COVID-19 Update 11.13.20
MercyOne North Iowa Urges Businesses to Require Masks
A Message from the MercyOne North Iowa President & CEO

As we see COVID-19 numbers surge in our county, reaching a new record of 954 active cases per 100,000 residents, we are asking you – as business owners and operators, to help us beat this virus. Over the past week, MercyOne North Iowa has experienced the highest number of COVID-19 patients since the beginning of the pandemic. Please require employees and customers to wear a mask at your place of business to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in our community. To help support you, please use the Mask Up sign to display in your store front. Also, please share our recent Facebook post to your business page and personal page to help raise awareness.

We know you understand the importance of good public health to sustain and grow economic health. To preserve both, we ask you to help us showcase this important safety measure. By requiring masks at your place of business, you will show unity with your local health care workers and your commitment to slowing the spread of COVID-19.

By working together, we can prevent overwhelming our health systems and ensure our local businesses remain open. We look forward to continued partnership with you. Please reach out if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Rod Schlader
President & CEO
MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center
North Iowa Strong: Business Update
The number of COVID-19 cases and exposures are rising at an alarming rate in North Iowa, leaving businesses with many questions. What is considered a close contact? Who should be tested, and when? What are the latest rules regarding leave of absence and unemployment?

The Chamber will help answer these questions at 11AM on Tuesday, November 17 in the "North Iowa Strong: COVID-19 Business Update" webinar. Representatives from Public Health and IowaWorks have been invited to offer guidance and suggest best practices as we navigate the surge in cases.

When registering, you may include questions for the panel to answer, or email questions to Colleen Frein. There will also be time during the webinar to ask your questions directly to the panelists.
As your local Chamber of Commerce, we will do our best to continue sending important information as we receive it, without overburdening you with emails. For additional resources and information on COVID-19, please visit our website 
Mason City Chamber | 641.423.5724 | chamber@masoncityia.com | www.masoncityia.com