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Seneca County Health Commissioner: I’m ‘dismayed’ by lack of people wearing masks in public Staff




TIFFIN — During her weekly COVID-19 Facebook Live briefing Wednesday, Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer said she was “dismayed” by the lack of local residents wearing masks in public at places such as grocery stores.

“I have to say, I was very disappointed by the number of people that I heard over the weekend were out. I know that the weather was great, but many people were out without masks, as well as not following that 6 foot social distance,” Schweitzer said during the briefing.

“I was at the grocery last night as well, and again was dismayed at the few people shopping that were not wearing masks,” Schweitzer continued. “I believe that people might have been more compliant if it weren’t, in fact, for the lifting of restrictions on some businesses recently.”

Schweitzer said she “just can’t stress enough” how important these measures are to prevent the spread of infection among the most vulnerable.

“I know that many people believe it’s their right not to have to do this, but I’m going to share something I saw posted on Facebook that expresses my feelings exactly. The pandemic has nothing to do with rights, it has to do with responsibility,” Schweitzer said. “We have a responsibility to one another. No one is taking away anyone’s rights. We are just being asked to shoulder our responsibility so that vulnerable members of our community are protected.”

Schweitzer encouraged anyone with questions to call the health department at (419) 447-3691.

As of Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., Seneca County has 15 total confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to Schweitzer. There have been 5 hospitalizations and 1 death in the county as a result of the novel coronavirus.

Statewide, there are 20,072 confirmed cases, with 1,038 confirmed deaths and 3,956 hospitalizations as a result of COVID-19, according to the Ohio Department of Health as of Tuesday at 2 p.m.

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