New Directive: Wear Masks in Public

04/04/2020
NEWS BRIEFS
Southwest Colorado confirmed COVID-19 cases by county: La Plata (200 resident, 18 non-resident), Archuleta (36 resident, 31 non-resident), Montezuma (109), Dolores (1), San Juan (2). Deaths due to Covid: Montezuma (2), Deaths among cases: LaPlata (2), Montezuma (1), sjbpublichealth.org, montezumacounty.org
Colorado COVID-19 totals: 47,968 cases, 6,487 hospitalized, 1,844 deaths among cases, 1,710 deaths due to COVID-19, 548,808 tested, 483 outbreaks, colorado.gov

Health officials now want you to wear masks in public to protect yourself from contracting the coronavirus and from spreading it, in case you’ve been infected but don’t have symptoms.

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PEOPLE INFECTED WITH COVID-19 EXHIBIT MILD OR NO SYMPTOMS, AND SO AREN'T AWARE THAT THEY'RE SPREADING THE VIRUS. THE VIRUS IS SPREAD PRIMARILY THROUGH DROPLETS, AND NOW, HEALTH OFFICIALS ADVISE RESIDENTS TO COVER THEIR NOSES AND MOUTHS WHEN THEY GO OUT. THANKS FOR WATCHING THE LOCAL NEWS NETWORK, BROUGHT TO YOU BY KEESEE MOTORS. I’M WENDY GRAHAM SETTLE. SAN JUAN BASIN PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL RECOMMEND WEARING A MASK WHEN YOU GO TO THE GROCERY STORE, DOCTOR, OR PHARMACY, OR FOR ANY OTHER ESSENTIAL TRAVEL. ANY BANDANA OR HOMEMADE COTTON MASK WILL DO. STEER AWAY FROM HOSPITAL GRADE MASKS TO ENSURE THAT THEY'RE AVAILABLE TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND SICK PATIENTS. FACE COVERINGS WILL HELP HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS STAY HEALTHY AND WILL PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS FROM THOSE WHO MAY NOT REALIZE THEY’RE SICK.  WEARING A FACE COVERING ALSO WILL REMIND YOU TO STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE, AND IT SERVES AS A SIGN TO OTHERS TO HEED HEALTH-CARE ORDERS DURING THIS SERIOUS PANDEMIC. REMOVING THE MASK IS AS IMPORTANT AS WEARING THE MASK.  FIRST, WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER FOR AT LEAST 30 SECONDS. GRAB THE AREA THAT GOES OVER YOUR EARS TO TAKE THE COVERING OFF, KEEPING THE OUTSIDE OF IT AWAY FROM YOUR FACE, AND PLACE IT DIRECTLY INTO THE WASHING AREA WHERE YOU WILL SANITIZE IT. FINALLY, WASH YOUR HANDS AGAIN. SO, REMEMBER, WEAR YOUR MASKS OUTSIDE, WASH YOUR HANDS AND SURFACES FREQUENTLY, STAY HOME WHEN YOU'RE NOT OUT PERFORMING ESSENTIAL TASKS, AND STAY AT LEAST 6 FEET AWAY FROM OTHERS WHEN YOU ARE OUT. LET'S ALL DO OUR PARTS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.  FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION, VISIT SAN JUAN BASIN PUBLIC HEALTH’S WEBSITE AT S J B PUBLICHEALTH DOT ORG OR MONTEZUMA COUNTY DOT ORG. THANKS FOR WATCHING THIS EDITION OF THE LOCAL NEWS NETWORK. STAY IN TOUCH WITH US ON FACEBOOK OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR BREAKING NEWS, UPDATED DAILY. WHILE YOU’RE THERE, CLICK “GET THE NEWS” TO HAVE OUR NEWSLETTER DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO YOUR INBOX — OR, CLICK “CONTRIBUTE NEWS” TO SUBMIT YOUR 15-30 SECOND VIDEO MESSAGE OF HOPE AND THANKS TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO ARE FIGHTING THE PANDEMIC. WE'LL SHARE THEM ON THE AIR, ON OUR WEB SITE AND OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. I'M WENDY GRAHAM SETTLE FOR THE LOCAL NEWS NETWORK.

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