From Pastor Donnie Gullion 7/10
You may be aware that the Governor has mandated wearing masks under certain public situations. No doubt this is largely due to the fact that the number of cases have not gone down in Kentucky. I've included a chart to indicate that the trend is slightly going up. As a result, the number of people having the virus poses the same level of exposure as a couple months ago when everyone was possibly taking the situation more seriously. As I mentioned Wednesday, the good news is that fewer people are dying.
The following is from https://kentucky.gov.
Kentucky’s new executive order requires Kentuckians to wear face coverings under several circumstances for the next 30 days. The order will be evaluated during that time to determine any additional steps or extension.
The executive order states that face coverings will be required:
“While inside, or waiting in line to enter, any: retail establishment; grocery store; pharmacy; hair salon/barbershop; nail salon/spa; tattoo parlor; child care facility; restaurant or bar (when not seated and consuming food or beverage); health care setting, or; any other indoor public space in which it is difficult to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from all individuals who are not members of that person’s household;
“While waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit, or while riding in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle, or driving any of the above while customers are present; or “While in outdoor public spaces in which the person cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet from all individuals who are not members of the person’s household and is not otherwise covered by previously issued guidance.”
There are several exemptions to the order, including children who are 5 or younger and any person with a disability, or a physical or mental impairment, that prevents them from safely wearing a face covering. To read the executive order and more exemptions, click here.
Interestingly enough, I saw a study after sending the last email note on Wednesday that wearing a mask can reduce the possibility of getting COVID by 65%. It was previously thought that it had little impact on the mask wearer, but apparently better data is changing understanding.
From Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC David Children's Hospital:
“We've learned more due to research and additional scientific evidence and now we know not only wearing a mask prevents the person wearing the mask to transmit to others, but wearing the mask protects the person who's wearing it….So the wearer of the mask, even the standard rectangular surgical masks ... will decrease the risk of infection by the person wearing the mask by about 65 percent….So we don’t know who might spread it. We do know social distancing reduces the risk of transmitting the virus by 90 percent, and wearing masks decreases the risk by 65 percent.”
Don't forget our Sunday Zoom meeting if you would like to check in and chat awhile.
Soli Deo Gloria