Arkansas State Senator Who Called Pandemic A Hoax Tests Positive For COVID-19

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The Republican lawmaker reportedly was hospitalized with COVID-19 on July 24.

Arkansas state Senator Jason Rapert shared an article earlier this year describing the coronavirus pandemic as a “hoax,” but now the Republican has contracted the virus, according to The Independent.

  • Rapert “was hospitalised with coronavirus and pneumonia on 24 July,” per the report.
  • As many states were imposing social distancing measures earlier this year to help thwart the spread of the virus, Rapert reportedly “shared an article on Facebook that called the pandemic the ‘biggest political hoax in history.’”
  • The Independent also noted that the lawmaker “was filmed last week not wearing a face mask at a church service, according to Raw Story.”
  • Rapert has criticized Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s mask mandate, describing the order as “an overreach of executive power without consultation with the members of the Arkansas legislature” last week in a post on social media.
  • He said in a statement following his hospitalization that “this is a difficult time for my family, but we know that God is with us always. We’re sincerely grateful for the many prayers of love and support that have been expressed on our behalf.”
  • Rapert added: “We have all been doing our best to wear a mask, social distance and be careful like everyone else. This virus is serious and can attack anyone regardless of age or general health.”

The Independent reported that “Arkansas recently saw a rise in coronavirus cases and last week recorded its second and third highest daily totals since the pandemic began, with 10,013 on Wednesday and 990 on Thursday.”

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