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To reveal the most recent coronavirus death count, a senior Oregon health official is going viral for dressing up as a clown.
In the somber video announcement, Claire Poche, a senior health specialist for the Oregon Health Authority, wore white and red face makeup along with a red tie with a polka dot shirt.
I’m sorry but who at the Oregon Health Authority thought this was a good idea? pic.twitter.com/xXHia14KSg
— Samantha Swindler (@editorswindler) October 27, 2020
She is 42 years old.
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After introducing herself, she began her virtual presentation. “As of today, there have been 38,160 cases of COVID-19 in Oregon, with 390 new cases being reported today,”
She added “Sadly, we are also reporting three deaths today, bringing the statewide total for COVID-19-related deaths to 608,”
It was only when she cut to fellow senior consultant Shimi Sharief, dressed in a cuddly animal onesie, that she said she was influenced by the “My Neighbor Totoro” Japanese cartoon, that it became apparent that the costumes were part of a conversation during the pandemic about celebrating Halloween safely.
Sharief said the pandemic “reshaping” the celebration of Halloween, but that it could “still be spooky and fun.” The live video was filmed on Oct. 14, but began to go viral Tuesday after being posted by The Oregonian reporter Samantha Swindler, who called it “an absolute nightmare.”
Upon initially sharing the film, she asked, “I’m sorry but who at the Oregon Health Authority thought this was a good idea?”
she wrote, “I get they were going for a ‘fun’ Halloween COVID update and they have a very hard job but this … this does not work,”
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“The clown is just THERE and she dives right into the numbers. AMAZING STUFF,” she said, joking, “Please wear a mask and physical distance so these poor doctors don’t have to make any more videos.”