News Release, Maryland Department of Health

Baltimore, MD— The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today announced the launch of a coordinatedsocial media campaign encouraging Marylanders to continue to wear face coverings as the COVID-19 epidemic continues. The campaign begins as health officials anticipate increased summer activity andjurisdictions across Maryland continue to ramp up COVID-19 testing.

“Summer is here and we understand wanting to be out and about withfamily and friends, especiallyafter staying at home for such a long time,” said MDH Secretary Robert R. Neall. “We’ve made great progress, but we need to remember we’re not out of the woods yet — allMarylanders must continue to exercise responsibility for themselves and each other by doing everything we can to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Collated by MDH and shared with local health departments, the social media campaign features an array of posts and graphics related to wearing face coverings, including reminders about where to wear them and instructions about how to wear them correctly. The campaign will continue throughout the course of the epidemic, using the hashtag #MasksOnMaryland.

o date, Maryland reports65,777 total cases of COVID-19 and has tested8.3 percent of its population, whilecontact tracing is fully operational throughout the state.Coupled with increased testing and contact tracing, sustained social distancing and wearing face coverings areessentialto mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

“To keep the curve flat and prevent a second wave of infections, we need everyone to do their part,” saidMDHDeputySecretary for Public Health FranPhillips. “Practice social distancing and wear a face covering in public spaces. By doing so, you can help prevent the inadvertent infection of others.”

Learn more about COVID-19 developments in Maryland at coronavirus.maryland.gov.