Port: Anti-vax North Dakota lawmaker, an organizer of today's We The People rally, comes down with COVID-19
"Thank you, brave soul, for getting me Ivermectin, which now with covid, I am able to stay out of the hospital," Rep. Jeff Hoverson wrote in a Sunday, November 7, post. "Covid is real and like a really bad flu. I am currently quarantining and each day is getting better."
MINOT, N.D. — Rep. Jeff Hoverson is a Republican from Minot who is deeply involved in the anti-vaccination and anti-masking movement in North Dakota.
During the regular legislative session earlier this year, the only bill Hoverson introduced that passed was a ban on statewide mask mandates. For the special session that begins this week, Hoverson has introduced a bill making it illegal for pharmacists to refuse a prescription for off-label use of ivermectin.
Hoverson was also a key organizer of the We The People rally in Bismarck today intended, in part, to promote a raft of anti-vaccination and other COVID-19 related bills introduced by Hoverson and other members of the Trump-aligned Bastiat Caucus of state lawmakers and activists.
But according to a post on Facebook, Hoverson is quarantining after coming down with COVID-19 himself.
"Thank you, brave soul, for getting me Ivermectin, which now with covid, I am able to stay out of the hospital," Hoverson wrote in a Sunday, November 7, post. "Covid is real and like a really bad flu. I am currently quarantining and each day is getting better."
He goes on to praise Ivermectin and a number of other treatments for COVID-19 touted in some political circles.
(Please, if you have COVID-19, or you're worried about it, talk to your doctor, and don't get your medical advice from politicians, pundits, or social media.)
When I spoke to Hoverson, he was audibly coughing. "Than god for Ivermectin or else I would probably be in the hospital," he told me, adding that he's participating in the special session remotely.
According to numbers from the state Department of Health , COVID-19 is having far less of an impact on vaccinated North Dakotans.
Of the 159 people hospitalized for COVID-19 last week, just 30 of them were vaccinated.
Out of the 2,499 new cases of COVID-19 in the state last week, 946 were vaccinated.
As of November 7 , over 57 percent of North Dakotans over the age of 12 have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Hoverson made headlines recently after an altercation at the Minot International Airport led to his being barred from his flight by Allegiant. According to police reports , Hoverson claimed that a TSA security screener grabbed his genitalia, though he has since claimed he overreacted.
When I first reported on that incident the matter was still under investigation. In an October 28 Facebook post, which included a brief video snippet from the incident, Hoverson claims that charges for simple assault are being pursued against him.
"They now are doing a simple assault charge. Because I moved his hand. I think this all was an over reaction [sic]," he wrote.
According to the North Dakota Century Code , a simple assault is a class B misdemeanor except when perpetrated against certain law enforcement, first responder, or medical personnel, in which case it's a felony.
When I contacted Hoverson, however, he said he is only facing an administrative hearing from the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the TSA. He told me his lawyer is handling the matter, but that he's already agreed to pay a fine related to the incident.
"Everyone is overreacting to it," he told me.
The Ward County State's Attorney told me Hoverson's matter had been referred to the City of Minot's municipal court.
Assistant city attorney Nick Schmitz wasn't available for comment.
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