(Watertown) Watertown Regional Medical Center physicians and administrators are encouraging the community to wear face masks. They say wearing face coverings in public areas where social distancing is not possible aligns with recommendations from the CDC as an effective way to prevent the spread of illnesses. The hospital has already instituted a universal masking protocol within its facilities and requires anyone entering to wear a face mask at all times. Dr. Brent Yaeggi, chief of staff at Watertown Regional Medical Center, says they encourage mask wearing because each person plays an important role in helping to keep our community safe and protected from the spread of infectious diseases. He adds one of easiest and most effective ways people can aid in the fight against COVID-19 is to wear a face mask in public spaces. The hospital says recent studies have shown that universal masking can help prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19, especially in individuals who may be asymptomatic.