On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that H. Scott Apley, a councilmember of Dickinson, Texas and member of the Texas State Republican Executive Committee, has died from COVID-19.
Apley, reported Justin Rohrlich, "was admitted to the facility in Galveston on Sunday with 'pneumonia-like symptoms,' and was hooked up to a ventilator as his condition worsened. His wife was also infected, the family said."
The Daily Beast described Apley as "a staunch conservative and devout Christian" who also left behind a long history of anti-mask and anti-vax propaganda on his social media accounts.
"In May, Apley posted an invitation for a 'mask burning' being held at a bar in Cincinnati, commenting, 'I wish I lived in the area!'" reports The Daily Beast. "A couple of weeks earlier, he posted a news article about giveaways and incentives meant to encourage people to get vaccinated, writing, 'Disgusting.' Apley also railed against so-called vaccine passports, which restrict high-risk activities, such as indoor dining, to the fully vaccinated. Recently, he suggested that mask mandates in Germany were akin to Nazism."
Additionally, he replied to a tweet from former Baltimore health commissioner and frequent CNN COVID commentator Dr. Leana Wen, calling her an "enemy of a free people" — and just five days before he died, he mocked COVID vaccines on Facebook, writing, "In 6 months, we've gone from the vax ending the pandemic—to you can still get covid even if vaxxed—to you can pass covid onto others even if vaxxed—to you can still die of covid even if vaxxed—to the unvaxxed are killing the vaxxed."
@DrLeanaWen You are an absolute enemy of a free people. #ShoveTheCarrotWhereTheSunDontShine.— H Scott Apley (@H Scott Apley) 1617407695.0
Surveys have suggested that opposition to vaccines and public health measures are particularly concentrated among Republicans and supporters of former President Donald Trump, and counties where they live. And Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott has vowed not to bring back mask mandates, is one of the worst states for new COVID cases currently — Texas and Florida together account for one-third of all new cases last week.