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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he has now tested negative for COVID-19, four days after testing positive for the virus.
“I was told my infection was brief and mild due to the vaccination I received,” Abbott told a video he posted on Twitter Saturday afternoon. “Therefore, I encourage others who have not yet received the vaccination to consider doing one.”
Abbott said she will continue to quarantine as recommended by doctors and that the first lady, Cecilia Abbott, continues to give negative results.
Abbott contracted the virus as the pandemic grew in Texas, with new cases and hospitalizations rising to levels not seen since the winter wave, and the state was nearing its peak of previous pandemic.
The governor received treatment with Regeneron monoclonal antibodies after testing positive. He said in the statement that he would continue to work to open additional antibody therapy centers across the state. Texas recently opened nine antibody infusion centers across the state in an effort to reserve hospital capacity for the most severe cases and prevent hospitalizations.
Regeneron antibodies are recommended to treat “mild to moderate COVID-19” for people 12 years of age or older who have tested positive and “have a high risk of progressing to severe COVID-19.”
When Abbott announced he was positive, he said he was not experiencing any symptoms. He did not say if he experienced any symptoms during the last four days.
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