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Expert to mayors: Masking up is a ‘pillar of pandemic control’  

As if mayors didn’t already have enough on their plates, now they're also having to make sure their residents know the facts about face masks. “You’re navigating schools being back in session, planning your budgets, trying to find a way to boost your local economies, and keep people separated and safe,” former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the hundreds of city leaders gathered for the latest coaching and learning session of the COVID-19 Local Response Initiative. “Meanwhile, you’re still dealing with even more basic problems—like getting everyone to wear a mask.”
To help mayors with that challenge, Dr. Monica Gandhi of the University of California, San Francisco shared the latest research on mask wearing with those gathered for Thursday’s virtual session. Masking is “one of the major pillars of pandemic control,” she explained before offering recommendations for how city leaders can best combat myths about masks and nudge residents toward greater compliance.  

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Johns Hopkins' confirmed U.S. COVID-19 cases as of 8 a.m. EDT on September 18.
Find more up-to-date case counts and other critical information from the Johns Hopkins University's situation report and interactive map.


A roundup of responses to the coronavirus crisis. See the
COVID-19: Local Action Tracker for more.

COVID continues to force local governments to find new ways to govern cities. NEW PROTECTIONS
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In her own words: Mayor Jenny Durkan

When COVID-19 hit the U.S., Seattle, almost overnight, became an epicenter of the epidemic and Mayor Jenny Durkan had to move quickly to keep her residents safe. “I think one of the most difficult things about it was there was no guidebook or playbook,” Durkan says in this video. “We saw what happened in China. We were seeing what happened in Italy, but we didn’t have any model in the United States.” One of the ways the city took an early lead in pandemic response was to set up its own testing capacity by sourcing supplies from South Korea and tapping expertise from the University of Washington. “I think that the successes we had in our country were largely the result of having strong relationships between mayors and having the base of information and connectivity to the scientists,” Durkan explains.


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