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Bataan Memorial Death March Canceled

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The U.S. Army has made the decision to cancel this year’s Bataan Memorial Death March, scheduled for March 15 at White Sands Missile Range, in response to the COVID-19 threat.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause to our guests, race participants, volunteers, sponsors and other stakeholders, many of whom are traveling from outside the state of New Mexico,” according to a press release issued by the White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office.

The Army is taking precautionary measures to protect the health of the force and the march’s participants, according to the press release, and is following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to cancel gatherings of 250 participants or more in locations where there is minimal to moderate threat of the virus spreading.

Currently, there are no known COVID-19 cases reported at White Sands Missile Range, the press release states, and the latest information from the CDC is the threat to public health and the risk of exposure to the virus remains low there. “Military and public health officials have not seen evidence of COVID-19 spreading here at this time,” according to the press release.

“Protecting our people and the health of our force is the Army’s top priority. Protecting the force includes mitigating the spread of the virus and ensuring personnel have the most up-to-date information on appropriate measures to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. The Army’s decision to cancel this event will help keep the risk of exposure low,” the press release states.

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