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Morgan County leaders emphasize face covering and personal responsibility in COVID-19 fight

As cases rise across the state, leaders are asking residents to step up efforts to slow the spread.

DECATUR, Ala. — Wear. Your. Mask.

That was the main message from Decatur and Morgan County leaders at their latest COVID-19 update.

Alabama Department of Public Health Administrator for the Northern District Judy Smith was very straightforward in asking people, again, to wear their masks. She asked everyone to think about someone they love who they would not want to see get sick.

Smith spoke personally about her sisters, and how devastated she would be if she was the reason one of them got COVID-19. She also reminded young people that while they may not get very sick, they could infect a person who could have a much worse outcome.

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The bottom line was that masks help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and that while they are not mandated, people need to take responsibility for themselves and use a mask or face covering whenever social distancing is not possible.

The message in Morgan County was similar to that in Madison County, that one of the main concerns is not overwhelming the health care system. Morgan County has seen a rise in cases in the last two weeks, with 30% of its total cases just in the last 14 days.

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