Anti-mask, anti-vaccination candidate for HD-55 Cindy Ficklin (R-Mesa County) announced December 19 on Facebook that she has contracted Covid-19 and is blaming it squarely on the U.S. government.
Ficklin announced she had the disease after emerging from a 30 day ban from Facebook. Facebook has banned Ficklin numerous times for spreading lies and conspiracy theories on her page. Ficklin has repeatedly asserted without proof that the SARS CoV2 virus was created in a laboratory to target obese, elderly and unfit people; she has spread lies about vaccine deaths and about public health physician Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease, profiting personally from the virus. Fauci is also a consultant to President Biden about the pandemic. After Facebook banned her several times, Ficklin started a blog on her employer’s website, Coldwell Banker Realty, to spread lies about the virus, elections and other topics. Ficklin has developed a reputation for taking information out of context, repeating false and misleading data derived from discredited Fox News hosts and other unauthoritative sources like wannabe celebrities and athletic figures.
Ficklin poses a further threat to public health by continuing to promoting lies about Covid-19 at a time when Mesa County hospitals are choked with Covid patients who refuse to get vaccinated. According to the Mesa County Covid Dashboard, 21 people have died in Mesa County from Covid in just the last two weeks, 85% of whom were unvaccinated. Hospitals in the County have been consistently near 100% capacity for months now, medical staff is weary and hospitals are frequently “diverting” patients, or turning away people who go to them for care for other problems, like accidents and other ailments.