Mattis urges people to wear masks in PSA about 'nasty little virus'

Former Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Most VA workers find racism 'moderate to serious problem' at facilities l Trump advisers were wary of talking military options over fears he'd accidentally start war Trump advisers were wary of talking military options over fears he'd accidentally start war: report Trump prizes loyalty over competence — we are seeing the results MORE appeared in a public service announcement for his hometown of Richland, Wash., urging residents to wear face masks to stop the spread of coronavirus. 

"Hello neighbors, I'm Jim Mattis," Mattis said, wearing a bandana on his neck. "I'm here to talk about that nasty little virus, COVID."

In the 30-second video posted to the city’s Youtube account, Mattis said “it’s clear this little bugger isn’t going away on its own.”

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“Wear those face coverings, and let’s work together on this to beat COVID,” Mattis said.

On Tuesday, Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeWhy a rising star is leaving Congress Inslee, GOP's Culp advance in Washington governor's race Governors call for Trump to extend funding for National Guard coronavirus response MORE (D) issued a statewide mandate requiring face masks after the state experienced another surge in cases. As of Wednesday, the state has reported 28,870 coronavirus cases and 1,276 deaths. 

Mattis, a retired four-star Marine general, resigned from his post as Defense secretary in 2018 after President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE announced plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. 

Mattis was highly critical of Trump's handling of nationwide protests after George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody.