Recently, on August 17, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19. With his Republican political background, Governor Abbott had led his state, Texas, throughout his last term. In the past year, Governor Abbott had made it clear of his opinions and his position regarding mask mandates and the situation of the novel coronavirus as a whole.
The Texan governor has opposed mask mandates from months back, even when the United States and Texas were undergoing a wave of infections. In March of 2021, Governor Abbott completely lifted the official mask mandates. Additionally, he also allowed 100% indoor seating, while fully reopening Texas again, though it was heavily debated amongst citizens and other states. Despite CDC’s policies, he allowed indoor restaurants to open at 100% capacity.
“Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities. Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100%,” Governor Abbott said at the time in March of 2021. He also mentioned how such new legislation and orders “does not end personal responsibility and caring for your family members, friends and others in your community. People and businesses don’t need the state telling them how to operate.”
Fast forwarding a few months and Governor Abbott is reported to be resting and placed in quarantine in the governor’s mansion. He is said to be receiving Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatment. According to health officials, he is not experiencing many symptoms and recovery is near. For those around him including family, friends, and workers, they have been tested and alerted. First Lady of Texas, Cecilia Abbott had tested negative for her COVID-19 test.
As a reflection of his leadership and the current pandemic status, the rest of Texas seems to be on the verge of another spike. Records show that there has been a surge of cases recently, both contributed from the lax policies and re-openings of school amongst the youth. Official data shows that on Tuesday, August 17, there were only 327 ICU beds left open in Texas and 11,791 lab-confirmed Covid-19 patients in hospitals.