Coronavirus: Allen West, Texas gubernatorial hopeful, tests positive for COVID-19

GARLAND, Texas — Allen West, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor of Texas, confirmed Saturday evening that he has received monoclonal antibody injections after contracting COVID-19 pneumonia.

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West, whose Twitter feed indicated that he had not been vaccinated against coronavirus, disclosed on social media Saturday morning that his wife, Angela, who did receive the vaccine, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, The Dallas Morning News reported.

“My chest X-rays do show COVID pneumonia, not serious. I am probably going to be admitted to the hospital,” West tweeted late Saturday afternoon, confirming that he and his wife had both received a monoclonal antibody, which can reduce the severity of some symptoms.

“There’s a concern about my oxygen saturation levels, which are at 89 and they should be at 95,” West tweeted, noting that he is “suspending in-person events until receiving an all-clear indication.”

West, a former Texas Republican Party chairman and Florida congressman, announced in July that he would challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbot, who is running for a third term and has been endorsed by Donald Trump.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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