William Tapel, a well-known figure in Anchorage conservative circles, has repeatedly opposed public health measures to prevent epidemics and has spoken out against them at regular Anchorage Assembly meetings.
However, he was admitted to a local hospital with COVID symptoms last weekend, longtime friend Terrence Schengen told the Daily Beast on Thursday. Shortly afterwards, he attended a recent assembly session. It included a crowd of masked protesters challenging the proposed mask ordinance.
Schneigen, the legislative director of English Mayor Dave Bronson, said Tapel’s condition had “significantly improved” when he arrived at Providence Alaska Medical Center after initially receiving treatment with monoclonal antibodies. “He died and was taken to hospital by a retired nurse,” Schneigen said.
As Alaska Mine. Reported first, Anchorage Assembly member Jamie Allard and his supporters immediately began demanding that Tuple be given a dose of ivermectin at the hospital, a drug that has not been proven to cure covid but is a right-wing drug. Has been called a miracle cure by
Michael Chambers, another friend of Topils, who posted periodic updates on Facebook, said the hospital had rejected Tople’s request for medicine.
Providence spokesman Michal Kenfield told the Daily Beast that the hospital did not allow the drug as a treatment for the virus.
“Based on the evidence and guidelines of various national authorities, Providence Alaska Medical Center does not use Ivermectin to treat COVID-19,” he wrote in an email.
But that did not stop Allard and his supporters from continuing to rally for unproven treatment.
A source said. Landmine That Allard and others kept it “for days” and “continued to harass nurses, doctors and hospital administrators, compromising their ability to provide medical care to other patients.”
Allard and Tapel’s friends eventually tried to move him to another hospital, hoping he could be treated elsewhere.
The campaign escalated when ivermectin supporters issued an appeal to Gov. Mike Dunley. To weigh And force the hospital to provide medicine to Tapel. The appeal quickly spread to local conservative Facebook groups.
As Tapel’s condition worsened, three people, including Schengen, were barred from visiting him at the hospital.
In an email, Kenfield confirmed some details of the trio’s attempt to be hospitalized but would not confirm any identities as they were not asked for identification.
He said a security alert had been issued on October 9 at 3:30 pm for “three people trying to enter the hospital through one of the screening stations”. Regarding weapons and meeting patients.
According to Kenfield, when the group was denied entry due to its visiting policies, they began using their phones to take photos and videos, and then moved on to other entrances to the hospital where He was again seen taking additional photos, “trying to access”. Their devices.
Kenfield said he did so without incident when security asked him to leave.
He confirmed that the state’s largest hospital, Who started ration treatment for the virus last month., Received a call from people requesting ivermectin.
“We have no way of knowing the identities of the callers, but many of the phone calls are from people who are angry with the hospital for not using ivorymectin to treat patients with Covid 19,” he wrote. ۔ ”
Schneigen told the Daily Beast that he and a friend had come to the hospital to drop the phone charger at Tapel’s request. The couple met Dustin Darden, a local worker, who told them he had tried to go to Tapel. It can be seen in a video. Posted On Facebook at the hospital. Schneigen said the group went on a “prayer walk” around the hospital. He said he was not carrying a weapon but said he was worried that hospital staff had asked him about the weapons before asking if they had any signs of cowardice.
Just two days later, Mario Bird, an anchorage attorney, sent a letter to the hospital, claiming that Topel had given Allard the right to make “medical decisions” on his behalf and had urged the hospital to Give him ivermectin. A copy of the letter he shared with the conservative news site. Alaska Watchman..
Bird did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Beast on Thursday, but according to excerpts from the letter, he claimed that ” [Allard] The hospital staff told him that he did not really have that right.
According to the store, Bird also wrote that “Providence staff kept refusing to see Ms. Allard or Mr. Tapel’s friends and family at the hospital.”
In an email Thursday, Allard declined a request for comment from the Daily Beast: “No, I’m not going to talk to you about my friend.”
Schneigen said it was difficult to fight the hospital’s policy on authorized treatment.
“If the hospital has a policy, and the doctor is calling the policy – the doctor is definitely not going against the policy,” he said. “These are private entities and they have rules according to which they live and that is their limit.”
“As much as I want to support Bill and his choice of desire and freedom, we must also take care of where we go,” he added.
As a bizarre battle ensued between Tapel’s supporters and the hospital, Tapel’s condition deteriorated and he died on Wednesday, according to friends and local sources. A. GoFundMe page. Arrangements were made to pay for the funeral.
Another friend of the Topils, Theresa Streiter, told the Daily Beast that she was heartbroken by the death. He wrote in a Facebook message, “She was a dear friend and such a good soul.
She said she had joined a group that stood outside the hospital on Wednesday with a sign that read: “Providence took your life but we remember Bill Tapel in your honor.” Are present. ”
According to Straiter, the request to move Tapel to another hospital was due to Providence’s “denial of the treatment requested by Bill and his doctor.”
“He was in a coma for many hours and our friend left before we could say goodbye,” he wrote.
“In cases where family members or others call and demand specific treatment, our caregivers emphasize the high quality, evidence-based care we provide,” Kenfield said in a statement. And there is no clear or good evidence to suggest an alternative treatment. Safe or effective. ”
“Caregivers also point out that in some cases – such as the use of ivermectin – there are potential risks, and that is why we do not use it to treat COVID-19 patients,” he wrote. Are. “