Dear Commons Community,
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has tested positive for COVID-19, his office said in a statement issued yesterday.
“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,” the statement read. “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 Texas Republican, who has signed legislation banning vaccine and mask mandates in his state, gave what he described as a “standing room only event in Collin County” Monday night. Photos of the event show few people wearing masks at the indoor gathering.
Like former President Donald Trump, Abbott was receiving a monoclonal antibody treatment, the statement from his office said. But unlike Trump, who entered Walter Reed hospital in reportedly dire health, Abbott is asymptomatic and has already been vaccinated.
“The Governor will isolate in the Governor’s Mansion and continue to test daily. Governor Abbott is receiving Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatment,” the statement read.
Abbott had reportedly told others that he had received a booster shot, NBC News reported.
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a recommendation that Americans with compromised immune systems receive a booster shot for COVID-19. The U.S. plans to advise most Americans to receive a booster shot eight months after being fully immunized for COVID-19.
Breakthrough infections of COVID-19 remain very rare. In the U.S., 193,204 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among fully vaccinated people between Jan. 1 and early August, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Abbott’s wife, Cecilia, tested negative for the virus, the statement said, and those who had recently come in close contact with the governor have been notified of his positive test result.