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Health care officials continue to promote the message that facial coverings — when combined with other preventive measures — help slow the spread of COVID-19, as case rates surge locally and across the nation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that facial coverings protect the wearer from potentially becoming infected with COVID-19 in addition to protecting others in the event that someone is infected with the virus but is asymptomatic. Wearing one when outside the home is required in California with only very specific exemptions and is enforceable through local jurisdictions.
Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said now is the time to follow proven safety measures such as wearing facial coverings and limiting gatherings to those in your household. “Pandemic fatigue is real, but we must continue all the good work we have done here in Humboldt by using all preventive measures available to us,” she said. “Doing so protects our family, friends and all residents of Humboldt as well as our health care system.”
Below are CDC guidelines for the public on types of facial coverings to use, those to avoid and how to wash them:
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To read CDC’s full report, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html
For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or during business hours by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 707-441-5000.
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