(July 22, 2020) Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued a statewide order this week requiring all individuals in Ohio (10 years and older) to wear facial coverings in public at all times.
The OOA issued the following statement in conjunction with the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association, Ohio ACOFP, and Ohio Association of Community Health Centers in support of the measure.
Statement on Behalf of Ohio Physicians regarding Gov. Mike DeWine’s Statewide Mask Order
Masks save lives.
We support Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision to mandate facial coverings. This measure will save thousands of lives by dramatically slowing the spread of COVID-19. Our support is based on science and evidence. Wearing a mask protects the people around you, and newer studies show it also protects the wearer.
We also remind Ohioans to practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene. When we take these precautions along with facial coverings we can reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Because there is no doubt that COVID-19 spreads readily from people without symptoms, it is important that all Ohioans take these simple steps. It is incumbent on all of us to defeat this deadly virus.
Earlier this month, a coalition of physician organizations initiated a social media campaign Doctors Orders: Mask + 6 Feet urging Ohioans to wear masks and practice physical distancing. The coalition includes the Ohio State Medical Association, Ohio Osteopathic Association, Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association, and Ohio Association of Community Health Centers.
OOA President Sandra L. Cook, DO:
The OOA commends Gov. DeWine for his efforts in leading Ohio’s battle against COVID-19. This order mandating the wearing of masks in public will reduce infections and mortality throughout the state. This simple and selfless act will benefit not only you but also your loved ones and your community.