Dr. Stephen LaTulipe told a pro-Trump rally that neither he nor his staff wore masks at their clinic. The state has suspended his medical license indefinitely.
The Oregon Medical Council suspended the license of an Oregon doctor, who said he refused to wear a mask at his clinic, while encouraging others not to wear masks.
Dr. Stephen LaTulipe told a pro-Trump rally in November that neither he nor his staff wore a mask while working at their clinic in Dallas, Oregon. This violates a government order requiring healthcare professionals to wear a face cover in healthcare facilities.
Medical board members voted Thursday night to immediately terminate LaTulippe̵
The indefinite suspension prevents LaTulippe from practicing medicine anywhere in the state. LaTuilippe runs a family practice clinic called South View Medical Arts in Dallas, Oregon.
His comments against the mask came during the Stop Theft campaign rally in Salem on November 7th. The video was posted on YouTube by the Multnoma County Republican Party.
“Me and my staff, none of us, have ever worn a mask in my clinic,” LaTulipe said during the rally. He also encouraged others not to wear a mask, saying people should “take off the mask of shame”.
The statements run counter to the instructions of state, federal and private medical experts.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federation of State Medical Councils call on health professionals to always wear face masks while in health facilities.
In a report updated in late November, the CDC reiterated that numerous studies showed that the widespread use of fabric masks controlled the spread of COVID-19.
“Each analysis demonstrates that following the guidelines of the organizational and political leadership for universal camouflage, new infections have dropped significantly,” the CDC said.
LaTuilppe did not answer a phone call Friday morning to ask for his reaction to the shutdown. He also declined to give an interview when KGW first heard the story earlier this week.
He publicly stated that he had treated about 80 patients with COVID-19, but incorrectly equated the virus to the “common cold.”
Despite his public statements urging people not to wear masks, LaTulipe told NBC News that he really asked patients who suspected cases of COVID-19 to wear a mask at his clinic. He said he treats them after other patients have left for the day, and in the back room, which is disinfected before and after use.