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Mississippians Should Wear Masks to Limit Coronavirus Spread, State Says

Mississippians Should Wear Masks to Limit Coronavirus Spread, State Says

▪ President Donald Trump has approved the governor’s request for a major disaster declaration, which means “public assistance is now available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance.”

▪ The Mississippi State Department of Health also has announced it is asking all Mississippians to “wear locally produced (non-medical grade masks) or homemade cloth masks when leaving the home to perform essential functions such as grocery shopping or filling prescriptions.”

The health department also advises all healthcare workers to wear faces masks throughout the work day.

Cloth face coverings should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

“MSDH recommends that essential commercial operations, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores, take every measure to ensure social distancing and proper hand hygiene.

“All shopping carts should be sanitized between uses. Every effort should be made to prevent crowding within stores including in the aisles, outside the store, and at checkout.

“Again, patrons should always maintain a distance of at least six feet from one another.”

▪ At 7 p.m. Friday, WXXV and other news outlets across the state will air a live virtual town hall meeting with Gov. Tate Reeves, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

Due to restrictions on large gatherings, the one-hour virtual town hall will take place at the studios of WJTV in Jackson and bring viewers in communities across the state together via live television broadcast and livestream video, available locally on wxxv25.com.

Viewers are invited to submit questions to Reeves and Dobbs via social media using the hashtag #AskReevesfrom from now until April 9.

Read more/Source: sunherald.com

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