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On this day, November 29, 1928, Paul Simon (d.2003), later Senator of Illinois, was born in Eugene.

Also on this day, November 29, 2012, Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, a 39-year-old Canadian citizen and environmental radical, turned herself in to the FBI at border in Blaine, Washington. She was part of a cell in Eugene, Oregon, known as the Family, and was sought for setting fires at a Vail ski resort and a lumber mill in Medford, Oregon.

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State Epidemiologist is not an Epidemiologist
This doesn’t build confidence in their science

Epidemiology -- a field we hear a lot about these days -- is "the study and analysis of the distribution, patterns and determinants of health and disease conditions in defined populations." You might be surprised to find out that the State Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger -- the one who Governor Kate Brown often turns to during press conferences, etc. -- is not, in fact, an epidemiologist. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics,

Epidemiologists typically need at least a master’s degree. The degree may be in a range of fields or specializations, although a master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in epidemiology is common. Epidemiologists who direct research projects—including those who work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities—often have a Ph.D. or medical degree in their chosen field.

Dr. Sidelinger's official bio lists his current position with the state of Oregon, his professional experience, and his education, but no ties to the field of epidemiology:

Dean Sidelinger, MD, MSEd, FAAP is the Health Officer and State Epidemiologist for the Oregon Public Health Division. In this role he supports public health practice, programs, and staff.

Prior to joining the Oregon Health Authority, Dr. Sidelinger served as the Child Health Medical Officer and Interim Deputy Public Health Officer for the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). In this role, he helped provide strategic direction for HHSA programs that impacted children and public health through the County’s vision, Live Well San Diego, to help all County residents be healthy, be safe, and thrive. He worked across programs in behavioral health, child welfare, early childhood, eligibility operations, and public health. In addition, Dr. Sidelinger worked with multiple partners in the community from the education, health, and social service sectors.

Dr. Sidelinger obtained his undergraduate degree in chemistry and medical degree from Georgetown University. He completed his pediatric internship and residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and a fellowship in Community Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego. He also has a Master’s in Education from the University of Southern California.

Sidelinger has been all over the place with his epidemiological conclusions. As an example, with regards to schools being the source of infection, he's quickly flip-flopped. In April, KATU News in Portland quoted Dr. Sidelinger, saying:

"Studies from around the world and experience throughout the country shows schools are not a driver of COVID-19 transmission," Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state health officer and state epidemiologist for Oregon, said.

A few weeks later, in early May, KBND News, in Bend reported

Oregon State Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger says most of the recent spike in Covid cases statewide can be traced to kids returning to school. He says only three percent of Covid cases are tied to restaurants and bars in the state - despite the tighter dining restrictions imposed by the Governor. Of the 257 new outbreaks during the last week in Oregon, Dr. Sidelinger says 30 percent were attributed to single case outbreaks associated with schools, 12 percent were attributed to two or more case outbreaks associated with schools, and four and a half percent of cases were attributed to recreational sports and sports teams.

This is surprising, as much of the epidemiological evidence indicates that the source of infections has not been schools. Perhaps the teachers' unions got to him.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-07-11 09:22:37Last Update: 2021-07-11 10:03:03

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