August 28, 2021

USA: Commie Funded Oregon Governor Announced Outdoor Masking Mandate Over Age 5 In The State, Regardless Of Their Vaccination Status. Homeless People Are Exempt From The Order.

KATU2 ABC News, Oregon local
written by Staff
Tuesday August 24, 2021

SALEM, Ore. — Oregonians will again have to wear masks in outdoor public settings starting on Friday, Governor Kate Brown said.

Starting Friday, August 27, masks will be required in most public outdoor settings, including at large outdoor events where physical distancing is not possible - regardless of vaccination status.

The new outdoor requirement comes just over a week after the governor reinstated Oregon's indoor masks requirement.

According to the governor's office, the rule does not apply to quick encounters, such as two individuals walking by one another on a trail or in a park.

While the rule does not apply to outdoor gatherings at private residences, masks are strongly recommended in those settings when individuals from different households do not consistently maintain physical distance, officials said.

According to the governor's office, there are some exceptions, which include:
  • Children under 5 years old
  • Individuals who are actively eating, drinking, or sleeping — as well as individuals living outdoors, such as people experiencing houselessness
  • Persons playing or practicing competitive sports, or engaged in an activity in which it is not feasible to wear a mask — such as swimming
  • Individuals delivering a speech or performing — such as with outdoor music or theater
  • Entities subject to the ADA must continue to comply with that law
Mask requirements K-12 schools will fall under their previously announced mandate.

KATU News reached out to the governor's office for more details on the enforcement of this latest mask mandate and received the following statement:
Now, as before with previous mask requirements, Oregon OSHA will enforce this rule, while working with employers and entities that host public events that are working to comply with mask requirements. Businesses that host outdoor events will fall under this rule. Private gatherings held at private residences will not fall under this rule, though masks are still strongly recommended in all crowded outdoor settings and where physical distancing is not possible.
The requirement comes as hospitalizations have reached new highs for the state, with ICU beds nearly filled across the state. 
Of course ICU beds fill up quickly with ONLY 47 ICU beds STATEWIDE. Incredible. They should have created a separate ICU set up only for covid19 patients. This is not a pandemic. When they say cases doubled or deaths doubled, they mean from 1 to 2. But make it sound super scary because they won't tell you from 1 to 2. (emphasis mine)
As ICUs fill up with COVID-19 patients, there will be less room available to care for victims of car crashes or people who suffer strokes or heart attacks.

All told, there are only 47 ICU beds available statewide. 馃槻

Last week, the governor's office said Oregon’s K-12 educators and school staff will be required to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

According to the governor's office:

Under the Governor’s direction, the OHA rule will require masks for all individuals — regardless of vaccination status — in outdoor settings in which individuals from different households are unable to consistently maintain physical distance. The rule does not apply to fleeting encounters, such as two individuals walking by one another on a trail or in a park. While the rule does not apply to outdoor gatherings at private residences, masks are strongly recommended in those settings when individuals from different households do not consistently maintain physical distance.

“It is much easier for people with the Delta variant, compared to people who were sick last year, to infect others around them,” said State Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger. “This is because they have one thousand times more virus in their nose – which means that those around them are much more likely to get sick because this variant behaves so differently. We are starting to see instances where cases are clustering around events, like outdoor music festivals, that happen outdoors. Wearing masks in crowded settings – even outdoors – will help slow the spread of COVID-19.”
The Post Millennial
written by Alex Anas Ahmed
Sunday August 8, 2021

An Oregon high school diploma does not guarantee that students who earned it can read, write or do math at a high school level.

Governor Kate Brown dropped the requirement that students demonstrate they have achieved those essential skills by signing Senate Bill 744 into law. She declined again Friday to comment on why she supported suspending the proficiency requirements, reported OregonLive.

The bill was not entered into the legislative database until July 29, a departure from the standard practice of updating the public database the same day a bill is signed. Charles Boyle, the governor’s deputy communications director, said the governor’s staff told legislative staff the same day the governor signed the bill.

Boyle said in an emailed statement that suspending the reading, writing and math proficiency requirements will benefit "Oregon’s Black, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of colour."

He added: "Leaders from those communities have advocated time and again for equitable graduation standards, along with expanded learning opportunities and support."

Lawmakers did not pass any significant expansion of learning opportunities or support for black, Indigenous and students of colour during the 2021 legislative session.

Democrats in the legislature overwhelmingly supported ending the longtime proficiency requirement, while Republicans criticized it for lowering academic standards. A couple of lawmakers crossed party lines on the votes.

Proponents said the state needed to pause Oregon’s high school graduation requirements. Since 2009 but suspended during the pandemic, until the class of 2024 graduates for leaders to reexamine its graduation requirements.

Recommendations for new standards are due by September 2022.

Oregon education officials have long insisted they would not impose new graduation requirements on students who have already begun high school. New requirements would not take effect until the class of 2027. That means at least five more classes could graduate without demonstrating proficiency in math and writing.

Much of the criticism of the graduation requirements was targeted at standardized tests. Oregon, unlike many other states, did not require students to pass a particular standardized test or any test at all.

Students could demonstrate their ability via five different tests or complete an in-depth classroom project judged by their own teachers.

No notification went out regarding the governor’s signing of the graduation bill.
UPDATE 8/30/21 at 3:16pm: Added info below. UPDATE 8/30/21 at 8:32pm: Added info below.

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