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Some Oregonians losing trust in health officials over return of masks

The announcement is causing frustration and confusion for some after 27 days of ditching masks.

Posted: Jul 28, 2021 9:13 PM
Updated: Jul 29, 2021 11:42 AM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- With COVID-19 cases rising, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oregon Health Authority are turning back the clock. Both are recommending everyone -- even those who are vaccinated -- wear a mask inside all public places.

The announcement is causing frustration and confusion for some after 27 days of ditching masks.

"I'm really tired of the back and forth, but I feel like the safer we can all be and are more conservative in following the guidelines, the sooner that we are going to get out of this," said Eugene resident Mindy Schlossberg. "While it is inconvenient and annoying to keep putting the mask on and off, I feel like if we all pitch in together and do what authorities are telling us, then we are going to get out of this sooner."

But there are plenty of people who disagree.

On Facebook, KEZI asked viewers about your level of trust in health authorities. Some people have lost all trust.

One person said: "I did, but now I'm not sure. It's getting ridiculous." Many posts just straight up said "No." Another wrote, "No. They're a joke." Some even said that they trust their own judgment over authorities. One person wrote: "Don't believe a word of it."

Others said they trust authorities, and they'd rather be safe than sorry.

"Even if I didn't trust it, I wouldn't take the chance," Eugene resident Howard Gordon said. "I don't want to get anybody else sick."

Health officials have made it clear that to get back to those pre-pandemic days, everybody who can get their vaccine should.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Bob Pelz with PeaceHealth said that although we've all been tired of this for a long time now, we can't ignore reality.

"As adults, you have to acknowledge the fact that we are having a lot more transmission of COVID," Pelz said. "We had 92 cases in Lane County yesterday. I don't think that we can continue business as usual if the case numbers keep going up."

The Delta variant makes up about 90 percent of COVID-19 cases in Oregon right now, Pelz said. Officials said that those who don't have their vaccine are even more at risk.

"Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people that have not been vaccinated, so if you go out in public, even if you have been vaccinated, it's probably best to wear a mask," Pelz said.

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