Beto O’Rourke tests positive for COVID-19

Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate says he has mild symptoms

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke holds a press conference in Mission on Nov. 17, 2021. (Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune, Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune)

HOUSTON – Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke said Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

“In addition to being fully vaccinated and boosted, I regularly test for COVID-19 while traveling the state for town hall meetings. I tested negative yesterday morning before testing positive today. I have mild symptoms and will be following public health guidelines,” O’Rourke said in a statement.

O’Rourke made a campaign stop in San Antonio on Friday for a student town hall as part of his “People of Texas Campaign.”

He is facing Gov. Greg Abbott in November.

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