Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who is fully vaccinated and is against mask mandates, has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced on Aug. 17.
“The Governor has been testing daily, and today was the first positive test result,” Abbott’s office said in a statement.
According to the statement, Abbott is currently not experiencing any of the symptoms and he will isolate in the Governor’s Mansion while continuing to test daily.
The statement also said that Abbott is receiving a monoclonal antibody treatment by biotechnology company Regeneron.
“I will remain engaged every day to govern the great state of Texas,” Abbott said on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott tested negative and those who came in contact with Abbott have been notified, according to Abbott’s office.
Abbott’s positive test result came a day after he posted photos on Twitter of an indoor “Republican Club” event he attended.
The positive test result will also likely fuel criticisms on Abbott’s resistance on implementing health and safety measures, including mask mandates, as the Delta variant drives up the number of cases nationwide.
According to the COVID-19 data tracker by the New York Times, Texas recorded 13,673 new cases on Aug. 16, bringing the statewide tally to 3,346,965.
Texas has become one of the states with the highest risk of COVID-19 due to its rise of daily cases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States recorded 113,993 new cases on Aug. 17, bringing the nationwide tally to 36,951,181 — the highest number of cases in the world.
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