As West Virginia begins to reopen, we must do all we can to protect our family, friends, and neighbors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone who can should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public to go the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. That’s why I’m calling on all West Virginians to mask up in public to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask doesn’t mean you’re sick – it means you’re looking out for your family, friends, and neighbors and doing your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

According to the CDC, wearing a mask is an additional public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to (not instead of) social distancing, frequent hand cleaning and other everyday preventive actions. According to the CDC:

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Business owners may download and print my #MaskUpWV flyer and post it in their business to signify their employees wear masks. Click here to download: https://www.manchin.senate.gov/download/mask-up-wv-flyer