CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As Natrona County has seen more than a dozen new COVID-19 positive cases in the last week, Wyoming Medical Center is reminding the community how important face coverings are.
"If it wasn't important, I'd be the first one to take this thing off. I get hot, sweaty, it itches, it's not comfortable. But the fact remains, it's one of the single most important things that we can do at this time," said Wyoming Medical Center Chief of Staff, Dr. Andy Dunn.
Dunn said besides staying home when you're sick and social distancing, wearing a mask and hand hygiene are the most important safety precautions you can take.
Many who contract the virus are asymptomatic and do not know they have it. The mask can help reduce their chances of spreading it through air droplets.
Dunn said being outdoors doesn't lower your chance of getting the virus, you still need to be wearing a mask, especially around people.
When it comes to cleaning masks, cloth masks should be washed after every use. Disposable masks should be thrown away after each use. Dunn wants the community to know, by wearing a mask, you're helping those around you.
"By wearing a mask, you're helping those around you. You're helping someones grandma not to get it, you're helping someones grandfather, or brother, or sister not to get it. So by wearing a mask, you're actually protecting others just as much as you're protecting yourself," said Dunn.
Dunn compared where the Casper community is right now, to a scoop and score. He said we can't start showboating and give up on the process before we cross the goal line, because the moment we do, the virus will rear its ugly head.
Dunn believes WMC has taken the right steps to prepare for a spike in cases, but needs the community to do its part, so that doesn't happen.