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Articles by Luke E. Mease, MD, MPH (LTC, USA); David H. Yun, MD (MAJ, USA); Jared Egbert, MD, MPH (CPT, USA); Ahmad Yassin, DO, MA (LTC, USA); Paul Faestel, MD, MPH (COL, USA); Stacey Bateman, PhD (MAJ, USA); Cesserie S. Moyer, MPAS (CPT, USA); James Terrio, MD, MPH (COL, USA, Ret.)

Description of a COVID-19 Beta Variant Outbreak, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, Feb.–March 2021

U.S. Army Soldiers from 1-17th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, clear an objective during the training exercise Bayonet Focus 19-02 at Yakima Training Center, Wash., May 6, 2019. Bayonet Focus is a training exercise designed to assess Soldiers’ ability to preform tasks and complete objectives under conditions experienced during combat situations. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Ruszkiewicz)

This report describes an outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19, that peaked during 21–26 Feb. 2021 and was tied to a single military training event. A total of 143 laboratory-confirmed cases were identified.

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