49ers CEO Jed York tells Mark Thompson about the Wear A Mask Campaign

In association with the San Francisco Giants, the San Francisco 49ers and KNBR, Dignity Health will distribute 200,000 cloth masks to communities in Northern California to support Governor Gavin Newsom’s Wear A Mask public awareness campaign.

Newsom announced the Wear A Mask public awareness campaign earlier this month as a way to encourage Californians to use face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19 in order to save lives and reopen the economy.

Dignity Health, a part of parent company, CommonSpirit Health, is the Official Healthcare Provider of both the Giants and the 49ers and is a long-time partner of KNBR, the radio broadcaster for both teams.

According to a press release, “The masks will be distributed at no charge to fans, frontline workers, public health, safety and hospital workers and community organizations in San Francisco, Santa Clara and throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. Community organizations include local food banks in the communities Dignity Health’s serves; Mercy Housing, a nonprofit that supports affordable housing and the homeless; Dignity Health hospitals in the Bay Area and Sacramento region; and community partners of the Giants and 49ers. KNBR will offer masks to radio listeners through a series of public service announcements and promotions.”

“We are tremendously proud to join with our longtime partners in the effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. During this unprecedented public health crisis, the Giants together with the 49ers, Dignity Health and KNBR have a powerful and unique opportunity to use the strength of our collective reach to raise awareness and influence public behavior,” said Giants President and CEO Larry Baer.

CEO of the 49ers, Jed York, and CEO of CommonSpirit Health, Lloyd Dean, joined Mark Thompson’s show to chat about the campaign.

“We are experiencing one of the world’s and certainly here in the United States and most importantly here in California, one of the most challenging public health emergencies that we’ve experienced, and certainly everybody on this calls lifetime…What we all can do is wear mask because we know it works,” said Lloyd Dean.

“If you want to get back to a ballpark and see the niners or see the Giants or see whoever your favorite team is, wear a mask and if you want to keep your friends and family safe wear a mask. If you want to get back to whatever you think normal is or should be, wear a mask. It’s just not that difficult to, you know, the numbers, the science proves that out. And let’s, see if we can be on the same team and put the politics aside and do what’s best for for our neighbors and for everybody living in California,” said Jed York.

Listen to their full conversation below.

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