Rep. Jeff Hoverson, a North Dakota lawmaker and an organizer of a rally Monday to oppose COVID-19 vaccine mandates, is infected with the coronavirus and won’t attend the event.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota lawmaker and an organizer of a rally Monday to oppose COVID-19 vaccine mandates is infected with the coronavirus and won’t attend the event.

Republican Rep. Jeff Hoverson published on Facebook Sunday that he was “quarantining and each day is getting better.” The Minot lawmaker said he is taking the deworming drug ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment, and has not checked into a hospital.

“Covid is real and like a really bad flu,” Hoverson wrote.

Hoverson was a pastor and told The Associated Press last week that he had been diagnosed.

“I’m feeling rough,” he said Monday. “But this ivermectin is keeping me out of the hospital.”

Ivermectin is designed to fight parasitic infections However, conservative commentators continue to promote it as a cure for COVID-19, even though there is no conclusive evidence.

“It’s making me better,” Hoverson said.

Monday saw the return of the North Dakota Legislature to Bismarck for an extraordinary five-day session A bill that would prevent mandated vaccines from being mandated will most likely be approved during this period. Chet Pollert, House Majority Leader, said Hoverson can participate remotely.

North Dakota’s Republican leadership and GOP Gov. Doug Burgum has stated that they do not support such mandates. The state also joined the federal lawsuit challenging President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine rules.

Although Hoverson will not attend the rally at North Dakota’s statehouse, he said three of his teenage children will be there.

Hoverson ranks among the GOP’s most extremist legislators. Hoverson introduced legislation in the last session to remove mask mandates. Additionally, he sponsored failed legislation which would have made it an felony for women to obtain abortions.

After a confrontation with security agents, Hoverson was stopped from board a Minot International Airport flight last month. And as a freshman legislator two years ago, Hoverson protested a prayer by a Hindu cleric, saying he didn’t “want to be compelled to pray for a false god.”

Source: HuffPost.com.

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