[BREAKING] Texas Governor Greg Abbott Tests Positive For COVID19
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who continues to fight mask mandates and other Coronavirus protocols in schools in the state, tested positive Tuesday for COVID-19, according to his office.
Abbott, who is fully vaccinated, is not experiencing any symptoms and isolating at the Governor’s Mansion, spokesperson Mark Miner said in a statement. He is getting Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatment.
Abbott’s positive test comes as the coronavirus pandemic is ripping through Texas again, with key metrics like daily new cases and hospitalizations reaching levels not seen since the last wave in the winter. The governor has received national attention for his refusal to fight the latest surge by allowing local governments and school districts to mandate masks or vaccines.
Abbott has kept up public appearances in recent days. He spoke Monday night at a GOP event in Collin County, later tweeting photos of him addressing a maskless crowd. Less than three hours before his diagnosis was announced Tuesday afternoon, he tweeted pictures of a meeting with guitarist Jimmie Vaughan.
Honor to meet with @JimmieVaughan—brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan and a legendary Texas musician in his own right.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 17, 2021
Gov. Greg Abbott was at this event last night, unmasked with attendees also unmasked. Today, he tested positive for COVID. https://t.co/cwDbAEuhGv
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) August 17, 2021
“The Governor has been testing daily, and today was the first positive test result,” Miner said. “Governor Abbott is in constant communication with his staff, agency heads, and government officials to ensure that state government continues to operate smoothly and efficiently.”
For Greg Abbott on contracting COVID… pic.twitter.com/lJYyrXRE6n
— 🌎 The Tao of Kat 🌎 (@kathrynresister) August 17, 2021
Abbott is in good health and not currently experiencing any symptoms. Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott has tested negative and everyone with whom Abbott has been in close contact has been notified, the statement said. As of August 16th, Texas had a weekly average of nearly 15,000 new daily cases.