According to a statement released by Governor Greg Abbott’s office on Tuesday, he tested positive for COVID-19.
Abbott has been completely vaccinated and tested for the virus on a regular basis since his first positive test on Tuesday.
He is now exhibiting no symptoms, according to the governor’s office, but is getting Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatment and will be isolated in the governor’s mansion, where he will be examined daily.
Abbott’s wife, first lady Cecilia Abbott, tested negative, as did others who have had intimate contact with him.
“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,” his office said.
On Tuesday, Texas, one of several southern states experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak, reported 20,123 new cases and 96 new deaths, with 12,227 COVID-19 patients hospitalized.
Abbott tweeted a photo of himself speaking in front of a crowd of maskless attendees at a Republican gathering in Collin County on Monday night.
Abbott has been at odds with local school districts since issuing an executive order in May prohibiting governmental entities, including public health agencies, from requiring face coverings and so-called vaccine passports, claiming that “Texans, not government,” should decide their best health practices.
On Sunday, the Texas Supreme Court granted interim restraining orders prohibiting Dallas and Bexar counties from requiring masks in public schools.
In defiance of the injunction, the San Antonio Independent School District imposed a mask requirement for all staff and students on Monday.
Last Monday, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona wrote to Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, asking them to reverse their mask mandate bans and let school districts to decide their own rules.