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Posted on: December 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Media Release COVID-19 - December 9, 2020

For Immediate Release


Phone: 980-432-1800

Rowan County Case Information:

Why Rowan County Is Behind the Mask, Continued…

“I practice the 3 W’s because I want to keep everyone around me safe, especially my family such as my 82 year old mother.  Now more than ever we need to be safe and mindful of others.” Janet Ruffin, Rowan County Pretrial Services

“My family has tried to be very cautious around my mom and dad. For me, I put myself in the place of all those we have learned about that have passed away as a result of COVID and the stories the loved ones tell about the loss. Unfortunately, we have called family members when they have just learned their loved one is not going to make it and we hear the pain.  If I protect my family, I feel that when we are out there around others in public, we may be protecting someone else’s mom, dad, or loved one.”  Angela Worley, Rowan County Public Health

“There are many reasons that I feel it is personally important to wear a mask. I am one of those folks that have a very good immune system and seldom catch anything and quickly get over it, if I do. But, both my girlfriend and my son have asthma and both have the concern that catching Covid-19 could be devastating to them. She also has other immunity related issues. I want to avoid any chance of bringing the virus home to infect them. 

At work as a County Department Director, I feel that it is very important to set an example for all of the people in my department. I have no way of knowing what health and other issues they face in making their choice regarding wearing a mask, but the one thing that I can do to maybe help them make their decision is to be a good example by making the effort myself. And in reality this same logic applies to everyone I pass in daily life. If the practice of wearing a mask becomes the norm, whatever stigmas anyone feels about it will be lessened. This could save many lives, but just one would be worth the effort.” Bob Pendergrass, Rowan County Animal Services


“I wear my mask because me and my daughter have asthma. I practice the 3W’s and wear my mask to keep myself and others safe. I didn’t know how valuable it is to breathe until I couldn’t breathe.”    Kelly Natoli, Rowan County Human Resources Director


“My father is in a high risk category due to his recent stroke and my aging grandmothers are his caretakers while my mom works. I practice the 3W’s and wear my mask when I visit because I want them to stay safe and healthy. It has been a hard road with his health and I do not want to see him in the hospital because of COVID19.”  Alyssa Harris, Rowan County Public Health


Amy Smith

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