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Weld County launches physical distancing campaign

Posted on 04/15/2020
COVID-19 billboard with an "Age doesn't matter" message

Weld County — As the COVID-19 virus continues to affect residents, the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment (WCDPHE) launched a new physical distancing campaign. The campaign is using billboards and social media to remind residents that COVID-19 can have serious consequences and that physical distancing is a key component to limiting the virus’ spread.

“We need to continue to practice physical distancing,” said Mark E. Wallace, MD MPH, Executive Director of the Health Department. “While most people who get COVID-19 will recover on their own at home, a number of people will get seriously ill and require hospitalization. Sadly, a smaller number of people may die. Every single reduction in the number of contacts we have per day will have a significant impact on reducing the virus’s spread.”

Physical distancing means people stay at least 6 feet away from each other. Other preventative measures include frequent handwashing, wearing a mask in public, and staying home if sick.

Currently, Weld County has 884 positive COVID-19 cases and 55 deaths. Most of the deaths have occurred in adults over 70 years of age. Health Officials remind residents that as the weather warms, it’s OK to go outdoors for fresh air and exercise. The point is not to remain indoors but to avoid being in close contact with people. Residents can also stay connected with friends and family via social media, chat, the phone, and video. “Our goal continues to be that we all work together to beat this virus,” Wallace said.