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Colorado has delivered over 1 million masks to school teachers

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Posted at 3:48 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 19:39:10-04

COLORADO — Governor Jared Polis announced today the State of Colorado has provided 1,112,000 medical-grade masks to public and private teachers this Fall in order to help keep them safe from COVID-19.

Gov. Polis announced in July that the state would be distributing KN95 masks to teachers each week for at least 10 weeks. This week marked the seventh week of this program.

“This is a challenging time for students, parents, and teachers which is why the State committed to providing teachers with masks, and today we are thrilled to announce that the State has provided over 1 million masks to Colorado’s teachers,” said Governor Jared Polis. “I’ve visited schools across Colorado and have heard from teachers, superintendents, and educators about how they believe mask-wearing is important to keep themselves and students safe and to ensure we can overcome the challenges created by this virus together. I also want to extend my thanks to the State Emergency Operations Center and Colorado Department of Education staff members who worked tirelessly to ensure these masks were delivered to our teachers.”

Gov. Polis extended the statewide mask mandate on Sept. 12 for 30 days. The order is set to expire on Oct. 12 unless extended further by another executive order.