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Ozark mayor encourages residents to wear masks

(Source: City of Ozark)
(Source: City of Ozark)(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jun. 18, 2020 at 1:41 PM CDT
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Ozark Mayor Bob Bunting is encouraging residents to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

In a press release sent out Thursday Bunting says Dale County has recently seen a large increase in the number of COVD-19 cases.

Bunting says, "In an effort to slow down the spread and keep everyone safe, I am urging everyone to wear a mask in public. Through the combined effort of wearing a mask, social distancing, and handwashing we can save lives together."

He reiterates what public health officials say; the coronavirus spreads through saliva droplets; people can be contagious and unknowingly spread the virus to others, masks protect others from getting as well as spreading the virus.

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[OZARK MAYOR BUNTING COMPLETE STATEMENT]

As businesses open up and everyone tries to get back to normal, the City of Ozark continues to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Recently, we saw a large increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Dale County. Health officials have stated that the virus spreads best through fluid droplets expelled by a carrier when they cough, sneeze, sing, laugh, talk, or simply exhale. Many people may not know that they are infected with the virus and wearing a mask is a very effective way to protect others. In addition, if someone else’s fluid droplets happen to land on your mask, it may inhibit it from passing through. Although not 100% effective, this gives the wearer some additional protection too. In an effort to slow down the spread and keep everyone safe, I am urging everyone to wear a mask in public. Through the combined effort of wearing a mask, social distancing, and handwashing we can save lives together.

May God Bless You and Keep You Safe,

Mayor Bob Bunting

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