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Posted on: July 13, 2020

RELEASE: 20-040 - City, county leaders encourage masks, personal responsibility

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RELEASE: 20-040

VOICE: 417.991.2310




City, county leaders encourage masks, personal responsibility

Due to a recent spike in cases of COVID-19 in Laclede County, the City of Lebanon, the Laclede County Commission and the Laclede County Health Department is asking Lebanon and Laclede County residents to remain proactive in fighting the spread of disease.

COVID-19 cases have increased in the county by more than 55% over the last seven days. City and county leaders are counting on residents to practice personal responsibility and do their part in helping combat the coronavirus.

“We need our residents to do the right thing and take proactive measures to combat the spread of COVID-19,” said Lebanon Mayor Jared Carr. “Practicing good hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing masks when we can’t social distance will not only help keep us safe but will also help keep our economy moving.”

Laclede County Presiding Commissioner Randy Angst echoed Carr’s sentiment.

“For the health, safety and well-being of our county, I encourage you to continue to follow the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, take personal responsibility, show respect for others, and then, together, we will get through these challenging times,” Angst said.

One of the most important things residents can do to help prevent the spread of disease is to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. The CDC has stated that wearing masks can help protect others from COVID-19.

"When an adequate, safe distance cannot be kept, masks/face coverings do provide protection,” said Charla Baker, Laclede County Health Department administrator. “If I wear a mask, I am protecting YOU. When you wear a mask, you are protecting ME."

Residents are encouraged to abide by the following guidelines from the CDC:

• Practice social distancing – maintain 6 feet between yourself and others that are not part of your immediate family.

• Wear a cloth mask when social distancing is not possible.

• Practice frequent handwashing and make use of hand sanitizers when you cannot wash your hands.

• Avoid large gatherings and frequent outings.

• Take advantage of the outdoors when looking for recreational opportunities.

• If you are feeling sick in any way, stay home.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces often.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue away.

While city and county leaders respect the rights of our residents to make their own choices, it is imperative that we all recognize that we have a part to play preventing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our community healthy. If everyone recognizes their responsibility to do their part in this fight, we will remain Lebanon and Laclede County strong.


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