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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 040420
Long Beach Shares Guidance on CDC Recommendation for Residents Who Opt to Wear Face Coverings While in Public
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Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department released guidance on the CDC recommendation for individuals wearing face coverings, to protect against COVID-19, when leaving their homes to participate in essential activities.

“Even if you are not showing symptoms, you could be carrying COVID-19 and endangering those around you,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Wearing something as simple as a cloth face covering when you go outside could help slow the rate of transmission and reduce the load on our hospitals in the critical weeks ahead.”

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is not requiring individuals to wear face coverings while in public and continues to advise the best community and individual defense against COVID-19 is washing our hands frequently, avoiding touching our eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, avoiding being around sick people and practicing physical distancing, especially by staying at home.

“We emphasize that wearing facial coverings should not be a substitute for continuing to practice evidence-based defenses like washing your hands frequently and physical distancing,” said City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis. “Facial coverings can be useful in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as pharmacies or grocery stores.”

The California Department of Public Health defines face coverings as material such as cotton, silk or linen that covers the mouth and nose. Coverings can be homemade or improvised from everyday items such as scarves, bandanas, T-shirts, sweatshirts or towel. N95 respirators and surgical masks are not recommended for public purchase. This critical equipment is in short supply nationally and should be conserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

City officials remind residents to continue to adhere to the “Safer at Home” Order and only leave their homes for essential activities such as getting food, attending medical appointments, exercising, walking your pet or caring for loved ones.

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