By Shereen Siewert

A Wausau doctor is on leave after he attended a weekend rally that appeared to violate the state’s Safer at Home order, according to a statement issued Monday.

Dr. David Murdock, a cardiologist with Aspirus, attended the Open Wisconsin Now rally in Mosinee in opposition to Gov. Tony Evers’ decision to continue the state’s Safer at Home order through May 26, officials confirmed.

Aspirus officials say they respect Murdock’s right to free speech and assembly but do not condone his violation of the state order. Further, the organization’s own internal policies require employees to comply with the Safer at Home order, they said.

“That’s one reason we were deeply concerned when one of our physicians, Dr. David Murdock, took part in a large gathering this past weekend and appeared to violate social distancing practices,” Aspirus said in a statement.

A photo of Dr. Murdock was publicly circulated on social media following the rally.