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Texas Governor Abbott tests negative for COVID-19 after short illness

Published Aug 21, 2021 06:51PM ET Updated Aug 21, 2021 07:00PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks at the annual National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Dallas, Texas, U.S., May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

By Brad Brooks

(Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott, whose state is engulfed in a fourth COVID surge, said he tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday after having a "brief and mild" bout with the infection this week.

In video posted on Twitter, the Republican governor, whose office announced four days ago that he had tested positive with the virus, credited the vaccination for his short illness and urged Texans to get vaccinated.

Abbott said he will continue to quarantine at the recommendation of doctors and will continue to work to open infusion centers for antibody therapy treatment across his state.

Abbott's office on Tuesday said he had the virus but was not experiencing symptoms. He received a monoclonal antibody treatment, it said. It did not give any indication as to when the governor contracted the virus.

Abbott is one of a few Southern governors at the center of the masking debate and has sought to block local officials in the state from mandating the use of nose and mouth coverings to reduce infection by the virus.

The highly infectious Delta variant continues to rampage across Texas and other states with low levels of vaccinations.

Texas Governor Abbott tests negative for COVID-19 after short illness
 

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Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Aug 22, 2021 10:05AM ET
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Its crazy how totally useless us conservatives have become.
Matt Brackley
Matt Brackley Aug 22, 2021 8:42AM ET
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Hmm shouldn't he be dead. Delta so deadly....
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Me comment Aug 22, 2021 8:42AM ET
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to the unvaccinated yes, he was vaccinated.
Dan Grissom
Dan Grissom Aug 22, 2021 7:36AM ET
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Your last paragraph - oops! Why is Delta raging in Israel? Highest vax rate in the world! Bais reporting,
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andy matalobos Aug 21, 2021 10:21PM ET
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Having Greg Abbott as the governor of Texas can be hazardous to the lives of all Texans.....His arrogance, ego and stupidity is keeping the virus spreading all over the State of Texas.
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One of great governors in our country doing President job to secure the border
 
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