Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who has been fully vaccinated, has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office announced Tuesday. Abbott has opposed mask mandates, and his orders have drawn legal challenges. The Republican governor is experiencing no symptoms and “has been testing daily, and today was the primary positive test result,” his office said.
Abbott “will isolate within the Governor’s Mansion and still test daily. Governor Abbott is receiving Regeneron’s antibody treatment,” the statement said. Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott tested negative. With quite 16,000 new daily cases, Texas is one of the states with the very best risk of COVID-19.
Last week, Abbott directed state officials to use staffing agencies to seek out additional medical personnel from outside Texas because the state’s resources became overwhelmed. He also asked hospitals to postpone all elective medical procedures voluntarily.
The Biden administration is suing the state of Texas to dam Abbott’s order for state troopers to prevent vehicles carrying migrants on grounds that the migrants may spread COVID-19. But doctors say migrants are not any more likely to possess the coronavirus than the other travelers who are crossing the border, or anyone living in U.S. COVID-19 hot spots.