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Oregon Medical Board suspends Dr. Steven LaTulippe’s license

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Dr. Steven LaTulippe mentioned at a pro-Trump rally that neither he nor his employees wears masks of their clinic. The state has suspended his medical license indefinitely.

The Oregon Medical Board suspended the license of an Oregon physician who mentioned he refuses to put on a masks in his clinic whereas additionally encouraging others to not put on masks.

Dr. Steven LaTulippe informed a pro-Trump rally in November that neither he nor his employees wears a masks whereas working of their Dallas, Ore. clinic. That violates a state order requiring well being care employees to put on a face-covering in well being care settings.

Members of the medical board voted Thursday night to droop LaTulippe’s license instantly. In keeping with an announcement on the Oregon Medical Board web site, the suspension was issued “because of the board’s concern for the protection and welfare of licensee’s present and future sufferers.” 

The indefinite suspension prevents LaTulippe from training medication anyplace within the state. LaTuilippe ran a household observe clinic referred to as South View Medical Arts in Dallas, Ore. 

His anti-mask feedback got here throughout a “Cease the Steal” election rally in Salem on Nov. 7. The video was posted on YouTube by the Multnomah County Republican Social gathering. 

“I and my employees, none of us, not as soon as, wore a masks in my clinic,” LaTulippe mentioned on the rally. He additionally inspired others to not put on a masks, saying folks ought to “take off the masks of disgrace.”

The statements counter steering from state, federal and personal medical consultants. 

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The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) and the Federation of State Medical Boards each urge well being care professionals to all the time put on face masks whereas inside well being care amenities. 

In a report up to date in late November, the CDC reiterated that a number of research have proven that widespread use of fabric masks controls the unfold of COVID-19.

“Every evaluation demonstrated that, following directives from organizational and political management for common masking, new infections fell considerably,” the CDC mentioned.  

LaTuilppe didn’t reply a cellphone name on Friday morning to ask for his response to the suspension. He additionally declined to present an interview when KGW first broke the story earlier this week.

He has mentioned publicly that he has handled about 80 sufferers for COVID-19, however incorrectly equated the virus to the “frequent chilly.” 

Regardless of his public statements urging folks to not put on masks, LaTulippe informed NBC Information that he does ask sufferers who’ve suspected instances of COVID-19 to put on a masks in his clinic. He mentioned he treats them after different sufferers have left for the day, and in a again room that’s disinfected earlier than and after use. 

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