Central District Health removes face mask recommendations from its website

Just days after winning the GOP primary for Idaho Attorney General, Raúl Labrador led the charge to order Central District Health (CDH) to remove any face mask recommendations from its website.

Insisting that school children in Idaho were suffering due to face mask requirements at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Labrador told the CDH Board of Health that, despite any recommendations from the CDC, the district should have nothing about face masks on its website or in any communications to schools. The Central District Health district includes all of Ada, Elmore, Boise, and Valley counties.

“And I think we need to be more responsible. And I know people don’t agree with me, but I think we need to be more responsible and we need to stop forcing masks on kids,” said Labrador.

Dr. Ryan Cole, another CDH Board of Health member appointed by Ada County Commissioners, doubled down on Labrador’s motion. Cole reiterated his call not to wear face masks and urged the council to end any recommendation for a COVID-19 vaccine as well.

“This is a dangerous gene-based shot,” Cole said. “It’s not a vaccine. We can’t scientifically recommend it to anyone. I mean, I’m adamant about it. This is the hill I’ll die on.”

Ultimately, the Council agreed to remove any face covering recommendations from its website and link to the CDC for more information. The Board also agreed to review Cole and Labrador’s efforts to remove any recommendation for a COVID-19 vaccine. Cole said he would prepare background information for the board to consider. at its next meeting on August 19.

You can watch the CDH board meeting below. The mask discussion begins at 32:01.

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