Health dept encourages cloth face coverings

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Anne Mehringer of Ireland holds up fabric face masks she sewed to donate to those in the medical field at her home in Ireland last month.

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JASPER — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana State Department of Health are recommending that all persons wear a cloth face covering if they leave their home or report to work for essential operations.

A few examples of when face coverings are needed include:

• Shopping at essential businesses, such as grocery stores or pharmacies.

• Picking up food from a drive-thru or curbside pickup.

• Visiting your health care provider.

• Interacting with customers, clients or coworkers at essential businesses.

According to a news release from the Dubois County Health Department, the agency, with the support of the Dubois County Commissioners, is strongly recommending essential retail and grocery stores to have employees wear cloth face coverings and also consider restricting entry of customers not wearing cloth face coverings. Essential businesses must urge their employees to wear cloth face coverings while working in a community setting. The health department encourages employees to take any concerns to the company human resource director. Employees and concerned citizens can file an anonymous formal complaint with the Department of Labor at this link

Wearing a cloth face covering is done to protect those around you if you are infected, but do not yet show symptoms of COVID-19, according to the health department. When you wear a cloth face covering, make sure you can easily breathe through it and that it covers your nose and mouth. Also wash after each use.

The Dubois County Health Department is reminding all citizens that cloth face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing and should not encourage a false sense of security to leave home. Social distancing, staying at least 6 feet away, is still needed. Face coverings are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

“We all need to assume that every person you encounter is potentially spreading this virus,” said Dubois County Health Officer Dr. Ted Waflart. "We want to make sure all measures are being implemented in keeping our community members safe. Stay home, practice social distancing and good hand hygiene."

According to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center's COVID-19 Dashboard, the Jasper hospital has submitted 216 tests. Of those, 181 were negative and 17 are pending. The case county in Dubois County remains at 14.

The hospital notes that a patient's address will determine what county reports the positive case.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported today 611 additional cases, bringing the statewide total to 9,542. A total of 477 Hoosiers have died from the virus.

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