August 17, 2020
As we are seeing in other parts of the country, the Rappahannock Area Health
District has reported a rise in COVID-19 cases in our community. This
rise in local cases highlights the continued importance our community
members should place on following the Center for Disease Control guidelines
to protect one another from a virus for which there is no vaccine and no cure.
We are in this together. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Keep social distance.
Science has proven that masks are effective in slowing the transmission
of the virus. In communities where mask adoption has been mandated or
voluntarily embraced, statistics show a reduction in death and infection.
Recent studies in
The Lancet, and medical journals, compared the COVID-19 growth rate before and after
mask mandates in various states. They show that mask mandates led to a
slowdown in daily COVID-19 growth rate over time.
Health Affairs data suggested the first five days after a mandate, the daily growth rate
slowed by 0.9 percent compared to the five days prior to the mandate,
and at three weeks, the daily growth rate had slowed by 2 percent. Internationally,
countries that have embraced wearing masks or mandated them have had a
significantly lower death rate due to COVID-19.
That’s why we are here. As the leaders of the healthcare organizations
serving our community, and on behalf of the thousands of doctors, nurses,
and employees throughout our health systems, we ask you to please help
us keep our communities safe.
Wear a mask. Wash your hands regularly. Keep your distance when you must
be near others. Together we will overcome this challenge.
Llyod F. Moss Free Clinic
Dr. Michael P. McDermott
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mary Washington Healthcare
Chief Executive Officer
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center