Texas Governor Greg Abbott has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Republican’s office issued a statement on Tuesday saying he had been tested daily and today was his first positive test.
Authorities added that he was fully vaccinated and in good health.
He will now go into self-isolation in the governor’s mansion and receive Regeneron monoclonal antibody therapy – an approved treatment for mild to moderate cases in people at risk of progressing to more severe symptoms or hospitalization.
On Tuesday, the 63-year-old was pictured with Jimmie Vaughan, the brother of music legend Stevie Ray Vaughan.
On Monday, he was at a Republican club meeting at Heritage Ranch with a large group of GOP donors, many of whom weren’t wearing masks.
Abbott is one of many Republican governors who have challenged the Biden administration over COVID restrictions and banned mask and vaccine warrants in his state.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has tested positive for COVID. He is fully vaccinated and has no symptoms, his office said
On Tuesday he was pictured with Jimmie Vaughan, the brother of music legend Stevie Ray Vaughan
The statement reads: “Governor Greg Abbott tested positive today for the COVID-19 virus. The governor carried out daily tests 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 himself in the governor’s mansion and continue to test daily. Governor Abbott receives Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatment
“Governor Abbott is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in good health and currently has no symptoms. Everyone the governor has been in close contact with today has been notified. Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott has tested negative.
Such “breakthrough” infections in fully vaccinated people are rare and usually only produce mild symptoms.
News of Abbott’s positive test result came after Texas requested five mortuary trailers to deal with rising cases and in anticipation of the surge in deaths from COVID.
On Monday, he was at a Republican club meeting at Heritage Ranch with a large group of GOP donors, many of whom weren’t wearing masks
In Texas, the seven-day moving average of COVID-19 cases increased 348% in one month to 12,478 per day, from an average of 2,783 per day
In Texas, the seven-day moving average of COVID-19 cases increased 348% in one month to 12,478 per day, from an average of 2,783 per day.
The state expects an increase in the number of deaths to follow soon, with authorities requesting five death trailers from the federal government, NBC News reported.
The trucks will be dispatched by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and distributed throughout Texas.
Texas currently has an average of 80 COVID-related deaths per day, a figure not seen since mid-March 2021.
Doug Loveday, spokesperson for the state’s Department of Health Services, told NBC News officials requested the trailers on August 4 after models predicted an increase in deaths from COVID- 19.
“We anticipate a need in the state of Texas for these trailers as COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to increase,” Loveday said.
A FEMA spokesperson confirmed the request and said three of the five trailers would arrive in Texas on Friday and the other two on Saturday.
“FEMA and HHS continue to work closely with the state of Texas to provide the necessary resources,” the spokesperson told NBC News.