With COVID-19 cases on the rise across the United States as a result of the Delta variant, masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) are still needed to keep the coronavirus at bay. Ice Cube and Derrick Armstrong of 115 Management Inc. teamed up to gift approximately 2,000 masks to Bacone College in Oklahoma for the fall semester of 2021.
“We are so grateful today,” the college posted on Twitter. “Bacone received a donation of 2000 face masks for students from legendary rapper and actor @icecube and Derrick Armstrong of 115 Management. #maskupstaysafe #warriors #baconecollege.”
Because masks are necessary in a variety of social contexts on campus, all professors and students will have access to free masks.
“We are incredibly grateful to Ice Cube and Mr. Armstrong. This is a generous gift that comes at a time when this virus is experiencing a resurgence in our area,” college president Dr. Ferlin Clark said. “We are dedicated to keeping our students safe and healthy, and this will have a lasting impact on our efforts.”
Oklahoma registered almost 2,500 coronavirus infections on Wednesday (August 25), according to The New York Times, matching November levels of positive testing in the state. For the day, there were also 136 fatalities.
With Delta variant cases spreading across the country, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla is worried that a vaccine-resistant version may develop shortly. As of Tuesday, more than 62 percent of adult Americans have received all of their vaccines (August 24).
“Every time that the variant appears in the world, our scientists are getting their hands around it,” Bourla told Fox News. “They are researching to see if this variant can escape the protection of our vaccine. We haven’t identified any yet but we believe that it is likely that one day, one of them will emerge.”