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Georgia COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations rise again

Aug. 03, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations continue to rise rapidly in Georgia, with some hospitals voicing concern as they fill with patients infected with the virus. The state Department of Public Health on Tuesday reported 9,100 new positive tests, but...

WA sees 1,500 new cases a day of COVID-19 in recent days

Aug. 03, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state has seen an average of 1,500 new cases a day of COVID-19 over the past four days, and health officials said Tuesday they are concerned about not only a rise in cases but hospitalizations due to the highly contagious delta variant. ...

DeSantis won't move on masks as Florida COVID wards swell

Aug. 03, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday downplayed a spike in COVID-19 cases that’s shattered state hospitalization records and strongly reiterated his vow not to impose a mask mandate or any business restrictions. With the much more...

Teacher sues to stop Phoenix school district's mask mandate

Aug. 03, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix science teacher is asking a judge to put a halt to a districtwide mask mandate, which goes against a new state law, district officials said Tuesday. Richard Franco, a spokesman for Phoenix Union High School District, confirmed Douglas Hester's...

St. Louis mask mandate temporarily on hold; Kansas City sued

Aug. 03, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

St. Louis County residents will not be required to wear masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for at least two more weeks, after a judge issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday against a mask mandate that was issued last month. Circuit Judge Ellen “Nellie”...

Houston mask mandate might violate Texas governor's order

Aug. 03, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston city workers are being told they must resume wearing masks while on the job, a requirement that could go against Gov. Greg Abbott’s most recent executive order banning such mandates. Mayor Sylvester Turner issued the mask mandate on Monday due...

Arkansas governor pushes mask law change, despite resistance

Aug. 03, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson pressed forward Tuesday with efforts to allow schools to mandate face masks as the state’s coronavirus cases continued to spiral, but faced heavy opposition from fellow Republicans over the move. Hutchinson called...

Nevada hospitalization rates surpass last summer's surge

Aug. 03, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An uptick in coronavirus cases driven by the highly contagious delta variant and Nevada’s flagging rate of vaccinations has pushed hospitalization rates in the state past levels seen in a surge last summer, well before vaccines were available. Nevada...

The Latest: Garth Brooks reassesses touring during pandemic

Aug. 03, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country music star Garth Brooks says he is reassessing whether to continue his stadium tour in light of the rising number of coronavirus cases across the country. Brooks says in a statement that while he is scheduled to play the next two tour stops in...

More than 800 UConn students seek vaccination exemption

Aug. 03, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — More than 800 UConn students have asked to be exempted from the school's requirement that they be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning for the fall semester, the school confirmed on Tuesday. UConn said it granted 55 requests for medical...