As part of his National Strategy to defeat COVID-19, on February 24, President Biden announced a new effort to make masks more easily available to communities hard hit by the pandemic. The Administration will deliver more than 25 million masks to over 1,300 Community Health Centers across the country as well as 60,000 food pantries and soup kitchens, reaching some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations.
On Friday, February 28, DLA issued the following solicitation for the procurement of the cloth face masks,
Scope: The Contractor shall provide all necessary material and equipment in order to manufacture cloth face covers for individual wear. The Face Cover shall meet the requirements of ASTM F3502-21 Standard Specification for Barrier Face Coverings. The face cover is not intended to replace surgical masks, N-95 respirators, or other medical devices.
Sizes: The Contractor shall provide face covers in two sizes: • Youth size • Adult size Appendix X1 of ASTM F3502-21 describes the Modified NIOSH Bivariate Panel. Youth size face covers shall be a good fit for individuals having facial dimensions as described in cells 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 of figure X1.1 of ASTM F3502-21. Adult size face covers shall be a good fit for individuals having facial dimensions as described in cells 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 of figure X1.1 of ASTM F3502-21.
Salient Characteristics: The face cover shall be made of at least two layers of cloth. Removable inserts or filters are not considered a layer of cloth. The face cover shall meet, at a minimum, the ASTM F3502-21 Level 1 performance for filtration efficiency (>20%) and Level 1 performance for air flow resistance (<15mmH20).
Materials: Materials found to be acceptable for face covers include the following:
- 100% Polyester tricot knit
- 65% Polyester, 35% Cotton plain weave
- 57% T420 High Tenacity Nylon, 43% Cotton ripstop weave
- 65% Rayon, 25% Para-aramid, 10% Nylon weave