MONTHS NOW TO DEVELOP THIS PLAN, TO REFINE THE PLAN AND TO, UH, IMPLEMENT STRATEGIES, NOT TO MITIGATE THE SPREAD IN SCHOOLS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

AND CERTAINLY REASSURING TO KNOW THAT ALL ALONG, YOU'VE WORKED SO CLOSELY WITH THE SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY AS THEY BEGAN TO REOPEN.

SO THANKS.

UH, YOU KNOW, I, I JUST WANNA MAKE ONE COMMENT ABOUT THE FLU SHOTS.

UM, I APPRECIATE REALLY THE, THE EFFORTS THAT YOU AND OUR PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT GENERALLY HAVE MADE OVER THOSE LAST WEEKS ABOUT ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO GO GET THEIR FLU SHOTS.

I KNOW IN MY HOUSEHOLD, THEY ASKED, WHY ARE WE, WHY ARE WE GOING TO GET FLU SHOTS WHEN WE'RE NOT REAPING THE HOUSE ALL THAT MUCH RIGHT NOW, I'M NOT GOING TO SCHOOL.

AND WE TALKED ABOUT IT, YOU KNOW HOW THIS, THIS IS REALLY THE TIME TO DO IT.

UM, NO FAMILY, EVEN IF, EVEN IF THEY'RE IN THE FORTUNATE POSITION TO BE ABLE TO WORK FROM HOME AND ATTEND SCHOOL FROM HOME RIGHT NOW, UM, NOPE.

WHAT YOU CAN SEE THERE IS, AND THAT'S WHAT WE SHOT.

SO THANKS VERY MUCH FOR GETTING OR CONTINUING TO GET THAT MESSAGE ACROSS THAT COMMUNITY.

THAT EVEN THOUGH, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE LESS SOCIAL INTERACTION IN OUR SCHOOLS, AREN'T OPEN UP AT A HUNDRED.

IT'S STILL REALLY THE TIME RIGHT NOW TO GET THOSE GOOD SHOTS.

THANK YOU, DR.

ASCOT, I RECALL THAT THAT FLU SHOT IS BEING RECOMMENDED FOR EVERYONE OVER SIX MONTHS OF AGE.

IS THAT RIGHT? THAT'S CORRECT.

MAYOR, EVEN, EVEN SOME OF THE YOUNGEST AMONG US, A GREAT FAMILY BONDING ACTIVITY, BUT AGAIN, THAT'S RIGHT.

THEY CAN GO GET FLU SHOTS, A COUNCIL MEMBER KASAR THANKS.

UM, SO I REALLY APPRECIATE THE, THE HIGH RISK WORKER MEMO AND STRATEGY KICKING OFF, UH, DIRECTOR HAYDEN.

DO WE KNOW LEN MOORE? WHAT DATES MORE OR LESS THAT THAT ALL GOES ACTIVE.

OKAY.

UM, IT, IT SHOULD BE ACTIVE NOW, UM, DOUBLE CHECK WITH STAFF, BUT IT SHOULD BE ACTIVE NOW.

UM, WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ADDED THE CALL CENTER COMPONENT AND THE OUTREACH, UM, COMPONENT, UM, WITH THOSE TWO VENDORS, UM, BECAUSE THAT REALLY HELPS, UM, WORK AS DEFENSE REALLY FOCUSED ON IN THOSE ALMOST FOUR AREAS, UH, PROVIDING THAT DIRECT ASSISTANCE AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

NO, I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE, WE KEEP HEARING FROM FOLKS THAT HAVE HAD COVID AND THAT ARE REALLY STRUGGLING.

AND SO THIS IS REALLY HELPFUL, UH, UH, DR.

ASCOT ON, ON THE HOSPITAL, ON THE HOSPITALIZATIONS BY RACE AND ETHNICITY, IT SEEMS LIKE THE MOST DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT WHILE THERE IS A REALLY DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT TO THE LATINO COMMUNITY.

THE MOST DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT IN HOSPITALIZATIONS NOW SEEMS TO BE AN, OUR AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY, BUT THEN ON POSITIVITY RATES, IT SEEMS THAT THE HIGHEST DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT IS IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY.

WHAT TAKEAWAYS SHOULD WE HAVE, UM, GIVEN THOSE TWO FACTS, COUNSELING, BRIAN, I THINK THAT THE TAKEAWAY IS THAT W WE'VE GOT TO ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS IN OUR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.

WE'VE GOT TO ADDRESS ACCESS TO CARE.

WE'VE GOT TO ADDRESS THE SOCIAL DETERMINES OF HEALTH,