July 7, 2020
This morning, I joined Mark Davis to discuss the latest with COVID-19 and what this fall might look like.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the third combination diagnostic test that will help differentiate between flu and COVID-19 viruses in individuals, in order to help health care providers prepare for the upcoming flu season amidst the pandemic.
The Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) and Department of Defense (DOD)announced a $1.6 billion agreement with Novavax, Inc.to fund manufacturing of the company’s COVID-19 investigational vaccine, thereby purchasing 100 million doses to be distributed as part of a clinical trail or a vaccine campaign.
Last week, Governor Abbott issued an executive order requiring Texans in counties with more than 20 cases of COVID-19 to wear face coverings in public places. He also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the authority to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people.
Texas hospitals are encouraged to continue planning to facilitate surge capacity as Texas experiences increasing COVID-19 case counts.
- The Texas Hospital Association has a waiver tracker proactively monitoring the necessary waivers and flexibilities required to extend capacity.
Dallas County saw a 16 percent increase in hospitalizations yesterday.
The Texas Hospital Association published a one-pager with strategies to help health care workers manage stress and cope with COVID-19 as hospitalizations continue to rise and hospitals are expanding capacity.
Until next time, this is your doctor's note.
Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D.