From KIMA news,
Benton-Franklin Health District leaders are now advising people to wear face coverings while in public to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Health leaders say medical grade masks should be saved for first responders and medical staff members.
Health officials say something as simple as a scarf would be acceptable to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Experts say the mask, or cloth, can be an added layer of protection for people.
Health leaders say people should also continue to use social distancing guidelines and not leave their homes with the exception for essential activities.