Troy Nehls

A local elected representative has tested positive for COVID-19.

U.S. Rep. Troy Nehls in a Saturday Facebook post announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Nehls, who said he was fully vaccinated, represents Texas’ 22nd Congressional District – a district that includes much of Fort Bend County – in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I shared with you on Wednesday a close family member had become ill with COVID. Well, I have now tested positive and am symptomatic too,” said Nehls, who said he has been quarantining at home since testing positive.

Nehls said on Facebook Sunday that both he and his wife have since received the Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatment – the same treatment recently received by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week – and are feeling better.

“All Americans are free to make their own health decisions, but I strongly encourage getting vaccinated,” Nehls said. “It is scientifically proven to drastically reduce the risk of severe illness & death from COVID. You may still get ill, but you’re much less likely to be severely ill or hospitalized if vaccinated. God bless and thank you y’all for all the support and prayers.”

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