Face Mask Proclamation
Randolph County Health Department
FACE MASK PROCLAMATION
WHEREAS, the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a highly infectious disease that was declared by the World Health Organization to be a pandemic 2020; and
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to endanger public health, evidenced by increasing rates of transmission, positive case numbers, hospitalizations, and;
WHEREAS, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death, and since there is no specific treatment or vaccination available and the long term effects are largely unknown; and
WHEREAS, the primary mode of transmission of COVID-19 is through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks; and
WHEREAS, studies show people can be infected with the COVID-19 virus and be asymptomatic (lack symptoms) or pre-symptomatic (period prior to symptom development) and still spread the virus to others; and
WHEREAS, health authorities including the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the Surgeon General of the United States, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Randolph County Health Department have recommended the use of face coverings as a means of preventing the spread of COVID-19 when interacting with others outside of their homes, especially in indoor settings when social distancing of 6 feet or greater cannot be maintained; and
WHEREAS, evidence shows the proper use of face coverings over the nose and mouth, in conjunction with physical distancing and frequent hand washing is generally safe, inexpensive, and effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and thereby necessary for the safety and health of Randolph County citizens, residents, and visitors; and
WHEREAS, in addition to threatening the health and lives of residents, the spread of COVID-19 can cause economic damage, disruption, and hardship, and
WHEREAS, wearing face coverings will aid businesses in protecting the health and safety of the general public and employees, enabling businesses to stay open and keep the local economy strong.
THEREFORE, the Randolph County Health Department hereby strongly recommends all individuals wear face coverings over their mouth and nose in any indoor or outdoor environment where social distancing of 6 feet or more cannot be maintained. In addition to wearing face coverings, the Randolph County Health Department strongly recommends all individuals social distance as much as possible; wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water; use alcohol-based hand sanitizer of 60% or greater when soap and water is not available; clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily; avoid touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth; cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or by using the inside of one’s elbow, and stay at home when sick.
EXCEPTIONS: The Randolph County Health Department recognizes that wearing face coverings may not be possible in every situation or for every individual, including, but not limited to:
Medical conditions, mental health conditions, or disabilities that prevent wearing a face covering, such as:
Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and rely on lip reading to communicate.
Individuals caring for or interacting with an individual who is hearing impaired and relies on lip reading to communicate.
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, or other sensory sensitivities in which wearing a cloth face can create challenges.
Individuals who have trouble breathing
Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
Children under the age of 2. Face coverings should never be worn in children younger than 2 years of age.
Young children who are unable to wear a face covering properly, particularly for an extended period of time. Wearing face coverings may be prioritized at times when it is difficult to maintain a distance of six feet from others.
When engaged in activities, such a swimming, where the face covering will become wet.
When engaging in physical activity and able to maintain a distance of six feet from others.
While working in settings where face coverings may increase the risk of heat related illness or cause safety concerns (such as straps getting caught in machinery).
While in settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear face coverings, such as during dental exams or while consuming food or beverages.
All who can wear a face covering are strongly encouraged to do so to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. It is the responsibility of all members of our community to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and we will prevail by working together with the common interest of protecting our families, our businesses, and our community as a whole. We must come together and treat one another with respect and dignity regardless of our differences in opinion and abilities.