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Shayne Thomas introduces his ‘cowboy bandit mask’ amid coronavirus pandemic Staff




TIFFIN — Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas (R-Clinton Twp.) on Wednesday joined Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer, MPH, for a Facebook Live briefing on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Schweitzer announced that going forward, her Facebook Live briefings will take place once a week, on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Previously, Schweitzer held the briefings on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

According to Schweitzer, there are 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Seneca County as of Wednesday morning, with one case resulting in a death. The age range of confirmed cases goes from 27 years old to 85 years old, Schweitzer said.

During the briefing, Thomas introduced a yellow bandana he is using as a face mask amid the pandemic, which he described as his “cowboy bandit mask.”

“We all have to participate in this mask-wearing. My goddaughter is making me one and sending it to me, so I look forward to getting that. But until then I’ve improvised,” Thomas said during the briefing. “Let’s participate. We have to get over our vanity and the awkwardness of wearing masks. It’s going to be the normal for a while here.”

Thomas indicated that it is Public Health Week nationwide, applauding public health workers.

“I’m guessing that public health is something that we don’t normally think about, but when we’re in a pandemic, suddenly they become our rockstars. So it’s fitting that this week is Public Health Week,” Thomas said.

Thomas indicated that it’s a stressful time for a lot of people in the community and shared some helpful resources for people.

“This is going to be a time that really challenges us in the coming weeks. We need to maintain our mental fortitude and maintain the course, the public policy is working, we’re flattening the curve, and we need the mental fortitude to continue it,” Thomas said. “We have a shared purpose here.”

In addition, Thomas shared some resources for businesses that may be struggling during the pandemic. Thomas discussed resources from Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership as well as the state designed to be of assistance to business owners.

Thomas said people can continue to assist local businesses like restaurants by ordering carryout or delivery.

“I know that loaded chunks are a big piece of my mental health, so I go to Madison Street and get carryout loaded chunks, and you can find out which restaurants are open and what their phone numbers are at,” Thomas said.

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