Coronavirus: 4,043 cases confirmed, 119 deaths, Department of Health advises Ohioans to wear masks

There are 4,043 confirmed cases and 119 deaths from coronavirus in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health has created a page of information about masks and protective coverings for those who are not medical professionals on the front line.

Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, recommends anyone leaving the house to wear a mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The masks are not meant to be a substitute for social distancing, Dr. Acton said in a press conference on Saturday, but they are meant to aid in preventing spread. She said the masks are about 80 percent effective in preventing spread.

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Masks should be made of multiple layers of tightly woven fabric, preferably cloth that does not let much light shine through. The Center for Disease Control offers instructions for two face coverings, one on how to sew a face covering and another on a no-sew face covering made from a T-shirt or a bandanna, rubber bands and coffee filters.

Dr. Acton recommends washing your hands after removing a face covering and says you should not touch your eyes, mouth or nose while removing it.

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