Umpqua Valley Ambulance Clinical Manager Rodney Blake discusses items emergency medical technicians are utilizing to combat transmission of the novel coronavirus including a mask with attached eye protection Friday in Roseburg.

Gov. Kate Brown announced that Oregonians throughout the state will be required to wear face masks while in indoor public spaces beginning July 1.

As new cases mount in the state, Brown announced Monday she is extending a face mask requirement that went into effect for eight counties since June 24.

Residents of all counties in the state will be required to wear facial protection at grocery stores, shopping centers, and restaurants and bars while not eating or drinking.

“From the beginning of the reopening process, I have said that reopening comes with the risk of seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases beyond our health systems’ capacity to test, trace, and isolate them,” Brown said in a press release from her office Monday. “Over the last month, we have seen the disease spread at an alarming rate in both urban and rural counties. The upcoming July 4th holiday weekend is a critical point for Oregon in this pandemic, and we can all make a difference."

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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Yesterday I was in Sherms and approximately 30% of the people shopping were not wearing masks. Sherms did not have a sign posted saying masks required. Why don't they deny access to anyone not wearing a mask? It appears businesses and our elected officials are not willing to do what is necessary to protect the public.


I hope stores enforce this. County elected officials are firmly up Trumps back end and refuse to lead by example, so the only way this can work is if stores require masks. We already have to wear pants. A piece of cloth isn't going to hurt.

It's time for people to think about someone other than themselves and act like part of a society. If you can't wear a mask inside, stay home and stop subjecting the rest of us to your stupidity.


Lincoln County sent out a directive by the health department Wednesday, specificilly exempts non-Caucasians, (people of color) from wearing masks which are required of all other county residents.


Lincoln County rescinded that directive.


For many people wearing a mask is somehow a sign of weakness. That's why Trump refuses to wear one. Ego. If the President wore a mask, as he should, so would more Americans. That would make a huge difference in containing this virus. Trump is directly responsible for the loss of many lives, masks being just one reason.


Why is wearing a mask such a problem? What is wrong with people? It is so little to ask. I think I know what the problem is. People are small, selfish and self-centered.


As I've posted before a few times, I work at costco where they made masks mandatory for customers. If this was a trial run for what the city would do if it was enforced everywhere, we've failed miserably. Everyone developed a "medical condition" overnight so they couldn't wear a mask inside costco, particularly everyone in their early 20s and people with families of four. It's to the point somedays where we have more maskless shoppers than masked ones. The few that do wear them don't wear them correctly. I fear a lot of places are going to be hit with law suits for people being discriminated for being refused service for not wearing a mask and than come back with a drs note for whatever they think they have which is very easy to do in this day and age.


I'd say as a retired health care professional there is less than 1% of the population that would have any condition other than mental that would prevent the person from wearing a mask short term. Like DOL requires medical certification for disability certified documentation should be required if not wearing one or escorted out. Costco and other leading community establishments that understand and accepted the science early and lead in PPE requirements should continue to enforce these standards rigidly and any MD that writes a BS exception documented.

But that will never happen, it's just a 'me, me, me' world nowadays.


The problem is though, even though we can "enforce it", the american's with disabilities act defeats the purpose of most of it. All they have to do is say "I have a medical condition" and thats the end of it. We legally cannot ask for any proof or documentation that they have the condition they claim to have. Otherwise it turns into a discriminatory type issue, and as I said in my previous comment, a possible lawsuit down the road. I suspect a lot of businesses probably aren't going to go out of their way for fear of that, and I'm sure lots are probably going to get sued for it as well. I'm not saying everyone that says they have a medical condition and can't wear a mask is a liar, I'm sure theres legitimate cases. But going by national statistics, there shouldn't be that many people developing respiratory conditions at such young ages, otherwise it would seem that douglas county has a lot of very unhealthy people here at young ages if I'm to believe all these cases. Another frequent example I see atleast once a week, an adult woman with 3-4 teenage girls walks into the store, just by looking at them you can clearly tell they're not all related to eachother. Its a case of a mother and daughter with her friends from school, yet they all happen to have "medical conditions" and can't wear masks either. The idea sounds great on paper, but its really a toothless policy unfortunately and people here have figured how to bend it. Its like how everyone can get away with bringing their family dog into grocery stores and say its a "service dog" and legally we can't question or challenge it either thanks to the americans with disabilities act.


“The governor hinted that the new statewide requirement could be a last-ditch measure against surging numbers of new cases and hospitalized patients over the past month in Oregon.”

“I do not want to have to close down businesses again like other states are now doing,” Governor Brown said in a news release. “If you want your local shops and restaurants to stay open, then wear a face covering when out in public.”

Bottom line, if you want to help Douglas County businesses stay open, wear a mask.



Without enforcement by the Sheriff's and Police departments, what difference will it make to order masks be worn by people who believe it is unconstitutional?

I'm not sure I remember the Sheriffs and Police Chiefs say they weren't going to enforce those darn unconstitutional seat belt and motorcycle helmet laws. It must be pretty great to have a law enforcement job that allows the Chief and Sheriff to pick and choose which laws and orders from the governor to enforce. I guess the grieving families of people whose preventable deaths from coronavirus can take solace that our taxpayer paid for law enforcement agencies are patriotic in their oath.


By refusing to enforce the governor's mask order, the Sheriff and Police Chief will force the governor to shut down Douglas County businesses.

Do Douglas County voters want Douglas County businesses to shut down and put people out of work again, or do voters want the Sheriff and Police Chiefs to begin enforcing the governor's unconstitutional orders?


can they enforce this? do you get fined or something if you don't have a mask? or is it just mob rules where everyone who has a mask is entitled to gang up on those who are not wearing a mask? why is this pandemic so chaotic? they have talked about it for decades..


This is total buffalo droppings. I just traveled to Montana for a funeral and I would say that only 5% of the folks I saw were wearing masks. Everyone I talked to said this is not worse than the common flu and a made up problem by those against President Trump. What a farce! People need to travel out of Douglas County as see what the truth will show them about the so called VIRUS. Thank you for supporting our President.


Everyone you talked to is an idiot. Likely the same is true for them.


Why don't you travel to China or Brazil? In 66 years I've never voted for a Democratic presidential or governor candidate, this is not a political stunt. As a veteran, USN/ORNG, and retired health care professional that has worked in China and a multitude of other countries you don't have a clue. China, a country of 1.5 billion people, who execute 2500 or so people per year build two hospitals in 12 days to house 2600 patients for what? We have three young doctors in our family, they are concerned as we are if for nothing else their families health as you contaminate the environment with your asymptomatic illness infecting those would treat you. Have you seen the % of cases effecting HC workers? Obviously your another 'me, me, me' person that associates with mentally challenged individuals.


It's not the virus that is pulling Trump down. It's his divisive response to it and lack of leadership.

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