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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...

Novavax seeks COVID-19 vaccine use in India ahead of US

Aug. 05, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

Vaccine maker Novavax announced Thursday it has asked regulators in India, Indonesia and the Philippines to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine -- offering its shot to developing countries before vaccine-flush rich ones. U.S.-based Novavax partnered with the Serum...

CDC eviction moratorium applies to 5 Vermont counties

Aug. 05, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The extended eviction moratorium mandated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention affects five Vermont counties. The order that was issued Tuesday applies to areas of the country experiencing high levels of coronavirus spread. ...

Missouri lawmakers seek to ban business vaccine mandates

Aug. 05, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Six Republican state senators have asked Missouri Gov. Mike Parson to call a special session to stop private businesses from requiring their employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19. The request made Monday drew a quick rebuke from Dan Mehan,...

Eleven Kentucky hospital systems to require COVID vaccines

Aug. 05, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — At least 11 health care systems across Kentucky will require their medical workers to get vaccinated for COVID-19, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday, a day after the state reported its highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in months. “If...

'There are only so many beds': COVID-19 surge hits hospitals

Aug. 05, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are suspending elective surgeries and putting beds in conference rooms, an auditorium and a cafeteria. As of midweek, Mississippi had just six open intensive care beds in the entire state. ...