Governor Greg Abbott Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has tested positive for COVID-19 this Tuesday, his office reports.
Abbott is currently isolating in the Governor's mansion and is receiving the Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatment. He was vaccinated in 2020. The news comes after the governor attended the Republican Club at Heritage Ranch meeting in Dallas just yesterday.
.@GregAbbott_TX is at the Republican Club at Heritage Ranch meeting tonight! pic.twitter.com/oIuabG72lU— Texans for Abbott (@AbbottCampaign) August 17, 2021
"The governor has been testing daily, and today was the first positive test result," the governor's communications director, Mark Miner, said in a statement. "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."
The statement further notes that Abbott "is in good health and experiencing no 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.
Abbott's positive diagnosis follows closely after a rise of COVID-19 cases in Texas, with daily new cases and hospitalizations rising. Tuesday marks the second straight day hospitals in the Greater Houston Area set a record for COVID-19 hospitalizations with 3,088, according to a KHOU report, marking the highest it's been since the pandemic began in 2020.
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