Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he has tested negative for COVID-19, just four days after testing positive.
“I was told my infection was brief and mild due to the vaccination I received,” Abbott said in a video clip posted to his Twitter account on Saturday. “Therefore, I encourage other people who have not yet received the vaccine to consider getting one.”
When the Republican governor announced Tuesday that he had tested positive for the virus, his office said he was in good health and showing no symptoms. Abbott said Saturday he will continue to quarantine, as recommended by doctors.
Abbott, who was vaccinated in December, has turned down calls to restore mask warrants as the highly contagious delta variant increases in Texas.
He tested positive for the virus a day after appearing inside Dallas without a mask as he spoke to a room full of GOP supporters, most of whom were older and unmasked. Abbott, 63, has rarely been seen wearing a mask in public recently.
It has also rejected calls to re-impose pandemic restrictions, including mask warrants, as cases in Texas are on the rise again, hospitals are cramped and a growing number of school districts are defying their orders banning coverage requirements. facial in the classrooms.
Hospitalizations in Texas of people with COVID-19 have reached levels not seen since January, with more than 13,000 people admitted hospitalized as of Saturday.
Abbott said Saturday that his wife, Cecilia Abbott, continues to give negative results.
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Troy Nehls, a Houston-area Republican, said on Saturday on Twitter that he had said he had tested positive for COVID-19 and had moderate symptoms. Nehls said he is completely vaccinated and expects symptoms to pass soon.
“All Americans are free to make their own health decisions, but I strongly encourage people to get vaccinated,” he wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “It is scientifically proven to drastically reduce the risk of serious illness and death from COVID.”
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