MARTINSVILLE, VA – Sovah Health is urging community members to wear face masks or cloth face coverings in public areas where social distancing may not be possible in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Sovah Health says this aligns with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Virginia Department of Health, as being an effective way to prevent the spread of the illness.
The hospital has already instituted a universal masking protocol within its facilities and requires anyone entering to 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 Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sheranda Gunn-Nolan.
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, according to the hospital.
Sovah says 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,” Dr. Gunn-Nolan added. By looking out for each other, we’ll get through this together and continue making our community healthier.”