Conservative radio host Marc Barnier (pictured), 65, has been announced to have died of Covid-19
A conservative radio host has become the third to publicly criticize the coronavirus vaccine that died of Covid-19 after battling the disease for weeks.
It was announced that 65-year-old Marc Barnier, a long-serving talk radio host in Daytona, Florida, had died Saturday night by WNDB, the radio station he had worked with for three decades.
Calling himself ‘Mr Anti-Vax’, Barnier told a guest in December, ‘I’m not taking it… Are you kidding me? Mister Anti-Vax? Jeepers.’
“It is with great sadness that WNDB and Southern Stone Communications announce the passing of Marc Bernier, who has informed and entertained listeners on WNDB for over 30 years,” WNDB wrote on Twitter.
“We kindly ask that you allow Marc’s family privacy during this time of mourning.”
Mr Barnier’s deaths follow those of Dick Farrel on August 4 and Phil Valentine last week – both were also conservative radio hosts who questioned and criticized the coronavirus vaccine.
Barnier was known for inviting guests with different points of view on his show, such as Democrats, but he had publicly spoken out against vaccines. Liberals and conservatives alike praised the host for being honest regardless of point of view.
According to the Daytona Beach News JournalBernier had been hospitalized since August 7, with friends of the host expressing their grief over the news of his death.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood, a frequent guest on Bernier’s show, told the Journal he was “sedated.” “For me, this is a death in the family,” he said.
While Chitwood acknowledged that the couple didn’t always agree on all issues, they never let their disagreements get in the way of their friendship.
“We had the ability to give and take,” Chitwood said. “You don’t have to agree with everything someone says to be your friend. I don’t think many people understand that.’ He added that every conversation “started with how our kids are doing.”
Earlier this month, it was announced that conservative presenter Dick Farrell also died after contracting the corona virus in Florida.
Farrell, who was an outspoken critic of Dr. Anthony Fauci, is said to have said to friends: ‘I wish I [the vaccine]before he passed away at age 65.
The right-wing host had described Fauci — the president’s top immunologist and chief medical adviser — as a “power-tripping lie freak” who conspired with “power trip libb loons.”
Farrel was a staunch Trump supporter, perpetuating the baseless conspiracy theories of voter fraud in the 2020 election that elected Joe Biden
He had urged people in June not to get the vaccine, but reportedly changed his mind about Covid vaccines after falling ill and later hospitalized, where he died on August 4.
Weeks later, it was announced that another conservative host – Phil Valentine from Tennessee.
Valentine’s death after being hospitalized for a month was confirmed Saturday by Nashville radio station SuperTalk 99.7 WTN in a tweet.
Valentine had expressed skepticism about coronavirus vaccines, though his family insists he was not an “anti-vaxxer.”
After testing positive for COVID-19 and prior to his hospitalization, he told his listeners, “If I get this COVID thing, do I have a chance of dying from it?”
If so, he advised them to get vaccinated. He said he chose not to get vaccinated because he believed he had “a very low risk of dying.”
Valentine was a skeptic of coronavirus vaccines, questioning their safety and saying he chose not to get vaccinated because he believed he had a ‘very low risk of dying’
After Valentine was transferred to an intensive care unit, Mark Valentine said his brother regretted that “he was not a more vocal supporter of the vaccination.”
“I know if he could tell you this, he would tell you, ‘Go get vaccinated. Stop worrying about politics. Stop worrying about all the conspiracy theories,” Mark Valentine told The Tennessean on July 25.
He regrets not having been more adamant about getting the vaccine. Look at the dadgum data,” he said.
His family revealed late last month that he was “in very serious condition” and suffering from “covid pneumonia” along with other side effects of the virus.
Portable morgues (shown in file photo) have been sent to 14 hospital systems in Central Florida as hospitals and crematoria have reached capacity due to an increase in Covid cases linked to the highly contagious Delta variant
The news of Barnier’s death in Florida comes as it was revealed that portable morgues have been sent to 14 of the state hospitals.
The Central Florida Disaster Medical Coalition said each hospital system will receive varying amounts of portable morgues depending on the size of the facility.
Three go to Advent Health and Orlando Health, while only one goes to Orlando Health, Leesburg, HCA-East Florida, HCA-North Florida, Steward, Cleveland Clinic and Health First.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings also confirmed that hospital morgues are full and announced a seven-day extension of the state of emergency during the 150th COVID update since March last year.
More than 16,700 people are currently hospitalized in the state of Florida, according to the mayor’s Covid update, and 36 percent of those patients have the virus
“Fifty percent of those in ICUs or intensive care units have the disease,” Demings reported.
During a COVID-19 update on Thursday, Demings said: The Florida Hospital Association reports that more than 16,700 people are currently hospitalized in the state of Florida. The Hospital Association also reports that this number is almost two-thirds higher than the previous peak of hospital admissions in July 2020.
Despite the high rate of infections and hospitalizations, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued executive orders banning mask mandates and vaccine passports for certain companies.
Only 53.8 percent of Florida’s population is fully vaccinated.
Kimberly Mitchell, the owner of Mitchell’s Funeral Home – an Orlando crematorium – shared: WKMG: ‘COVID never went away. As you can see, the hospitals are starting to get space.’
Mitchell also said the funeral home is running out of space in the refrigerators used to store corpses.
“It is still important that we work together, get vaccinated and put on a mask to control the wave we are currently experiencing,” Demings said.
“More than 192,000 cases of coronavirus have now been reported in Orange County… But for the first time in a long time, our new cases are below 1,000 in one day,” he added.