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Posted on: June 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] El Mirage Strongly Encourages the Use of Face Masks

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Press Release

For Immediate Release 

Date:               June 18, 2020

Contact:         Amber Wakeman

Phone:            (623) 876-2962

E-mail:            awakeman@elmirageaz.gov

Fax:                (623) 876-4603

 

El Mirage Strongly Encourages the Use of Face Masks

[El Mirage, AZ June 18, 2020] – In response to the Governor’s June 17, 2020 Executive Order, the City of El Mirage is strongly encouraging the use of face coverings in public spaces when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible. State and Federal public health experts are recommending that face coverings — cloth masks that cover the mouth and nose — are effective in limiting the spread of the coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arizona Department of Health Services have advised people to wear cloth face coverings in public settings, especially where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.  The CDC continues to study the spread of COVID-19, and recent studies have shown that people who lack symptoms (asymptomatic) and those who develop symptoms (pre-symptomatic) can transmit the virus when interacting in close proximity.

To make sure that El Mirage residents are able to observe the recommendation, the City has announced that it is giving away face masks for a limited time.  Residents who do not have access

to face coverings will be able to pick up a face mask in the City Hall lobby during normal business hours.  “We are committed as a community to do what we can to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19,” said City Manager Crystal Dyches, “providing masks to our residents is a small step we can take to keep our neighbors safe.”

“With the rise of COVID-19 cases, growing concern for the El Mirage community has been continuously top of mind,” stated Mayor Alexis Hermosillo, “it is imperative that our community play an active role in promoting an environment that is safe for everyone and strongly encourage residents and guests to wear a mask and practice physical distancing. I am calling on every person in our City to contribute to keeping each other healthy and safe, and utilize the tools provided by the City to make this possible.”

The Governor’s new Executive Order also calls on businesses to “Contain the Spread,” by updating and enforcing written policies in accordance with the May 12th Executive Order and adopt guidance from the CDC, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA,) and Arizona Department of Health Services to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  This includes:

  • Promoting healthy hygiene practices;
  • Ensuring physical distance;
  • Providing necessary protective equipment – face coverings and gloves;
  • Maintaining 6 feet of distancing between people;
  • Intensifying cleaning, disinfection and ventilation practices; and
  • Staying home when sick.

The City of El Mirage reopened City Hall and City facilities on May 18th and implemented the use of face masks for employees who interact with the public. The City also increased cleaning and disinfection processes, provides hand sanitizer and masks for customers, and is strictly following social distance guidelines.  The City will continue to follow CDC, State and Maricopa County Health Department guidelines to ensure the health and well-being of the public and the employees.

For more information about the Coronavirus and available resources visit:  www.cdc.gov, www.azdhs.gov, www.211arizona.org or www.Arizonatogether.org.  For the City of El Mirage community resource page, please visit www.elmirageaz.gov.  

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