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Fulton chairman urges use of facemasks

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FULTON COUNTY, Ga. ⁠— In light of rising COVID-19 cases in the area, Fulton County Commission Chairman Rob Pitts is urging all residents to follow CDC guidelines, including wearing facemasks in public.

Pitts issued the statement July 6, which included a plea for residents to likewise practice social distancing and wash their hands regularly.

“While I am not empowered to mandate the use of facial coverings across Fulton County, I am convinced that at this juncture it is an absolute necessity to do so,” Pitts said. “It is the wise thing to do, smart thing to do, and the moral thing to do.”

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Fulton County has been rising rapidly over the past few weeks, according to Dr. Lynn Paxton, District Health Director for the Fulton County Board of Health.

“We are now entering an accelerated phase of the epidemic,” Paxton said.

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners adopted legislation last month requiring visitors in all Fulton County facilities to wear facemasks.

“As elected officials, we should set the example and lead by deed and not word,” Pitts said. “As such I am asking all elected officials in Fulton County to encourage their constituents to comply with the guidelines.”

While local city governments are not currently able to require facemasks, several are encouraging residents to follow health and safety guidelines.

“We can all play a part in getting Fulton County back to health,” Pitts said. “Cover your face. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. If we all unite and do these three things, Fulton will win.”

Total positive COVID-19 cases by city

 

Alpharetta

Johns Creek

Milton

Roswell

July 6

261

250

142

497

July 1

201

202

109

433

June 29

185

183

96

401

June 26

164

173

95

378

June 24

154

164

89

359

June 22

138

149

85

329

June 19

129

141

78

314

June 17

123

138

75

304

Source: Fulton County Board of Health

Julia Grochowski is a Reporter with Appen Media Group and covers Roswell.

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