Face Mask FYI

DHEC COVID-19 Face Mask PSA

To help protect others from COVID-19, DHEC encourages everyone to wear a mask or cloth face covering when in public. Visit scdhec.gov/covid19 for more information. #StaySCStrong

Posted by SC DHEC on Sunday, May 17, 2020

With the current spikes in COVID-19 cases around the state, it is important to know how to properly wear a face mask. Face masks and face coverings can help protect yourself and those around you. The CDC recommends “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.” Wear a mask when you can’t social distance. Why? Because masks can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Check out these guidelines to learn how to slow the spread.

Wear your Face Covering Correctly

fitting a cloth facemask to your face. The mask should cover from below your chin to above your nose, and be pinched to fit the bridge of your nose snugly.
  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily

Use the Face Covering to Protect Others

people observing social distancing guidelines
  • Wear a face covering to help protect others in case you’re infected but don’t have symptoms
  • Keep the covering on your face the entire time you’re in public
  • Don’t put the covering around your neck or up on your forehead
  • Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands

Follow Everyday Health Habits

Illustration of two individuals with masks on standing 6 feet apart
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

Take Off Your Cloth Face Covering Carefully, When You’re Home

Illustration of a person removing a face mask
  • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties
  • Fold outside corners together
  • Place covering in the washing machine (learn more about how to wash cloth face coverings)
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.

Sources:  

CDC "How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings" https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html

DHEC "Mask Tool Kit" https://www.stayscstrong.com/mask-influencer-assets/

Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic of Beaufort earns a 2020 Gold Rating from the NAFC Quality Standards Program

Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic of Beaufort earned a 2020 Gold Rating from the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) Quality Standards Program. The mission of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics is to ensure the medically underserved have access to affordable health care. The NAFC and its members are dedicated to ensuring that patients receive quality health care. To quantify and qualify the care provided at the Free and Charitable Clinic network, the NAFC formalized a set of Quality Standards for member organizations.

NAFC Members voluntarily submit information to the NAFC on the various policies and procedures in place to attain their standards rating and attest/pledge that they successfully incorporate these standards within their organization.

NAFC Quality Standards elements include policies and procedures related to the following areas: Administrative, Enhanced Access and Continuity of Care, Identifying and Managing Patient Population information, Planning and Managing Care, Providing Self-Care Support and Community Resources, Tracking and Coordinating Care, and Measuring and Improving Performance. We are excited to have received this top rating highlighting our commitment to providing quality care for our patients. For more information on the NAFC, please visit www.nafcclinics.org.