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ReOpen Maryland leader tests positive for COVID-19, refuses to cooperate with health officials

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Tim Walters (Source: Twitter)

Brian Niemietz

New York Daily News

A co-founder of the ReOpen Maryland movement, who attended rallies and church services without a mask during the pandemic, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Republican Tim Walters said on Facebook that he’s one of the nearly 2.5 million Americans who have been afflicted by the out-of-control spread of coronavirus. He also said he will not cooperate with public health officials’ efforts to track the virus.

“I was diagnosed yesterday at the ER with COVID-19 and here I am months after not wearing a mask at rallies, churches and so on and so it’s funny how capricious this thing is,” Walters said Thursday.

What started as a dry cough in March has now turned into a fever and vision problems.

The 53-year-old conservative said he has diabetes and had not been in the best of health prior to contracting COVID-19.

The Capital Gazette reports that Walters, a Navy veteran, organized ReOpen Maryland rallies in places including Annapolis, to protest efforts by the state’s governor to contain coronavirus.

Walters insisted in his video that he did not approve of sharing personal information with the government, though he recommended viewers take note of his symptoms and see a doctor if they were concerned. Coughing at times, he said his symptoms include a sore throat and a headache, as well as trouble holding down food.

Upset the Capital Gazette didn’t ask him for clarity on his Thursday Facebook posting, the former explosive ordnance disposal technician admitted “they didn’t take out of context.” He has since recorded two more videos, one in which he reportedly said some of his family members would be tested for COVID-19.

In addition to offering updates on his health, Walters reads scripture during his online monologues. He said he’s been getting a lot of good advice from people on Facebook.

According to Ballotpedia.com, Walters finished last among the six candidates who got votes to represent the 32nd district in Maryland House of Delegates. It was his second run for office.

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