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Bill Purdue, left, cuts pieces of fabric while Mike Rice sews them into face masks in Rice's Autobody and Upholstery Shop in Washington, Ind. Purdue and Rice will deliver the masks this week to Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Indiana, which asked community members to sew cloth masks for health care workers who may face a shortage amid the coronavirus pandemic. They're among legions of everyday Americans making face masks for desperate hospitals, nursing homes and homeless shelters that could run out of personal protective equipment.(photo courtesy of Robin Rice via AP)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Bill Purdue waterproofs basements for a living, but he has spent the past few days in his buddy's Washington, Indiana, auto trim and upholstery shop cutting rectangles of cotton fabric that his friend sews into face masks.

By TAMMY WEBBER, DEE-ANN DURBIN and ANNE D'INNOCENZIO Associated Press March 24, 2020
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