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Ypsi And EMU Team Up To Make Masks

May 8, 2020

Credit City of Ypsilanti / cityofypsilanti.com

The City of Ypsilanti has partnered with Eastern Michigan University to make face masks.  


EMU will produce 2,500 fabric masks at a cost of $2 each.  Mayor Beth Bashert says they will then distribute the masks for free to anyone who needs them but especially to low-income residents and other populations that are vulnerable to COVID-19.

"They are using a wide variety of materials to protect themselves ranging from nothing, to a loosely placed bandana over their mouth.  I had one woman tell me she was using her bra cup as a face mask."

The city is also working on putting together COVID-19 assistance care packages for residents that include hand sanitizer and toilet paper.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu