Universal face coveringis recommended to reduce spread of COVID-19

On April 3, theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that everyonewear non-medical face coverings in public settings. This was done as away to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 and should not replace therecommendations to practice social distancing, to stay home, and to frequentlywash and sanitize your hands. A non-medical face covering can bea scarf, a bandanna or other face covering.
“Please rememberthat medical masks need to be reserved for use by our hospitals, firstresponders and other health care providers to protect them and to makesure they are available when we need their help. If you have extramedical masks, gowns or gloves please donate these,” Chief MedicalOfficer Dr. Mary McIntyre, Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH),said. There are several locations accepting donations of personal protectiveequipment. Flyercan be viewed at https://alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/assets/oralhealth-ppedonations.pdf

· TheADPH Office of Oral Health is accepting donations of personal protectiveequipment such as gowns, masks and gloves for distribution to area hospitalhealth care personnel. Please contact Jessica Durham at (334) 206-2924or by email at [email protected] toarrange a drop-off time at the RSA Tower in Montgomery.
· ADPHis seeking donations of face masks for home health care patients. ContactDr. Choona Lang, Homecare Division director, ADPH Bureau of Home and CommunityServices, at (334) 206-5696 or by email at [email protected].

Instructions on how to make face masks can be found on CDC’s website athttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.

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