Aug 17, 2021 - Health

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tests positive for COVID-19

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in 2018. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced Tuesday. Abbott is "experiencing no symptoms" and is fully vaccinated.

Why it matters: Abbott has fought vehemently against public health measures such as mask and vaccine mandates.

Of note: On Monday evening, he attended a crowded meeting of the Republican Club at Heritage Ranch.

The big picture: Everyone who Abbott was in contact with Tuesday has been notified, per the statement.

  • Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott has tested negative, and the governor is self-isolating at home.

State of play: Abbott was vaccinated last December and has advocated for Texans to get vaccinated.

  • In late July, Abbott issued a statewide ban on mask and vaccine mandates and he has threatened to take schools and entities that defy the ban to court.
  • COVID-19 cases are surging due to the highly contagious Delta variant, and deaths are rising in the state.

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