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Kansas' most populous county mandates masks for K-6 schools

Aug. 05, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ most populous county on Thursday imposed a mask mandate for students and staff in elementary schools in hopes of checking the more contagious COVID-19 delta variant. The Johnson County Commission voted 5-2 for a mask requirement for schools...

Florida to spend training camp in hotel to combat COVID-19

Aug. 05, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will spend at least part of its training camp in a hotel as coach Dan Mullen searches for ways to avoid another COVID-19 outbreak within the program. The Gators begin three weeks of fall practice Friday, with Mullen understanding much...

Schools sue and mayor defies Arkansas mask mandate ban

Aug. 05, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ ban on mask mandates faced new legal challenges -- including from a school district where more than 800 staff and students are quarantining because of a COIVD-19 outbreak -- and defiance from the mayor of the state capital as Republican lawmakers...

Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank push back office returns due to virus

Aug. 05, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp. two of the largest employers in downtown Minneapolis, are pushing back their return-to-office plans this fall as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, while two more private colleges have announced they will require students and employees to be...

Nursing home inspections to include staff vaccinations

Aug. 05, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut public health officials plan to visit every nursing home to check on the number of employees who've been vaccinated for COVID-19. The move comes as federal data show at least 16 facilities in the state have staff vaccination rates below 50%. ...

Delaware considering school mask requirements as cases rise

Aug. 05, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials are considering mask requirements in schools as coronavirus cases rise again amid back-to-school planning, Gov. John Carney said at a briefing Thursday. “The state of emergency declaration expired on July 13, so we’re looking...

Nashville school officials agree to implement mask mandate

Aug. 05, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

Nashville's top school officials on Thursday agreed to enforce an universal mask mandate for the upcoming school year as part of an effort to protect children too young to receive the COVID-19 vaccine while the pandemic resurges across the state. The Metro Nashville Board...

Governor: Most state workers must be vaccinated or tested

Aug. 05, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Most of Virginia’s state workers will have to be vaccinated or agree to regular COVID-19 testing, under a new requirement Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday. The order will take effect Sept. 1 and will apply to more than 120,000 executive...

The Latest: Maryland announces new vaccination requirements

Aug. 05, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Urging people to “just get the damn vaccine,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced new vaccination requirements for state employees who work in congregant settings with the vulnerable on Thursday — or else face strict face-covering requirements and regular COVID-19...

Worried parents seek change to Iowa school mask mandate ban

Aug. 05, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Worried parents with children too young to be vaccinated called on the the Iowa State Board of Education on Thursday to implore Gov. Kim Reynolds to reverse a state law that bans school mask mandates. The parents and some teachers sought to...