A teenage Morgan County, Alabama city council member who tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday after speaking out against mask warrants, said he is now battling coronavirus-related pneumonia in the city. ‘hospital.
“I’m still breathing little but my oxygen remains okay for now,” Decatur city councilor Hunter Pepper, 19, wrote on Facebook on Thursday. He received a CT scan on Wednesday evening which confirmed he was suffering from COVID pneumonia, “which is absolutely terrible,” he wrote.
On Wednesday, Pepper – who has repeatedly criticized mask warrants and refused to be vaccinated – said he had two rapid tests and a PCR test for the coronavirus after starting to feel sick on Monday.
“Well, it finally happened to me. Unfortunately this morning I confirmed two positives [tests] for Covid-19, ”Pepper wrote on Facebook Wednesday. Everything about me wants to tell me it’s something different, but every time I watch it’s ‘Covid this, Covid that’ and it terrified me and my family.
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Pepper wrote that he was “terrified” by the way the media “continues to report on Covid-19 and explains” death “every time,” adding that he has “faith in the Lord”.
“Maybe it will clear up soon and the symptoms of this disease won’t progress, as I can tell you, it’s terrible that you can’t breathe.”
He later said to Daily News from Decatur that he had started showing a “massive amount of symptoms” from the virus on Wednesday and his oxygen levels were “holding up a bit well, and I’m not feeling well at all.”
Pepper’s diagnosis raised concerns over whether he could have denounced other local officials at a city council working session earlier in the week.
Carlton McMasters, a city councilor who sat next to Pepper during the in-person meeting, told the outlet he had no symptoms.
“I am fully vaccinated,” McMasters said, according to the outlet. “I’m doing my best to follow CDC guidelines.”
Pepper, who trains to become an emergency medical technician, has regularly challenged pandemic restrictions as a city councilor, both slamming mask warrants and choosing not to get the coronavirus shot , the media reported.
“I don’t think you should be forced to do something like this, it’s wrong and it’s government overreach,” Pepper said in April as the city considered repealing a local mask mandate , according to the WAFF.
“Wearing a mask should be my choice,” Pepper said days later in an April 9 vote to end the city’s mask order, according to WAAY.
Last month, Pepper, who became the youngest person elected to Decatur city council last year, vowed he would “fight to the end” against another town mask term.
Only 41 percent of the county’s eligible population have been vaccinated, according to CDC data.
“Everyone at town hall is over 18 and old enough to make their own medical decisions,” he said at the time.
On Aug. 18, the Alabama Hospital Association said there were “29” intensive care beds available in the state, meaning dozens of people in the emergency room were waiting for the beds to be released. treatment, the WBRC reported at the time.
As the Delta variant traversed the state over the summer, Alabama experienced a massive peak in COVID-19, with more cases recorded in August than in any month since the start of the pandemic.
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