Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response

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Call to Order & Welcome Remarks - DSHS Commissioner John Hellerstedt, M.D. A quorum was present. Approval of Meeting Minutes from June 29, 2021 - Task Force Members. The minutes were approved as written. COVID-19 Situation Update - DSHS Commissioner John Hellerstedt, M.D. As of September 20, 2021 There has been a decline in hospitalizations in the past couple of weeks. Total Cases: 3,283,785 7-day average for new daily cases is decreasing Current Hospitalizations: 11,710 (trending down) Total Fatalities: 60,832 7-day average of new fatalities is slowly decreasing Molecular Positivity Rate: 15.65% DSHS Roles during the Pandemic Coordinate state and local public health efforts. Deploy medical staffing to hospitals, nursing facilities, and other healthcare entities. Source and allocate therapeutics, medical supplies, and personal protective equipment. Maintain public awareness and knowledge through multi-media platforms. Pr

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