Surging Coronavirus Cases Threaten To Derail Reopening In Ohio Valley Monday, Jul 20 2020 

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At the Community Farmers Market in Bowling Green, Kentucky, vendors and shoppers are adjusting to the new normal during the coronavirus pandemic. That includes wearing face coverings, maintaining distance, and taking other precautions to avoid spreading the virus.

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Masking Questions: How Pandemic Health Measures Became Politicized Monday, Jul 6 2020 

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Health officials and researchers say the science is clear: face masks can help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Yet in the Ohio Valley, not all elected officials are in agreement on whether to mandate measures such as the use of face masks in public places. 

In April, Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine initially announced the mandatory use of face masks in retail settings, only to walk back the mandate during the next day’s press conference to say it was only a recommendation. West Virginia Republican Gov. Jim Justice recently said that mandatory use of face masks would be impossible to enforce and would “divide us.” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, ordered face mask use in public, but people who don’t wear one won’t be fined, though businesses that require masks can turn away customers who aren’t wearing one.

As of July 1 daily coronavirus case numbers were approaching a high point in KY.


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Department of Communication launches #CardsCovered campaign Thursday, Apr 9 2020 

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The University of Louisville Department of Communications launched the #CardsCovered campaign April 9 to encourage the U of L community to wear face masks and donate to the Louis and Louise W. Weisser Bornwasser Student Emergency Fund.

Those who want to participate in the campaign can do so by making a face mask, taking a selfie with their face mask on and posting their picture to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #CardsCovered. Participants should tag @UofLCOMM and three friends that they want to challenge to post their own pictures.

“#CardsCovered is a campaign to encourage each other to connect virtually, support one another, and protect our community in public settings by wearing a face mask,” said Kandi Walker, acting communications department chair.

“We hope that by seeing other Cards wearing face masks, we can increase the number of people staying safe and showing that Cards care.”

Students are encouraged to be creative with their posts because the selfie with the most shares will be featured in The Louisville Cardinal.

Those who want to participate without posting a selfie can choose to donate to U of L’s Student Emergency Fund. The money from that account will be used to help students who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Information on donating can be found on U of L’s COVID-19 support page. Further guidance on face masks can be found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website.

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