tv Health Commission SFGTV January 9, 2022 2:00pm-4:31pm PST
the role. commissioner bernal's on his way. [roll call] >> clerk: commissioner giraudo will read the land acknowledgement commissioner the san francisco health commission acknowledges that we are on the unceded ancestral homeland of the ramaytush ohlone who are the original inhabitants of the san francisco peninsula. as the indigenous stewards of this land, and in accordance with their traditions, the ramaytush ohlone have never ceded, lost, nor forgotten their responsibilities as the caretakers of this place, as well as for all peoples who reside in their traditional
territory. as guests, we recognize that we benefit from living and working on their traditional homeland. we wish to pay our respects by acknowledging the ancestors, elders, and rrlts of the ramaytush ohlone community and by affirming their sovereign rights as first peoples. >> thank you. >> commissioner: so the next item on the agenda is recognizing the disparjing. >> clerk: commissioners, this item was introduced to you on december 7th. today is your vote on the item. i'll read the resolution. whereas the health commission acknowledges the disproportionate health disparities faced by the native americans and higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, aids, prema sure death, domestic violence, and other violence
exposure. stress related illness and depression illness and suicide as well as a disproportionate morbidity and mortality due to the covid-19 pandemic. and whereas the health commission acknowledges that the native americans may face one or more systemic barriers including unstable or lack of housing, food insecurity and limit to access to culturally sensitive cultures. whereas the health commission acknowledges the health data contains significant data gaps on american indian and alaska native race and underreporting on american indian and is a native carriers. rendering to fully identify the disproportionate health disparities and whereas the health commission recognizes it has not been proportional to
based by the american native indian. the san francisco human rights commission published a report in 2011 titled discrimination by admission an issue for native americans in san francisco detailing the ways in which american indian communities experiencing disparities in san francisco. and process which was guided by members of the local ingd yan ask meaningful ongoing partnerships alaska native organizations slash tribal members to identify and understand their public health needs and develop a set of public health priorities and be it further resolved, the health commission recommends the san francisco department of public health including accurate and
african american health data and health impacts and public reporting where possible. and the health commission directs the san francisco department of health to add a footnote to any presentation or report that includes race and/or ethnicity presented to the health commission explaining a lack of data for specific communities to ensure no community experience is being visible and be it further resolved, the health commission directs the san francisco department of public health to work with local american indians and community tribal members to identify recommendations to address these health disparities including presenting to the health commission within six months. >> thank you for reading the resolution. motion to approve an order before we go to public comment.
>> director: yes, sir. >> president: do we have a motion? >> commissioner: motion to approve the resolution. >> commissioner: second. >> president: all right. can we go to public comment, again, star three. before we begin, i have something to read. for each agenda item, members of the public will have an opportunity to make comment for up to two minutes. the public comment process is designed for feedback. however, the process does not allow questions to be answered in the meeting. the commissioners do consider comments for members of the public when discussing items and making a request to d.p.h. so we'll start with you, caller. i've put two minutes on the clock and please let us know that you're there. >> caller: hi. good evening everyone.
excuse me. i'm the executive director or rfrlt american indian corporal district. and i just wanted to express my support for this item and just express the importance of this for the department of public health and the commissioners for their work. as many of you may or may not know, it's been highlighted in the reports for the last few years. lowest income rates in the city and unfortunately we haven't seen this requested in our policy changes with our different organizations throughout the year. just wanted to call and stress the importance of this resolution and thank those that have stepped up and agreed to a significance of working on it and i hope this is a step in the right direction working with the native american organization and the funding distribution and the policies are also accurately including americans in their data. so i just wanted to say thank
you. >> director: thank you so much for your comments. next caller, are you there. >> caller: hello. this is michael petrellis calling and regarding this item, the resolution addressing health disparities of the local american indian communities. i am calling in to speak in favor of this resolution and i hope this is resolution passes unanimously. >> thank you for your comments. next caller, please let us know that you're there. >> hi, good afternoon. my name's mary travis ellen and i'm the advisory board president for the american indian cultural district. i'm calling to ask for your support in passing this resolution and not leave it just as words on paper. it is a commitment. it is a modern day promise and
treaty that will commit this commission and san francisco to address all the health disparities that have occurred in the past. in the interest of equity, we have so many concerns that need to be addressed and have not been addressed by this city. so i'm asking for your support in favor of this resolution. thank you. >> director: thank you very much for your comments. next caller, please let us know that you're there. april mcgill, are you there? >> caller: yes. good afternoon, commission. my name is april mcgill. i'm one of the cofounders of the american indian cultural district and i just wanted to
also say thank you commission for supporting this resolution. it's really important to the american indian community to make sure that the health disparities that our people have been facing for decades is not forgotten and that we include those statistics in this work. i also would like to thank all of those organizations such as the california consortium for indian health, native american health, and just all the other boards who've worked so hard to make sure they create visibility for the native american community. thank you very much and i appreciate all of your support. >> director: thank you for your comments. i believe we've got one more commissioners. please let us know that you're
there. >> caller: i just want to thank the commission for your support on this resolution and equitable words of ms. mcgill in regards to really focusing on having accurate data for our community. so often, we're invisible or we have been termed what is the asterisk nation and so i just really appreciate the city and commission's attention to this matter so that we can work to improve the health of american indians and alaska natives in san francisco and really throughout the state. thank you. >> director: thank you so much. commissioners, that is the last hand that i see. thank you all for your comments. >> president bernal: thank you, secretary morewitz. we will now go to commissioner
comments. in developing this resolution. commissioner chung. >> commissioner chung: thank you, commissioner bernal. i believe i was absent from that meeting and i feel terrible that i wasn't there because the actual human rights commission report was doing my ten year as the health and human rights commission and i was one of the commissioners presided at the hearings for the report. and so it is heartening for me to see that we are finally really like addressing some of the issues highlighted in the report especially around disparities. i've said before there were two
american indian health organizations and, you know, because of funding and, you know, other reasons, you know, one of them had to close the door. so hopefully, you know, this would help prevent, you know, any of these kinds of situations ever happen again and to make sure that we give our support to the native communities. >> president bernal: thank you, commissioner chung. commissioner chow. >> commissioner chow: yes. thank you. i wanted to thank the native american communities for coming together with the department to work out this resolution. i know at the time that we spoke about it that there was need to bring together community input and i think that we're very satisfied that this has occurred and we can look forward to our cooperative relationship in order to address these needs.
it was interesting that yesterday, usa today on a national level carried another article on the native americans and the challenges they were facing not only with omicron, but overall in terms of indian health. and so i'm very pleased and privileged that this commission will be able to address this locally and i encourage the support of all of our commission. >> president bernal: thank you, commissioner chow. commissioners, do we have any other questions or comments before we move to a roll call vote? all right. seeing none. of thank you to the members of our community working with secretary mark morewitz and your ongoing work with the department to ensure san francisco's american indian communities are supported and that their health is addressed by the work that is done here
in the department. thank you also to director colfax and the leadership of the department for your work in this area and we can move on to a roll call vote. >> secretary: [roll call] all right. the item passes. thank you all. >> president bernal: the next item is the approval of the minutes of the health commission meeting of december 7th, 2021. do we have a motion to approve? >> commissioner: so moved. >> commissioner: second. >> president bernal: any public comment? >> secretary: sure. folks on the line who would like to make a comment, please
press star three now. please let us know you're there, caller. >> caller: hello. this is michael petrellis again and i want to discuss the minutes from december 21st and what's missing. while there is information about the latest developments with covid-19 and the variants, there's nothing in these minutes indicating that you all discussed mailing everyone in san francisco both the home test and a so we can get better
epidemiology and i think that san francisco which prides itself on being the first in so many public health issues that's all i wish to say about the minutes from last month. >> secretary: thank you for your comments. >> president bernal: any other public comment? >> secretary: none that i see. >> president bernal: all right. we can then move to a roll call vote. >> secretary: all right. [roll call]
the item passes. thank you. >> president bernal: all right. our next item on the agenda is our director's report. director of health, dr. grant colfax. >> director: thank you, president bernal. you have the director's report in front of you. there is quite a bit about covid and covid updates. so i encourage you to read that. i've also provided that in my covid update. i do want to call your attention to another emergency issue that we are working hard on with other city departments. this is being led by the department of emergency management. but on december 23rd, the board of supervisors voted to approve mayor breed's state of emergency declaration in the tenderloin. this state of emergency focuses on the very high rates of drug
overdose in the tenderloin and we are working under the leadership of the department of emergency management to do everything that we can do to mitigate and prevent as many deaths due to drug overdose as possible. this includes establishing a service center where people will be able to go to avail themselves of city services including behavioral health services, behavioral health treatment. the team is working very hard on that and we expect this to be up relatively soon. this was announced today that the building was leased for this purpose. lots of work going on covid related and then also related to the very serious situation in the tenderloin. that's my director's report summary. i'm happy to take any questions from the commissioners. president bernal, you're on
mute. >> president bernal: you're on, don't listen. no. i was on mute. secretary morewitz, before we go to questions is there any public comment on this item? >> secretary: i don't see any hands. i see no public comment. >> president bernal: okay. commissioners, any questions or comments before we move into the covid-19 update? i don't see any. >> secretary: actually, i'm sorry. it looks like a caller put their hand down and back up. it looks like that person wants to speak. is that okay, president bernal? >> president bernal: yes. of course. >> secretary: please let us know if you're there, caller. >> caller: hi. it's michael petrellis again.
so i am disappointed that dr. colfax, you are not raising the issue in your report about mailing everyone in san francisco a covid test. in washington, d.c., about a week and a half ago, mayor muriel bowser found city money to begin distributing covid-19 tests through public libraries, recreational centers, and d.c. government buildings. while that is not what i would like to see here, it still is a terrific development for public health that the d.c. government is making the covid test so widely available for free and
all of their government buildings. i think you should consider this, dr. colfax in addition to making the n95 masks available everywhere at san francisco government buildings and the home test. i don't think as year three of the covid pandemic begins here that we're in a good situation because there is no discussion at this point ability mailing the tests and making them more widely available. thank you. >> secretary: that's the only public comment, commissioners. >> commissioners, any comments or questions before we move on to the covid-19 update. okay. i do not see anyone. so back to director of health, dr. grant colfax. >> director: thank you, commissioner. thank you, president bernal. and i think we'll go into the
covid update with presentation as that comes up. thank you mckayla. so thank you, commissioners. let's just go right into the slide. we're having an unprecedented surge you can see here on the far right of the slide that curve. it's basically a line going up with cases now approaching 100,000. we haven't seen the likes of this before and these are data looking at the data just over the next couple of days. i fully expect the number to go above 100.
so we are in the midst of a surge like we've never seen before. the other thing that's important to emphasize is while our vaccines and particularly the boosters are extremely protective. the vaccines are not working as well as you can see from this slide, our case rates by vaccination status here, the vaccines and the boosters still are somewhat protective. you can see our case rate here is 82.5 per 100,000 people who received our booster. 120,000 for people who received our initial series but are not up to date. in other words, have not received a booster and for unvaccinated, that rate remains even higher at 133.1 per
100,000 cases. the bottom line is unlike prior surgeries, we're going to see a lot more people who are fully vax -- who have received our initial series of vaccine and who are up to date on the vaccine and have received the booster. they are still at very high risk now for getting covid-19. the bottom line, however, is particularly people who receive a booster, the odds of being hospitalized due to covid-19 are tremendously reduced. so getting those -- that initial vaccine series into arms and getting that booster is more important than ever before because as far as transmission is concerned, all san franciscans are at greater risk than ever before. so this is looking at our covid hospitalization numbers over the past two years. and you can see here that our
-- i'm sorry over about the last year. starting in october of 2022. you can see our hospitalizations are on the far right. we have just over 100 people with covid-19 in the hospital. that is approaching our summer 2021 surge with delta and then still lower than our alpha surge. i also want to point out that that all important metric of hospital capacity, you can see here that we still have good hospital capacity in terms of number of beds across the city. our i.c.u. capacity is 41.8% of beds are available. in remaining noni.c.u. capacities those so-called surgical beds are at 21.5%. at this time, our hospitals from a hospital bed standpoint are not in danger of being overwhelmed. i will say though as you
probably read in the press and heard directly from others, we are having challenges with staffing levels to some degree and just to provide some examples, we've had over 250 staff out due to covid-19 infection related issues and at laguna honda hospital, we now have over 70 staff out. this is another challenge that we need to address as we continue to support our health care systems both within the health department and other health care systems across the city. just one other point to make on the side on the far right with the omicron surge, there is a percentage of these cases in the hospital who are hospitalized primarily for other reasons, not covid related. so people coming to the hospital are tested and are covid positive versus people who come into the hospital specifically due to covid-19
related symptoms so based on the data from the zuckerberg hospital so i think this slide is also important to review with automotive of you. this is looking at our covid hospital census on our case rate shown with the blue line and yaxis is the right. and i think what's important here is you see that oicron is
not to the rate of hospitalizations at this time and that's really consistent with a couple of things. our wall of immunity for preventing most serious hospitalizations as well as 81% of san franciscos have received those first initial series of doses. now getting a booster, so up to date on their vaccination. and the other part of the equation here is that it appears that omicron is less likely to cause severe illness compared to delta or alpha. at least what we saw with our winter surge last year, we are doing better related to the case rate overall. but still, we're going to have lots of people become infected
and that's going to translate despite this wall of immunity and despite omicron is still going to result in a large number of hospitalizations due to covid-19. next slide. our test positivity has sharply increased consistent with our case rates here. you can see the number of testing seven-day average. we are at numbers that are unprecedented. 17.1% if you just want to take a moment to provide you with additional testing data that are not fully realized on this side. that takes into account the holidays and i just want to assure the commission that on december 28th, we've reached
our all-time high of testing in the city, across the city but not including over 12,000 tests being done in a single day and our four-day running average that excludes the holidays is now over 11,000 tests being done. d.p.h. is shouldering a large burden of the testing numbers here we've and we are working with other health care systems to encourage them and require them to do more testing. just to remind the commission, the health officer had the health order that requires specifically health care systems to test their clientele
of the request. we've received communication from other health care systems in the city where they are specifically sending their staff and patients to city sites to get tested and this is obviously concerned because we expect per health order require all health care systems to do their part during this unprecedented surge. next slide. in terms of vaccine administration, we again as i already mentioned 81% of the population has completed those initial vaccine series of those eligible, we're at 85% and then our booster numbers still have a way to go here, but i will say we are in a much better place than any other jurisdiction i'm aware of. and you can see here among our
residents 65 and over, those numbers are even higher at 75 and 76% respectively. i also just want to add, this is not on this slide, but among the 5 to 11-year-olds in terms of their vaccination status, we are at nearly 66% of 5 to 11-year-olds now having received one shot and nearly 50% of those 5 to 11-year-olds having received the initial, completed the initial series. next slide. and this is just looking at the booster recipients by age. actually, we're at 55%. so this slide is slightly updated from the last slide. i apologize and i just want to emphasize every bit does count and you can see here by the age breakdown of people receiving a booster, this is reflected and this discrepancy in terms of
the distribution of boosters by age is reflected to some degree by the fact that the boosters were recommended for people of older ages initially. so that's one of the reasons that number's so much higher among 65 and over. we've also been very focused on ensuring that we are reaching residents at high risk for the worst outcomes due to covid and that means focusing on often focusing on older resident including those in our skilled nursing facilities residential care facilities for the elderly and other congregate settings where there are large numbers of older adults. next slide. so just in summary, omicron has replaced delta as the dominant variant. you'll recall in early december, we announced the
first detection of omicron in the united states. clearly, omicron is far more transmissible than delta. so that is positive news, but there is reduced vaccine efficacy for transmission especially without boosting. we are having rapid increases in our numbers. our resident hospital number is increasing rapidly. omicron hospital severity at this time is tracking at about 33% of what we're seeing with similar rates with delta. so, again, it appears to be less severe. this could change, but we are watching this very carefully. at this time, those protections correlate with the peak census that about 250 people in the hospital with covid by later this month. again, that's a testament.
there are wide variation in those numbers, but that gives you ball park figure of where we are thinking we may end up and we're working with our health care systems watching that hospital capacity so carefully and, again, working to address potential staffing shortages and issues there. and then, again, i've said this many times already in this presentation, boosters are so important and increasing boosters now can have a significant impact even this month. there's reasonable scientific evidence that boosters start working quickly after a receipt. so we're encouraging everyone who's eligible to get a booster as quickly as possible and we've been tweeting in real time on a regular basis where people can actually drop it and get boosters. we've expanded our booster availability within the health department and are working with other health care systems to
support increasing booster availability as well. thank you, commissioners, that's my update. happy to take any additional questions. >> president bernal: thank you, director colfax. commissioners, before we go into comments or questions on this item, we need to go to public comment. >> secretary: anyone who would like to make public comment, press star three. caller, you're unmuted. please let us know that you're there. >> caller: hi. this is michael petrellis again. and the issue i am calling about today is the lack of discussion from dr. colfax and the commissioners about mailing everyone in san francisco a home test for covid. we also need to discuss mailing
everyone n95 masks. i don't believe in year three of covid we are going to see it under control if we do not make masks and tests widely available. and we need to follow the example of washington, d.c. where they've made the tests available for free and all municipal government buildings. without widespread testing, i don't think we're going to get accurate epidemiology. and i think it is really worth it to spend the money to mail the masks and the tests everyone in san francisco.
it really needs to be done if we're going to control this pandemic. thank you very much. >> secretary: thank you. >> president bernal: thank you, caller. commissioners, do we have any comments or questions for director colfax. i see vice president green. >> vice president green: first of all, i want to thank you so much and the team as well because you produce statistics in which the state of this pandemic is spreading to get these kinds of up-to-the-minute. i think you deserve high praise for this kind of work and i know which gets to one of two questions i had and it really all relates to the whole question of staffing. i know you have a burden and responsibility to address the pandemic as well as the issues in the tenderloin.
and i think coincidentally with that this is the first time during the pandemic where hospital stats have been decimated by the but also given this whole issue of staffing, are there specific statistics that will trigger things like a remgts in other words, we're in a situation where there is a whole other element of work force issues that we haven't faced up until now in the pandemic. but i wonder if you can just comment in general how you're all holding it together. >> director: thank you, vice president green and i just want to acknowledge the team has
worked extremely hard on this and the number of employees who've been activated to address the covid-19 pandemic were scheduled to go back to their other work december 31st and we had to delay that they're going back to that to their regular jobs because of this. in fact pulled a number of additional d.h.p. employees due to the covid-19 surge. so there's a lot of work in the department that unfortunately will continue to be delayed as we address this issue and i think the commission is well aware of as the city is re-opened and so many other priorities that are not directly related to public health, other departments are working in so many other areas and that this work is now really even more entered at d.p.h. compared to when we had our covid command center where
dph played a major role, but there were many other departments involved. just to assume the general context. i think the team is digging even deeper and working even harder. we have an incredit burglary group of leaders on the ground and i do want to focuses on our congregate settings. all those issues are areas where we are focusing and it is forcing us to prioritize. right now according to staffing, we are in a reasonable place. we do have a number of
challenges usual staffing rates, we're able to maintain those and as i think you know from the state, there's been new guidance about people returning to work after testing positive if they are asymptomatic and if they have a negative test five days after their initial positivity, again, provide their asymptomatic and have a negative test. so that's positive for us in terms of getting people back to work in a safe way. we are actively discussing with the hospital council and watching the hospital bed capacity. i think one of the challenges that we have in the next few weeks in particular as you well know, commissioner green as a practicioner yourself, hospital consensus tends to go down a little bit during the holiday
and that surge team is reviewing the metrics to ensure if there is evidence if we start to run out of hospital bed capacity that steps will be taken to voluntarily or otherwise decrease the elective surgeries across the systems in order to make sure that we have capacity to care for people who are most at need. >> vice president green: thank you. is there a curriculum. this is one of the questions whether there is any calculus or any way you're viewing the percentage of people that are out with sick calls.
>> director: yes. and i think for an example of this, i'll turn to our director of the health network just to share a little bit of detail in terms of how this is looking on a day-to-day basis. >> hi. it's rowland pickins. can you hear me? >> director: yes. >> thank you, dr. colfax and i invite dr. earlich comments also. you're absolutely right, commissioner green. it is a hospital by hospital calculus but i think the common theme is that, you know, we have state ratios particularly in terms of staffing beds and
so all the hospitals are relying upon that and to that extent will operate beds as long as we have the staff and, again, patient safety is the number one goal and so if a hospital were to be in the situation where they thought they wouldn't be able to adequately staff beds, then we have our regional emergency management protocols where we go into the state and all the way up to the feds, we're able to request additional resources. so those maneuvers have been
put on the table in terms of if we find ourselves in that position of some of those preliminary discussions have already begun to happen, but i'm happy to have susan earlich comment. >> sure. thank you. susan earlich executive of san francisco general. this is indeed a uniquely challenging time for us one is there's a time in the winter every year as people get sicker. this year as dr. colfax mentioned, we're challenged a bit more because we have more staff out on leave because, you know, for various reasons. we have quite a number of staff out because they're either sick with covid. they have high risk exposure to somebody who's known to be
covid positive and they're being managed by our occupational health system. and that number of people is approaching 300 right now just at csfg. so with that being said, we have incredibly resilient, persistent and creative teams and the way we're managing that is as follows. first of all, we have entered into a third level orange in our area so we are slightly reducing our common space surgeries. i won't say these are lesser procedures, but they are less urgent than other procedures. and so our number of o.r.s are operating. instead of eight, we're operating seven in a flex room. and we are also reducing procedures in other parts that enables us to take staff in that area specifically in the pacu and rotate them to other
places. for example, the pacu, we have some nurses who are qualified to work in the i.c.u.s. particularly impacted by staffing losses so those nurses can go and work in the i.c.u.s. so that's the kind of thing that we're doing. we are adhering to ratios by reducing the number of beds we have open. so in the emergency department, we don't open all of our beds because we can't staff them. we go on diversion more than we would like to. but we're doing other creative things, but like, you know, if we can open our surge units for a proportion of the day, we will do that in order to augment flow and finally, there is new guidance coming from the cdc that allows people to get back to work faster and we're in the process of implementing that. we don't know exactly how many
people that will impact, but any people we can get back to wow sooner, we will do that so we're in the process of starting that this week. i think that's how we're managing it. you know, we just have an amazing team. they're just doing a remarkable job taking care of people in the community. thank you. >> vice president green: thank you so much. do you think with this wonderful example of how you're managing, are other hospitals in the city following suit? >> you know, we are uniquely impacted with volume at this time. and part of what we're doing is working as dr. colfax mentioned, we're working with the other hospital to see if we can reintroduce the idea of level loading. we did that as you recall back in the first surge. there was a covid unit that opened at st. francis. i'm not sure that we'll do exactly that, but we are
exploring ideas for level loading where we need to. the other thing i didn't mention is we are converting as many to telehealth both in the specialty clinics and primary care and that also helps relieve staff to go and work in other areas like testing for example. >> vice president green: that is wonderful. thank you for this thorough answer. very much appreciated. >> appreciate your support. >> president bernal: thank you. commissioner giraudo. >> commissioner giraudo: thank you. dr. colfax, in your report, you mentioned dr. phillips' concern that some of the health systems are not really doing their part for testing and are sending not only their employees but others who walk in the door, potential patients to be tested at the
d.p.h. testing site. is there anything more that you can do or dr. phillips can do with this so-called concern to get the other health systems to do their part? is there any push or anything that can be done? >> yes. i'll let dr. phillips answer that. i will say we've been reaching out directly to other hospital system leaders to ensure that they have insight into the situation to work with them to collectively problem solve around this issue.
this so we're working with them but we're going to see unprecedented demand and quite frankly d.p.h. is carrying a huge burden here. however, whenever we can, but we are really calling upon other health care systems to do their part different health care systems are a different change in that regard. others it's not clear at this time what their plans are to do that and i will turn it over to dr. phillip as our we have been
in communication for some time that the order has been in place that they provide testing to their patients on request within 24 hours. so we recognize it's been a challenge during a so we have some evidence. we're following up with a letter from the health officer reminding them of the health order and we do want to continue to work together in a.
>> president bernal: all right. thank you, doctor. >> commissioner giraudo: thank you. because it was my own employees who needed testing. so just to note if there was any other push, but i understand it needs to be constructive. as much as possible. but thank you very much, dr. phillips. >> president bernal: thank you, commissioner giraudo. commissioner chow. >> commissioner chow: yes. thank you, president bernal and dr. colfax for actually an amazing response to this rapid surge as you said. i was wondering if there was any forecast or a lot of forecast in the papers from
maybe experience in other countries how we might feel in terms of and what you're playing for in terms of the length of this particular surge and i guess secondly, i am interested as i've been trying to read through the what we are actually asking for when we say fully vaccinated versus up to date vaccination. there are areas that are requiring the booster for example. i think kind of in lieu of what's going to be started to implement that. so i just wanted to understand a little better and thirdly in regards to the schools and i know that has been a continued challenge and i'm glad to hear we're all working together to try to keep the schools in
operation. it does talk about rapid testing. i think the concept of some people that we've heard about sending tests to homes only gives you one test or two at the most for each kid. here, we're talking about actually testing more frequently for example in schools. so i'm not sure how we are cooperating or working with the school district or encouraging them to be sure to follow the guidelines. so those are my three questions. >> thank you, dr. chow, and i'm also going to ask our health officer and page director susan phillips, but just to go through a couple of your questions in terms of projecting about where this -- how this surge will go,
obviously, this pandemic has humbled us on any future predictions about disease patterns. but i will say that most experts i've talked to looking at those international, national, and local situations believe based on increasingly based on data and to some degree on modelling to a lesser degree on speculation. this surge will be very steep and fast because this is such an infectious virus it will go through populations very quickly. we've seen that in south africa for instance that may already be in the u.k. locally using the models by dr. maya peterson who you know we've been working with since the beginning of this pandemic.
our projections show that locally our hospitalizations will peak sometime later this month, like this month followed by a relatively steep decline going into february. so, again, the actual data is still being generated obviously as we move into that future, but so far, the limited relatively is tracking with that projection. so it's a long answer. but the point is it's going to be an intense surge that will peak relatively quickly and dissipate relatively quickly if those models hold. i did want to touch on the rapid testing question that you brought up and just to emphasize that we are working
all possibilities for pulling out more testing kits. rapid testing kits, home testing kits as you know and we're doing everything we can to avail ourselves of an adequate supply of home testing kits to use in very specific situations to protect the most vulnerable. there's a national shortage. the supply chains are very irregular and in some ways nonsense cal there are places where they receive home test kits in large numbers and there are other places where home test kits have not showed up. we have ordered tens of thousands of home which really
is a week from now and that can shift by the hour two more weeks to three more weeks. we're also cautiously optimistic. we are literally purchasing these kits. we don't have any additional information on the 500 million test kits will be coming and how they'll be distributed. so we're working on three levels. one is we're talking to the state and working to see when they may be able to and then again waiting on the state, on the federal it is a national shortage. we are ready to deploy these materials and there has been a lot of work with the school district both in terms of figuring out how to deploy
rapid testing if and when it can be scaled up as well as additional testing. so i'm going to let dr. phillip answer that question. respond to that question. >> yeah. this is a top priority for all of us in this city at d.p.h. and sfusd and schools across the city and for families. so that is a key focus. we've put out our strong statements that despite the number of cases in omicron, the previous efforts and preventtive measures in schools have allowed schools to be open during our prior surges and we believe that that can happen again. testing is a component of this, but so are masks and ventilation and all of the core prevention strategies for covid-19 and those have to continue. so the schools have their own testing contracts and they are
positioned and situated to best work for their needs for their students if their families at sfusd in particular. the state is additionally sending rapid test kits and people may have heard of other jurisdictions and school counties that have distributed those kits. because of the recent severe winter weather throughout california, the state had announced that some of the supplies had been delayed and we are understanding that in san francisco those kits are arriving in the next day or so and will be distributed by sfusd. they also have other opportunities for home test kits through the contracts that they have now. so we're continuing to work with school partners as we have done since the beginning of the pandemic. we have a school's team that's just focused on assisting schools as much as possible and that team continues to meet with and talk with not just
sfusd, but all schools across the city. so that is what we have in place right now. we continue again to look for all opportunities to assist and continue to make sure that the city wide resources are also available and as we scale up testing, we know that will be to the benefit of students and families as well. i also wanted to ask a question about up-to-date vaccinations and what that means. this is a new term that we have in our most recent health order and rather than saying a person is fully vaccinated, this is really an acknowledgement that now we're talking about are you up to date. so that means you've gotten your primary vaccine and that also gets tricky because just this week, we're hearing at the
interval the boosters has decreased by the fda and cdc from six months to five months after an mrna vaccine. so that is what up-to-date means. we have not made that a requirement in most general settings. the exception to that is going to be in indoor megaevents which previous have been a 1,000 people or more in a venue and the state has revised its definition to be 500 people or more. in those settings starting on february 1st, everyone who attends will need to be up to date on their vaccination and their staff as well. we also said in high risk settings, has been done since the beginning of the pandemic. nurses facilities all must be up to date on their vaccinations by february 1st, but that we are encouraging and urging people to do that as
much as possible. >> this is a moving target. i understand the up to date definition now and i think dr. colfax and the entire department has been remarkable in one that we should be very pleased to be able to support. so thank you. >> thank you. commissioner chow. commissioner guillermo. >> commissioner guillermo: thank you. and i really appreciate all of the answers to the questions so far and the thoroughness in the details. i appreciate that again in advance. one has to do with sort of a followup to rapid testing. knowing that there's a lack of
availability of the home testing kits i'm wondering what impact that's going to have the data collection efforts around covid knowing that there are going to be more and more people who are just going to be self-testing at home and they won't be reported to the health department or to their provider and whether there's a sense of how impactful that lack of information is going to be and our ability to respond as a city. and then the second question has to do with contact tracing knowing that it was difficult to do to begin with when we first were impacted by covid and the surges, but with omicron even more so and i'm just wondering if we have an update on the contact tracing efforts that have been put into
place or whether there is, you know, with the difficulty is at this point given this surge and the state that we're in. >> director: thank you, commissioner guillermo. i will attempt to address the testing and rapid diagnosis questions. i'll let her provide an answer to that question. but going to the rapid test kits where people will be testing and whether they test negative or positive, there's no formal way for them to record and there's no requirement. i think it really calls into focus the fact that going forward with the surge and like with future surges, we need to really focus on the number of
people hospitalized to ensure that we're able to take care of the people who are most sick with covid-19. i think increasingly, the absolute numbers of covid-19 infections, the specific rate is less important than the change in that rate and whether that rate is going up with what i would call conventional testing. you know, a week or two weeks later. but those actual specific numbers are more matter more i would say qualitatively than quantitatively going forward. as you see in the slides that i showed earlier, the rate of infection is high. the percentage of that is lower than we've seen before which is really good news. that being said, i mean, we have talks with the data team
and to some extent the state, what are systems that could potentially be put into place. there are some counties that have piloted voluntary reporting of positive test results from home test kits. i think that that's a creative way of testing this but it also could adds additional challenges. if you only have people testing positive reportings of that don't have your rate because everybody is testing negative would necessarily report in those situations. i think overall until we get many more and those should be leading indicators and should
not in any way from trying to get as many of those home test kits out to people as quickly as possible particularly with regard to being used in a rapid diagnosis and also based on state and local guidelines being able to return back to work and other activities if you test negative. i hope that gives you the specificity to the answer you hope to receive. >> before we go to dr. phillips, just wondering then again about messaging, you know, around the importance of testing overall versus testing when you have symptoms. and so that's something it's probably not a good around that messaging right now, but it is something that i think it would
be important for us as the health department to be very aware of and to be prepared to communicate with the public around that issue. >> director: thank you, commissioner. the thank you for reinforcing that and we have reenforced the importance of testing. and obviously people who have symptoms. but also to test with regard to travel history to consider testing when people are going to be around particularly vulnerable populations or people who are unvaccinated and those are recommendations that are on our website and we are reenforcing the recommendations of the state and cdc in those regards as well. dr. phillips, if you could answer commissioner guillermo's question about the contact tracing update. >> yeah. certainly. commissioner, thank you very
much for the question. it is not feasible to contact all of those people and that indicates for some time with having hundreds of cases, but what we have done since the beginning of the pandemic and what we continue to do is try and optimize the information that we can provide to people so that they know how to isolate or quarantine safely. everyone does get an auto mated message and they are told, you know, if you need additional support in order to do isolation quarantine, they can call our support center. we do continue to have a covid support group that are experts at telling people and giving people information about resources and about ways in which they can isolate and quarantine safely in their own homes and residences. so that is really the focus in trying to make sure that people know what is -- what we need to
have them do and that they have people that they can talk to and ask questions of if needed as this comes up. but more and more, this is something that people are doing in their own homes or needing to do on their own with support and information about how to do that safely. >> thank you. i appreciate that. this is sort of a reminder for the public that there are resources on the department's website, you know, instructions, guidelines, you know, all kinds of things that people can go to versus going to other sources on the internet that may not have good, accurate, scientific based information and so i appreciate that you've reminded us that we are on, you know, a number of the questions that we've been asked, that have been asked, that the department has definitive information with is up to date as possible and
that there are resources for us. thank you. >> thank you. and we'll continue to make those as clear and accessible and remind people via social media and other ways so that will be front of mind for people as they need that information. thank you. >> president bernal: thank you, dr. phillips, commissioner guillermo, and director colfax. i do not see any other comments or questions from commissioners. i did want to just go back to your presentation, director colfax and acknowledge that you showed we've been through two fall years and almost entering our third year and given this third peak that looks to be steeper than any. it's clear how much strain this has placed on the entire department to our program attic staff. our leadership and just want to acknowledge all of their hard work and everything they've
been through over the past two years and just thank them for their perseverance and just acknowledge how hard they've been working and know that the commission stands fully behind them in support of them and of you and your team as well, director colfax. >> director: thank you, commissioner. thank you, commissioners. >> president bernal: all right. we're moving on to our next item which is general public comment. >> secretary: hi, folks on the line, anyone who would like to make a comment. at this time, members of the public may address the commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the commission that are not on this meeting agenda. the brown act forbids a commission from taking action
or discussing any item not appearing on the posted agenda, including those items raised at public comment. >> caller: mark just said that this is general public comment for items that are not on the agenda and as you have heard me say previously during this meeting what's not on your agenda is making tests and n95 masks more widely available. i have not heard anything and it's not been on your agenda about mailing everyone in san francisco a home testing kit. however, we're all going to be getting ballots in the mail and i just think it's very interesting that the politicians are taking elections as they should. but they need to expand their agenda and allocate to mail
those tests to everyone in the city, especially in those areas where you're seeing the increases happening. you also need to start mailing the masks to everyone. i don't believe that there is a shortage comparable to the covid tests. so why aren't the masks being distributed at the libraries, at police stations, at fire stations. i think san francisco has to examine why you are not discussing at this point the dawn of year three of this pandemic. you're not even discussing mailing the tests and the masks to folks or making them available at municipal buildings. i hope you have heard what i have said several times during this meeting and that you soon put these items on your future
agendas. thank you. >> secretary: thank you for your comments. that's the only public comment that we have, commissioners personal thank you, caller. we will move on to our next item which is an action item, a resolution making findings to allow teleconference meetings under california government code section s4953e. as we've done every month now, the health commission considers passive resolution to give it and all of its sub committees including the jccs to meet remotely for the next 30 days. so approval is requested on this. commissioners, you have seen this resolution before, so i think there's no need to read it through. do we have a motion to approve? >> commissioner: i move to approve the resolution. >> commissioner: i second. >> president bernal: secretary morewitz, do we have any public comment on this item?
>> secretary: folks on the line please press star three now if you wish to make public comment. i see no hands, commissioners. roll call vote? >> president bernal: yes, please. >> secretary: [roll call] thank you. the item passes. >> president bernal: great. thank you, commissioners. our next item is an action item. we have stella clou who is the dph manager of care. >> secretary: i believe jenn louie is also.
>> we're establishing a process to address the backlog. this is a legal process consistent with california state law and this is all in conjunction with the city attorney, the mayor, controller, as well as the tax collector. i do want to reiterate that our goal is always to maximize the use and we hope that our work on this process we're able to increase the number of active accounts. but the actual zones. this is a process of last
resort. can't leave unclaimed funds in the program. with that, i'd like to turn it over to stella chou. >> it looks great. >> thank you. happy new year. my name is stella chou. so thank you for the introduction. we will also touch base on information about the sf auction program as well as the in-treatment process. we'll look at what we need for
the program. followed by we will be sharing our communication and our plan prior to our initial shipment in calendar year 2025. and after that, we will also provide a summary of program changes if the shipment policy is approved and implemented followed by our plan exit staff and the q&a section. our objective today this sf city auction shipment policy has been approved by the health commission's finance and planning committee on december 7th. and today we are here to ask the commission to approve this and allow us to move forward with the implementation. the issue here is that the
department's goal has been to ensure the program participants can maximize the use of the benefits. in june last year, the health commission approved the sf co to make the program easier for the employees to access. under that program approved by the health commission, we are implementing multiple projects to achieve our goals. in addition to that, the program also has a backlog of accounts and contributions that have been inactive for multiple years. as a result, we're here to propose continuing this project under the sfco communication
projects to improve the utilization of the project and we ask the health commission to approve when eligible to inactive program funds based on the state and the city's current shipment process. a little bit background on the city auction program. the board of supervisors in 2006 approved the health care security ordnance which created the san francisco city program. launched the sf city auction program as one way for employers to meet the employers spending pilot we also contracted san francisco health
plans to the program including managing the sf medical reimbursement account referred to as sf benefits and also managing the poor accounts where contributions are initially deposited before they move to the accounts. in june last year, the simplification program was approved to increase the utilization and employee engagement through three mechanisms including the simplified wellness process. why all this again, they are under this project, they are all under way.
this problem always has some level of account as the program grows. just to share with you what are we doing currently in terms of communication and knowledge and data projects. one of them is to renting our program website. we are also replacing our existing logo to increase employee trust in the program. we are also rewriting the all employee materials to the 8th grade level. this is all under way and also learning from one of our pilots in 2021 call healthy airport pilot. we learned that the employers warranted highly influential in terms of optimized enrollment of the employees.
so our plan is to further expand these employer pilots this year for employers that with large numbers of employees that have not set up their account. as part of this data project, we've also contracted with transunion to perform auto mated and searches for updated employee information. so what is the. it can be transferred to the local agency after a period of three years. and the city can have such process already if managed through the treasurer and tax collector's office and it's governed by the state law as well. and in the last i would say
year also, they've been meeting with the mayor's office, the controllers, city attorney, through draft policies to draft this policy in process to initiate a new fund in this program. why do we need to initiate? back in 2015, the health commission approved and deactivation policy for the sfmra and the activation policy only deals with the this
office. and, again, the city has been implementing this shipment process for various programs. and because, you know, we established this program in 2008 and it's been 18 years. so we have an unusual large sum of money that's that has been inactive for over three years. so it's about $104 million which we present about 7.6 of the total percentage ever. our future projections will be about $36 million annually which means that 90% of the employer contribution funds are
going back to the employees. but we can do to a budget drop. next, i would like to share our plans before the initial shipment happens. our communication and outreach lan to further reach out to this next town. if this policy is approved by the commissioners our plan is to stop the outreach plan in april april. so we will implement this policy starting in july and urge them to activate the account. and counting gym, the three
year period required by law will start to kick in and during that three years, our plan is to conduct an additional and more consistent and targeted notification and outreach to the employer and employees and our detail of what plans need to be out in the next few months and after that, three years of that period, if it's still inactive after all these outreach efforts, we will follow the state laws, we'll follow the city's shipment process and notify the city that the city will now issue the funds unless they, you know, within the statuary period which is within 45 to 60 days. we will also do any
publications in the newspaper as required by law to make sure that we get that information out and that's when the fund will be instituted in the general fund. that's the time line we are seeing. so now let's look at a summary of changes if this policy is approved and implemented. hoping for your contribution. once we implement this new policy, the city will hold all the employer contributions. as of today, the health plan pays all claims and other program costs directly and after the new policy is
implemented instead of an. >> and lastly, we mentioned the two pool funds. we have an activation policy in place, but the unassigned pool accounts which was started in 2016 which would have no policy to address it's activated. so we whether follow the same shipment process. if the department will continue to work with other city
agencies and san francisco health plan to implement policies in the next few months and next in the again, starting in april, we will increase our outreach and community efforts from april to june and then throughout the three years. we will also need to implement the existing city policy within the city program. and in order to enable the san francisco health plan like it does now. we will need to set up the new bank account and set up a process to do this day-to-day activities. and we will need to review all
and notifying all employees. in the next few months, our plan is to come back to the health commissioners and and today as the health commission approves this policy to start to implement shipment policy we also have alice from the finance department and we have the san francisco health plan representatives who are here to answer any questions you may
have. as not requested, i will stop sharing so we can see our faces better. >> secretary: commissioners, i will check for public comment. first on the line, if you'd like to make a comment, please press star 3 now. >> fishs, any questions or comments before we move on to the next item. commissioner green. >> vice president green: thank you for the elaboration of information.
it helps clarify this a great. i'm wondering if you can answer a few questions that i have. from your answer, it sounds like the office of labor is responsible and i wonder if you can comment on two things. first of all, you know, how that will unfold as you produce these materials which should be much more understandable than they were in the past, how that will unfold and the other question i have if you've apparently been using transunion for awhile. we still have $104 million that hasn't been claimed and if i read correctly, if someone contributes funds in 2008 and passed away in 2011, if you did find family members, it would
be too late for them to tap into the funds. people may not have been as clear in the past and i'm wondering whether everyone has confidence that we're doing what we can to reach out. >> first, i will take the question on the office of labor standards enforcement and then i'll give the rest of the. >> once this policy is approved by the to understand what changes we need to make and based on last year, we know that's critical if we want to further optimize the employee
because that pilot is incredible. we have over 70% employees enrolled after the presentation. so that leaves some time to kind of let them learn from that. but, in our next update in a couple months, we're hoping in a few months, we've announced, we can provide you updates to your question about the olse and did that answer your question, commissioner green? >> vice president green: backward reaching question. >> yeah. and then for the rest may i ask you to clarify? >> sure. thanks for the question. so yes, we use transunion which is a credit agency. but it's actually used for people where we have bad data and so that is used consistently to try and get because that's the last thing
we want to see is the return mail, the vast volumes of return mail that we get. i think the bigger answer to your question though is there are thousands of employees that we actually have valid data for today that are not actually setting up their accounts. and so that's what stella is sort of talking about is that's really the problem is trying to reach them. it's very difficult in some cases and what you're seeing is like, you know, this accumulation of many years right of population, but from a -- i think what you're trying to get at is what you're doing to try to make sure that people today know and will use their money and that has been we really have to start leveraging employer voice more because that's also been part of the logo change. it's like it didn't say the city and county of san francisco, so people just toss that kind of stuff. it's also a problem that you
have large numbers of people in service and retail and entities that have termed through many jobs. so they don't even remember they have contributions from two jobs ago. so that is our challenge is really trying to reach those folks who are fairly disconnected, don't understand the programs that's a lot of simplification kind of changes and we have three years to reach them because what has happened in the current program, nothing has ever been permanent. so anyone month has ever found out like in a future job or a past job they've had contributions can always call us and get all of their contributions restored so that has been the status quo up to today. in three years, if this policy is approved, that will no longer be the case. so what we have to do in between now and three years is really try to increase that
level of engagement to those employees and try and leverage more employers. it's very difficult. you know, most of the people whose funds would be in danger come from very large employers. you know, macy's, target, starbucks, they're churning through thousands of employees and so that will just be a challenge that we are going to try and find the secret sauce to. >> vice president green: thank you. that's a huge undertaking and i really appreciate the degree of challenge here. i guess the last question i have is whether any thought as this money goes back to the general fund if the d.p.h. itself has had shortfalls whether there would be any ability to look at this money whether it might help fill our back needs as well in just general. >> thank you for the question. i will pass this question to
jenny lee to address. >> yeah. this is a great question. as a technical matter, it falls to the city's general funds as those fund balances are subject to the appropriation of the mayor and the board like any other funds that we may have, and so this is a conversation i think that will take place over the next several years, like what will happen with the funds that we wanted to separate the use of the funds and just the actual implementation of this policy which is just the policy we need to have for that small percentage of unclaims that we do have and i think there's a separate conversation about how this fund could be appropriated for it. >> vice president green: thanks so much. >> commissioner: sure. if i could also just add, i
think the city fund is also our largest funder. so the determination about how those funds would be used as a technical matter is one thing, but we are always working really closely and working very hard to establish and build that relationship with the mayor's office and whether it goes to it's going to be that process and relationship that we worked to build through, the pujt and vice versa one way or
the other. >> president bernal: all right. seeing no further comments or questions, i believe we can move on to the next item. >> secretary: i apologize. that was an action item. >> president bernal: s apologies. okay. so before we i know this is coming forward does the finance committee i'm glad we were able to bring it to the full commission for some additional insight and questions and
information. so i'll move to approve. >> commissioner: second. >> all right. secretary morewitz, do we have any public comment? >> secretary: we already asked for public comment so i'll take the roll. [roll call] great. the item passes. >> president bernal: okay. on to our next item which is the resolution recommending that funds claimed for the san francisco achievement option be used in san francisco. back to stella cho. >> secretary: and this item will be deferred. so we'll look at that in the future. >> president bernal: thank you. our next item is the 2016 public health and safety quarterly bond update.
we have a number of team members. >> give me one second. i apologize you should see your button any second. >> good evening, commissioners. i'm going to go briskly through a presentation, but we will have time at the end of the presentation for questions. basically, it's going to be myself to the director's office and joe chen from public works and then ucsf from the campus
but we've moved some of the more detailed data to the appendixes. if there are questions that relate to that, we can always go to that. >> can you see my slide deck? >> yes. >> okay. so before i start, i'm going to address two questions that came from commissioner green because she alwayses and the most appropriate questions and so -- and i'll paraphrase, commissioner. the questions evolve around what sort of lessons have we learned since we started doing some of the 2016 rojs and what are our biggest challenges. i think some of the lessons that we've learned relate to slide 9 and the presentation and i kind of categorized them into four areas. one is we've learned technically to simplify the bidding documents and take out
all the allowances and the reason you put in allowances is because you're not quite sure the quantity of the so when a subcontractor sees that, they put a lot of risk in the dollars. the second thing that we've learned is we have to do more site exploratorization. so before we get into construction, we have a better idea of what we're dealing with and i think part of the problem is we've made a lot of people reluctant because of the
perceiveded work level. the third thing is we've asked our in some cases, we got no bid on some of the projects or one bid and when that happens, the price goes up 30 to 40% because there's no competition. so we started that dialog and conversation with our general contractor to increase that effort. the fourth thing is actually do early demolition of certain projects so we can understand all the unforeseen conditions like we're doing with psych emergency services. so those four things are kind of the categories i would lend myself to say are the strategies around lessons learned. i think our biggest challenge continues to be the budgetary
impacts. the factory shutdowns are affecting everyone floeblly. this diagram shows you the top is the global disruption to supply chain because they can't get into dock to unload their goods because there's no trucking or they're piling up the containers. the slide to the far left is an actual slide that was used in 60 minutes so the supply has shrunk, the demand increased
the first sale was between three of the departments that's fire. the third was solely ours for d.p.h.. next slide. so this is a financial picture of zuckerberg. the take away here is in june, we projected a higher amount of budget for zuckerberg, but between conversations with mr. wagner and staff because of the clinics were so close to being shovel ready, what we need is a decision to transfer approximately $18 million from the zuckerberg over to the clinics to make sure they kept their momentum going and as a result, it was done a couple months ago and then both castro
division, that's the reason we moved that money temporarily. if you look down on footnote five, second collum, we're able to secure 11.4 million in a 2020 bond in november to help zuckerberg out. next slide. these are the community clinics. it's cast trudeau, mission, and southeast. if you can tag in. it's second to the last you'll see those high percentages. that's the reason we didn't want to move the money because we didn't want to slow down the project. so we moved those moneys there. we were able to finish vaccines as i said and get into pretty
deep construction in the other two clinics. why don't you go from here from six to eleven. >> sure. thank you, mark. good evening, commissioners. this next slide just shows the bid prices for each of the six projects as compared to the 2016 budget, the city those estimates. this table was updated from the last presentation, june. the two additional projects that have now proceeded into the original phase. so much of the higher prices that we're seeing for the projects can be directly correlated to much of the covid-19 impacts that mark discussed earlier as well as some of the cost drivers that were discussed at the last meeting. i do want to spend a few minutes to discuss project four. because of the huge delta the
city's cost assessment, we recognize that we need to address this project differently than the other five projects. so the team is working together with the contractor and as well as with the design team and d.p.h. to identify engineering ideas and scope reduction concepts that were currently valuing last meeting in june. since the last meeting. the clear cost driver one, mark discussed this earlier, supply chain issues had just gotten worse in the last six months which is leading to higher costs overall on projects. additionally on cost driver
four, that was the covid-19 health order cost impacts. right now on any contractor and subcontractor are now required to show proof of vaccination. so we are starting to see some trade labor resource impacts as now all contractors have sufficient staff that's fully vaccinated. therefore, they're not allowed to work on the vsfg campus. so we're monitoring this issue as the time progresses. so this one i'll skip. mark went through that earlier as well as slide number nine. i'm happy to report there's some good news after many
months of delay on the rehab, rehabilitation project. this project has now achieved completion in november 2021. this is for the project because the start of the analysis were contingent on the completion of the project. and the rehab department can now move into a new space so all these projects are inner linked and connected. by the end of this month, we will have all the projects constructed. the department of public health lab early demo. the clinical laboratory track replacement.
and for the next eight projects some of which i discussed earlier the general contractor which will be used to deliver the next eight projects. these projects include the seismic upgrade building 89 specialties and this method was chosen primarily within one occupied building with an overlapping schedule. we're also tracking two
projects that have been we are expecting plan review for these two projects through the end of 2022. and just on the last slide. i have an update on the community health update project. the construction progress is going well. we are approximately complete. the contractor will then be mobilized and d.p.h. will relocate from the existing health center. once the building's occupied, the contract will return with an overall project completion by the end of 2022. i'm also happy to report on this project, we've received permanent power from pg&e back in november of last year which typically is typical for any project because this allows the
contractors to start elevator mendecino health center is the first health center to be completed. with patients being seen in a new space on october 15th. it's approximately 7,500 complete with a target completion date of 2022 and the project is currently focused on interior finishes as well as sign improvement. so at this point, we turn it back to mark and he can give you a brief update on the research and academic building
project. >> yeah. so the xaekd building is going well to a little over this data is sort of december data it's around 60% completion, but it's really taking shape there on campus and we're collaborating with the u.c.s.f. team on the roadway that divides existing building and the research building and we're using it collaboratively, the oj problem there is with pg&e. so at this point, if we can open it up for questions, commissioners any questions. before we do that, secretary morewitz, do we have any
questions? >> secretary: there's no one on the line, commissioner. >> president bernal: thank you. commissioners, any questions or comments. commissioner chow. >> commissioner chow: yes. i was looking through this program schedule and i think briefly, mark, could you describe how far our projects are in terms of being behind or being ahead? >> commissioner chow, can i have joe address that since he's been collaborating with the general contractor and their scheduling far more than i have. joe. >> yeah. sure. obviously right now, we have two projects that are nearing completion. those are the sixh surge space and the rehabilitation project. so those are probably the
closest -- currently in construction that will be done shortly. those have been different for different reasons due to unforeseen condition, hazmat. the schedule has been pushed out for those reasons and probably has also identified code issues that need to be addressed as part of the project so we had to deal with those. so currently under the more recent projects, we just started the and fiber reinforce
wrapping to strengthen the column. so it's a multitude of schedules depending on which project we look at, you know, the longest so at least these active projects, it's about three years. we also have other projects in the pipeline we talked about earlier. the main scope, those will be planned review through the end of 2022 maybe as typically we're looking at those adds one to maybe two years. >> commissioner chow: so in summary from your finances, are we on target and have found enough money to complete all the projects for instance with what we had to do?
>> to be completely transparent, we don't really know right now. there's two unknowns. one is we haven't appropriated any interest money although we were able to get our hands on a little over 23 million from the various sources. so we're also looking at some of the budgetary gaps that we have in the building, because if you recall in 2015 and 2016, a former health director garcia and mr. wagner and i had advocated for more money to the tune of 535 million for the 2016 bond. we were in competition with sfmta and affordable hows and so from the beginning, we knew we didn't have enough to do
everything that we knew there were dishss for. so we're looking for any kind of funding so source the 2016 bonds. >> commissioner chow: so, can we get i gunshot in the future, your next report, a continuation of discussion as to where we are with these? i'm just reminded of when we had to drop a building over at laguna in a and it's kind of history repeating itself, increasing cost of supplies in that case and here we have shortages of supplies, increasing bids and as we know an inpopulation factor right now. so i think from the standpoint of the commission, we should understand the financial imp indications of all this sooner
rather than later. >> absolutely. and we're going to be diligent around working with the foundation and also we're advocating and we've got place holders next year, 2023 and i think greg, correct me if i'm not wrong in 2028, we're on like a five year cycle to bridge the gap. both at the clinic level and at the campus. >> commissioner chow: thank you. commissioners, any other questions or comments. all right. thank you and your team. >> thank you. >> president bernal: okay. our next item is the report from the finance and planning
committee. commissioner chung. >> commissioner chung: thank you commissioner personal. and the finance and planning committee met before the commission meeting today and we had one contract report and three new contracts to consider. the contract reports include one contract extension for positive resource center and also, you know, like an extension for covid response for institute familiar as far as like, you know, one contract, technically new contract just to extend the
previous contract for another year until june 30th, 2022, due to the rfp for a new contract. and the three adds needed support services for mental health sf and all these items have been added to the consent calendars for you to consider. >> president bernal: that leads us directly into our consent calendar. back to commissioner chung.
>> commissioner chung: as i mentioned earlier, all the items have been added to the consent calendar and we recommend the approval of all the contracts. >> president bernal: great. commissioners, any comments or questions before we have a motion to approve? or is there a motion to approve? >> secretary: i'll do a roll call vote. [roll call]
okay. great. thank you. the item passes. all the items pass. >> president bernal: excellent. all right, moving on to our next item which is other business. commissioners, do we have any other business? >> president bernal: okay. seeing none. we'll move to our next item. we'll hear an update from commissioner chow from the december 28th, 2021,j.c.c. meeting. commissioner chow. >> commissioner chow: thank you, president bernal. the joint conference committee met and we did the regulatory affairs report, human resources report and the medical staff report and in the human resources report, we did report
that we were beginning to find more nursing of course, you heard about the existing nursing shortage and this is bringing on new resources to help fill difficult positions and this is one of the first times i think we heard we were making progress on things like i.c.u. and such other very highly sought specialists throughout the country. we also then received the medical staff report which included an extent of the discussion of the largest department which is the department of medicine and all the work that they are doing as part of the report, we also then updated the department of medicine rules and regulations and emergency department
standardized procedures which are used by the anon positions very extensive position which are very well done which we did pass votes on your behalf. the committee also discussed the presentation care strategy. in order to to be able to capture more timely fashion and is ask so we're looking forward to seeing how this measures
patient satisfaction which was right after a patient leaves and also then how well our satisfaction is proceeding in terms of their goal which is really the one measurement is how well do you want to recommend working here so that in our closed and that concludes my report. >> president bernal: thank you, secretary morewitz. thank you, commissioner chow. do we have any questions or comments for other commissioners? okay. seeing none. we'll move on to our next item which is a consideration of a motion to adjourn. do we have a motion to adjourn? >> commissioner: i move to adjourn. >> commissioner: i second. >> president bernal: all
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depression especially, when it ended i didn't feel kemgd to france anymore he definitely didn't feel connected to the scene i almost feel like i have to beg for tips i hey i'm from the bay area and an artist you don't make a living it changed my represent tar to appeal and the folks that are coming into the wars these days people are not listening they love the idea of having a live musician but don't really nurture it like having a potted plant if you don't warrant it it dizzy sort of feel like a potted plant (laughter) i'm going to give san francisco one more year i've been here since 1981 born and raised in
the bay area i know that is not for me i'll keep on trying and if the struggle becomes too hard i'll have to move on i don't know where that will be but i love here so so much i used to dab he will in substances i don't do that i'm sober and part of the being is an and sober and happy to be able to play music and perform and express myself if i make. >> few people happy of all ages i've gone my job so i have so stay is an i feel like the piano and music in general with my voice together i feel really powerful and strong
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