A senior official at the Oregon Public Health department raised some eyebrows when she decided to dress in clown makeup and a polka-dot suit to announce the COVID-19 death tolls.
Claire Poche, began her video announcement by listing off the new cases of the virus in the tall-tree state, not beginning by addressing the very strange choice of attire.
“As of today, there have been 38,160 cases of COVID-19 in Oregon, with 390 new cases being reported today,” she said, going on to note that “Sadly, we are also reporting three deaths today, bringing the statewide total for COVID-19-related deaths to 608."
It was only when the video switched over to fellow senior adviser Shimi Sharief, who was dressed in a cuddly animal onesie that she said was inspired by the Japanese cartoon “My Neighbor Totoro," that it became clear the costumes were part of a Halloween-themed video.
Still, the stunt went viral this week, causing many to question the appropriateness of the very strange choice of costume while discussing such a somber topic.
Some social media users compared the clip to a skit from "The Office."
Another user said "Christmas is going to be grim this year if we are already at 'sad clowns deliver the news'"