San Juan ER doctor urges people to wear masks out in public | KOB 4

San Juan ER doctor urges people to wear masks out in public

Diana Castillo
Created: May 19, 2020 06:52 PM

FARMINGTON N.M.—Masks are the new trend we did not see coming. With well over a thousand COVID-19 cases in San Juan County, medical professionals here are insisting that everyone should be wearing one. 

“Unfortunately, there's been a lot of misunderstanding in the community, especially among healthy members of the community, thinking of this is just the flu another viral illness. This is not the flu—these patients get sick and quickly,” said Dr. Jenny Hargrove in a video.


In this video posted by San Juan Regional Medical Center,  Dr. Hargrove stressed the importance of social distancing, washing hands and wearing a mask. 

“Even though you don't have symptoms, you need to wear a mask. Some will argue it doesn't protect them. There is still a lot that needs to be determined about what a mask does protect however, we do know that there is some protection from others when you do wear a mask," she said.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's public health order requires people to wear masks in public spaces due to the high number of COVID-19 cases.

San Juan is one of three New Mexico counties held back from the modified health order that took effect over the weekend that allowed more businesses to open up.

“No shirt, no shoes, no service—that's never been a problem. I don't understand the problem with no masks, no service” said Hargrove. 

Dr. Hargrove urges people to do their part to mitigate the spread of the virus as numbers continue to rise.

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