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Posted on: August 26, 2020

#MaskUpRadnor!: A Community Health Information Campaign

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WHAT: #MaskUpRadnor! is a community health information campaign encouraging Township residents to continue to safeguard themselves from potential exposure to COVID-19.

WHY: This campaign focuses on community health education and the mitigation of COVID-19 among those living and working in Radnor Township.

WHO: Although seniors are especially vulnerable, we encourage everyone to wear a mask in public places. Some residents are coping with socio-economic challenges and health disparities that can make a COVID-19 diagnosis a life or death emergency.  #MaskUpRadnor! protects the entire community.

WHERE: The Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends masks as an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions and social distancing in public settings.

  • Wear a Mask to Protect Others
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect others in case you’re infected with COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms
  • Wear a mask in public settings when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when it may be difficult for you to stay six feet apart
  • Wear a mask correctly for maximum protection
  • Don’t put the mask around your neck or up on your forehead
  • Don’t touch the mask, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect

HOW: Look for #MaskUpRadnor! reminders or messages throughout the Township, on social media platforms, and posted in parks and trails to help show how to protect yourself.

COMMON QUESTIONS:

SHOULD I WEAR A MASK? The CDC is encouraging everyone, 2 and older, to wear mask in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Who should NOT use masks: children under age 2, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

*Masks are NOT surgical masks or N95 respirators. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.

WILL I RECEIVE A FINE FOR NOT WEARING A MASK? Radnor Township Police Department is not giving out citations for not wearing a mask. The #MaskUpRadnor! campaign is to educate the public on the benefits of wearing a mask to keep the virus at bay.

CAN I WEAR A MASK I MADE MYSELF? Absolutely.

I WANT TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN. HOW CAN I HELP? Excellent! Spread the word to your neighbors, customers, and educational institutions. Community buy-in is what helps make Radnor Township great. Feel free to download campaign images and share on your social media platforms. And of course, the biggest way to help is to wear a mask every time you’re in public to show others how important this initiative is to the health of our town.

HOW DO YOU WEAR A FACE MASK? According to the CDC, cloth face coverings should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING? According to the CDC, social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:

  • Limit Contact When Running Errands: Only visit stores selling household essentials in person when you absolutely need to and stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not from your household while shopping and in lines. If possible, use drive-thru, curbside pick-up, or delivery services to limit face-to-face contact with others. Maintain physical distance between yourself and delivery service providers during exchanges and wear a mask.
  • Choose Safe Social Activities: It is possible to stay socially connected with friends and family who don’t live in your home by calling, using video chat, or staying connected through social media. If meeting others in person (e.g., at small outdoor gatherings, yard or driveway gathering with a small group of friends or family members), stay at least 6 feet from others who are not from your household. Follow these steps to stay safe if you will be participating in personal and social activities outside of your home.
  • Keep Distance at Events and Gatherings: It is safest to avoid crowded places and gatherings where it may be difficult to stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not from your household. If you are in a crowded space, always try to keep 6 feet of space between yourself and others and wear a mask. Masks are especially important in times when physical distancing is difficult. Pay attention to any physical guides, such as tape markings on floors or signs on walls, directing attendees to remain at least 6 feet apart from each other in lines or at other times. Allow other people 6 feet of space when you pass by them in both indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Stay Distanced While Being Active: Consider going for a walk, bike ride, or wheelchair roll in your neighborhood or in another safe location where you can maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and other pedestrians and cyclists. If you decide to visit a nearby park, trail, or recreational facility, first check for closures or restrictions. If open, consider how many other people might be there and choose a location where it will be possible to keep at least 6 feet of space between yourself and other people who are not from your household.

RADNOR TOWNSHIP DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: Public Health policy remains an important priority of the Board of Commissioners and the community. To this end the Board of Health was established at the very beginning of the 1st Class Township status. The board now consists of 9 members of the community either following careers or having a strong interest in matters of public health. The board meets monthly, except for July and August, and the Township Health Officer reports to them on his activities and acts as a liaison between the board and the Township Administration. For more information, please contact Radnor Health Officer Marie Carbonara at 610.688.5200 x 167. Visit Radnor Township at: http://www.radnor.com Like us on Facebook: http://Facebook.com/RadnorTownship/ Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/radnortownship Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/radnortownship


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