Gorge Hospitals Join Together to Remind Community of Importance of Wearing Masks to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

(COLUMBIA GORGE, Ore. – June 12, 2020) — Klickitat Valley Health, Mid-Columbia Medical Center, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and Skyline Health have a message for the local community – wear a mask when you are out in public.

“When you wear a mask covering your nose and mouth, you are helping to contain the respiratory droplets that naturally occur when you breathe, talk, sneeze or cough,” said Jeanie Vieira, CEO of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. “This is why your mask protects others, and their masks protect you.”

All four hospitals are requiring anyone entering their facilities to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth. The universal masking policy applies to all staff, patients and visitors, regardless of symptoms, and applies to the hospitals and any hospital-owned clinics. In addition to wearing the required masks within the healthcare facilities, the hospitals are imploring local residents to wear masks when they are out in public places – especially indoors.

“Wearing a mask is not a political statement,” said Leslie Hiebert, CEO of Klickitat Valley Health. “It’s about preventing the spread of the virus within our community. The state is slowly and cautiously reopening, but the novel coronavirus remains a threat. We all need to remain vigilant.”

“You may believe you’re healthy enough to naturally fight off the virus, but wearing a mask helps protect your family, neighbors and fellow citizens who may be living with illnesses, going through chemotherapy or any other condition putting them at high risk,” said Robb Kimmes, CEO of Skyline Health. “We all need to do our part.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Infection, transmission between humans is the main way the virus spreads.

“Wearing a mask and staying six feet apart from people outside of your household is the best way to avoid the virus,” said Dennis Knox, CEO of Mid-Columbia Medical Center. “And continue to wash your hands regularly. Together, we will keep our communities healthy and safe.”


  1. You Lockdowners and Maskers all scream and demand “science” but never want to hear it when we present it. Do you really want to read science about it? Then proceed. Otherwise, stay masked, distanced, locked down by your ignorance.

    When you say we aren’t coming from a place of “science” then:

    Tell the CDC when they say
    “We did not identify any published research on the effectiveness of respiratory etiquette”

    Tell the WHO when they say
    “the use of N95 respirators compared with the use of medical masks is not associated with any statistically significant lower risk of the clinical respiratory illness outcomes”

    Tell the Canadian Public Health Agency when they say
    “there is no direct evidence that respiratory etiquette prevents respiratory virus transmission”

    Or quotes from other peer-reviewed science:

    “The widespread misconception about the use of surgical masks — that wearing a mask protects against the transmission of virus — is a problem ..”

    “not only do face masks fail to protect the healthy from getting sick, but they also create serious health risks to the wearer. The bottom line is that if you are not sick, you should not wear a face mask. ”

    “the results caution against the use of cloth masks. This is an important finding to inform occupational health and safety. Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in increased risk of infection. Further research is needed to inform the widespread use of cloth masks globally. However, as a precautionary measure, cloth masks should not be recommended for HCWs, particularly in high-risk situations”

    “There is no scientific evidence they are effective in reducing the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission”

    Links are banned here so I encourage you to select the quotes, copy and paste them into your search engine, you should be able to find them. Until gorgenewscenter decides to stop banning certain nonoffensive comments because they contain links or have similar language, you will have to do your own searches. I have links if you’d like them but you’ll have to email this website and ask them to stop banning certain nonoffensive comments.

  2. Gorge residents, ask these CEOs, who are not doctors but rather capitalists and corporate ladder-climbers, about a bit of science from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on May 23 called “Systemic and mucosal antibody secretion specific to SARS-CoV-2 during mild versus severe COVID-19”

    It says that about 60% of us are naturally immune. Go find this study, gorgenewscenter won’t allow links or I’d hand it to you.
    Think about what this means. If only 40% of us are even at risk of catching it, and of those people, 85% won’t need medical care, then where is any risk of any kind?

    That’s right, there is NO risk from this virus, and the sad thing is that these CEOs as well as your governments, have known that fact from Day One but have kept it from you. Even Dr. Fauci, back in March, published a piece saying in his words that the virus is really just a “bad flu”. At this point, there is no “explanation” that is satisfactory. Only a deep, sincere, daily apology in place of the daily propaganda will do.

  3. The World Health Organization, regarding masks and COVID:

    “the use of a mask alone is insufficient to provide an adequate level of protection”

    The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons regarding masks and COVID:

    “It is not normal for healthy people to walk around wearing masks”

    The previous two posts above this post say enough already, but just know, that yes, these four corporate boardroom dwellers have nothing but their bank accounts and careers in mind and keeping you mindlessly compliant and uninformed on their agenda. When even the CDC, the WHO, the AAPS and so many others easily and consistently prove why masks are bad and ineffective, and these CEOs fretting about getting sued merely make a baseless claim that masks are good, then we all know who to listen to.

    Ignore this propaganda, drop the masks, end the lockdown.

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