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CDC asks for 'universal mask use' as country continues to see high numbers of COVID cases

In the updated guidance, health officials are also asking Americans to wear masks outside when social distancing is not possible.

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now urging Americans to wear masks anytime they leave their home.

This follows a record-breaking day for COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S with the country reporting more than 100,000.

In the updated guidance, health officials are also asking Americans to wear masks outside when social distancing is not possible.

Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden said one of his first acts as president will be asking Americans to commit to 100 days of wearing a mask. The president-elect said the request would come on his Inauguration Day on January 20.

RELATED: Georgia sees highest number of new COVID-19 cases reported in a single day

While the Trump administration has not mandated masks, the president has stressed the development of a vaccine to fight the virus. 

On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence visited the CDC headquarters in Atlanta revealing that Americans could possibly get the vaccine as soon as Dec. 16.

Long-term care residents and healthcare workers are expected to get it first. Wider distribution isn't anticipated until the spring.

RELATED: Pence at CDC: COVID vaccinations could start December 16

Georgia broke a record on Friday for new COVID-19 cases in a single day with nearly 5,000 cases - that's the largest number of cases in a single day that the state's seen since the pandemic began.