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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.

Go deeper: Texas Gov. Abbott calls on hospitals to delay elective procedures as COVID cases surge

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Vaccines: CDC says some immunocompromised people can get fourth COVID shot — FDA panel endorses Pfizer vaccines for 5-11 year olds — Moderna says vaccine shows strong immune response in kids
  2. Health: COVID cases, deaths at meat plants were far higher than previously thought — 96% of Tyson Foods employees vaccinated ahead of mandate deadline — U.S. releases updated vaccination, testing rules for foreign travelers
  3. Politics: Louisiana lifts mask mandate except for some schools — Alabama governor orders state agencies to fight federal vaccine mandate — Axios-Ipsos poll: Confidence in Biden COVID recovery tumbles
  4. Education: Benefits of vaccine for children outweigh risks, FDA says — Education secretary reveals limits to Biden’s mask push on states — LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
Oct 26, 2021 - Health

Alabama governor orders state agencies to fight federal vaccine mandate

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. Photo: Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday signed an executive order directing state agencies to not enforce federal coronavirus vaccine mandates, and instead cooperate with the state's attorney general to sue the Biden administration over the requirements.

The big picture: No government entity shall impose any agreement demanding that an employee get vaccinated, the Republican governor's executive order says. It adds that state employees will not be required to present vaccination proof to receive any sort of government service or to enter a government building.

Gov. Greg Abbott launches Beto O'Rourke attack ads

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Gov. Greg Abbott brands Beto O'Rourke as "Wrong Way O'Rourke" in a new campaign ad that criticizes the El Paso Democrat for his support of Black Lives Matter and efforts to defund the police.

For the record: O'Rourke hasn't actually said he's running for governor.

  • Yes but: It looks increasingly like he will. O'Rourke recently called out Abbott's "anti-science, anti-public health order" that bans businesses from mandating vaccinations.
  • He's also been talking with Democratic operatives about a potential run, as Axios previously reported.
  • Sources who work in Texas Democratic politics tell Axios that O'Rourke could declare before the holidays — possibly with a first reveal to an El Paso news outlet.