ClackCo Chair: Brown lied to well being officers and panicked

Numerous parishioners gathered for the district assembly on Thursday evening. Most of them didn’t wear masks.

from: KOIN 6 news agents

Posted: Aug 12, 2021 / 7:43 PM PDT
Updated: Aug 12, 2021 / 7:43 PM PDT

A standing-only crowd filled the room at a meeting of the Clackamas County Commission on the Mask Mandate on August 12, 2021 (KOIN)

CLACKAMAS, Oregon (KOIN) – Clackamas County Chairman Tootie Smith spoke out against Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s newest masked mandate at a board meeting Thursday night attended by hundreds of unmasked parishioners.

The meeting took place the day after Brown announced that masks would again be required in indoor public spaces starting Friday.

Oregon is currently experiencing a sustained spike in COVID-19 cases as the Delta variant spreads across communities. On Thursday, state health officials reported a record of 2,387 new confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 across Oregon while 670 people were being treated in hospitals for the virus – also a record high.

“This week, Governor Brown issued a mask mandate to all interior buildings, but said local authorities would not be tasked with enforcing them. My question to them is: If it is not enforced, what is it like a mandate? ”Asked Schmied.

Mask required indoors in Oregon from Friday

A large group gathered in front of the building where the Clackamas County commissioners met on Thursday night and were unable to get inside due to capacity limits. The tension was high in the crowd as people sweated in the heat.

Some called for the commissioners to take their meeting outside where the crowd could watch and listen. Some people said they went to the meeting to give public testimony. Others said they wanted commissioners to speak out against the governor.

Smith said the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office will not enforce public health emergency declarations. She said the county will continue to provide education, PPE, vaccinations, incentives, and transportation to vaccination clinics, among other things.

“We will continue to encourage these efforts. It is the role of government to support the citizens it represents, not to control or impose on them, ”said Smith. “Let me be clear: mandates are not acceptable. All medical treatments are voluntary and cannot be coerced. Mandates encourage resistance rather than achieving the desired goal, namely good health. “

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Smith went on to say that control of these issues should be left to the counties and their elected leaders and the “people who live in the trenches of life” in order to maintain order and peace.

“Vaccination and masking requirements are wrong and do nothing to improve public health,” she said. “Government officials are only as good as their word. Governor Brown lied to health officials when she returned the health board to us on June 30th. She wants mask mandates and has started the path of vaccine passports in her own executive branch. She panicked when she realized that she had failed to cope with the situation. “

  • A standing-only crowd filled the room at a meeting of the Clackamas County Commission on the Mask Mandate on August 12, 2021 (KOIN)
  • A crowded crowd filled the room at a meeting of the Clackamas County Commission on the Mask Mandate on August 12, 2021 (KOIN)
  • A crowded crowd filled the room at a meeting of the Clackamas County Commission on the Mask Mandate on August 12, 2021 (KOIN)
  • Only 2 Clackamas County commissioners masked during a public session on August 12, 2021 (KOIN)

Smith called on Brown to increase capacity at Oregon hospitals with the “hundreds of millions of dollars” the state received from the federal government for managing the pandemic. She said the state should provide incentives to encourage doctors and nurses to get into and stay in the health care profession.

“We endured bans, mandates and failed promises for 18 months. Our citizens have the right to make choices about their own health. Let me repeat: our civil liberties and freedoms are at stake. They call it a mandate, but in the end, when we have to show our papers to keep a job or go to the grocery store, it’s a passport, ”said Smith. “We must be united, considerate, and courteous to one another. After all, we stand united, we fall divided. “

Smith said in a tweet that she is partnered with Marion and Polk counties, both of which do not require masks indoors.

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