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Geauga County public health commissioner removed after making controversial social media post about unvaccinated individuals

According to the Associated Press, the commissioner posted that insurance companies should not pay for treatment for unvaccinated patients battling COVID-19.

CHARDON, Ohio — Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a related story, published by VERIFY. 

Tom Quade, the public health commissioner for Geauga County was fired earlier this week over a controversial social media post he made regarding individuals who are unvaccinated against the coronavirus. 

According to the Associated Press, Quade posted a message to a personal social media account saying that insurance companies should not pay for coronavirus treatment for any person who is not vaccinated or refuses to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Quade apologized for the statement he posted on Facebook, which he later deleted, saying “this was a mistake I own, and while I cannot alter the past, I assure you it will not be repeated moving forward.”

During the meeting, multiple residents spoke up in support of Quade, while others asked the board to remove the commissioner for his comments. 

Speaking during the meeting, health board President Richard Piraino said Quade’s post “insulted the public and affected the public perception of Geauga Public Health.” Piraino said the board needed ensure that its mission and goals “are held to the highest standard, free from partisan politics.”

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Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a related story regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and insurance coverage.