The Sichuan Forestry and Grassland Provincial Bureau in China shipped 10,000 face masks as a donation to protect University of Utah Health care providers, patients and visitors. The masks arrived in boxes scribed with messages of solidarity and friendship alongside a panda graphic--Sichuan's provincial icon and a traditional symbol of peace and good luck.
"We are very grateful for this act of generosity and friendship by the Sichuan Provincial Forestry and Grassland Bureau," said Ruth V. Watkins, president of the University of Utah. "It underscores the long-term partnership the university and the Sichuan Province have developed to train national park administrators in best practices. It also signals what I hope will be an ongoing collaboration. We want the people in Sichuan Province to know their gift is deeply appreciated."