City encourages use of masks to limit virus spread

November 09, 2020

The City of Marlow is strongly encouraging the use of masks, along with other health suggestions, to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“The area has experienced a sudden spike in the number of COVID-19 positive cases and quarantines,” said mayor Jeff Prater. “With that, local health officials are indicating a surge in hospitalizations. It is imperative that we all do our part to limit the spread.”

Prater noted that this is not a mask mandate, but a mandate should not be required if the community works together as one to protect each other.

“A city-wide mandate comes with strict rules that can lead to unnecessary rhetoric and enforcement that can’t be provided,” Prater said. “We should work together in this cause. If a store asks you to wear a mask upon entering, simply put on your mask. If your church asks you to wear one, put it on. If someone requests you to social distance, respect their wishes.

“These things, along with frequent hand-washing and sanitizing, are simple steps to reduce the spread,” he added.

The city is offering local businesses and entities door signs to remind folks that masks are recommended. Call city hall for more information at 658-5401.

As of Thursday, Nov. 5, Duncan Regional Hospital reported 21 patients being treated for COVID-19, with six of those patients from Marlow. Earlier last week, DRH reported a record high of 22 COVID-19 patients being treated.

On Monday, Nov. 2, active cases reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health were at 24 for Marlow. By Thursday, that number ballooned to 49.

The Center for Disease Control recommends the following steps to protect yourself and limit the spread of COVID-19:

1. Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds

2. Avoid close contact with others by maintaining 6 feet of distance

3. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others

4. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow

5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

6. Monitor your health. If you experience a fever or cough, do not go around others.

“It is surprisingly simple how we can all look out for others’ well-being, as well as our own,” the mayor noted. “The surge is here and it is the responsibility of everyone to do what they can to help stop the spread.”

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