This year do your part to step up and mask up

| January 6, 2021

This year the question is do masks work? Coshocton City officials believe so and are doing their part to spread the word.

“Let’s keep people safe,” said Mayor Mark Mills. “Since COVID has gotten closer to home and more people we know have been effected by it, people are buying into keeping people safe. We have been handed something that we haven’t dealt with in 100 years.”

Mills added that we were at the bottom of the list per capita then totals jumped right before Thanksgiving.

“We give money to charity, we donate our own blood, and we try in any way we can to help people but wearing a mask is one of the hardest things for people to do,” he said. “Although most are doing good wearing a mask. Gov. Mike DeWine wanted to contact communities because people just aren’t listening. The one thing I got out of it was state officials have really reached out to us.”

Kirby Hasseman and Senator Jay Hottinger wanted to do something and decided to create a video. Businesses, health care workers, the hospital and every segment of leadership in the community made the video in three days. The fourth day it was out working with state officials to get their videos done and start the Step Up Mask Up campaign.

“In this video Senator Jay Hottinger encourages Coshocton to Step Up and Mask Up,” Mills said. “In addition, Hasseman Marketing came up with masks and re-positional stickers to be given to local businesses and health care facilities designed to remind people to step up and mask up. I think it was great to have not only local, but state leaders involved. Gov. DeWine met with local officials in Coshocton County on Zoom and asked them to help get the message out that we need to be safe and wear masks. The government is not trying to tell you what to do, we want people to be safe. If Gov. DeWine did nothing people would complain and if he does something people complain.”

Mills said thinking about others before yourself is something we should all do.

“The sooner we make good decisions to protect ourselves, the sooner we can get through this,” he said. “At the beginning of August, the statewide average of cases per capita during the previous two weeks was 101. This week, the statewide average is 769 cases per 100,000 residents during the past two weeks. There also are seven counties that are at 1,000 or more, which means at least one out of every 100 residents has tested positive for COVID during the past two weeks and are at risk of spreading it to others.”

To view the Step Up Mask Up video go to

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