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Rep. Clardy speaks against Gov. Abbott’s ban on mask mandates

Published: Aug. 20, 2021 at 3:24 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 20, 2021 at 9:52 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - “It’s the real deal,” State Representative Travis Clardy says about COVID-19 and the Delta variant.

The fully-vaccinated Nacogdoches Republican and his wife spent the last couple of weeks recovering from the contagious virus.

Today Clardy was vocal on vaccinations, masks and post-covid treatments.

Back in Austin, with a full weekend ahead of legislative duty catch-up, State Representative Travis Clardy begins a Friday update with a vaccination message.

“Really, really seriously consider getting the vaccine. I’ve had it. I encourage you to do it. That’s really our best thing to avoid back where we started.”

Clardy attributes the vaccine for the milder case he and his wife experienced. Then on the issue of masks, he shared, this opinion.

“I have respect for our governor, but I do fundamentally disagree.”

Clardy pushes local control and stresses the protection of youngsters to make his point.

“If there’s a breakout of some area, one of our campuses has a large number of infections of teachers, or students or whatever we deal with that on a campus-by-campus basis, but not one size fits all statewide policy. That doesn’t make sense to me.”

Clardy also is in favor of the post-COVID-19 treatment, Regeneron. He was quoted in the Washington Post, telling everybody to ‘track it down and get it.’

“I was able to get the Regeneron treatment which is very good therapeutically and really helped us rebound,” said Clardy.

But the costly drug is not found everywhere. Infusion hotlines are available.

Clardy’s message on COVID-19 ends on a somber note.

“And when you have to have a conversation about the use of body bags and the number of people that are passing away as a result of COVID, you have to take that seriously. Folks this is a deadly disease. Let’s treat it that way.”

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