Walker County encourages residents to ‘mask up’

Woman wearing mask in supermarket
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Walker County will be giving free masks and face coverings to residents next week in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.

“Mask Up Monday” will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 27 at the Walker County Civic Center at 10052 Highway 27 in Rock Spring.

A drive-thru distribution point will be set up at the civic center to give out free face coverings to the community. A package of four masks will be provided per person or eight masks per vehicle.

The masks are one size fits all, made of 100% cotton and are machine washable up to 15 times.

“We want to make it easy for residents who want to ‘mask up’ to have access to this tool to combat coronavirus,” said Chief Blake Hodge, Walker County Emergency Management Director.

CDC guidelines say the spread of COVID-19 can be reduced when cloth face coverings are used along with other preventative measures, such as social distancing, hand washing and frequently cleaning high touch surfaces.

While there is no mask mandate in Walker County, face coverings are recommended at many public locations.

As of Tuesday, Walker County had 414 confirmed cases of COVID-19. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, 14 people have died from coronavirus in Walker and there have been 19 hospitalizations.