MAYWOOD, IL—Loyola Medicine hospitals and members of Trinity Health—Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and MacNeal Hospital— have joined more than 100 health care systems throughout the U.S to promote the new #MaskUp campaign.
More than 11.5 million Americans have tested positive for the coronavirus – including an additional one million last week– leading to nearly 250,000 deaths. In Illinois, the number of COVID-19 cases has risen to more than 656,000, and there have been nearly 12,000 deaths.
“The next several months are critical to slowing this current surge of COVID-19 cases, which threatens to overwhelm the nation’s health care system,” said Shawn P. Vincent, president and CEO of Loyola Medicine. “Loyola Medicine is pleased to join the #MaskUp campaign, and to support mask wearing as an easy, effective way to minimize the spread of this deadly virus.”
The #MaskUp campaign consists of public service messages that appeared in national publications, beginning last week, with the message: “As the top nationally ranked hospitals, we know it’s tough that we all need to do our part and keep wearing masks. But, here’s what we also know: The science has not changed. Masks slow the spread of COVID-19. So, please join us as we all embrace this simple ask: Wear. Care. Share with #MaskUp. Together, wearing is caring. And together, we are saving lives.”
Hospitals and health care system are amplifying the #MaskUp message on social media, websites and other digital platforms.