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Daily Briefing, March 13, 2020

Daily Briefings

We are continuing to implement our procedures for screening all team members and essential care providers. The process is going smoothly.

Our goal is to mitigate the impact – to flatten the curve. [see graph below]

We have setup an email and phone number for questions and have assigned staff to triage and respond. 

Last night, the Mayor of Dallas, Eric Johnson declared Dallas a local disaster area

  • Dallas County Health officials met with churches and asked that they consider alternative service options instead of public gatherings
  • They have asked that all people severely limit social interaction and all events of 500 or more have been cancelled
  • Up to now, our confirmed cases in Dallas have been individuals who have traveled to Dallas from another location. We now have a case of non-travel/community to community spread which has elevated concern

Governor Abbott has declared Texas a state disaster area

  • All state resources have been redirected to COVID including personnel
  • As of today, 39 confirmed cases in Texas
  • 220 have been tested
  • And 75 are being tested as we speak
  • The state has setup a website for information –
  • State protocols for testing
    • Currently have the capacity to test 270/day; additional labs are coming online next week
    • Testing priorities have been set for individuals in high risk
    • There has been a change in CDC protocols which is allowing testing to be done quicker
    • First drive through testing facility came online in San Antonio with the goal of having one in Dallas by next week
  • How to be tested
    • If you experience the symptoms – cough, fever of 100.4, new shortness of breath – notify one of us immediately
    • We will notify the public health department to administer the test 
  • The governor is working with area insurances to provide telemedicine 
  • Call 211 to find low cost or no cost providers in the area