Gov. Abbott to provide update on Texas' COVID-19 response Thursday

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
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AUSTIN ( -- With the coronavirus pandemic stretching beyond the six-month mark, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will provide an update on the state's response Thursday.

Abbott is expected to speak at noon Thursday from the state capitol. He'll be joined by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, as well as advisors including Department of State Health Services Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, Texas Health and Human Services Commission Executive Commissioner Cecile Young, and University of Texas System Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs John Zerwas, MD.

Abbott has hinted in recent days that he might be ready to re-open additional parts of the state economy, with recent drops in the 7-day average of new COVID-19 cases and deaths. The state's positivity rate has also been trending downward.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 3,311 Texans remained hospitalized due to COVID-19, with an estimated 68,483 active cases across the state.