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Every Utahn Is Getting a Mask

State announces initiative that will also keep locals employed
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2020 12:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – Every single member of Utah's population of more than 3 million will have a mask as the state wages its battle against the coronavirus. Gov. Gary Herbert announced the "A Mask for Every Utahn" initiative Tuesday, KPCW reports. Federal funding provided through the CARES act will be used to purchase 2 million reusable face coverings, which will be provided free to residents of the state who apply for one. Officials urged residents who already own a mask not to apply for a free one. Masks will also be distributed via nonprofits, and grocery and convenience stores. Another benefit of the initiative: It will keep 200 Utahns employed, as 20 local companies are helping to produce the masks. (Read more coronavirus stories.)

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