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Chairman Franks Encourages County Residents to Wear Face Coverings to Fight COVID-19 Spread

Post Date:04/17/2020 12:45 PM

WOODSTOCK, Ill. – When in public, wearing a cloth face covering that protects your nose and mouth can help slow the spread of coronavirus and help flatten the curve, County Board Chairman Jack Franks said.

Franks, D-Marengo, echoed the recommendations made earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wearing a cloth face covering, especially in places such as grocery stores and pharmacies where social distancing can be difficult to maintain, will help protect the people around you if you are infected but not showing symptoms.

“I’m just as ready as everyone else for the stay-at-home order to be lifted and for businesses shuttered by this emergency to reopen. The best way we can help that day to come around sooner rather than later is to obey the governor’s stay-at-home order and avoid nonessential travel and congregating in groups. But when we do have to go out, we can help do our part by protecting the people around us and wearing a cloth covering on our noses and mouths,” Franks said.

Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items at little to no cost, and you can find simple directions how to do so on the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov. Health officials are recommending against trying to acquire N95 masks and surgical masks, because they are in very short supply, and should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

Face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing, and wearing them does not give people who are sick the ability to venture outside. If you are sick, stay at home.

And remember – the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to follow the stay-at-home order.

McHenry County has set up a resource page at www.mchenrycountyil.gov/covid19resources for community members, businesses and nonprofits needing assistance as a result of the pandemic. To learn more about how you can protect yourself and your family against coronavirus, visit the Department of Health’s website at www.mcdh.info, and follow both the Department of Health and McHenry County on Facebook and Twitter.

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