2021 Annual Meeting Update

New Data from San Antonio and a Reminder of Our Protocols

The 2021 Annual Meeting is fast approaching. This email is an update on the city of San Antonio’s COVID-19 Progress & Warning Indicators and a reminder of the safety protocols that will be a part of this year’s in-person meeting.  

The situation in San Antonio/Bexar County, TX, is markedly improved from August. Average daily case counts in San Antonio are now below 300, or below 15 cases per 100,000 residents on the seven-day rolling average of daily reported cases according to the Bexar County reported data. Bexar County also reports that over 75% of its eligible population is now fully vaccinated. These factors, along with low test positivity rates and improving hospital trends, have moved San Antonio into a local risk level assessment of “mild.” This is very good news, and indications are that conditions will continue to improve in the weeks leading up to the start of the meeting.

While we are excited about the improvements in San Antonio, safety protocols are still necessary for this year’s meeting as recommended by the CDC and local officials.

Please take a moment to review those protocols, noting in particular that in-person attendees must be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved vaccine or present a negative test taken on or after November 16. In-person attendees will also be required to wear a mask during sessions and in common areas, including the exhibit hall.
 
Many more resources are available on the Annual Meetings website. These include: 

Additionally, the city of San Antonio maintains a page with information about what local hotels, restaurants, and facilities are doing to keep guests safe. 
 
If you have not yet registered for the meeting and would like to do so as either an in-person or virtual attendee, you can do that on the AAR Annual Meeting website. This year’s meeting will include a robust schedule of both in-person and virtual sessions. However you decide to participate, we look forward to seeing you as a part of this year’s Annual Meeting.

If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll be glad to assist you.
 
Sincerely,
The AAR Annual Meeting Team