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Putnam General Hospital joins #MaskUpGA campaign

July 31, 2020 - 00:00
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    Putnam General Hospital employees pose together wearing their masks as a part of the #MaskUpGA campaign to encourage Georgians to wear masks in public. CONTRIBUTED

Putnam General Hospital has joined #MaskUpGA, a campaign to encourage all Georgians to make the choice to wear face coverings when in public settings and to social distance when possible to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19 in our state.

The purpose of the campaign is to encourage organizations, businesses and individuals to post on social media pictures or videos of themselves wearing masks and to accompany these posts with #MaskUpGA and a message about why they “mask up.”

“This campaign is about Georgians coming together for the greater good,” said Alan Horton, CEO. “We, along with Gov. Brian Kemp, urge everyone to make the choice to wear a mask as part of collective efforts to stop the spread of this virus. Together, we can help keep our state healthy and well.”

Research and data show that wearing face coverings helps reduce the spread of COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wearing masks is “a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of disease, particularly when used universally within communities.” The CDC further states that wearing masks potentially slows the spread of the virus from one person to another.

As Putnam General Hospital ensures its ability to treat all patients who come through its doors and prepares for potential surges, it is more important now than ever that Georgians remain healthy and do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Along with Putnam General Hospital, several organizations around the state have committed to joining the campaign’s efforts.

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