BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota lawmaker and an organizer of a rally Monday to oppose COVID-19 vaccine mandates is contaminated with the coronavirus and gained’t attend the occasion.
Republican Rep. Jeff Hoverson posted on Facebook Sunday that he was “quarantining and each day is getting better.” The Minot lawmaker stated he takes the deworming drug ivermectin as a COVID-19 remedy, and has not checked right into a hospital.
“Covid is real and like a really bad flu,” Hoverson wrote.
Hoverson, a pastor, advised The Associated Press that was identified final week.
“I’m feeling rough,” he stated Monday. “But this ivermectin is keeping me out of the hospital.”
Ivermectin is designed to fight parasitic infections however conservative commentators have promoted it as a remedy for COVID-19, regardless of a scarcity of conclusive proof that it helps.
“It’s making me better,” Hoverson stated.
The North Dakota Legislature returned to Bismarck Monday for a particular five-day session throughout which a invoice to stop vaccine mandates will nearly definitely achieve approval. House Majority Leader Chet Pollert stated Hoverson might take part remotely.
North Dakota’s Republican management and GOP Gov. Doug Burgum have stated they oppose such mandates and the state has joined a federal lawsuit difficult President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine guidelines.
Although Hoverson is not going to attend the rally at North Dakota’s statehouse, he stated three of his teenage kids will likely be there.
Hoverson is among the many most far-right legislators within the GOP-controlled Legislature. He launched laws final session to repeal masks mandates and he sponsored failed laws that may have made it a felony to assist ladies entry abortions.
Last month, he was barred from boarding a flight at Minot International Airport after a run-in with a safety agent. And as a freshman legislator two years in the past, Hoverson protested a prayer by a Hindu cleric, saying he didn’t “want to be compelled to pray for a false god.”