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Gov. Abbott tests negative for COVID-19 after testing positive

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Posted at 3:57 PM, Aug 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-22 18:33:06-04

AUSTIN, Texas — Update 8-21:
Gov. Abbott has tested negative for COVID-19, days after his communication director announced that he had tested positive.

The Office of the Governor Communications Director Mark Miner confirmed on Tuesday that Abbott, who is fully vaccinated, had contracted COVID-19. On Saturday afternoon, Abbott announced on his Twitter that he has now tested negative, and was told that his infection was brief and mild because of the vaccination he received.

Abbott says he will continue to quarantine as recommended by doctors.

ORIGINAL STORY:
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has tested positive for COVID-19.

Office of the Governor Communications Director Mark Miner issued a statement Tuesday confirming that Abbott, who is fully vaccinated, has contracted COVID-19.

"Governor Greg Abbott today tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The Governor has been testing daily, 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 in the Governor's Mansion and continue to test daily. Governor Abbott is receiving Regeneron's monoclonal antibody treatment."

According to Miner, Abbott is experiencing no symptoms. Contact tracing procedures are underway.

Miner added that Abbott will quarantine at the Governor's Mansion and will continue to test daily.

The governor is receiving Regeneron's monoclonal antibody treatment, Miner said.

Miner said the governor is in good health and is not experiencing symptoms.

"Everyone that the Governor has been in close contact with today has been notified," Miner said.

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott tested negative for COVID-19, the governor's office said.