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Politics Texas lieutenant governor tests positive for COVID-19

02:35  05 january  2022
02:35  05 january  2022 Source:   thehill.com

Texas board withdraws pardon recommendation for George Floyd

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) recently tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home.

Texas lieutenant governor tests positive for COVID-19 © Getty Images Texas lieutenant governor tests positive for COVID-19

Patrick's reelection campaign announced on Monday that he experienced mild symptoms last week and tested positive for the virus. Though he has since tested negative, he is still isolating in his home in Houston, a press release from his campaign said.

"His symptoms were mild and no one else in the household was infected. He continues working from home and will return to a public schedule by the end of the week," Allen Blakemore, Patrick's campaign senior advisor, said in the release.

Georgia, Washington Both Shatter COVID Case Records Ahead of New Year's Eve Celebrations

  Georgia, Washington Both Shatter COVID Case Records Ahead of New Year's Eve Celebrations Washington reported its highest one-day COVID case number of 6,235 on Friday, while Georgia reported its record-breaking 13,670 positive cases on Tuesday.Georgia reported 13,670 cases on December 28, while Washington reported 6,235 on December 24.

Patrick has previously said that he is vaccinated but has also been critical of shutdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 10,892 new confirmed cases as of its last update on Dec. 30.

Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced that the state asked for federal assistance to help with COVID-19 testing and treatment as the highly contagious omicron variant fuels a surge in infections.

"Testing sites, additional medical staff, and continued shipments of therapeutics from the federal government will help us continue to save lives and mitigate the spread of COVID-19," he wrote.

The governor, who has been a leading opponent of President Biden's vaccine mandates, suggested last week that the president wasn't doing enough to help states fight the virus.

"Biden vows full federal support to help states combat COVID. But he's not," Abbott wrote in a tweet.

White House vows to provide 10 million Covid tests for schools each month .
The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it would provide schools with 10 million Covid-19 tests every month as it urges districts to keep classrooms open amid a widespread shortage of testing kits.The White House said it will distribute 5 million rapid tests to schools every month. It also vowed to make the capacity for an additional 5 million PCR tests available through a Department of Health and Human Services program that collects samples and sends them to labs.

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