Covington County Hospital is following new measures issued by President Donald Trump and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to wear cloth masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Late last week, the CDC issued a recommendation that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings, such as grocery stores and pharmacies. The use of cloth face coverings is shown to help slow the spread of the virus and prevent people who may not know they have the virus from spreading it to others.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under the age of two, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Face masks should be washed routinely and individuals should wash their hands immediately after removing their mask. Many tutorials, both for masks that require sewing and no-sew options, are available online.
The CDC still asks that the public reserve surgical masks and N-95 respirators for healthcare workers and medical first responders for whom these supplies are critical.
It is important to note that these recommendations do not change the stay-at-home orders issued by the state of Mississippi and the safest way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay at home whenever possible.