Wayne County Government Launches Public Awareness Campaign Encouraging Masks and Other Precautions to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

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Richmond, IN (December 16, 2020) – As Wayne County’s COVID-19 numbers continue to climb the urgency to wear a mask, social distance, and follow other recommended guidelines from the Wayne County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is critical. Wayne County Government, along with a coalition of many other organizations, including health care, mental health, schools, and businesses, are using Cares Act grant dollars to develop a public awareness campaign. The Share Your Story COVID-19 Wayne County campaign focuses on personal stories of those who have been affected by the virus.

Ken Paust, President of the Wayne County Commissioners, says it’s critical we slow the transmission of COVID-19 in Wayne County. “We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday. We’d appreciate it if people would keep their gatherings to immediate household members, but if they can’t we encourage everyone to follow protocols identified by the Wayne County Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The sooner we can slow, and even stop the spread of COVID-19, the sooner we can do the things we want with the people we care about.”

The campaign will launch soon with a website, hashtag, social media content, activities for kids, newspaper articles, and advertising on TV and radio.

Mary Walker, Executive Director of the Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau says the pandemic impacts everyone in some way. “Many of our small businesses, local employers, restaurants, bars, retail shops, hotels and motels and their employees are suffering financially due to the pandemic and its long-term effects. It’s imperative we slow, and even stop, the spread of COVID-19 so people can once again safely do the things they love and support the activities they cherish.”  Walker adds, “We all have COVID-19 Fatigue and preserving our health and mental health is difficult for so many people during this pandemic. The ‘Share Your Story’ campaign will include a way for the community to share their own experiences through their personal stories of how COVID-19 has affected them and their families and why it’s important to mask up and take the necessary precautions to end this pandemic.”

If you have a personal story you’d like to share about how COVID-19 has impacted you or your family and friends, contact Mary Walker at mwalker@visitrichmond.org.

Find more information at COVID19WayneCounty.com and on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

To stay up to date on information regarding COVID-19 in Wayne County, visit the Wayne County Health Department’s Facebook page.

Click here to find out how to share your story and listen to people who have been impacted by the virus.

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