Adler, Brown to join in Austin COVID-19 briefing Thursday

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Ahead of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday week, Austin Mayor Steve Adler and newly elected Travis County Judge Andy Brown will join local health officials for their weekly coronavirus update Thursday morning.

The media Q&A, which was rescheduled to 11 a.m. Thursday from its usual Wednesday time slot, will also feature Travis County interim health authority Dr. Mark Escott and other Austin Public Health officials.

As of Wednesday night, there were an estimated 2,140 active cases of COVID-19 in Travis County, with 469 deaths. 306 new cases were reported Wednesday, with the 7-day moving average of new hospitalizations rising to 32 - the highest point that metric has been since August.

The briefing will be televised on the city's ATXN cable channel, which is also available online at www.austintexas.gov/atxn.

While giving an update to Travis County Commissioners on Tuesday, Escott said residents should avoid gathering with extended family over Thanksgiving.

"The strongest advice is don't gather with people outside of your household this Thanksgiving," Escott said. "If you choose to do that, despite the very strong advice to not do it, then doing other things to protect yourselves is important."

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is also expected to provide a COVID-19 update on Thursday - his first in months - to discuss the distribution of bamlanivimab, which is an antibody therapy developed by Eli Lilly and Company. It's the first immediate use medical treatment authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for COVID-19 patients.