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Mayor, local business leaders urge the public to wear masks

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Mayor Tom Henry, the Allen County Board of Commissioner and four local business leaders addressed the public on COVID-19 concerns in the community Wednesday.

The news conference featured four local business leaders where they discussed the impact COVID-19 has on their operations, what they are doing to keep their employees safe, and the need for the general public to follow recommendations from health experts during this pandemic.  

The four local business leaders include Rich Lynch (Vice President of Marketing, Do it Best Corp.), Terry Redmile (Plant Manager, BFGoodrich Tire Manufacturing Plant), Gary Duff (Plant Executive Director, GM Fort Wayne Assembly), and Mark Millett (President & CEO, Steel Dynamics, Inc.).  

Lynch informed the public about how they have positive cases of COVID-19 in many of their locations.

"We have cases of positive tests in most of our locations, but each diagnosis has—to the very best of our knowledge—traced back to an exposure outside of work. This demonstrates our effectiveness in containment initiatives at work but also illustrates that we have work to do to maintain that same level of team member vigilance outside of the office.”

Rich Lynch, Vice President of Marketing, Do it Best Corp.

The four business leaders continued to stress the importance of controlling this virus because some are 'rooted in mobility that keep our communities moving forward'.

"Wearing masks is one of the most effective things each of us can do to personally protect public health and ensure that our economy can return to full strength. It's why General Motors mandates masks as part of its multi-layered safety protocol and why we encourage our employees to do so at work and in public.”

Gary Duff, Plant Executive Director, GM Fort Wayne Assembly

During the news conference Mayor Tom Henry did not implement a mask mandate, but did say he does encourage them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone do the following to protect themselves and others from COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid close contact
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

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Emilia Miles

Emilia Miles joined Fort Wayne’s NBC in September 2019 as a Social Media and Digital Content Manager. Emilia also serves as a producer. She’s a Fort Wayne native and graduated from Indiana University.

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