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“Think of it for individuals you are around”: Masks now mandatory in West Virginia


WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) – Local health officials say the mandate that all West Virginians must wear face coverings in confined indoor places may lower the number of cases in this area.

They add that while wearing a mask isn’t a 100% solving mechanism, but it is beneficial.

Residents are still urged to social distance, wash their hands and don’t go out if sick. If everyone wears masks as well health officials add it should protect us from droplets.

It’s doesn’t only have to be a face mask. It could be any type of face covering or face shield.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is urging us all to wear our masks.

Don’t think of it as it’s for you. I think a lot of the times we think of it as this is an inconvenience for me. Think of it for individuals that you are around, whether it’s family, friends, co-workers.

Howard Gamble, Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Administrator

If you have asthma or trouble breathing, Gamble is recommending face shields.

Gamble hopes we will see a small reduction in the Ohio Valley and an even larger reduction statewide.

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