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OEA joins mask-supporting coalition

The Oklahoma Education Association has joined a growing statewide coalition that supports wearing masks in an effort to curb the COVID-19 pandemic in Oklahoma. The project is called Got Mask OK.

The coalition includes many medical groups, such as the Oklahoma State Medical Association and the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Surgeons, nurses, psychiatrists, family doctors, dentists and others have signed on to Got Mask OK.

The group has broadened to include education and children’s organizations. The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy and Southwestern Oklahoma State University are part of the coalition.

Earlier in July, OEA and several other organizations called for a statewide mask requirement for indoor school activities, among other safety protocols to protect students and staff.

Got Mask OK identifies three key reasons to wear a mask during the pandemic:

• Protect those you love.
• Protect your community.
• Prevent spreading COVID-19 if you have the virus but no symptoms.

The group also clears up some common myths about mask wearing.

“I wear a mask because our students and staff deserve a future,” OEA President Alicia Priest said. “Wearing a mask is a simple way that I can show how I am called to show love and care for my community.”

Show your support for wearing masks during the pandemic by posting a photo of yourself in a mask and use the hashtag #gotmaskOK.

OEA President Alicia Priest