The Oregon Medical Board suspended the license of an Oregon doctor, who said he forbids wearing masks at his clinic, while encouraging others not to wear masks.
Dr. Steven La Tulip reported at a Trump supporter rally in November that neither he nor his staff wear masks while working at the Dallas, Ore. Clinic. It violates a state order requiring health care workers to cover a face in health care settings.
Medical board members voted Thursday to immediately suspend Lotulippe’s license. According to a statement on the Oregon Medical Board website, the suspension was issued due to the board’s concern for the safety and well-being of the licensee’s current and future patients.
An indefinite suspension prevents LaTulippe from practicing medicine anywhere in the state. LaTuilippe ran a family practice clinic called South View Medical Arts in Dallas, Ore.
His anti-mask comments came during the “Stop the Steel” election rally in Salem on 7 November. The video was posted to YouTube by the Multanomah County Republican Party.
“Me and my staff, none of us, not once, wears a mask in my clinic,” LaTulippe said at the rally. He also encouraged others to wear masks, saying that people should “remove the mask of shame.”
The statements face guidance from state, federal and private medical experts.
Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federation of State Medical Boards urge health care professionals to always wear face masks inside health care facilities.
In a report updated at the end of November, the CDC reiterated that several studies have shown that widespread use of cloth masks controls the spread of COVID-19.
“Each analysis demonstrated that, following organizational and political leadership directives for universal masking, the new transition declined significantly,” the CDC said.
Latiilappay did not respond to a phone call Friday morning for his response to the suspension. He also refused to give an interview when KGW broke the story for the first time earlier this week.
He has publicly stated that he has treated about 80 patients for COVID-19, but incorrectly called the virus “too cold”.
Despite his public statements urging people to wear masks, Lulippe told NBC News that he asks patients who have cases of COVID-19 to wear masks in their clinic. He said that he treats them in a back room disinfected after other patients are gone for the day, and before and after use.
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