Monday, August 24, 2020
The City of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD), and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber launched a campaign today urging the community to follow public health guidelines regarding mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic: MASK UP OKC - it’s for you, it’s for me, it’s for OKC.
By encouraging residents to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and county health guidelines, the group hopes businesses will continue to be able to safely serve the community, stay open during this critical time and help halt new transmissions while keeping our economy moving in the right direction.
“Another round of closures would be devastating to small business, impact more jobs and significantly harm the economy,” said Roy Williams, CEO and president of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “This affirms our commitment to keeping our residents safe and healthy so our city can remain open. We believe our residents want our community to succeed and we are so appreciative of those who volunteered to help us in this effort. This is another time where we need to pull together for the good of OKC.”
The campaign includes commercials, billboards, digital media and social media platforms. The citywide effort features OKC celebrities, business owners, local officials, neighborhood leaders and other residents wearing masks and delivering a message to encourage their neighbors, family, and friends to follow health protocols for face coverings & social distancing.
“The people of Oklahoma City have really stepped-up this last month and the wearing of masks has brought the COVID-19 numbers back down,” said Mayor David Holt. “This new campaign keeps that momentum going. The virus is still here. The simple act of wearing a mask keeps our numbers down and allows our small businesses to continue their recovery. Mask up, OKC!”
In more than a month since Oklahoma City introduced a mask mandate, Oklahoma County has seen its seven-day averages for daily infections fall from 213 infections in mid-July to 136 daily infections by mid-August.
“The most effective step society can take to stem the tide of the virus is to wear a face mask any time and every time we are in public – especially when indoors,” said Dr. Patrick McGough, DNP, executive director of OCCHD. “They provide a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face-covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice.”
The campaign will begin airing today on local media. Find more info, get links to social media sites and downloadable, sharable social media graphics and posters at www.maskupokc.com.