Oregon rep/nurse: Mask mandate ‘isn’t about politics’

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MILWAUKIE, Ore. (KOIN) — There are many people to be found in Clackamas County who are in favor of the indoor mask mandate despite Chair Tootie Smith’s outspoken opposition to it.

Milwaukie resident Yesenia Mata said she’s wearing her mask indoors and on public transportation. She told KOIN 6 News, “I’m fine with the mask thing.”

Chair Smith spoke to dozens of unmasked community members at a Clackamas County board meeting on Thursday, calling Gov. Kate Brown’s mask mandate “unacceptable.”

“Vaccine and mask mandates are wrong and fail to improve public health,” she said.

But Oregon Rep. Rachel Prusak, who is also a nurse, said the mask mandates are necessary to…

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