Kate Brown

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (KPTV Image)

SALEM, OR (KPTV) - Governor Kate Brown announced Thursday that all K-12 schools statewide will be required to implement an indoor mask rule before the fall term.

The governor's office said Brown has directed the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education to create a rule requiring masks indoors for the 2021-22 school year, in line with the most recent recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC updates guidance, recommends vaccinated people wear masks indoors in certain areas

Earlier this week, the CDC updated its masking recommendations as it grows more concerned over the Delta variant. The CDC also urged vaccinated people in areas of the country with high case counts to resume wearing masks indoors in public areas.

"The science and data are clear: the Delta variant is in our communities, and it is more contagious. My priority is to ensure our kids are able to safely return to full-time in-person learning this fall, five days per week and with minimal disruptions. With many children still ineligible to be vaccinated, masks are an effective way to help keep our kids safe in the classroom, the learning environment we know serves them best," Brown said in a statement. "In the meantime, as we ask Oregonians statewide to mask up in public indoor spaces, we will continue working hard to vaccinate more people so we can finally beat this virus once and for all. Vaccines remain the most effective and best way to protect ourselves and our families."

COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in Oregon

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are up throughout Oregon. Dr. Bukhosi Dube, Senior Health Advisor with the Oregon Health Authority, said hospitals in the state are beginning to fill up because of the surge, and cases are up 53 percent this week compared to last week. He told FOX 12 that 99.5 percent of the people who are hospitalized currently are people who are not vaccinated and the vast majority is because of the Delta variant.

Public schools in Washington state will also have indoor masking requirements for the fall, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday. 

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(24) comments

CherryAnn1000

Parents, you MUST take a stand against this evil woman. No more masks, nowhere, no how. Your kids deserve better.

Sickofthiscrap

What did you expect from Jerry "Moon Bean" Brown's sister, Kate? This is a dream come true for her. Power hungry tyrant no less. But, there is great news, Her tyranny will end after two dreadful years. Then really intelligent people of Oregon will put another liberal loon in office. See, that's not so bad, right?

commentor

She is not related to Jerry Brown..Kate the tyrant queen is from Minnesota.

PDX2MtHood

Oregon has been the most strict with masks and yet cases still rise.

NWR8rfan

IF you don't take your kids out of public school and home school or private teach them, you should be prosecuted for child abuse. They can still play on the public school's sports teams and local juvenile leagues - by law. Oregon state's teacher's union is nothing more than a Marxist drum beating brain wash group and your kids won't prosper in the real world outside of Oregon as they mature. Brown is the queen of Marxist rule and will soon be dethroned but in the mean time, stop harming your children.

Beyondthewhy

The tyrant queen is a clueless as the lady with blinders on pictured on her shirt.

Jefferson

Spit on your hands and do a high five and it's off to the camp with you. :)

CommonSensePrevails

Obviously, queen tyrant control freak Kate couldn't stand not having power. I can't wait until she is gone.

commentor

But then we will have to deal with one of her Protégés, either Tina Kotek or Shemia Fagan.

Richeycom

[thumbdown] This is ridiculous! Deaths from Covid in children under the age of 18 worldwide are virtually non existent. A recent study that looked at deaths occurring in children in the U.K. during the first 12 months of the pandemic found 99.995% of children diagnosed with COVID-19 survived

Between March 2020 and February 2021, only 25 children under the age of 18 died directly as a result of SARS-CoV-2 infection. This gives us an absolute mortality rate for children of 2 per 1 million. In the U.S., 335 children under 18 have died with a COVID-19 diagnosis on their death certificate. The CDC estimates the infection fatality rate from COVID-19 among children 0 to 17 years old is 20 per 1 million

The 20-in-1 million mortality rate in the U.S. cited by the CDC is likely a gross overestimate as, unlike the U.K., PCR tests were done with tremendously inappropriate cycle threshold levels and those who had legitimate infections also had existing comorbidities that were the true cause of death, yet it was inappropriately attributed to COVID-19. So the danger of death to children who come down with covid is virtually non-existent. But the psychological and physical dangers of wearing masks is real.

Yabbadabba

[thumbup][thumbup] for a great summation. Of course, we all know Copycat Brown can't think for herself, let alone think.

Reverend Charles

Tell ya what..toots..we'll make you an offer you can't refuse. We'll give you your little mask charade, if you promise to end any future references in schools to critical race theory, and there will be no more liberal ideology indoctrination of our youth. How would that be?

guest23463

lol. what an odd trade off "we will stop being babies and listen to science if you ignore hundreds of years of racial oppression." What is wrong with you?

Yabbadabba

Please explain and list all the peer-reviewed mask science and studies proving cloth and paper masks prevent the transmission of viruses.

Reverend Charles

What's wrong with me? And tell me einstein, which "science" are we supposed to follow? The one that says wear a mask, or a mask does no good, or if you're vaccinated you don't need a mask, or the one that says "oh no..even if you are vaxed you need to keep wearing a mask?" Which way is the wind blowing? Which way does it need to be blowing for your idols, the party of fear, elitism, manipulation, control issues and hall of fame hypocrisy, to be happy..this time? And you can take your "years of racial oppression," and go pound the Sahara. This country elected a black president for 8 years, and we currently have a black female vice president, who will soon become the president by default, when diminished capacity Joe finally loses the last of his marbles, and even the most die-hard partisan liberals will have to admit it's over. Does it make you feel better to believe and to grasp the lies of systemic racism, like some kind of baby blanket? What's wrong with me? Is there an adult somewhere near you that I can talk to?

Ranger

When wiill the CDC start showing some/any concern for all of covid positives coming across the southern border being bused into our communities. For some reason they don't cause as much as a threat than a 3rd grader.

guest23463

ahhhh, the old 'we have a black president so racism is over'. really showing your true colors here, pal. glad that solved and made up for the years of oppression. super cool you feel better about yourself by hiding what america did rather than face it like an adult.

yabbadabbadoofus, apparently channel 12 wont let me post links, but here are a handful of excerpts

"The study suggests that community mask use by well people could be beneficial, particularly for COVID-19, where transmission may be pre-symptomatic. The studies of masks as source control also suggest a benefit, and may be important during the COVID-19 pandemic in universal community face mask use as well as in health care settings."

-US National Library of Medicine

National Institutes of Health

"These results suggest that early public interest with face mask may be an independently important factor in controlling the COVID-19 epidemic on a population scale."

-American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

"We have seen that the efficacy of public mask wearing is largely supported by epidemiological and ecological data, as well as models. This could be due to masks filtering virus from an infected wearer, or protecting the wearer from infectious people around them, or both. "

-national academy of sciences

now your post your garbage. also, ranger, nobody is busing anyone into your community. that's some fear mongering from the republicans. right rev

Yabbadabba

guest23463, when you resort to name-calling, you've already lost the argument. As to your "proof" there sure are a lot of mays, mights, coulds and suggestions. LOL.

Here's some "garbage" for you to digest.

Let's start with The Great Lord Fraudci, shall we?

"I don't recommend you wear a mask"

"People should not be walking around with masks"

"No reason to be walking around with a mask "

"Masks are not providing the perfect protection they think it does"

Onto some studies:

New Danish Study finds masks don't prevent wearers from covid infection. -Annals of Internal Medicine

Jacob's, J.L. etc al (2009)

Cowling, B et al (2010)

bin-Reza etc al (2012)

Smith, J.D. et al (2016)

Offeddu, V. et al (2017)

Radonovich, L.J. et al (2019)

Long, Y. et al (2020)

I could go on, but I'm sure you get the gist.

guest23463

First off, fauci is no one’s lord. The fact that you guys assume we think his is, is just you project ting.

As for your sources . . .

I googled “Annals of Internal Medicine” and “masks”. Now, were you referring to the study that says “Observational evidence supports the efficacy of face masks in health care settings (11, 12) and as source control in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 or other coronaviruses (13).” Or the one titled “Notice of Retraction: Effectiveness of Surgical and Cotton Masks in Blocking SARS-CoV-2” cause they had bad data?

Jacob's, J.L. etc al (2009)

This is the closest thing you have to “evidence” but is also ends with “A larger study is needed to definitively establish noninferiority of no mask use.” hmmmm

Cowling, B et al (2010)

“There is some evidence to support the wearing of masks or respirators during illness to protect others, and public health emphasis on mask wearing during illness may help to reduce influenza virus transmission. There are fewer data to support the use of masks or respirators to prevent becoming infected. Further studies in controlled settings and studies of natural infections in healthcare and community settings are required to better define the effectiveness of face masks and respirators in preventing influenza virus transmission.” Real smoking gun.

bin-Reza etc al (2012)

just referencing other articles, also includes the statement ”Subanalyses performed for one of the larger randomised controlled studies in a household setting found evidence of reduced rates of influenza-like illness if household contacts consistently wore the mask or respirator.”

Smith, J.D. et al (2016)

Irrelevant. Just comparing effectiveness of N95 vs surgical masks. It says they’re both good.

Offeddu, V. et al (2017)

Great source, thanks for sharing ‘Wearing a medical mask or N95 respirator throughout the work shift conferred significant protection against self-reported clinical respiratory illness (CRI) (RR = 0.59; 95% CI: 0.46–0.77) (Figure 2A) and influenza-like illness (ILI) (RR = 0.34; 95% CI: 0.14–0.82) (Figure 2B).”

Radonovich, L.J. et al (2019)

Again, just comparing n95 vs surgical, says they both do a good job of protecting the wearer.

Long, Y. et al (2020)

Again “We aimed to assess the effectiveness of N95 respirators versus surgical masks for prevention of influenza” did you even read these? They’re just comparing mask types lol.

I could go on but I’ve already poked holes in all your “evidence” lol.

What was that about me losing an argument because I was name calling yabbadabbadoodoo?

CommonSensePrevails

I second this idea! I'd also like it if she wore he mask on her entire face so we don't have to look at her.

SkepticOne

If you send your child to a state run school, then shame on you! Your child deserves better than impaired health and indoctrination.

Eldonauran

I'll wear a mask if the owner of an establishment asks me to do so, or puts up a sign. Otherwise, I'm not doing it.

commentor

Who did not see this coming? The tyrant queen going back to her old tricks with the face diapers.

NightRyder

Utter garbage. There is no valid science behind making kids wear masks. They're not going to stop, next it will be masks for Flu, Colds etc.

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