Palm Coast - The city of Palm Coast is encouraging residents and visitors to embrace the use of masks through a community service campaign called #MaskUpPalmCoast to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

With more Americans adopting the use of cloth face masks to slow the spread of the virus, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the latest science may convince even more to do so. In an editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in July, the CDC reviewed the latest science and affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities, as the agency recently stated in a news release. The CDC also stated there is increasing evidence that cloth face coverings help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.

For residents to do their part, the city is encouraging the community to 'mask up' and join this effort to keep our community safe and healthy by protecting family and neighbors, supporting the community and stopping the spread.

To show support, a 'mask up' poster can be printed at this link:

Once printed, write who or why you wear a mask, take a photo of it and share on social media with the hashtags on the sign. If a resident sends the city a photo through social media, it may be shared on the @palmcoastgov social channels of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

"Wearing a mask is important for many reasons and in particular for our community with our diverse population here in Palm Coast and Flagler County," said Mayor Milissa Holland. "Our number one priority in our community is to keep our residents safe as we go through these unprecedented times."

"The scientific evidence and peer reviewed studies clearly show that mask wearing is the most important public health act that we can take to reduce the transmission of the virus from person to person," said Bob Snyder, Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Flagler County. "We are grateful that the County and 3 cities have passed resolutions and initiatives in support of facial coverings, especially when indoors and when social distancing can't be practiced. We began to recognize more mask wearers in our community following the mandate approved by Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell. We are grateful that more residents are complying."

In the video below, city employees from multiple departments and AdventHealth Palm Coast staff are already participating in sharing why they wear a mask. Additional photos will be released on @palmcoastgov social media platforms throughout the next few days, and Florida Department of Health - Flagler leaders will be sharing their poster photos, too.