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Near Miss Spurs Breese Iverson to Ask for Changes
“It is time to make the appropriate changes”

In response to a sports-related, mask incident, State Representative Vikki Breese Iverson (R-Prineville) has penned a letter to Governor Brown asking that policies be changed. In her letter, Representative Breese Iverson describes the incident:

The episode involves a 16-year old female student-athlete who collapsed during high school basketball tryouts. The student had trouble breathing with her face covering, suffered from a lack of oxygen, ultimately lost consciousness, and for a time stopped breathing. Agreat coach administered CPR, and the young athlete was transported to the local emergency room where, thankfully, she fully recovered. A detailed account of the incident is attached for your review. You can make sure this never happens again.

In light of the new guidance from the CDC regarding masks, it makes sense to review the state guidelines from top to bottom regarding masks. Indeed, many have regarded the requirement for student-athletes to wear masks during high-activity sports as being unnecessary and/or dangerous.

Representative Breese Iverson describes several models for youth competition, and then makes her request of the Governor.

You are in a difficult position as you try to weigh the right approach for balancing public health, economic impact, and personal freedoms related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the safety of Oregonians. I urge you to carefully consider our youth's ability to safely participate in sports.

It is time to make the appropriate changes and give communities, schools, and parents the ability to choose how best to keep their kids safe.

The letter was copied to Patrick Allen, Director of the Oregon Health Authority, Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education and Peter Weber, Executive Director of the Oregon School Activities Association.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-05-14 09:39:34Last Update: 2021-05-14 10:02:48

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