Why is Amy Coney Barrett the one “who takes the first look at emergency matters from Indiana”? All US states & territories have “first look” justices?

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Bloomberg Politics's August 13, 2021 news item University Vaccine Mandate Stays as Justice Barrett Rebuffs Plea includes the following:

Barrett, the justice who takes the first look at emergency matters from Indiana, acted alone and chose not to refer the request to the full nine-member court. She denied the request without asking the university to file a response.

The students filed their application late last week, asking Barrett to act by this Friday.

The case is Klaassen v. Trustees of Indiana University, 21A15.

Question: Why is U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett the one "who takes the first look at emergency matters from Indiana"? Do all US states and territories have a "first look justice"? If so, how are these responsibilities assigned?

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