Ozark mayor warns citizens to wear masks as COVID-19 cases rise


OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — As cases continue to rise in Dale County, Mayor Bob Bunting has asked Ozark citizens to remain vigilant against COVID-19.

“Recently, we saw a large increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Dale County,” Bunting said. “Health officials have stated that the virus spreads best through fluid droplets expelled by a carrier when they cough, sneeze, sing, laugh, talk, or simply exhale.”

The mayor said people need to be wary that water droplets from asymptomatic carriers can easily spread the disease without protection.

As such, he has told citizens to wear masks since it can reduce the chance of infection.

“In addition, if someone else’s fluid droplets happen to land on your mask, it may inhibit it from passing through,” Bunting said. “Although not 100% effective, this gives the wearer some additional protection too. In an effort to slow down the spread and keep everyone safe, I am urging everyone to wear a mask in public.

In the past two weeks, Dale County confirmed 65 COVID-19 cases — around a third of its current total.

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