Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has virulently opposed face mask and vaccine mandates during the coronavirus pandemic, has tested positive for COVID-19.
Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) announces he has tested positive for COVID:
“The governor will isolate in the Governor’s Mansion and continue to test daily.” pic.twitter.com/fxHD09YyjZ
— The Recount (@therecount) August 17, 2021
The full official statement from the governor’s office:
“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.”
In related news, the Washington Post reports, “Texas health officials have requested five mortuary trailers from the federal government in anticipation of a possible spike in deaths brought about by surging coronavirus numbers in the state.”
By the way, Abbott’s campaign boasted on Twitter that the governor attended “the Republican Club at Heritage Ranch meeting” last night – not a mask in sight.
— Texans for Abbott (@AbbottCampaign) August 17, 2021
And to know there was definitely covid in that room.
Quick glance look all >60
What % would be vaccinated? Total Texas is only 45%, Republicans seem to be vaccinated at a much lower rate.
What a completely avoidable disaster, caught here on camera.
— The Political Party (@politicsparty69) August 17, 2021
Let’s hope Greg Abbott doesn’t need an ICU bed, because the health department just announced that there’s only 314 left in the entire state of 29 million people.
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) August 17, 2021
He’s fully vaccinated, isolating himself away from others to stop the spread, and currently in good health.
That’s ALL the information you need to understand why you should get vaccinated.
The Vaccine doesn’t stop you from catching Delta Covid19.
It stops it from killing you.
— Aislinn (@ukajkiwi) August 17, 2021