States react to CDC mask guidance change; Tokyo sets record high for daily cases as 16 more test positive at Olympics: COVID-19 news

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After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new mask guidance recommending that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas with high transmission, states reacted quickly.

Nevada issued an emergency order requiring people in 12 of 17 counties – whether vaccinated or not – to wear masks in public indoor spaces. According to a news release shared Tuesday afternoon, as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, the mandate goes into effect in counties with substantial or high transmission of COVID-19.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says a special session to revisit the state’s ban on mask mandating in schools is an option as the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state surpasses 1,000. The state’s number of COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by 45 to 1,025, the highest since late January. The state’s virus cases increased by 2,052.

Education officials in South Carolina say a recently enacted law will result in a new CDC recommendation from requiring students and staff to wear masks inside schools, even those with vaccinated coronavirus cases. Face coverings should be used in areas with an increasing number of

and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she doesn’t expect the state to issue a mask mandate or any other new COVID-19 pandemic order anytime soon. But he said the state’s chief medical executive, Dr. Jonigh Khaldun, encouraged him to wear a mask indoors.

“As long as COVID is spreading from person to person, whether in Alabama or half the world, it can mutate. Ultimately, those of us who have been vaccinated may see a variation to which we are vulnerable. ,” Whitmer said. .

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Georgia’s largest school district has joined a growing ranks of people who will require students and staff to wear masks regardless of vaccination status as coronavirus cases continue to rise across the state.

Los Angeles, the nation’s second most populous city, announced a new policy on Tuesday, requiring that city workers submit proof of vaccination or submit weekly COVID-19 tests.

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his administration is weighing the possibility of requiring all federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as infections rise nationwide with widespread transmission of the Delta variant.

The Office of the Attending Physicians issued new guidance on Tuesday night requiring House members and their staff to start wearing masks again in “indoor spaces” as the White House statuses all of its staff on their vaccinations. Reinstated the policy of wearing masks regardless.

The newspaper’s publisher announced that the Washington Post would require all employees to show that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. LOVEBYLIFE has made full vaccination mandatory for all employees working in its various offices and in the field, a spokesperson told the New York Times.

The California State University system, the largest university system in the US, announced on Tuesday that it would mandate COVID-19 vaccines for students, faculty and staff visiting campus, citing the spread of the Delta variant.

Today’s issue: The US has more than 34.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 611,400 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Around 195.2 million cases and 4.17 million deaths. According to the CDC, more than 163.3 million Americans — 49.2% of the population — have been fully vaccinated.

What we are reading: Experts say the CDC’s decision Tuesday reversed course and even urged fully vaccinated Americans to wear masks indoors in areas of high coronavirus transmission, crushing community spread. Not likely, but it could increase pressure on the unaffiliated and encourage businesses and schools. Enforce the mask mandate. Read the full story.

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Tokyo sets record high for daily cases as 16 more test positive at Olympics

Olympic organizers say an additional 16 people accredited for the Tokyo Games have tested positive for COVID, taking the total since July 1 to 174.

The total includes 20 athletes, although there were no new positive tests among athletes in the cases announced on Wednesday. Thousands of people are recognized for sports.

Tokyo also reported a record high of 3,177 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, up from a previous high of 2,848 on Tuesday.

– The Associated Press

Florida, Louisiana record record increase in hospitalizations

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and the state health department have urged residents to get vaccinated as the state this week experienced its biggest one-day increase in hospitalizations since March 2020.

As of Monday in Louisiana, 1,390 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of 169 patients compared to the day before. It is the state’s biggest one-day jump in hospitalizations since the pandemic first hit Louisiana in March 2020. March saw a rapid increase in hospitalized COVID-19 patients in just three days.

“This boom is upon us, and it means that each of us has to do our part to end it. It is within our power. Getting vaccinated is the best way to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic.” This is the best way to put it behind us,” Edwards said in a statement Tuesday.

And after a massive increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations over the weekend, AdventHealth Central Florida shifted its system to a “red state” on Monday, according to hospital officials.

The decision, which comes just days after the system declared “yellow status” on Thursday, is a direct result of a reduction in the number of available ICU beds. AdventHealth was last in “red condition” in January when it peaked in hospitalizations.

AdventHealth Orlando’s chief medical officer, Dr. Victor Herrera, said from what he personally saw in the ICU that he was disappointed that so many people refused to receive the vaccine.

“As an infectious disease doctor, clearly the vaccine is a personal choice,” Herrera said. “But it’s hard to see, it’s disappointing to see people dying in the hospital that can be prevented with the vaccine we have. We had a patient, right before they were intubated, ‘I wish I had got the vaccine. ‘”

— Andrew Capps, Lafayette Daily Advertiser; Nikki Ross, Daytona Beach News-Journal

CDC recommends vaccinated people in areas of high transmission to wear masks indoors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday recommended that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas of high transmission as COVID-19 cases continue to rise and vaccination rates are falling.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky said the new data shows the delta variant, which accounts for more than 80% of new infections in the US, behaves “uniquely different” from its predecessors and can make vaccinated people contagious.

“Delta variant information from several states and other countries indicates that in rare occasions some vaccinated people infected with the delta variant after vaccination may be infectious and spread the virus to others,” Valensky announced in the new guidance. Said happened. What the CDC Recommended in May. “This new science is worrying and unfortunately warrants an update to our recommendation.”

Parts of the US, which includes 60 percent of the country’s counties, are under guidance, with at least 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the past week. New case rates are particularly high in the South and South-West.

‘The new science is worrying’:The CDC again recommends wearing a mask indoors. What this means for vaccinated Americans.

Contribution: Associated Press.

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