Statewide NewsGovernor Greg Abbott Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The governor is asymptomatic but receiving antibody treatment, according to his office.
August 17, 2021
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has tested positive for coronavirus, his office announced Tuesday.

“The Governor has been testing daily, and today was the first positive test result,” Communications Director Mark Miner said in a statement. “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.”

Cecilia Abbott, Texas’ first lady, has tested negative according to the announcement.

Abbott, who is fully vaccinated, is receiving antibody treatment from Regeneron.

The governor will now have to isolate for almost two weeks, grounding him from the extensive travel schedule he operates as governor — which included a visit to the Heritage Ranch GOP meeting Monday night.

The diagnosis comes as case rates and hospitalizations across the state trended upward since early July. Despite those increases, fatalities are still vastly lower than the peaks at the beginning of 2021 and in July of 2020.


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