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Penn State acquires 500,000 masks for eventual reopening

May 22, 2020
University officials will decide next month whether they will reopen campuses in the fall.

Penn State has bought 500,000 masks and plans to install 2,500 sanitizer stations but university officials say they won't decide until next month whether to reopen in the fall.

The Centre Daily Times reports that University President Eric Barron says is proceeding as if Penn State will reopen in the fall. But a decision will not be finalized until June 15.

“There’s a lot to do between now and then,” Barron says.

The university has three task groups — Public Health and Science Assessment, Return to Work, and Return to Campus and Community — in addition to 12 other action groups, which range from “Communications” to “Athletics, camps and other large events.”

Barron says in a news release that all of the groups are working to address as many of the specifics as possible before reopening.

The university has already lost more than $100 million because of the pandemic.

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