COVID-19

GOP senator who was banned by airline for refusing to wear a mask says she now has COVID

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Alaska GOP Senator Lora Reinbold posted on Facebook that she has COVID-19 symptoms and has tested positive for the virus.

“It’s my turn to battle Covid head on… game on!” Reinbold wrote in post on Tuesday which has since been deleted. “Who do you think is going to win? When I defeat it, I will tell you my recipe.”

Reinbold’s announcement comes after a video emerged showing her arguing with employees at Juneau International Airport about its mask rule. She’s also been a vocal critics of mask mandates in general.

From The New York Times:

The exchange prompted Alaska Airlines to bar Ms. Reinbold from its flights, a decision that was later upheld. As long as the federal mask mandate is in place — it was extended until Jan. 18, 2022 — Ms. Reinbold will be banned from Alaska Airlines flights, the carrier said in an email on Thursday.

Unable to fly from her district to Juneau, the state capital, a journey that could take more than 19 hours by car and ferry, Ms. Reinbold, who represents Eagle River, Alaska, asked last month to be excused from legislative sessions until next year. The Republican-led Senate accepted her request without objection.

In her now-deleted Facebook post, Reinbold said that she was “blessed” to have obtained ivermectin, an anti-parasite drug that has not been approved to treat COVID-19.

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