Source: Atrium Health News

North Carolina now has a statewide mask mandate to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. In a press conference with Governor Cooper, Atrium leaders announced their intention to donate a collective 1 million masks in combination with other businesses across the state. The focus of the donations will be underserved communities, according to the press release.

Atrium Health President and CEO Eugene A. Woods made note of the importance of masks in helping stem coronavirus.

“Today I am extremely excited to announce that Atrium Health, together with the CEOs of Bank of America, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the Carolina Panthers, Honeywell, Lowe’s, Red Ventures and Wells Fargo, along with others that will be joining us in the coming weeks, have committed, collectively, to donate 1 million masks, which will be distributed to those most in need, and as an investment in health and economic recovery,” said Woods. “I couldn’t be more proud of the commitment shown by my business colleagues and leaders who have stepped up in such a large and meaningful way.” 

Woods applauded the decision to make masks mandatory and said that their usage would help the state.

“As the leader of the state’s largest health system, I am pro-health and also 100 percent pro-business. In fact, the two are inextricably connected,” said Woods. “I’m very proud of the way business leaders and health experts are working together to keep our economy strong. Medical science says to reduce the spread of COVID-19, masking works, and my sincere hope is that all the people of North Carolina can join forces to make wearing a mask not something we feel we have to do – but something that we want to do to keep each other, our neighbors, our children and our loved ones healthy and safe.”

Read the full information from the Atrium press release now.