Cowley County has worked hard to flatten the curve together. To keep protecting one other as Kansas reopens, local healthcare providers recommend that community members wear a mask in public.

Initiated by the Community Health Center in Cowley County, the “mask up” campaign is endorsed by the City-Cowley County Health Department, South Central Kansas Medical Center and William Newton Hospital. To help the people of Cowley County to stay healthy, these partners have developed this how-to guide for wearing masks.

Who? 

Everyone

• We can all protect each other.

• Your mask protects me and my mask protects you.

• Ages 2 and younger as well, as those with respiratory conditions should not wear a mask.

What?

Masks

• Cloth masks that cover your mouth and nose.

• Best mask material is tightly woven/high thread count material.

Distancing

• Six feet away from others whenever possible (two arms lengths approximately).

• Coronavirus can be transmitted by speech, cough or sneeze.

When?

Yes

• Mask up anytime you’re in close contact with others in public.

No

• Outside on walks or activities.

• In your home or vehicle.

Where?

• Grocery stores.

• Doctor’s offices and hospitals.

• Mask up anywhere social distancing is difficult to maintain.

Why?

• There’s no way to know if you are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic.

• Your mask protects others if you are infected; theirs protects you from potential infection.

• You never know who is at risk or who has been exposed.

How? 

Mask on

• Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Cover your mouth and nose with the mask, and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.

Mask off 

• Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp. It is not recommended to reuse disposable masks. Wash cloth masks daily. Do not share masks.

• Remove it from behind (don’t touch the front of the mask). Discard immediately in a closed bin. Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

To learn more about face coverings, visit bit.ly/ClothMasksCDC.

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