Texas Governor Greg AbbottDespite opposition from some school districts, banned mask requirements at school, was infected with the coronavirus.
Abbott’s office said the Republican governor, who was fully vaccinated and tested daily, gave positive results on Tuesday.
In a statement, Communications Director Mark Miner said, “Governor Abbott is in constant contact with staff, heads of government agencies and government officials to ensure that the state government continues to operate smoothly and efficiently. We are fighting. ” Continue testing daily. Governor Abbott is being treated with a monoclonal antibody for regenerone. “
This is the same treatment that President Donald Trump helped to overcome the fight against COVID-19 last October.
Abbott is part of a group of Republican politicians who oppose orders for recently infected vaccines and masks. Wisconsin Senator Andre Jacque When North Carolina General Assembly Kei Skidwell..
Abbott’s stance on virus mitigation measures has aroused anger among parent and activist groups, and one marked by one of the latter, COVID, issued a statement on Tuesday:
“Our governor has endeavored to keep the mask away from school rather than the gun away from school. In his relentlessness to manage the mission in the name of physical autonomy. In a cruel pursuit, he himself contracts with COVID and uses all available resources, but he allows local governments to use their own resources to help save lives. I refuse to do that. “
At least four school districts in Texas have closed their campuses due to a coronavirus outbreak early in the new school year.
On Monday, Abbott spoke at an event in Collin County, and photos on social media show that he is mixed with a crowd that is barely masked to shake hands and pose for the photo. increase.
Minor said 63-year-old Abbott was “healthy and currently asymptomatic.”
July, Abbott Signed an executive order This was further advanced by banning government agencies from demanding “vaccine passports” and then extending the ban to the private sector.
Even in the news:
► In preparation for even more stringent development, Texas has requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency for five morgue trailers. Texas tracks only Florida, the state with the highest number of COVID deaths per day, both with an average of over 160. No other state has more than 50 people.
► If the Dodgers host a playoff game in October, fans need to hide their faces.Starting Friday, Los Angeles County must attend at least 10,000 outdoor events Wear a mask regardless of vaccination status..
► Chicago went into effect on Friday and has revived Maskman Date for everyone in a public indoor environment, regardless of vaccination status.
► Moderna’s COVID shot became the second coronavirus vaccine approved for use in children aged 12 to 17 years in the United Kingdom, following Pfizer.
► Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said large indoor venues in cities such as Las Vegas and Reno could opt out of state mask requirements if guests were confirmed to be vaccinated. rice field.
? Today’s numbers: In the United States, more than 37 million COVID-19 cases have been identified and 623,200 have died. According to data from Johns Hopkins University.. Global total: more than 208.4 million cases and 4.38 million deaths. Over 168.6 million Americans (50.8% of the population) are fully vaccinated. According to the CDC..
? What we are reading: Some people who have been vaccinated with the J & J vaccine want an mRNA booster. Is it okay to mix it? read more.
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State legislators who refuse the vaccine and have a positive mask duty go to the hospital
Two Republican state legislators who opposed the mask and vaccine obligations were treated in hospital after being infected with the coronavirus.
Depia Senator Andre Jacque said on Monday that he and some family members Positive late last week, he was in a pneumonia hospital.. He didn’t say if he was hospitalized.
Jack, who testified without wearing a mask at at least one hearing at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Wednesday, despised the vaccination obligation and voted against the governor’s mask requirements.
In North Carolina, Keith Kidwell, a house member in Craven County who calls the vaccine campaign “manipulation.” I was hospitalized with his wife last week After being diagnosed with COVID-19.
In a message read by Congressman Larry Pittman on the house floor Thursday before hospitalization, Kidwell said, “I’m tired of walking to the bathroom.”
–Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Todd Wetherington, New Bern Sun Journal
Maskman date to extend the trip
Airplane, train and bus travelers should mask for the rest of the year and until mid-January.
Biden administration It is expected to further extend that requirement, According to multiple reports, until January 18, 2022. Federal requirements, which began on February 1, were originally scheduled to expire on May 11, but have been extended from April to September 13.
The airline wanted some passengers to expire an unpopular mandate, before the coronavirus delta mutant sent over 100,000 daily surges of infection in the United States. ..
– Morgan Hines and Bailey Schultz
Deaths increase in 38 states
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, 44 states have reported an increase in coronavirus numbers, the lowest total in more than a month, but 38 states have reported an increase in deaths again.
Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, and Vermont reported fewer new COVID-19 cases in the week ending Monday compared to the previous week. Nonetheless, Hawaii, Mississippi, and Oregon set new case count records again on Monday amid the surge caused by the highly contagious delta variant.
Due to the large amount of data showing that the pandemic is not over yet, the Biden administration’s health officials said that all Americas vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, regardless of age, eight months after the second vaccination. It is expected that people will be encouraged to recommend the COVID-19 booster shot. Sources familiar with the plans confirmed by USA TODAY..
Booster shots will begin as early as mid-September to late September once the FDA officially approves the vaccine.
Florida school district plans to oppose Governor Ron DeSantis and demand masks
Florida’s largest school district in Miami-Dade County will wear face masks to students at the opening of the classroom next week, in opposition to the ban on mandatory masking rules by Governor Rondesantis, following the recommendations of the task force of medical professionals. May be obligatory.
The Miami-Dade County Board of Education will approve the bill on Wednesday. “My mind is pretty determined on the way forward,” said Alberto Carballho.
Students in the adjacent Broward County will wear masks when returning to the fall semester on Wednesday. In the Tampa area, the Hillsborough County Board of Education, which does not require masks, scheduled an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss additional measures against COVID-19.
Federal Government to Continue Bank Rolling of Emergency Response Costs
Biden administration Full repayment of some COVID-19 emergency response costs to the state Until the end of the year, USA TODAY learned. According to White House officials who spoke on anonymous terms, executive officials will announce an extension during the weekly phone call with the governor. Eligible services include housing for people at risk, such as emergency medical care, vaccination activities, and homelessness.
“We will continue to make such decisions based on their needs,” said Charlie Anderson, Director of Economic and Budget Policy for the Government’s COVID-19 Response Team. “There are many people, including the state government, who are doing everything they can at the forefront … and given what they are dealing with, it is important to remain a strong partner in their efforts. “
– – Maureen Groppe
Infectious diseases and deaths related to western wildfires
Between March and December 2020, thousands of COVID-19 cases occurred in California, Oregon, and Washington, with the potential for hundreds of deaths. Link to wildfire smokeAccording to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances.
Researchers at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health used a statistical model to measure the relationship between high levels of wildfire air pollution and infections and deaths in 92 counties. In all three states surveyed, researchers identified nearly 19,700 cases and determined that 750 deaths were due to a fire.
Dr. Ren Horowitz, a lung specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said:
– – Adrianna Rodriguez
New Zealand is blocked after one new infection
Five million New Zealanders launched a strict blockade on Tuesday. This lasts at least three days after the discovery of a case of coronavirus. Auckland, where the infected man lives, and the Coromandel, where he visited, are facing a blockade for at least seven days. Schools and almost all workplaces have been closed. When people leave home, they are encouraged to wear masks while waiting for missions that may come soon on Wednesday. New Zealand has reported deaths from only 26 viruses since the outbreak of the pandemic.
“I know this strategy works, it’s a strong team of 5 million people, and it makes life easier,” said Jacinda Ardern. “We need to continue.”
Vaccine Obligations Scheduled This Week: New Orleans, San Francisco
New York, the first major city in the United States to require at least partial vaccination for indoor activities such as eating and using the gym, began demanding proof on Tuesday. Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday that he expanded the list of public places with the requirement that “if you want to stop the Delta variant, it’s time.”
New Orleans vaccine is mandatory for all indoor and outdoor gatherings of over 500 people It came into effect on Monday. San Francisco’s complete vaccination requirements for indoor activities It starts on Friday.
Both New York and DC have become the latest regions to require healthcare workers to be vaccinated, announcing both obligations on Monday. Similar moves have been previously announced in California and Washington.
Contributions: Mike Stucka, Courtney Subramanian, Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY; Brandon Mulder, Austin American Statesman; Associated Press
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