Oregon Health Authority Files Permanent Rules On School, Health Center Masking

But, don’t call them permanent permanent, it’s just so that they don’t have to spend time reauthorizing any temporary rules every so often, you know

Oregon Health Authority begins filing ‘permanent’ COVID-19 rules

The Oregon Health Authority says it expects to file “permanent” rules on Friday for mask requirements in K-12 schools, as well as vaccination requirements for educators and staff.

Friday’s announcement does not include the statewide indoor mask mandate. State epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said in a briefing that officials are still going over public comments before proceeding, which will most likely happen in the next week or two.

Permanent rules can be repealed by state agencies, which happened in 2021 before the Delta variant began to surge. By definition, temporary rules are only valid for 180 days.

“State health officials emphasized that the rule filing will maintain masking protections during the current Omicron surge,” OHA said in a statement. “State officials are developing measures to determine when it may be safe to lift the school mask rule.”

It’s nice that the state has given the OHA, an unelected bureaucracy, one which is completely unresponsive to the citizens of Oregon, the power to decide permanent rules for masking in schools, along with vaccination requirements, eh? Or, have they? With the state being run by Democrats, who’s going to stop them if they don’t have the authority? Anyone want to bet that the teacher’s union is behind this?

At Friday’s briefing, Dr. Sidelinger underlined that permanent rules can be loosened or rescinded as conditions change, pointing to COVID-19 hospitalizations that are nearing the Delta variant peak. (snip)

“So I would anticipate, in the coming weeks to month and a half, that we will see a significant decrease in the number of people with COVID in the hospital,” Sidelinger continued, “and at that time it’ll be a time to start talking about ‘Can we move from a requirement for masks in indoor public spaces to a recommendation for certain populations or in certain communities where rates are higher?’”

So why pass a permanent rule? Why not a temporary? Not that masks are necessary for kids. Most nations have avoided this. Surely just to placate the teacher’s union, which is full of COVID cultist Karens who lose their minds over people, and especially kids in class, not wearing a mask. And

Rules expected to be filed on Jan. 31 include:

  • OAR 333-019-1010 – COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Healthcare Providers and Healthcare Staff in Healthcare Settings.
  • OAR 333-019-1011 – Masking Requirements to Control COVID-19 in Health Care Settings.

But, again, do not worry, they aren’t permanent permanent

But just because the rules are “permanent” does not mean they are going to be in effect indefinitely, officials tried to ensure Oregonians. The rules can be loosened or rescinded as pandemic conditions change, particularly around hospitalizations.

So, no worries, right? Good thing the members of the Oregon Health Authority wear masks to show people the way, right?

Go figure. (from the second article)

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10 Responses to “Oregon Health Authority Files Permanent Rules On School, Health Center Masking”

  1. Down on the Corner says:

    Cloth masks are next to worthless and yet it is the MASK OF CHOICE for children because mommy can just toss it in the washing machine instead of replacing it daily with a mask that might actually have some effect on slowing any spread of any variant.

    I guess that 3M has realized that Covid-19 is making them trillions too so they are now lobbying Congress and states for a chunk of the corona virus dollah.

  2. Sadly, two nurses in Amityville, New York, were arrested for selling faked vaccination cards.

    It can’t be a surprise that vaccine mandates and vaccine ‘passport’ requirements to keep jobs or dine in restaurants have generated a black market for faked vaccination cards, and I would like to think that the two arrested are only the tip of the iceberg, and that thousands of other such enterprises exist and will get away with it. If the two nurses arrested have a legal defense fund, I shall contribute to it.

    Those who want the vaccines should take them, but we should never force people to take a medication they do not want.

    • CarolAnn says:

      Morally, “we” should never force people to take or do anything they don’t want to do. That’s a broad definition of slavery. We all know that there are things that must be forced even on free people like taxes. But forcing people to take an untested medication that is proven not to provide protection from nor inhibiting the passing of the disease it was purportedly designed to fix is pure fascism. Plus, with the inability of the government, CDC, WHO etc., to be honest about the number of deaths caused by Covid and more importantly the black-out of information about the injuries and deaths caused by the medicine itself forcing anyone to take it should require accepting full liability for any side effects or deaths it causes.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:


        We must disagree that required vaccines are fascism. Are you differentiating between the Covid vaccines and all the ones required of schoolchildren and the military?

        As was pointed out earlier, no vaccine is perfect. They all have side-effects. None offer 100% protection.

        The Covid vaccines DO reduce the spread of the disease and greatly reduce the likelihood of hospitalization and death.

        So your argument is that the Covid vaccines have not been used long enough to predict long term adverse effects. Fair enough. There is no credible evidence that the US Covid vaccines are less safe than other vaccines, although again, Covid vaccines have been available for just over a year.

        Although vaccine manufacturers, distributors and healthcare professionals have been protected from liability for decades, the US govt insures that victims of vaccine side-effects can be compensated.

        • drowningpuppies says:

          Rimjob: There is no credible evidence that the US Covid vaccines are less safe than other vaccines,

          Another generalization that’s totally incorrect.

          But what do you expect from a lying dipshit?

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          • Elwood P. Dowd says:

            Insults and saying “is not!” hardly qualifies as evidence.

            By all means, reveal the credible evidence.

            We’ll wait.

          • drowningpuppies says:

            But “is so” somehow rates as evidence for Rimjob?
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    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Just like the markets for methamphetamines, heroin and sex.

      In most US states businesses can hire and fire “at-will”, except for employment or union contracts, so companies can mandate vaccines.

      We’re surprised that the highly moral patriots objecting to Covid vaccines would try to game the system rather than bravely practicing satyagraha (passive resistance).

  3. Elwood says:

    That one member of the health authority is fat, probably diabetic, and most likely on high-blood- pressure medication: an excellent role model.

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