A number of Republican politicians who opposed masks and vaccine mandates have examined optimistic for COVID-19.
Gov. Greg Abbott, R-TX, examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday. The governor, who has been totally vaccinated in opposition to the virus, isn’t experiencing any signs, his workplace mentioned in a press release.
“Governor Greg Abbott right this moment examined optimistic for the COVID-19 virus. The Governor has been testing each day, and right this moment was the primary optimistic take a look at end result,” the assertion learn. “The Governor will isolate within the Governor’s Mansion and proceed to check each day. Governor Abbott is receiving Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody remedy.”
Abbott had beforehand issued an govt order banning college districts from imposing masks necessities. He additionally lifted COVID-19 restrictions, such because the masks mandate, in March regardless of opposition from the state’s public well being officers.
The Texas Republican is now the newest in a bunch of GOP politicians who’ve been contaminated with the virus.
On Monday night, Sen. Andre Jaque, R-WI, revealed that he and a number of other relations had examined optimistic for COVID-19 final week. He additionally added that he had been hospitalized with pneumonia.
“I have no idea after I contracted COVID, however a few of my household and I did take a look at optimistic for it on the finish of final week after I got here residence from Madison,” Sen. Jacque mentioned in a textual content message to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Jacque had attended two committee hearings on Aug. 11 the place he spoke with out sporting a masks throughout at the least one of many packed hearings.
Rep. Keith Kidwell, R-NC, on Tuesday additionally revealed that he and his spouse, Viki, had examined optimistic for COVID-19. In a Fb submit up to date Thursday, Kidwell referred to as for prayers for his spouse who was admitted to Beaufort Hospital.
“Thursday morning. They’ve been capable of decrease her oxygen a little bit. She was complaining in regards to the meals right this moment, so I suppose meaning she’s enhancing. Please proceed to hope for her,” he posted, in response to WITN.
Kidwell has been a vocal opponent of mask-wearing and COVID-19 vaccines. He had beforehand mentioned he refused to put on a masks throughout a 2020 Home flooring debate. He has additionally sponsored a invoice that may ban Gov. Roy Cooper, D-NC, from imposing vaccine mandates.
In prior Fb posts, the North Carolina Republican has additionally decried the federal government’s vaccination marketing campaign as “manipulation.”