BANGOR – The Community Health Leadership Board (CHLB) introduced a new campaign on Tuesday.
“Mask Up for ME” is a regional campaign that encourages people to wear and donate masks.
“The reason why face coverings are so important is that this virus is spread in the fluid that comes out of our mouth and nose when we cough and sneeze, when we yell, when we sing and sometimes, even just in normal communication,” Medical Director of Northern Light Health Dr. James Jarvis said.
According to the CHLB, the goal of this campaign is to educate people on the importance of wearing masks when out in public.
“Wearing a mask helps to protect your loved ones as Dr. Jarvis said, but also vulnerable people all across the state and people who are not listed in the vulnerable categories but through widespread infection,” Chief Medical Officer at PCHC Dr. Noah Nesin said.
Another priority of the campaign is to encourage those who can, to donate cloth and reusable masks for people who cannot get their own.
“Not everyone has the financial means right now to stock up on masks, may not know where to get masks, may not be able to make their own masks,” Nesin said. “We’re asking for your help in addressing that so that people who want to play their part in preventing the spread of this disease can play their part.”
Jarvis said along with social distancing, wearing a mask is the best form of protection.
“If you care about any Mainer, please wear a face covering,” Jarvis said. “It’s the best additive to social distancing or personal distancing, so we can protect each other and keep the rate of this disease low in our community.”
Mask donation drop off locations, instructions on how to wear and sew masks and other information can be found at chlb.me in the “Mask Up for ME” section.
“Maine and Bangor lead the way,” City Manager for the City of Bangor Cathy Conlow said. “We are socially and physically distancing, staying home and ensuring that as many people stay as safe as possible. We have been doing so for more than two months. It’s one of the reasons we are not seeing more of a widespread problem here.”