The importance of masking to lower the spread of COVID-19 cannot be overstated. Every day we are reminded of pandemic statistics and trends; we learn what is trending up, down, and what is flat. Experts in every field report on their efforts to treat the sick, advance science, provide a cure, open the economy, keep people physically distanced, provide food and services, and so much more.
We are also reminded every day that the simple act of wearing a face mask combined with social distancing shows we care enough to protect others and help stop the COVID-19 spread. Wearing a mask says “I care about you” to people you encounter whenever you are outside your home. It’s the right thing to do and the smart thing to do.
I expect most of you are familiar with the Mary Cariola organization and the important work they do to provide academic, residential, and community outreach programs to hundreds of children and young adults with disabilities. They are launching a Cariola Care Heart campaign this week to show the kids of Cariola that the community is thinking of them. To participate, send a photo of yourself making a heart shape with your hands and a brief and uplifting one-line message of support, something like “sending love to Cariola kids!” All photos will be shared on Mary Cariola’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter social media platforms. Once you have your photo simply send it to firstname.lastname@example.org then follow their social media pages for daily postings.
Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .
Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,
Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain