According to his office, Texas Governor Greg Abbott tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, Aug. 17, but he is in good health and has no symptoms.
Abbott, who has been fully vaccinated, now is isolating at the Governor’s Mansion, spokesperson Mark Miner said in a statement. He’s being treated with Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody, Reuters reported.
“Governor Abbott is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus)), in good health, and currently experiencing no symptoms. Everyone that the Governor has been in close contact with today has been notified,” Miner said.
“I test myself everyday, and today is the first day that I tested positive,” Abbott said in a video posted on Twitter. “Also want you to know that I have received the COVID-19 vaccine, and that may be one reason why I’m really not feeling any symptoms right now.”
Abbott met a crowd of hundreds at an indoor Republican Party event in suburban Dallas on Monday night. The next day, he shared a photo of himself with guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, brother of famed Texas strummer Stevie Ray Vaughan, on Twitter, according to the Texas Tribune.
The governor’s speech to the gathering was his only public event this week. Abbott tested negative on Monday, and no one else on the staff has tested positive, he added.
Cecilia Abbott, Abbott’s wife, also tested negative. Miner said the governor had been getting tested daily, and “everyone that the Governor has been in close contact with today has been notified,” adding that “Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott tested negative.”
However, the statement didn’t say when the governor was infected with the CCP virus.
Abbott’s positive test comes as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps Texas again, with daily new cases and hospitalizations reaching levels not seen since the previous wave in the winter.
Since the pandemic began, the United States has seen more than 37 million cases of the CCP virus. But, according to a Reuters tally, the rate at which new cases are recorded is faster than it has ever been. By Monday, 2 million new cases had been reported in just 18 days, the quickest jump on record.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Florida has the highest number of COVID patients in hospitals, with 16,832 patients.