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Coronavirus in Austin, Texas: What to know Dec. 2

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates, closures and postponements in Central Texas for Wednesday, Dec. 2.

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  • Texas: More than 1.2 million cases have been reported in the state, and more than 21,700 people in Texas have died, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Central Texas counties: 
    • Travis County: At least 39,037 cases have been reported and at least 486 people have died. At least 35,905 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Hays County: At least 7,526 confirmed cases have been reported and at least 104 people have died. At least 6,684 people have recovered from the virus.
    • Williamson County: At least 13,674 cases have been reported in the county and at least 165 people have died. At least 12,673 people have recovered from the virus.

8 p.m. – Premier ER and Urgent Care says it now has the capability to test for influenza A/B and COVID-19 all with a single swab. 

“COVID-19 has been challenging in many ways. We see patients every day who are scared and concerned with not feeling well and what care they many need. Our team remains committed to partnering with community leaders and we participate with both local and national groups to stay informed, updated on this virus and learn as much as we can. Things continue to change quickly, and we are very excited to serve our community with the ability to offer one swab for multiple tests,” said Kristina Holcomb, the vice president of communications and patient relations for Premier.

5:50 p.m. – Travis County health authorities report 280 new cases and two more deaths. There have now been 39,037 cases, 35,905 recoveries and 486 deaths reported.

The Giddings State School reports one new positive case from a teacher. The employee has not been on campus since Nov. 19 and this is the first positive case since Nov. 4.  A total of 46 staff members and 89 youth have now tested positive.

5:15 p.m. – The Hays County Local Health Department reports 97 new lab-confirmed cases, one new hospitalization, three new hospital discharges and 78 additional people now considered recovered. The total number of individuals considered recovered is 6,684. The total number of lab-confirmed cases is 7,526 with 738 of those considered active.

Williamson County added one more death today, bringing the total to 165. There have now been a total of 13,674 cases and 12,673 recoveries.

5 p.m. – Texas reports 14,758 new cases for a total of 1,200,674. The 7-day average is still down from a week ago due to a lull in reported cases over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but it is up over the past two days.

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Austin Mayor Encouraged People To Stay Home, Went To Cabo For Vacation

After initially saying he didn’t do anything wrong, Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, Texas, says he now realizes he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for vacation last month.

An Austin American-Statesman story revealed Wednesday that Adler attended an in-person wedding for his daughter in early November and then flew with others to Cabo for a weeklong vacation.

At the same time, Adler was encouraging people to stay home to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19.

“Not only did we not do anything wrong, we didn’t do anything that abrogated or violated the rules or regulations in the city, or the conduct that we were expecting of others that we also expect of ourselves,” Adler initially told KUT.

Adler confirmed to KUT that 20 people attended the wedding, which was held outside at a hotel and restaurant in Austin. He said people were seated at distanced tables but that not everyone was wearing masks.

At the time of the wedding, which was held in early November, the city and county were under Stage 3 of Austin Public Health’s risk-based guidelines, with public health officials urging people to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.

Adler said his daughter had originally invited about 100 people to the wedding but disinvited dozens to hold a much smaller gathering.

“It’s a hard thing for a girl to do, but there are girls all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing, couples all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing,” Adler said.

When asked why the family didn’t decide to postpone the wedding indefinitely, he said: “We’re not asking people to not get married.”

A few hours after speaking with KUT, Adler released a statement saying he “regrets” his decision to travel.

“I wouldn’t travel now, didn’t over Thanksgiving and won’t over Christmas,” he wrote. “But my fear is that this travel, even having happened during a safer period, could be used by some as justification for risky behavior. In hindsight, and even though it violated no order, it set a bad example for which I apologize.”

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Austin mayor apologizes for urging residents to stay home while on vacation in Mexico

The mayor of Austin, Texas, on Wednesday apologized for attending a wedding and traveling to Mexico for a vacation after urging residents to stay home in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

“I want you to know that I regret that travel,” Mayor Steve Adler said in a video statement. “I wouldn’t travel now. I didn’t over Thanksgiving, and I won’t over Christmas, and no one should. Everyone should be avoiding non-essential travel now because we are in the orange area.”

Adler, the two-term mayor of Austin, said he attended a small, private wedding for his daughter in November and then traveled with his family to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. In a video filmed from his vacation, Adler urged residents to stay home, citing the rising number of coronavirus cases. “We need to stay home if you can,” he said. “Do everything you can to try to keep the numbers down. This is not the time to relax.”

He first revealed he was on vacation in an interview with the Austin American-Statesman. 

“I recognize that the fact that I took that trip, and at the same time, was continuing to urge people to be cautious is confusing,” Adler said in his apology Wednesday. “I know that others have chosen not to travel under the same circumstances, and I know that in my position, I need to send a clearer message. I’m sorry I took that trip. It was a lapse in judgment, and I want you to know that I apologize.”

Adler said his actions set a “bad example” to the people of Austin but he did not break any established COVID-19 restrictions for the city. At the time, the city was operating under its Stage 3 health recommendations, which urges residents to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. 

Adler told the Austin American-Statesman that 20 people attended the wedding. He said his daughter originally invited 100 people but disinvited most of the attendees. “It’s a hard thing for a girl to do, but there are girls all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing, couples all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing,” Adler said. 

Austin is located in Travis County, where there are currently over 2,600 active virus cases and 222 hospitalizations, according to health officials. More than 486 people have died from the virus there during the pandemic. 

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Mayor of Austin, Texas, apologizes for taking Mexico vacation while urging residents to stay home

The mayor of Austin, Texas, has apologized for traveling to Mexico during the pandemic.

Responding to a story first reported Wednesday in The Austin American-Statesman, the mayor, Steve Adler, admitted he traveled in early November to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — and while abroad, he even recorded a message urging Austinites to stay home to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

In a video posted online Wednesday, Adler said, “I need to set a clearer example so that my message is unambiguous, and for the failure to do that I sincerely apologize.”

In the message, Adler said that his daughter, “like many other brides,” had to cancel her wedding plans because of public health rules, and “instead she had a small, mostly family, very private wedding.”

“Most importantly, she was happy,” Adler said. “Afterwards, a small, mostly family group traveled to Mexico.”

“I want you to know I regret that travel. I wouldn’t travel now, I didn’t over Thanksgiving, and I wouldn’t over Christmas — and no one should, everyone should be avoiding nonessential travel now because we are in the orange area,” Adler said, referring to the fourth-highest level of the city’s color-coded chart.

Adler worried that his travel, which he said “took place during a safer period,” might “lead to some taking riskier behavior now.”

Adler called his decision to go to Mexico a “bad example” and “confusing” and said he needs “to send a clearer message.”

“I’m sorry I took that trip. It was a lapse in judgment, and I want you to know I apologize,” he said.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler Apologizes After Telling Residents To Stay Home To Stop COVID-19 Spread As He Left For Mexican Vacation

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Austin mayor tells constituents to stay home — from vacation

Austin’s Democratic mayor has joined the growing list of hypocritical elected officials refusing to follow their own COVID-19 guidance — urging his constituents to “stay home” while on vacation in the Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas.

In a Nov. 9 Facebook video message, Austin Mayor Steve Adler told residents in the Lone Star State not to travel amid surging coronavirus infections.

“Our numbers are increasing and everybody has to be aware of that and we need to, you know, stay home if you can,” he said.

“Do everything you can to try to keep the numbers down. This is not the time to relax,” he went on.

But Adler failed to mention that he was dishing out the advice from a vacation in Cabo San Lucas which he travelled to on a private jet, according to a report by ABC affiliate KVUE.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler
Austin Mayor Steve Adler
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Adler confirmed to the publication that he was vacationing with eight people in Mexico after hosting his daughter’s wedding in Austin several days earlier and tried to defend the move, saying all of the guests had taken rapid COVID-19 tests.

KVUE reported that Adler’s daughter’s wedding, which was attended by 20 guests, also flouted coronavirus restrictions set by Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott, which stipulated gatherings of more than 10 people be avoided.

In a statement, Adler apologized for setting a “bad example.”

“I regret this travel. I wouldn’t travel now, didn’t over Thanksgiving and won’t over Christmas,” he said.

California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom was also forced to apologize after photos emerged of him enjoying a mask-less dinner with friends at posh Napa Valley restaurant French Laundry.

The dinner for 12 flouted his own coronavirus safety protocols where Newsom lectured Californians to don face masks and not to gather in larger numbers to contain the spread of COVID-19.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that San Francisco Mayor London Breed also dined at French Laundry just three days before banning indoor dining in her own city.

A mask-free House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D. Calif) was also filmed having her hair done in August in spite of local coronavirus rules barring indoor personal-care services.

In a briefing on Wednesday afternoon, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany railed against officials for not following their own advice as many Americans were told to stay home over the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Quite clearly, these Democrats do not follow their own edicts. They act in a way that their own citizens are barred from acting,” McEnany said.

“These images behind me makes clear Democrats’ mindset: ‘Rules for the, but not for me,’” she continued, showing images of Newsom at dinner and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot at a crowded rally celebrating Joe Biden’s election victory.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler Issues Apology After Telling Residents To Stay Home To Stop COVID-19 Spread As He Left For Mexican Vacation

(CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – The backlash continues after Austin Mayor Steve Adler hosted a wedding in early November, then hopped on a plane bound for Cabo San Lucas — all this after warning Austinites about an impending COVID-19 surge and urging them to stay home.

On Wednesday the Mayor posted a video on YouTube saying that he regrets traveling to Mexico as he encouraged residents to be cautious about the spread of the coronavirus.

“The first week of November, my daughter got married here in Austin, and like many other brides, she had to cancel her original plans in order to follow the rules, and instead she had a small mostly family, very private wedding,” he said. “Afterward, a small, mostly family group traveled to Mexico.”

“I want you to know that I regret that travel. I wouldn’t travel now. I didn’t over Thanksgiving, and I won’t over Christmas, and no one should. Everyone should be avoiding non-essential travel now because we are in the orange area,” he said.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler. (credit: Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images)

Orange is Stage 4 on the Austin Public Health (APH) color-coded chart, according to the city’s website. The risk-based guidelines set out five stages of risk, from the lowest threat, Stage 1, through the most serious, Stage 5.

The chart is published to help residents of Austin-Travis County understand the stages of risk and provide recommendations on what people should do to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the website.

In the video message, Adler said, “Now, I fear that the travel that I did, which took place during a safer period, followed the color-coded rules, could lead to some taking riskier behavior now.”

At the time, Austin was under Stage 3 health recommendations, which meant people were advised to avoid social gatherings greater than 10 people, but there were no restrictions or recommendations made on avoiding non-essential travel, according to the city.

“I recognize that my travel set a bad example. I recognize that the fact that I took that trip, and at the same time, was continuing to urge people to be cautious is confusing,” he added.

“I know that others have chosen not to travel under the same circumstances, and I know that in my position, I need to send a clearer message. I’m sorry I took that trip. It was a lapse in judgment, and I want you to know that I apologize.”

Adler’s travels came to light when the Austin American-Statesman published an article on December 2 that reported that a video Adler posted to Facebook on November 9 was taken during his stay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

In the November 9 video, Adler talked about COVID-19 trends in Austin, saying, “The thrust of the most important message is trying to get out to the community right now is that our numbers are increasing, and everybody has to be aware of that, and we need to stay home if you can. Do everything you can

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler, shown here at an event in 2018, says he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas last month.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler, shown here at an event in 2018, says he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas last month.

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After initially saying he didn’t do anything wrong, Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, Texas, says he now realizes he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for vacation last month.

An Austin American-Statesman story revealed Wednesday that Adler attended an in-person wedding for his daughter in early November and then flew with others to Cabo for a weeklong vacation.

At the same time, Adler was encouraging people to stay home to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19.

“Not only did we not do anything wrong, we didn’t do anything that abrogated or violated the rules or regulations in the city, or the conduct that we were expecting of others that we also expect of ourselves,” Adler initially told KUT.

Adler confirmed to KUT that 20 people attended the wedding, which was held outside at a hotel and restaurant in Austin. He said people were seated at distanced tables but that not everyone was wearing masks.

At the time of the wedding, which was held in early November, the city and county were under Stage 3 of Austin Public Health’s risk-based guidelines, with public health officials urging people to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.

Adler said his daughter had originally invited about 100 people to the wedding but disinvited dozens to hold a much smaller gathering.

“It’s a hard thing for a girl to do, but there are girls all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing, couples all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing,” Adler said.

When asked why the family didn’t decide to postpone the wedding indefinitely, he said: “We’re not asking people to not get married.”

A few hours after speaking with KUT, Adler released a statement saying he “regrets” his decision to travel.

“I wouldn’t travel now, didn’t over Thanksgiving and won’t over Christmas,” he wrote. “But my fear is that this travel, even having happened during a safer period, could be used by some as justification for risky behavior. In hindsight, and even though it violated no order, it set a bad example for which I apologize.”

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Austin mayor took vacation in Mexico while urging people to stay home | Austin

Austin’s mayor, Steve Adler, went on vacation to Mexico with family in November as he urged people to stay home amid worsening coronavirus caseloads in Texas, at one point recording a video during the trip in which he told residents back home that now was “not the time to relax”.

The trip, revealed on Wednesday by the Austin American-Statesman, is the latest example of a public official who has pleaded for vigilance in the face of rising cases and hospitalizations across the US seeming not to heed their own guidance. Adler, a Democrat, told the newspaper his actions did not violate his own regulations.

Last month, the California governor, Gavin Newsom, came under scrutiny for attending a birthday party at a posh restaurant in the wine country near San Francisco as he urged people to stay within their own households. Denver’s mayor, Michael Hancock, also flew to Mississippi to visit family for Thanksgiving despite sending messages on social media and to city staff asking them to avoid traveling for the holiday. He has since apologized.

“There was no recommendation for people not to travel during that period of time,” Adler told the newspaper. “Someone could look at me and say, ‘He traveled.’ But what they could not say is that I traveled at a time when I was telling other people not to travel.”

Adler did not immediately return a message Wednesday.

Texas surpassed 9,000 hospitalized virus patients this week for the first time since a deadly summer outbreak. More than 15,000 new cases were reported on Tuesday, smashing a single-day record, though state health officials attributed some of that spike to a backlog of results from the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

More than 272,000 Americans have died from Covid-19, and more than 13.8 million have been infected – more than any other country by far.

The trip to Cabo San Lucas came after Adler hosted an outdoor wedding and reception with 20 guests for his daughter at a hotel near downtown Austin, according to the newspaper. Adler said the attendees had to take a rapid Covid-19 test and maintain social distancing. He acknowledged, however, that although masks were distributed at the wedding, all guests were “probably not” wearing them all the time.

Adler typically does a nightly livestream on Facebook, and while in Mexico on 9 November, he recorded a video warning about the rising number of cases. He did not say in the video that he was on vacation.

“We need to stay home if you can,” Adler said in the video. “This is not the time to relax. We are going to be looking really closely. … We may have to close things down if we are not careful.”

After Adler returned from the trip, local health officials elevated the city’s Covid-19 guidance before the Thanksgiving holiday to stage 4, which discourages nonessential travel.

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Austin Mayor Flew to Mexico for Vacation after Advising Public to ‘Stay Home’

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has admitted he vacationed in Mexico last month despite warning residents of his city to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel to slow the spread of the coronavirus as cases continue to rise.



Austin mayor Steve Adler speaks to attendees besides the investors and executives of the Austin FC before the ground breaking ceremony at McKalla Place in Austin, Texas, September 9, 2019.


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Austin mayor Steve Adler speaks to attendees besides the investors and executives of the Austin FC before the ground breaking ceremony at McKalla Place in Austin, Texas, September 9, 2019.

While he was vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with a group of eight family members, Adler recorded a video message urging the public to stay home that was posted to his Facebook page on November 9, ABC’s Austin affiliate KVUE reported.

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“The numbers are going up, maybe getting a little bit more concerning than they have been in the past, still not in a red zone yet, but something we can see potentially happening,” Adler, a Democrat, said in his video message.

“We need to stay home if you can. Do everything you can to try to keep the numbers down. This is not the time to relax,” the mayor said.

The mayor also warned that “we may have to close things down if we’re not careful,” adding that he would like to be able to use contact tracing in order to be “surgical” about which problematic places in the city to close temporarily.

Adler, who went on vacation just after he hosted his daughter’s wedding in Austin, defended his actions, assuring that he did not violate either his own or any of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s social distancing and quarantine orders. Adler also said he took several safety precautions for his guests in Cabo San Lucas, including rapid coronavirus testing.

A day after Adler and his immediate and extended family left for Cabo, Austin’s top doctor, Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott, issued public guidance discouraging travel.

“If you are going to go out to a restaurant, go out with your family, the people who live in your household, not the family or friends who don’t live in your household. And start to decrease those travels outside of your home that are not necessary.”

On Tuesday, Austin-Travis County health officials reported 380 new coronavirus cases, the highest one-day increase in new cases since July 21, when the country recorded 603 new cases. Hospitalizations have also risen in Austin.

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