Tim Walters, the organizer for Reopen Maryland, said in a Facebook live video posted Thursday that he is quarantining in his home. The US Navy vete
“I did have a hard day yesterday. I told you guys I wasn’t feeling really well. I crashed later in the day, had to go to the emergency room. I thought I was actually having a stroke … turns out I had Covid,” he said in the video, continuing later: “As you can see, I’m not dying. It’s uncomfortable. I would make it akin to having the flu.”
Walters and Reopen Maryland have not responded to CNN’s request for comment.
Hogan has gradually lifted restrictions in the state, allowing gyms, casinos and malls to reopen last week, but people in Maryland are still required to wear face coverings in retail spaces and on public transportation.
Walters told the Daily Record that contracting Covid-19 after months of not wearing a face mask has not changed his views, “because there’s too much proof that masks don’t work.”
“I don’t care if you wear a mask or not. I’m not here to advocate for that. I think the government’s role is to educate us so we can make those informed decisions,” he told the paper.
“As Marylanders have gathered to peacefully protest in recent weeks, I want to reiterate to those participating in these events that it’s still important to continue to take all precautions to reduce the risks of spreading the coronavirus,” the Republican governor wrote.
“Our health experts are strongly encouraging anyone who attended a demonstration or mass gathering to immediately get tested for coronavirus, and they are also advised to avoid contact with vulnerable populations,” he said.