Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tests positive for COVID-19

This is Abbott’s first positive result for the virus, office says

Gov. Greg Abbott gave updates on his border wall plans with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dade Phelan at the Texas Capitol on June 16, 2021

AUSTIN, Texas – Gov. Greg Abbott has tested positive for COVID-19, the governor’s communications director, Mark Miner, said in a statement Tuesday.

“Governor Greg Abbott today tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The Governor has been testing daily, and today was the first positive test result. 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 Governor will isolate in the Governor’s Mansion and continue to test daily. Governor Abbott is receiving Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatment.

“Governor Abbott is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in good health, and currently experiencing no symptoms. Everyone that the Governor has been in close contact with today has been notified. Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott tested negative.”

On Monday night, Abbott attended an indoors event in Collin County, according to his Twitter feed.

On Tuesday, a few hours before his office announcing he had tested positive, Abbott posted photos on his Twitter with Stevie Ray Vaughan’s son and other family members.

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