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Whitmer: State will distribute 4 million masks

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today that a new partnership will help get about 4 (m) million protective face masks to people who might otherwise have trouble procuring them.

The arrangement is between the state, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Ford Motor Company. It will focus on getting masks to schools in low-income areas, as well as distributing them through federally qualified health centers and community groups.

Whitmer says getting masks to hard-to-reach communities will help sustain progress now that new COVID-19 cases appear to have plateaued in Michigan. And she says it will make it more likely school can start in the fall with some measure of in-person learning.     

“To get through this, and to ensure the safety of our educators, kids, and support staff this fall, everyone’s got to continue to do their part.”

The governor and the Legislature are still negotiating over back-to-school plans that could be voted on as soon as this weekend.

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