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Center of Hope Partners Health Department for Mask Up Toledo Campaign


Dec. 11, 2020: The Center of Hope Family Services, in collaboration with key partners such as the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, recently announced “Mask Up Toledo” project, which emphasizes the preventive measures that need to be a part of everyone’s daily life.


The grant to fund the project is from the City of Toledo Department of Neighborhoods, and the goal is to reduce the spread of the virus among the city’s youth and minority populations.


Tracee Perryman, PhD, CEO of the Center of Hope Family Services, has launched into action to bring the Mask Up Toledo program to the public for a number of reasons. Her father, Rev. Donald Perryman, pastor of Center of Hope Baptist Church contracted the coronavirus in February, but it went undiagnosed at the time.


According to an estimate by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), by the day after Christmas, December 26, more than 329,000 US-Americans will have died from the COVID-19 pandemic. The numbers are staggering and disturbing: The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects that over 538,893 US-Americans will die from the disease by April 2021.


The impacts of the disease could have been prevented according to the CDC and many infectious disease experts – by wearing masks, washing hands, avoiding crowds when possible and keeping a social distance when avoiding crowded situations is not possible.


There is a resistance by members of the general public to those simple health care acts – a result of poor leadership and an extensive skepticism about any information given out by media, elected officials or experts.


In spite of the overwhelming numbers of those who have fallen ill, there are two issues of concern. First, so many young people, as Perryman notes, fall into that category of being skeptics about official information and advice.


“Young people don’t understand that they may pass it on to older ones” says Perryman.


Secondly, it has now been estimated by the National Center for Health Statistics that Latinos and African Americans are 2.8 times more likely to contract virus than are those in the white community and almost twice as likely to die from COVID-19.


Underlying these concerns is the fact that a lack of testing leaves so many people in the dark about the extent of the virus among the populace. Getting accurate information to the community is a critical component in the battle to check the spread of the coronavirus and to eradicating it in the future as vaccines become available.


The Mask Up has started broadcasting as a public service announcement featuring a music video in which Perryman, an accomplished singer/songwriter, tells listeners that “if your life matters to you, wear the mask for me because it can save you.” Content is being featured in a number of places such as YouTube, the Health Department’s website, the Center of Hope’s website, network television stations, through paid advertising and “every platform possible until the message has traction,” says Perryman.






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