Texas Governor Greg Abbott has contracted the coronavirus, his workplace confirmed in an announcement, saying he caught the sickness regardless of being absolutely vaccinated, and can isolate within the government mansion till he checks unfavourable.
“The Governor has been testing day by day, and as we speak was the primary constructive take a look at consequence,” communications director Mark Miner stated in an announcement on Tuesday, including that Abbott is at present “in good well being and experiencing no signs” from the virus.
#BREAKING: Launch from @GovAbbott workplace confirming the #TX Governor has examined constructive for #COVID19 #COVID @CBSDFW pic.twitter.com/BMKuvD3pNp
— Ken Molestina (@cbs11ken) August 17, 2021
Miner additionally famous that Abbott would obtain Regeneron – a monoclonal antibody remedy, or particular lab-created proteins which mimic the immune response to dangerous pathogens, like viruses. Although the governor is asymptomatic, such remedies may help to cut back the possibility of extreme sickness with Covid-19, based on the FDA.
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Final Friday, Abbott unveiled a plan to determine 9 monoclonal antibody infusion websites throughout Texas in an effort to take strain off of hospitals. As of Monday, greater than 11,500 Covid-19 sufferers have been hospitalized within the state, whereas the variety of ICU beds accessible had dwindled to 322.
The governor additionally lately referred to as in 2,500 out-of-state healthcare staff to help hospitals and “mitigate the surge of Covid-19 circumstances in Texas,” whereas urging medical amenities to postpone elective procedures to clear house for coronavirus sufferers.
The spike in infections has been attributed to the extra contagious Delta variant, which was first noticed in India however has since swept the US and quite a few different nations. Whereas day by day circumstances and deaths in Texas have but to achieve their peak seen final January, hospitalizations within the state now mirror the worst days of its outbreak.
Up to now, Texas has administered almost 29 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, absolutely immunizing greater than 13 million folks, or about 47% of the state’s inhabitants.
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