State lawmaker with coronavirus says he got his ‘wish’

By | November 11, 2020

A Nebraska lawmaker who recently tested positive for the coronavirus said,”I finally got my wish.”State Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte said he believes herd immunity is part of the answer and he wanted to get it over with.”I didn’t do anything different than anybody else. I isolate more than most people do. I was at my Legislative work in Lincoln and had contact. And I’m glad I got it and got it over with. I don’t see anything wrong with that,” Groene said.Groene said he didn’t go looking to get the virus. He believes he got it in late October. He said he usually doesn’t wear a mask because it causes trouble breathing. “I got the virus from someone who was wearing a mask. I did not wear a mask. I have not been traced that I spread to anybody,” Groene said. He said had a fever for couple of days and some fatigue, but said he’s doing fine.”I’ve been sick a lot of times. This is not different. This is not cancer. My God this hysteria,” Groene said. The coronavirus surge has hit the Capitol.On Tuesday, Gov. Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore announced they are quarantined for 14 days after a close contact at a weekend dinner tested positive.”So we’re like many people across this country going to adapt to the new world we’re in,” Ricketts said.A two-day legislative retreat in Mullen scheduled to start Wednesday was postponed.The Legislature’s Executive Committee Chairman Mike Hilgers said he and his staff were in charge of the event but learned they had to self-quarantine after a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID.”Having to self-quarantine, not being there on the ground at the eleventh-hour was not feasible,” Hilgers said.Groene said people need to take precautions, especially if they have health issues, and to protect hospitals and long term care facilities.”I followed the rules. I protected my neighbor. I did it the right way. And I plan on donating blood as soon as I can so I can help others,” Groene said.Many local and national health officials disagree with Groene’s views on herd immunity.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said million of Americans would either have to be infected or be immunized for herd immunity to work, and adds it’s dangerous to purposely expose yourself, as you don’t know how your body will react to the virus. “I didn’t try to get contact. It came to me,” Groene said.

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A Nebraska lawmaker who recently tested positive for the coronavirus said,”I finally got my wish.”

State Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte said he believes herd immunity is part of the answer and he wanted to get it over with.

“I didn’t do anything different than anybody else. I isolate more than most people do. I was at my Legislative work in Lincoln and had contact. And I’m glad I got it and got it over with. I don’t see anything wrong with that,” Groene said.

Groene said he didn’t go looking to get the virus. He believes he got it in late October. He said he usually doesn’t wear a mask because it causes trouble breathing.

“I got the virus from someone who was wearing a mask. I did not wear a mask. I have not been traced that I spread to anybody,” Groene said.

He said had a fever for couple of days and some fatigue, but said he’s doing fine.

“I’ve been sick a lot of times. This is not different. This is not cancer. My God this hysteria,” Groene said.

The coronavirus surge has hit the Capitol.

On Tuesday, Gov. Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore announced they are quarantined for 14 days after a close contact at a weekend dinner tested positive.

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“So we’re like many people across this country going to adapt to the new world we’re in,” Ricketts said.

A two-day legislative retreat in Mullen scheduled to start Wednesday was postponed.

The Legislature’s Executive Committee Chairman Mike Hilgers said he and his staff were in charge of the event but learned they had to self-quarantine after a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID.

“Having to self-quarantine, not being there on the ground at the eleventh-hour was not feasible,” Hilgers said.

Groene said people need to take precautions, especially if they have health issues, and to protect hospitals and long term care facilities.

“I followed the rules. I protected my neighbor. I did it the right way. And I plan on donating blood as soon as I can so I can help others,” Groene said.

Many local and national health officials disagree with Groene’s views on herd immunity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said million of Americans would either have to be infected or be immunized for herd immunity to work, and adds it’s dangerous to purposely expose yourself, as you don’t know how your body will react to the virus.

“I didn’t try to get contact. It came to me,” Groene said.

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