Preventative COVID-19 Information
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering
Cloth face coverings should—
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?
Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?
A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.
How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
SARTA is taking the following initiatives regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic in Stark County:
- Sanitizing high touch areas at all Transit Centers and on ALL buses DAILY.
- Disenfecting all buses every night.
To Prevent and Help stop the spread of COVID-19:
- Avoid touchign your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough, or sneeze, with a tissue and discard immediately. If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze in the crevice of your elbow.
- Respect personal space, and practive social distancing (4-6 feet)
- Avoid shaking hands. If you do, clean hands before touchign your face.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to teh restroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Additional Informational Links from the CDC: