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Montgomery County mask order extended through August 10

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Posted at 11:32 AM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 12:36:40-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett has extended the mask order which requires all residents, businesses and visitors to wear face coverings in public.

Emergency Order 13 goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on August 3 and will expire at 12:01 a.m. on August 10 unless it’s canceled or extended. The original order went into effect on July 20.

The order says a cloth or other facial mask – that covers the nose and mouth – must be worn in all “publicly-accessible areas of commercial business establishments; public outdoor areas where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained; and within publicly-accessible areas of business offices where there is direct interaction with the public and social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained.”

It also requires businesses and facilities to post signage requesting that customers wear masks.

The order excludes anyone 12 or under or anyone who has “trouble breathing due to an underlying health condition or another bona fide medical or health-related reason.”

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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

Prevention

The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.