Health Commissioner ‘strongly recommends’ cloth face coverings in public

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – As the number of covid-19 cases continue to rise, Allen County’s top health official is “strongly recommending” that anyone who is in public should wear a cloth face covering to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

According to statistics shared by the Allen County Department of Health Tuesday morning, there have been 90 confirmed cases of covid-19 and 6 deaths.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced that 568 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with covid-19 bringing the total number of cases to 5,507 across the state. At least 173 Hoosiers have died.

Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deb McMahan said wearing a cloth face covering can be effective in stopping the spread of thee novel Coronavirus. The effectiveness is increased by the number of people who wear them in public, according to Dr. James Cameron of Lutheran Health Network.

Health officials suggest using a cloth scarf, bandanna or even an old t-shirt. The key is that the face covering should be a material that can be washed. It should cover your nose and mouth, have at least two layers, and it should fit snug without restricting your breathing, McMahan said.

McMahan said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want people to use cloth face coverings instead of surgical masks or N-95. The goal is to reserve the critical supplies for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

For more information about how to make a cloth face covering and best practices when wearing them or removing them, click here.

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