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U.S. Air Force Capt. Erica Eyer, 88th Aerospace Operations Medical Clinic flight commander, gives Julia Cemberci, 88th Medical Group lab technician, her COVID-19 vaccine shot inside the Medical Center, Jan. 5, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Erica Eyer, 88th Aerospace Operations Medical Clinic flight commander, gives Julia Cemberci, 88th Medical Group lab technician, her COVID-19 vaccine shot inside the Medical Center, Jan. 5, 2021. (Wesley Farnsworth/U.S. Air Force)

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(Tribune News Service) — The masks are off at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Wright-Patterson released a statement Thursday saying it had lifted the installation mask mandate as "surrounding communities meet new health thresholds for COVID-19."

The base also transitioned to "health protection condition Bravo-plus" on Feb. 25 as local threat levels continued to greatly improve.

"Today, we enter a new phase of the pandemic as we adjust fire based on lessons learned over the past two years," Col. Patrick Miller, 88th Air Base Wing and Wright-Patt installation commander, said in an email Thursday. "As we focus more on severity of disease instead of volume, I ask that we don't let our guard down and understand that with flexibly comes responsibility. We must continue to remain vigilant."

Medical providers continue to recommend mask wear for high-risk individuals and in settings where physical distancing isn't an option, the base also said Thursday. Patients, visitors and staff are still required to wear masks in Wright-Patterson Medical Center.

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