DALLAS - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.
The governor’s office made the announcement and comes as Abbott has been engaged in a battle with local officials around the state about COVID-19 containment measures.
Abbott was fully vaccinated earlier this year, making his positive result a breakthrough case of the virus.
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A press release from the governor’s office said he is receiving the Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatment. His office said Abbott is "in good health, and currently experiencing no symptoms."
Abbott’s wife tested negative for the virus.
The positive test came hours after the governor was the guest speaker at a crowded campaign event in Collin County Monday evening. He described it as a "standing room only event."
Abbott was seen on video posted to his campaign’s social media accounts meeting people in the crowd.
Texas GOP Chair Matt Rinaldi echoed a statement from the governor’s office.
"Well, we obviously wish the governor a speedy recovery and are praying for him," he said. "He was fully vaccinated. He was asymptomatic."
Gov Abbott was seen in a photo posted several hours before his positive result was made public posing with guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, the brother of the late legendary Texas musician Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The governor's office says everyone that he’s been in close contact with on Tuesday has been notified, but there’s no mention of Monday’s contacts in Collin County.
The event was held at Heritage Ranch Golf and Country Club in Fairview, which hosts the Republican Club at Heritage Ranch.
The governor's order banning mask mandates in Texas has been widely debated and challenged in court.
In mid-May, the CDC updated its guidance to say fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting.
Then in late July when delta infections surged, it reversed course and recommended anyone regardless of vaccination status mask up where there is substantial community spread.
The GOP chair, however, is downplaying the fact that most in attendance at the campaign event, including the governor, were not wearing masks — believing there haven’t been enough controlled studies to show how effective masks are.
"I wouldn’t take anything from it other than the governor’s somebody who comes into contact with a lot of people," Rinaldi said. "And it isn’t surprising that politicians would eventually contract a respiratory disease."
Texas Democrats issued a statement wishing the governor a "smooth and speedy recovery," adding "COVID is not a partisan issue."
However, State Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Dallas) wasn’t as supportive. She posted on Twitter, "What’s more appropriate: thoughts and prayers??? Or hopefully there’s an ICU bed if you need one since you’ve not allowed locals to try to control this thing and they are running out of beds or can we finally now allow mask mandates???"
The governor’s office says he’s been testing daily, and Tuesday’s positive result was the first positive result.
"The good news is that my wife continues to test negative. Also want you to know that I have received the COVID-19 vaccine, and that may be one reason why I’m really not feeling any symptoms right now," Abbott said in a Twitter video. "I have no fever. No aches and pains or other types of symptoms."
There are reports the governor has received a booster shot on top of being fully vaccinated, but his press office has not confirmed that.