Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tests positive for COVID-19

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tests positive for COVID-19

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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August 17, 2021

According to an official statement released by the Office Of The Governor, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tested positive Tuesday for COVID-19. Spokesperson Mark Miner reported that the governor is asymptomatic and is isolating at the Governor’s Mansion where he is receiving the Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatment. 

“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.”

Miner went on to confirm that the governor’s contacts from Tuesday had been alerted and that the first lady, Cecilia Abbott, has tested negative. Abbott had also spoken Monday night at a GOP event in Collin County with a maskless crowd.

Abbott unveiled a plan Friday to launch nine monoclonal antibody infusion centers across the state as the surge in coronavirus cases overwhelm hospitals across the state. Abbott, however, remains a staunch opponent of mask and vaccine mandates, and has recently attracted national criticism for his school masking policies.

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at [email protected]
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