“Assume anyone you come into contact with may be infected with the virus,” Cooper said.
The peak is predicted to be toward the end of April, early May, when a surge of patients are anticipated at hospitals in the region.
Cloth masks are one method of prevention, in terms of spreading the disease to someone else, Cooper said.
“Wearing a cloth mask is not a substitute from social distancing, nor does it prevent someone from contracting COVID-19,” he said.
The best way to avoid illness is to reduce exposure by staying home, social distancing, wash hands, disinfecting surfaces.
However, it is recommended to wear a mask out in public, and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said it is the kind and compassionate thing to do for each other.
Cooper also was joined by Mark Pompilio of the Community Blood Center, Sarah Hackenbracht, president and CEO of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, and Dr. Michael Dohn, medical director for the health department.