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SUMMIT, New Jersey (WABC) -- Police in one New Jersey city are giving out gift cards to kids they see properly wearing masks to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The Summit Police Department partnered with Summit Downtown Inc. to launch the "Wear a Mask Rewards Campaign," with officers distributing 100 $5 gift cards when they see students wearing masks over the mouth and nose.

The program began Wednesday and will continue until all 100 cards are given out.

Summit police are encouraging all elementary, middle and high school aged students to wear masks when in groups or when socially distancing 6 feet apart is not possible.

If successful, the program may continue into the fall.

Related: Paul Rudd challenges young people to 'Mask Up'

"We're in this together," Detective Sergeant Ryan Peters said. "And together, we can help curb the spread of coronavirus in the Summit community."

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Penn State Reports 458 New Coronavirus Cases On Main Campus

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (KDKA) — Penn State reported 458 new coronavirus cases at its main campus in State College on Friday, according to the Centre Daily Times.

This brings the total to more than 21,000 people affected by the virus on campus. Around half of patients have recovered and are not considered to be active cases.

Because of the rapid increase in cases, a new report from the White House puts Centre County in the “red zone.” That means there are 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

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