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Posted on: August 4, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Bakken launches COVID-19 mask awareness campaign amid pandemic

Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken launched a mask awareness and education campaign today to urge individuals to wear a mask while in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Burleigh and Morton counties have seen a steady rise in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks that prompted the formation of a task force to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Bismarck-Mandan metro area.

The focus of the mask awareness and education campaign is to join together to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community. “We can only beat this virus if we are united as a community to stop the spread of COVID-19. I invite you to mask up and join me in doing your part. It is essential to wear a mask in order to protect one another. By wearing a mask when you’re in public, you protect yourself and you protect others,” said Mayor Bakken.

“We’re all in this together. Let’s get kids back to school, preserve our local economy, and keep our community strong! Together we will overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and emerge stronger. Let’s come together to keep Bismarck the safe, resilient community we know and love.”

During the pandemic response, scientists have determined wearing a mask is of benefit to you, and to those around you. There is a growing body of evidence that cloth face coverings help to prevent the person wearing the mask from spreading COVID-19 to others. The main protection individuals gain from masking occurs when others in their communities also wear face coverings.

The campaign will includes a series of public service announcements broadcast locally and available at www.bismarcknd.gov, www.bismarcknd.gov/publichealth and by following them on social media on Facebook: www.facebook.com/bismarcknd.gov,  www.facebook.com/BBPH.gov and Twitter: https://twitter.com/BBPublicHealth and www.twitter.com/BismarckNDGov.

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