COVID 19 numbers are rising daily. Effective July 7, 2020 Governor Justice Ordered “Mandatory facial coverings”  “to be worn in confined, indoor spaces other than one’s residence or when actively engaged in consumption of food and/or beverage, and when not able to social distance from other individuals who do not reside in the same household.”


   Face covering must be worn in ALL PUBLIC PLACES especially when social distancing can not be maintained. 

    It is important to wear your face covering correctly:

  1. You should wash your hands before putting your face covering on
  2. Your face covering should cover both your nose and your mouth and should be secured under your chin
  3. Your face covering should also fit snugly against the sides of your face
  4. You should also make sure you can breath easily
  5. Do NOT put your face covering around your neck or up on your forehead
  6. Do NOT touch the face covering once on and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect

    The reason for the facial coverings is that it has been proven that the virus spreads mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice for such things as talking or singing. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby and possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

     Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID 19 from spreading the virus to others. Wearing a cloth face covering will help protect people around you including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and workers who frequently come in to contact with other people. Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID 19 when they are widely used by people in public settings. The spread of COVID 19 can be reduced when cloth face coverings are used along with other preventative measures, including proper social distancing, frequent handwashing, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

    Cloth face coverings should not be worn by children under the age of 2 or people who have trouble breathing, are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

    It is also important to know how to take off your cloth face covering carefully when you are home:

  • You should untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties
  • Fold the outside corners together
  • Place the covering in the washing machine
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing face mask and wash your hands immediately after removing.

   Other things you can do to prevent the spread of COVID 19:

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds at a time
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Get tested- Call us at Doddridge County Health Department 304-873-1531 and we can set up an appointment to get you tested