Officials Urge Mask Use To Stem COVID-19 Rise
An uptick in Positive Cases in Livingston County prompts local leaders to push wearing a mask in public. Livingston County leaders are joining to strongly request all residents wear cloth face coverings when out in public where social distancing is difficult to maintain. This plea comes after an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the county over the past several weeks. Local leaders want to stop the spread of the virus now, so our county can continue to move forward in the process of re-opening, rather than go back to the restrictions in place a few months ago.
The statement released by the Livingston County Health Center says our rural area is not immune to the increase in COVID-19 sweeping the nation, as we have seen in the last few weeks. Top health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and numerous healthcare systems also recommend wearing masks.
We all have a responsibility to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities. Handwashing, covering your cough, staying home when sick, social distancing and wearing a mask in public when social distancing is not possible have been among the prevention measures touted by the Health Center since the beginning of the pandemic.
Livingston County Health Center Administrator Sherry Weldon says “It is not too late to flatten the curve locally. We urge everyone to be cautious and considerate of others right now and do the right thing by wearing a mask in public. Every citizen in our county can help by making masks a regular part of everyday activities.”
Those joining the Health Center in this request include City of Chillicothe Officials; Chillicothe R-II Schools; Livingston County Commissioners; Hedrick Medical Center, Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, and Greater Chillicothe Visitor’s Region.