FROM LOCAL SOURCES
STATEWIDE -- State officials have launched a new campaign aimed at getting more Hoosiers to wear face masks in public.
In a video posted to social media, State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box, Governor Eric Holcomb and other officials named who they wear their mask to protect.
Experts say wearing a face mask is one of the simplest and most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19.
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Thursday, Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett made face coverings mandatory there.
"This isn't complicated. It's a piece of cloth. It's a piece of cloth that can save your life and the lives of those around you," Hogsett says. "If you are willfully choosing to not follow this order, you are dead wrong, in the fullest sense of that expression."
Hogsett says Indy required masks in the flu pandemic a century ago, and the death rate was point-three-percent. The county's coronavirus death rate right now is 20 times that, with 680 deaths so far.
Bloomington’s mayor says he is seriously considering requiring masks in public as well.