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 received’t attend the occasion.
Republican Rep. Jeff Hoverson posted on Fb Sunday that he was “quarantining and every day is getting higher.” The Minot lawmaker stated he’s taking the deworming drug ivermectin as a COVID-19 therapy, and has not checked right into a hospital.
“Covid is actual and like a very dangerous flu,” Hoverson wrote.
Hoverson, a pastor, advised The Related Press that was identified final week.
“I’m feeling tough,” he stated Monday. “However this ivermectin is preserving me out of the hospital.”
Ivermectin is designed to battle parasitic infections however conservative commentators have promoted it as a therapy for COVID-19, regardless of an absence of conclusive proof that it helps.
“It’s making me higher,” 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 acquire approval. Home Majority Chief 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.
Though Hoverson is not going to attend the rally at North Dakota’s statehouse, he stated three of his teenage kids shall 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 will have made it a felony to assist girls entry abortions.
Final month, he was barred from boarding a flight at Minot Worldwide 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 “need to be compelled to wish for a false god.”