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Community "Mask Up for ME" campaign launched

Date: 05/26/2020

The Community Health Leadership Board (CHLB) kicked off a regional campaign Tuesday to encourage people to wear and donate masks. As a member of the CHLB, Northern Light Health joins area healthcare organizations, business leaders, and community members in encouraging friends and neighbors to wear a mask when in public, and donate a mask to those in need. 

“Mask Up for ME” will include social media components, video, and grassroots outreach. The goal is to help educate everyone about the need to wear a mask in public.  

“The CDC recommends wearing a mask or face covering in public, even when more than six feet apart,” said James Jarvis, MD of Northern Light Health. “Our healthcare community agrees, and strongly recommends that everyone follow that recommendation. The science is clear: wearing a mask or cloth face covering in public will help keep others safe. It is a basic common courtesy, just like driving slower than the speed limit in a neighborhood where kids are playing outside. While you could drive faster legally, it’s not the responsible thing to do.”  

The primary goal of the campaign is to encourage people to show their care for the community by wearing masks in public. And the campaign is encouraging donations of cloth, reusable masks to help provide face coverings for those who cannot provide their own.  

There are several places where donations of washable, reusable cloth face coverings can be made, including Northern Light Acadia Hospital, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, St. Joseph Healthcare on Center Street in Bangor, PCHC - Brewer Medical Center, Darling’s Ford VW Audi, Bangor Police Department, and Gold Star Cleaners in Bangor and Brewer. The donated masks will be professionally cleaned, packaged with wearing and washing instructions, and distributed through a number of CHLB organizations.  

A full list of drop off locations for mask donations, as well as wearing and sewing instructions, and other helpful information can be found on the Mask Up for ME section of CHLB’s website at www.chlb.me. Mask Up for ME is also using Facebook and Instagram to further spread the message.