Face masks are something that will be stressed in the new statewide orders coming this week and the Medina County Health Department has received many questions about when and where they should be worn.
“As a best practice, a face mask should be worn at all times while interacting with others. Face masks work by limiting the spread of respiratory droplets, either onto surfaces or through the air. So while wearing a mask does not guarantee you won’t get sick, it will dramatically reduce your risk of becoming infected or infecting someone else,” health commissioner Krista Wasowski said in an email news release.
“As we get back to normal business operations, shopping at our favorite retail locations or socializing with coworkers in the office, we want to do so in a way that you and those around you feel safe in doing those normal, everyday things. All business environments are different and different safety measures may be put in place based on the unique needs of each situation. But wearing a mask in all situations where you could potentially spread the disease will be important in protecting yourself and others.”
The Medina County Health Department has some resources on their website to help guide you and your family as we enter the new phase of re-opening businesses. You can find information including mask hygiene and safety, how to make your own mask at home, or where to buy them locally.
What can you do?
“The Responsible Restart Ohio plan is thoughtfully designed to reopen our economy while still controlling the spread of COVID- 19. This means that while businesses are reopening, the threat of the disease is still present and precautions are still necessary. I encourage all Medina residents to make it their personal responsibility to reduce the risk of infection by continuing to take the same actions we’ve taken over the last several weeks. Practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, continue to sanitize and clean your surroundings, and wear your mask in public. By doing these things to protect yourself, you can protect others and help our community get back to normal,” Wasowski said.