Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced on Tuesday that the Washington National Guard will be deployed in the state this week to assist local food banks with their operations.
“They’re filling an important need and I ask that you welcome them in your communities as they process, package and distribute meals,” Inslee said in a tweet. Inslee spokesman David Postman said earlier on Tuesday that the National Guard wasn’t being deployed in a law enforcement role or to enforce restrictions, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.
American industrial giant and major face mask maker 3M said Tuesday it will take steps to stop price gougers and counterfeiters from exploiting the surge in demand for its respirator masks.
3M released a sheet on Tuesday with the list prices for many of its major varieties of respirator mask. The $32 billion company is one of the largest makers in the world of face masks that are especially effective at filtering out harmful particles from air. The outbreak of the new coronavirus has left the company racing to meet demand around the world as masks disappear from store shelves and fetch extremely high prices online.