Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tests positive for COVID-19

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday despite being fully vaccinated, his office announced.

“The governor has been testing daily, and today was the first positive test result,” the governor’s communications director, Mark Miner, said in a statement. “Governor Abbott is in constant communication with his staff, agency heads, and government officials to ensure that state government continues to operate smoothly and efficiently.”

Gov. Abbott received his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine in December of last year. He will now isolate in the Governor’s Mansion and receive Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatment while continuing to test daily.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday despite being fully vaccinated, his office announced. (Montinique Monroe/Getty Images)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday despite being fully vaccinated, his office announced. (Montinique Monroe/Getty Images)

 

“Governor Abbott is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in good health, and currently experiencing no symptoms,” the governor’s communications director said. “Everyone that the governor has been in close contact with today has been notified. Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott tested negative.”

Breakthrough infections – when a fully vaccinated person tests positive for COVID-19 – are possible but extremely rare.

The rate of breakthrough cases among the fully vaccinated is well below 1% in all 25 states that report data on breakthrough events, ranging from as low as .01% in Connecticut to 0.29% in Alaska, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.

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The rate of deaths from COVID-19 among fully vaccinated people is even lower as it is effectively zero in every state except Arkansas and Michigan, where the rate was 0.01%.

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