(Crocker)–In the wake of 19 new reported cases of coronavirus in Pulaski County last week, the county health department is urging residents to wear a face mask when they go out in public, especially when shopping in grocery stores, pharmacies, large home improvement stores, and the like.
Melissa Martinez of the Health Department says the face masks can be made inexpensively at home. She says cloth face coverings should meet these general guidelines.

She says cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under the age of two, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Cloth face masks should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
Even when an individual is wearing a face mask, he or she should still stick to the social distancing guideline of staying at least six feet away from other individuals.