Representative Troy Nehls becomes the last Texas congressman to obtain COVID

U.S. Representative Troy Nehls is the latest member of Congress to hire COVID-19.

The Sugar Land Republican and former Fort Bend County Sheriff told his Facebook followers on Saturday that he was experiencing symptoms after a close family member fell ill with COVID earlier in the week. He tested positive and on Saturday began receiving treatment with Regeneron monoclonal antibodies that Governor Greg Abbott also received earlier in the week to prevent more serious complications from the virus.

“It took a little over an hour to complete, but we’re already starting to feel better,” said Nehls, who is in his first year in Congress after winning the 22nd County District based in County Fort Bend.

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In recent weeks alone, several members of the United States House and Senate have tested positive. USA Sens Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina; Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi; Angus King, Maine; and John Hickenlooper, D-Colorado, are among those who tested positive this month, according to public reports.

U.S. Representatives Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler; Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, and Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, also tested positive for COVID over the past year. U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, R-Fort Worth, also tested positive and died earlier this year. He had been battling cancer.

As part of Abbott’s response to COVID’s latest rise, it has opened monoclonal antibody treatment centers across the state. The centers use Regeneron monoclonal antibodies to treat patients at no cost with therapeutic drugs that can prevent their condition from worsening and require hospital care. Patients need a referral from a doctor to receive treatment.

The state has already opened treatment centers in Austin, Corpus Christi, Conroe, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Laredo, Lubbock and Odessa. Beaumont is expected to receive one on Monday.

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Abbott said the care of people in these centers is the release of hospital beds for patients with COVID, as the state is approaching a record since the pandemic began.

Nehls, 53, praised St. Paul’s staff. Michael’s Elite Care and promotes antibody treatments to prevent people from receiving the worst of COVID.

“If you suffer from a COVID-19 infection, I would recommend contacting your doctor to see if this treatment is right for you,” Nehls said on his social media accounts.

Nehls said the opposite he will quarantine at home until he recovers.