Florida commissioner apologizes after statement made during meeting on coronavirus cures

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Okeechobee County Commission Meeting on Friday, March 20. (Okeechobee County)

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (WPEC) - Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper is apologizing for comments made during a county commission meeting where he suggested coronavirus cures and prevention.

During the meeting on Friday, the commissioner said he watched a news show on One America News, which he described as the "new Fox News," where a "certified doctor" was on the show providing suggestions about how to kill the coronavirus.

Commissioner Culpepper said the doctor on the show said that to kill the virus, it needs to be exposed to a high concentration of heat, about 163 degrees.

The commissioner then suggested that holding a hair dryer up to one's nose and inhaling through the nose would be the best way to do that.

In a Facebook post, the commissioner released the following statement (CBS12 News is adding the statement exactly as the commissioner wrote it on his page):

To Facebook Friends, I am Heartfully Sorry for comments I made on Social Media. I was only trying to give comfort to those in Okeechobee who have no insurance to treat there families

I should have ignored the comments that I perceived as hateful and the embarrassment I caused to my Fellow Commissioners and our Administrator

And her staff

I will not offer anymore suggestions unless they are tried and proven

I ask for All of your forgiveness for anything offensive that I uttered during these exchanges. God Bless and soften your hearts.

Watch the full commission meeting here.