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‘I’m astounded’ says retired Kansas farmer who sent Gov. Cuomo a medical mask

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NEW YORK (KSNT) – A northeast Kansas farmer gave one of his only N95 masks for a healthcare worker on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in New York, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In a Friday press conference, the New York governor told the story of the farmer, Dennis, who wrote to Cuomo and offered up one of his five N95 masks. He wanted the governor to pass it to a front-line healthcare worker in New York. The farmer’s wife has one lung and diabetes according to Cuomo, but Dennis still chose to offer up the mask to help protect nurses and doctors.

Dennis’ letter to Cuomo.

“We are in our 70’s now and frankly, I am afraid for her,” Dennis said. “Enclosed find a solitary N95 mask left over from my farming days. It has never been used. If you could, would you please give this mask to a nurse or doctor in your city? I have kept four masks for my immediate family. Please keep on doing what you do so well, which is to lead.”

New York remains the hardest-hit state by the coronavirus with over 260,000 confirmed cases, and 15,500 COVID-19 deaths.

“Dennis, if you’re watching, thank you very much,” Cuomo said.

KSNT News caught up with Dennis in Troy.

“I didn’t know any hospitals up there. I’ve never even been in the northeast,” Dennis said. “So I just sent it to the one person I knew that might receive it. But I didn’t anticipate him really getting it let alone the fact that he read the letter. I’m astounded really.

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Kansas Governor Laura Kelly also took notice of the act of kindness during her Friday news conference.

“I thought that was priceless and precious, and I actually just left a voicemail for him on his phone,” Kelly said. “I hope to talk with him and thank him personally for that gesture. One, it was just kind, but two, it really makes Kansas look good, doesn’t it.”

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During Friday’s daily coronavirus briefing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced 422 New Yorkers died over the past 24 hours due to COVID-19.

At the same briefing, the governor said he has issued an executive order that will require the New York State Board of Elections to send absentee ballots to all eligible voters for the upcoming June primaries.

“Voting, we still have elections in the midst of all this chaos,” Gov Cuomo said. “Makes no sense to me … FULL STORY.

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