#MaskUpKnoxville Effort Thanks Community Members for Wearing Masks to Protect Others

Local hospital, schools, government agencies and Chamber of Commerce come together to support public health initiative

A new public health campaign is encouraging all residents of Knoxville to wear masks or cloth face coverings in public spaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

#MaskUpKnoxville represents a combined effort of Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, Knoxville Community School District and the City of Knoxville. Together, they are thanking community members for masking up to protect children and families, first responders and healthcare personnel, essential employees, front-line workers and local businesses.

Throughout the week of August 10 and beyond, these partners will be posting messages to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, sharing photos and stories about why the wearing of masks is important to them.

“As a community, we continue to deal with the effects of COVID-19 on our residents, schools, businesses, healthcare system and local economy,” said Cassi Pearson, KCSD Superintendent. “By wearing masks when out in public, we can all play a role in preventing the spread of the virus. This, in turn, will help us get back to normal as soon as possible here in Knoxville.”

“The biggest asset to any community is the people. People make up our schools, businesses, and play a role in all community amenities. We thank you for masking up to help protect each other,” said Knoxville Chamber of Commerce Director, Hannah Vander Veer.

Knoxville Mayor Brian Hatch added “One thing I love about the Knoxville Community is the way we rally together, especially in tough times. This pandemic is no different, and wearing a mask is a key way we can help look out for each other.”

“Wearing a mask and practicing proper social distancing are two simple things each of us can do to ensure our community is safe and vibrant during these unprecedented times,” said Jan Myers, Chief Nursing Officer for Knoxville Hospital & Clinics. “We appreciate you for doing your part to protect yourself and others – especially our most vulnerable.”

The #MaskUpKnoxville effort is part of the #StepUpMaskUpIA campaign, which encourages Iowans to follow important public health COVID-19 mitigation strategies. To learn more, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/News/ArtMID/646/ArticleID/158370/State-Launches-StepUpMaskUpIA-to-Slow-the-Spread-of-COVID-19.

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