AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Gov. Greg Abbott released a 36-second video from a balcony at the Governor’s Mansion Thursday, August 19, regarding his status, two days after announcing he tested positive for COVID-19.
He thanked Texans for their well wishes and prayers since his diagnosis.
“As I remain in quarantine, I also remain focused on doing the business for the state of Texas,” Gov. Abbott said with a shot of the State Capitol over his left shoulder. “I remain in contact with leaders in the Capitol as well as heads of agencies across the state, addressing the issues that are most important in the state.”
Gov. Abbott said his wife, Cecilia continues to test negative for COVID-19.
Thanks to everyone around the state for your well wishes and prayers.
While quarantined, I continue to work with legislative leaders & agency heads on issues that are important to Texas.
Cecilia continues to test negative.
We send our gratitude to all of you.
God Bless Texas! pic.twitter.com/KTWn3Q2qru
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 20, 2021
Gov. Abbott is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and said Tuesday he had not experienced any symptoms.
He did not address the topic in his Thursday evening video.
The Governor’s Office released the following statement on Thursday:
“Governor Abbott’s doctor prescribed Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody therapy treatment, which is available at no cost to all Texans who get a doctor’s referral. It is recommended that Texans testing positive for COVID-19 seek this antibody therapeutic drug because of its effectiveness to help keep people out of hospitals. Today, the Governor announced the continued expansion of COVID-19 Antibody Infusion Centers across Texas. That is in addition to more than 140 providers that are providing antibody treatment at hospitals and clinics across the state.”