Investor News June 25, 2020

Atrium Health and Business Leaders Across NC Commit to 1 Million Masks

As the state of North Carolina announced a new statewide requirement for people to wear masks while in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19 that will go into effect on Friday, several of the state’s largest businesses are working to make sure it’s effective. At a news conference in Raleigh today, hosted by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Atrium Health President and CEO Eugene A. Woods noted the importance of masking as cases in the state continue to spike. Woods also announced a consortium of business leaders have committed to collectively donating 1 million masks, with an emphasis on getting them into the hands of underserved communities.  

“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 PanthersHoneywellLowe’s, Red Ventures and Wells Fargo, along with others that will be joining us in the coming weekshave committed, collectively, to donate million masks, which will be distributed to those most in needand as an investment in health and economic recovery,” said WoodsI 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. 

According to the Centers for Disease Controlpeople who are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic for COVID-19 are capable of transmitting the virus. As a respiratory virus, it spreads through coughing, sneezing – even speaking, so masks are recommended for people in public, especially in areas where appropriate social distancing isn’t feasible or in areas with significant community-based transmission. Data from Mecklenburg County indicates roughly 100 new cases are being diagnosed daily and hospitalizations are increasing.  

“It’s essential that businesses work in concert with health professionals so people can get back to work,” added Woods. “In fact, it is the key pathway to recovery. I had the chance to talk with other CEOs from some of the largest employers in this state this week 

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