H. Scott Apley Bio/Wiki
Five days after posting a meme on Facebook doubting the value of becoming immunized against COVID, a Republican official from Texas named H. Scott Apley who often expressed anti-vaccine and anti-mask ideas online died of COVID-19.
H. Scott Apley, a member of the Dickinson City Council and the State Republican Executive Committee, died in a local hospital at 3 a.m. Wednesday, according to a GoFundMe page set up to assist Apley’s family with expenses.
On Sunday, he was taken to the Galveston hospital with “pneumonia-like symptoms” and was placed on a ventilator as his condition deteriorated. According to the family, his wife was also affected.
He was 45 years old.
Melissa Apley is the wife of H. Scott Apley.
He leaves behind his COVID-positive wife Melissa, as well as their young son Reid. According to the fundraising, which has nearly $15,000 of its $30,000 target raised so far.
The fundraiser added, “Your donations are greatly appreciated and will help the family as they get through this difficult period.”
H. Scott Apley Dies Of COVID-19
In a Facebook post, Dickinson Mayor Sean Skipworth said, “My heart is beyond broken for his family,”
“Scott was a new father and that makes this loss especially tragic.”
In a statement, Texas Republican Party Chairman Matt Rinaldi remarked, “Please join me in lifting the Apley family up in prayer. We will miss Scott deeply but find comfort knowing he is at peace in the arms of our Savior.”
The fact that Apley’s death was caused by COVID was not mentioned in the announcement.
H. Scott Apley Ridiculed COVID-19
Apley is a devoted Christian and a hard conservative. Apley, on the other hand, didn’t believe COVID would affect him or his family based on his social media behavior.
Apley commented on an invitation for a “mask burning” at a Cincinnati club in May, saying, “I wish I lived in the area!” He had previously written, “Disgusting,” in response to a news report on prizes and incentives intended to persuade individuals to be vaccinated.
Apley also raged against “vaccine passports,” which limit high-risk activities like indoor eating to those who have been completely vaccinated. He recently said that Germany’s mask laws were equivalent to Nazism.
When former Baltimore health commissioner Leana Wen announced favorable news regarding the Pfizer vaccine’s efficacy this spring, Apley slammed her as “an absolute enemy of a free people.”
Apley writes, In one of several Facebook posts on the matter, “Question: If businesses start allowing customers and employees go mask free only with VOLUNTARILY providing their vaccination record (presumably not a HIPPA [sic] violation), wouldn’t that basically INVOLUNTARILY identify people who have chosen not to get vaccinated (Which might be indirectly creating a HIPPA [sic] violation)?”
Mayor Sean Skipworth told the Galveston County Daily News on Wednesday that he didn’t know if Apley had been vaccinated against COVID.