Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough infection

Texas governor Greg Abbott

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday despite being fully vaccinated, his office announced.

“The governor has been testing daily, and today was the first positive test result,” the governor’s communications director, Mark Miner, said in a statement. “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.”

In December of last year, Governor Abbott received his first dosage of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine. He will now be isolated in the Governor’s Mansion and treated with Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody while continuing to test on a daily basis.

“Governor Abbott is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in good health, and currently experiencing no symptoms,” Miner said. “Everyone that the governor has been in close contact with today has been notified. Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott tested negative.”

Breakthrough infections is when a fully vaccinated person tests positive for COVID-19.

Abbott will now isolate in the governor’s mansion. His office said his wife, Cecilia Abbott, has tested negative.

COVID-19 cases have soared in Texas recently as the delta variant spreads throughout the nation. Meanwhile, nearly 55% of Texans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 45.5% have been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC

Texas Supreme Court sides with Abbott, blocks mask mandates

The Texas Supreme Court temporarily banned mask mandates across the state on Sunday, delivering a win for Governor Greg Abbott (R).

Abbott petitioned the court for a stay on lower court rulings that allowed local governments and school boards to reinstate mask mandates for their jurisdictions. The state Supreme Court granted Abbott’s request, temporarily banning local mask mandates while the court works on a final ruling, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Abbott banned mask mandates and other restrictive health orders statewide last month, saying in a statement: “The new Executive Order emphasizes that the path forward relies on personal responsibility rather than government mandates. Texans have mastered the safe practices that help to prevent and avoid the spread of COVID-19. They have the individual right and responsibility to decide for themselves and their children whether they will wear masks, open their businesses, and engage in leisure activities. Vaccines, which remain in abundant supply, are the most effective defense against the virus, and they will always remain voluntary – never forced – in the State of Texas.”

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