Sovah Health is urging community members to wear face masks or cloth face coverings in public areas where social distancing is not easily achieved to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This aligns with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH), as being an effective way to prevent the spread of the illness.
The hospital already has instituted a universal masking protocol within its facilities requiring that anyone entering must wear a face mask at all times.
“Sovah Health strongly encourages our community members to wear masks because each of us plays an important role in helping to keep our community safe and protect one another from the spread of infectious diseases,” said Dr. Sheranda Gunn-Nolan, Chief Medical Officer at Sovah Health. “One of the easiest and most effective ways we can look out for each other and aid in the fight against COVID-19 is to wear a face mask in public spaces right now.”
Recent studies have shown that universal masking can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, especially in individuals who may be asymptomatic and unaware that they are ill. Face masks and cloth face coverings should be worn over the nose and mouth and be held securely in place with loops or ties.
“Until there is a vaccine, wearing a mask in public, practicing social distancing and proper hand hygiene are our best lines of defense in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” Gunn-Nolan said. “That’s why we’ve established a universal masking protocol in our facilities to help protect our patients, providers and employees, and we’re encouraging our fellow citizens to do the same in other public places. By looking out for each other, we’ll get through this together and continue making our community healthier.”
For more information from the CDC on face coverings and how to make your own, visit https://bit.ly/sovah-cdcmaskflyer. To learn more about how Sovah Health is working to ensure the safety of patients during this time, visit https://bit.ly/sovah-covid.