U.S. Rep. Troy Nehls of Richmond says that he's tested positive for COVID-19 and has moderate symptoms.
Nehls, a Republican, said Saturday that he is fully vaccinated and hopes the symptoms pass soon.
"All Americans are free to make their own health decisions, but I strongly encourage getting vaccinated," he wrote on Twitter Saturday. "It is scientifically proven to drastically reduce the risk of severe illness & death from COVID."
Nehls, the former sheriff of Fort Bend County who was elected to Congress last year, had said on Wednesday that a close family member had tested positive.
Nehls said he has been quarantining at home and will continue to do so for at least the next 10 days.
"I'm told that my infection was brief and mild because of the vaccination that I received," Abbott said in a video clip posted on his Twitter account on Saturday. "So I encourage others who have not yet received the vaccination to consider getting one."