Oregon public health official confounds when she delivers COVID death toll dressed as a CLOWN

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A video of two Oregon health officials discussing the state’s coronavirus death toll left many viewers wondering if it was even real.

The eyebrow-raising video from the Oregon Public Health Division clearly missed the mark as one senior official delivered the sobering update on the number of people who have died as a result of COVID-19. But Claire Poche, a senior health adviser for the Oregon Health Authority, shared that there were three deaths that day from the virus and brought the update while dressed…as a clown.

“As of today, there have been 38,160 cases of COVID-19 in Oregon, with 390 new cases being reported today,” Poche said in the video of the virtual presentation.

“Sadly, we are also reporting three deaths today, bringing the statewide total for COVID-19-related deaths to 608,” the state health official wearing clown makeup shared.

Poche was soon joined by senior adviser Shimi Sharief who appeared on camera wearing an animal onesie in the video that was also shred by a journalist at the Oregonian who called it “an absolute nightmare.”

While the presentation had some kind of connection to Halloween, as Sharief provided alternatives to trick-or-treating in a pandemic and said it could “still be spooky and fun,” that fact was not clear at the start when the clown official delivered grim news of COVID-19 deaths.

“I’m sorry but who at the Oregon Health Authority thought this was a good idea?” the Oregonian’s Samantha Swindler asked on Twitter. “I get they were going for a ‘fun’ Halloween COVID update and they have a very hard job but this … this does not work.”

Swindler noted that one of the many “great” things that made the video so strange was the fact that the health officials never seemed to address their costumes in a presentation meant to deliver guidance and the facts.

“The clown is just THERE and she dives right into the numbers. AMAZING STUFF,” Swindler tweeted, hoping the doctors would not need to make any other videos.

Many viewers were in disbelief and questioned if the video, which was recorded on October 14, was a parody or had been altered.

“This is not a photoshop. Oregon’s public health authority announced COVID deaths in clown makeup,” journalist Ian Miles Cheong tweeted.

Others also chimed in on Twitter.

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