On Sunday, July 19, Clay County began requiring face masks and coverings to be worn in all indoor areas of public accommodation. This decision was made due to the rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations of Clay County residents in recent weeks.
The goal of the mask requirement is to reduce the spread of germs that cause COVID-19, infecting more and more Clay County residents every day. Face masks and coverings have been proven to limit the spread of these germs. By increasing the use of face masks, we hope to see a reduction in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (like while shouting, chanting, or singing). These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms (are “asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (are “pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.
However, by using a face mask, you can create a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people.
A face mask may not protect the wearer but it can help prevent the wearer from spreading it to others. This is why it is important that everyone wears a mask when interacting closely with those outside their immediate contacts - you may be putting others in danger by not wearing one.