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Texas Gov. Abbott seen at crowded, maskless gatherings before COVID-19 diagnosis

Just two days before he tested positive, Abbott tweeted photos from a campaign event in Collin County, which he said was "standing room only."

AUSTIN, Texas — In the hours following the announcement that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had contracted COVID-19, social media lit up with references to his recent gatherings posted on Twitter.

Gov. Abbott's office announced on the afternoon of Aug. 18 that the governor, who is fully vaccinated, has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. He is currently receiving Regeneron's monoclonal antibody treatment

   

Just two days before he tested positive, Abbott tweeted photos from a Collin County campaign event, which he said was "standing room only." The photos show Abbott standing on a stage in front of a room filled with people, many of whom were not masked.

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Just two days before he tested positive, Abbott tweeted photos from a campaign event in Collin County, which he said was "standing room only."

The photos, posted at around 9 p.m., were taken at an event with the Republican Club at Heritage Ranch near Dallas. In one of the posted photos, Abbott can be seen shaking hands with a woman in the crowd.

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In a photo posted to Twitter, Gov. Abbott can be seen shaking hands with a woman in a crowd. Days after it was posted, he tested positive for COVID-19.

On Aug. 13, the governor tweeted a video from his office with a group of people as he signed a proclamation recognizing India's 75 years of independence and "the partnership between Texas & India."

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Gov. Greg Abbott was seen at a proclamation signing several days before he tested positive.

Concern arose Tuesday afternoon for Austin guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, who was seen in a photo with Abbott hours before the governor tested positive.

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Jimmie Vaughan posted on Twitter, saying he and his family "have tested negative and are doing fine," hours after the governor tested positive for COVID-19.

Vaughan posted on Twitter, saying he and his family "have tested negative and are doing fine." 

The incubation period for COVID-19 can range from two days to two weeks.

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