Last week, the Elkhart County Health Department issued a directive on face coverings in response to an increase in coronavirus cases within the county. The guidance encourages the use of face coverings to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The primary purpose of the face coverings is to prevent the person-to-person transmission by airborne droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.

The CDC recommends the use of face coverings in public settings especially where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Research has shown face coverings to be effective in protecting against the spread of coronavirus.

Virginia Aparicio is a health and human sciences educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County. She can be reached at 574-533-0554 or

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