HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday signed an executive order that allows municipal leaders to enact mask mandates for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people while inside public places.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will require all of its roughly 2.2 million health care workers and long term care workers to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 30 as the nation's most populous state is losing ground in the battle against new infections of a more dangerous coronavirus variant.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday that his administration will begin mandating that staff working in long-term care facilities receive COVID-19 vaccines as a way to help protect some of the state's most vulnerable residents against the disease.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The party for the nation's 44th president will go on, but only for family and close friends.
Former President Barack Obama has scaled back his 60th birthday bash set for this weekend at his Martha's Vineyard home off the Massachusetts coast due to the surge of infections blamed on the delta variant of the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest public university will require students, faculty and other workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 30, while its second-largest university will implement the mandate only for staff.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina can't lawfully require students and staff to wear face coverings on campus this fall, despite increasing cases of coronavirus, thanks to recent legislative action, according to the state's top prosecutor.
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Monday reported nine new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the second consecutive day.
The latest numbers pushed the total number of coronavirus cases to 31,421 since the pandemic began more than a year ago.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Indiana University can proceed with its plan to require students and employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19, in what is the highest court decision regarding college immunization mandates.
DENVER (AP) — Denver will mandate all city employees and private sector workers in high-risk settings to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 30, Mayor Michael Hancock announced Monday.
Denver's public health measure applies to more than 10,000 municipal employees like police officers, firefighters, and sheriff’s deputies, the city said in a statement.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — In a story published July 31, 2021, about alleged misspending by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, The Associated Press erroneously referred to the ACLU’s letter of complaint as a lawsuit.
PHOENIX — Health officials in Arizona on Sunday reported more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day.
They say the 2,306 new cases and five additional deaths pushed the state’s totals to 929,541 cases and 18,251 known deaths since the pandemic began more than a year ago.
BOSTON (AP) — CONNECTICUT
The state Department of Public Health on Sunday issued an alert that strongly recommends all Connecticut residents over 2 years old wear face masks in indoor public spaces, whether they're vaccinated or not, given the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks because of the Delta variant.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Some doctors and nurses in Arkansas say they are dealing with burnout and post-traumatic stress disorder after more than a year of battling the coronavirus pandemic, including a new wave of cases with younger patients.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s top doctor said Sunday that there are no current plans for again imposing pandemic-related closures, despite a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Saturday reported over 2,000 additional confirmed COVID-19 infections for the first time in nearly five months amid a continuing increase in the state's rolling average of new cases and more virus-related hospitalizations.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Republican Party faced fierce criticism Friday for a Facebook post likening COVID-19 vaccine mandates to the persecution of Jewish people in Nazi Germany.
The post on the party’s official Facebook page urged people to call the lieutenant governor and ask him to call a special session to prohibit employers from requiring their employees to get vaccinated.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two organizations tapped by the Biden administration to recommend which migrants should be allowed into the United States to seek humanitarian protection said Friday that they are halting their work with the government and demanding an end to the Trump-era ban on asylum imposed during the coronavirus pandemic.
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago on Friday issued a recommendation that everyone over 2 years old wear masks while indoors.
The action was taken as the U.S. or Disease Control and Prevention recommended that people, even if vaccinated, wear masks indoors in areas with a high transmission of COVID-19.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved three more Connecticut counties into the “substantial transmission” category for COVID-19, prompting the state's Department of Public Health on Friday to recommend anyone who lives, works or travels throughout Fairfield, Tolland and Windham counties to wear a mask in public indoor spaces.
Hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been saved from the trash after U.S. regulators extended their expiration date for a second time, part of a nationwide effort to salvage expiring shots to battle the nation's summer surge in infections.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' Republican governor said Thursday that he will call lawmakers back to the Capitol to consider lifting the state's ban on mask requirements in public schools as the state's coronavirus cases continue surging weeks before students return to classes.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The number of Indiana counties approaching high risk for community spread of COVID-19 nearly quadrupled in one week as an especially contagious coronavirus variant spread throughout the state.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The city council in the capital of Virginia has declared racism a public health crisis, following similar action taken earlier in the year by state lawmakers.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday decided to reverse course from guidance he issued last week and will now urge all K-12 public school students and staff to be masked, even if they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of rising regional COVID-19 infection numbers, the nation’s capital is returning to mandatory indoor mask requirements, regardless of vaccination status.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser says the new regulations will kick in on Saturday and apply to everyone over age 2.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One of the Republican Party’s most prominent rising stars is mocking new government recommendations calling for more widespread use of masks to blunt a coronavirus surge.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina health officials are still recommending students and teachers wear masks indoors to curb COVID-19's spread in the upcoming school year, though state lawmakers have already banned school districts from requiring the face coverings.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As he rallied conservatives on Wednesday, one of the Republican Party's most prominent rising stars mocked new government recommendations calling for more widespread use of masks to blunt a coronavirus surge.
ATLANTA (AP) — The city of Atlanta and Georgia school districts announced mask mandates Wednesday even as Gov. Brian Kemp repeated his vow that he won’t impose a statewide mask rule or restrict business and public activities.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama public health officials are recommending that all students and teachers wear masks this school year because of a surge in COVID-19 cases, but a spokeswoman said Gov. Kay Ivey has been “crystal clear” that there will be no state mandates to do so.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday announced that she's imposing a mask mandate for Kansas state government workers and visitors to state buildings in the wake of a “self-inflicted” surge in new COVID-19 cases fueled by the faster-spreading delta variant.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — California's public health agency recommended on Wednesday that people wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status, while more employers announced that workers must be vaccinated or face testing.
PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — More than 830 confirmed cases have now been linked to a coronavirus cluster in Provincetown, Town Manager Alex Morse said in a social media update Wednesday.
Of the cases, 501 are Massachusetts residents, 210 of whom live in Provincetown.
CHICAGO (AP) — The hordes of people expected to descend on Chicago's Grant Park for the Lollapalooza music festival this week will be required to show proof that they've been vaccinated for COVID-19 or tested negative for the disease within the last three days.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As South Carolina battles an unchecked rise in COVID-19 cases spurred on by the delta variant and dwindling demand for vaccines, state health officials are urging people to follow new federal guidance on wearing masks indoors.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Public health authorities in Maine on Wednesday recommended everyone resume mask use in two counties in the state where transmission of coronavirus is elevated.
The guidance from the administration of Democratic Gov.
Connecticut officials on Tuesday were reviewing new recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors, noting two counties — Hartford and New London — are close to the CDC's threshold.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves does not plan to issue a mask mandate for schools, even as COVID-19 cases are proliferating in a state with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Cases of the coronavirus in Maine are growing, and the state's governor said Tuesday that officials are reviewing public health recommendations about the virus.
The number of daily coronavirus infections has quadrupled in Maine over the last two weeks.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Public health officials expressed growing concern Tuesday about a recent increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Nebraska, primarily among residents who haven't been vaccinated.
BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Thailand began transporting some people who tested positive for the coronavirus from Bangkok to their hometowns on Tuesday for isolation and treatment to alleviate the burden on the capital’s overwhelmed medical system.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday became the first major federal agency to require health care workers to get COVID-19 vaccines, as the aggressive delta variant spreads across the nation and some communities report troubling increases in hospitalizations among unvaccinated people.
SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials in more than a half-dozen western Washington counties are now recommending mask-wearing in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccine status because of a rise in COVID-19 cases and the highly infectious delta variant.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting conflict-ridden and impoverished countries much worse this year than in 2020, with many facing higher caseloads and rising deaths, the U.N.’s deputy humanitarian chief warned Monday.
California and New York City announced Monday that they would require all government employees to get the coronavirus vaccine or face weekly COVID-19 testing, and the Department of Veterans Affairs became the first major federal agency to require health care workers to receive the shot.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Health officials in Oregon’s most populous county said Monday they strongly recommend that people wear masks in all indoor public spaces regardless of vaccine status.
Multnomah County officials said in news release that the advisory was issued in response to COVID-19 cases increasing largely because of the highly-contagious delta variant.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Dr. Manisha Juthani, an infectious disease specialist at Yale School of Medicine, was nominated by Connecticut's governor on Monday to serve as the next commissioner of the Department of Public Health.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Public health officials are investigating a rise in the number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Rhode Island, the state Department of Health said Monday.
There have been 30 cases reported since June 2, the agency said in an emailed statement.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Republican Rep. Clay Higgins of Louisiana, a critic of mask mandates and public health restrictions during the pandemic, said he, his wife and son have contracted the coronavirus.