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DOD Announces Use of Masks, Other Public Health Measures

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On February 4, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III signed a memo that, effective immediately, directs all individuals on military installations and all individuals performing official duties on behalf of the Department from any location other than the individual’s home, including outdoor shared spaces, to wear masks in accordance with the most current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.....

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To ensure we provide the most up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Military Health System created this all-inclusive information center, which is updated regularly. The Department of Defense is following guidance from the White House and coordinating with our interagency partners to provide a comprehensive, government-approved list of resources.

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