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Today: Florida is asking the Supreme Court to block the CDC’s restrictions on the cruise industry. Tennessee is resuming the outreach of vaccinations to teens, St. Louis is forcing masks to be worn indoors again, and a new study shows how vaccines will help keep students safe this fall.
We will start with masks:
County and City of St. Louis Reimpose Mask Mandate as COVID-19 Cases Rise
Both the City of St. Louis and the County of St. Louis are reimpose an indoor mask mandate in an effort to combat the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus and an increase in hospitalizations.
Starting Monday, the city and county will require all residents, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks within public places and on transportation. The rule will apply to everyone over the age of 5.
The use of outdoor masks will be encouraged but not required.
“We have lost more than 500 St. Louis residents to COVID-19, and if our region does not work together to protect each other, we could see spikes overwhelming our hospitals and public health systems,” Fredrick Echols, Acting Director health services for the city of St. Louis, it said in a statement.
Ascending delta: The move comes three weeks after the county and city recommended people wear masks indoors. The escalation is a sign that people ignored the recommendation and cases did not decrease as expected. St. Louis joins Los Angeles County, which reimposed its indoor mask mandate earlier this month as delta variant infections rise. The danger is primarily for unvaccinated people, especially in states like Missouri where the vaccination rate is extremely low.
Read more here.
Tennessee Resumes Nearly All Adolescent Vaccine Advocacy
Tennessee is resuming nearly all of its adolescent vaccine advocacy efforts, a senior health official announced Friday, following backlash over the state’s reported plans to suspend disclosure.
Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey told reporters that the state will once again promote all vaccines for children and host vaccination events on school property, including some next week, after a “hiatus.”
“I want to assure you that the department’s commitment to immunization has not changed,” he added.
The Tennessean reported earlier this month that the Tennessee Department of Health planned to halt its advocacy work for vaccines for teens against all diseases, including COVID-19, sparking outrage across the country.
More controversy: Tennessee’s health department was also criticized this month when the state’s top immunization official told the newspaper she was fired after she sent a letter to providers about a doctrine that allows children 14 and older to get vaccinated without parental permission.
The state has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the country, with 38.5 percent of the population fully vaccinated. At the same time, cases have more than tripled in the past 14 weeks, according to data from The New York Times.
Read more here.
Florida Asks Supreme Court To Block CDC Limits On Cruise Industry
Florida’s attorney general asked the Supreme Court on Friday to block federal health restrictions imposed on the cruise industry amid the pandemic.
In a 31-page report, Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) argued that the limits of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) exceed the agency’s authority under federal law.
“The statute gives the CDC limited powers to enact traditional quarantine measures,” the brief states. “It doesn’t allow the agency to remake the entire cruise industry.”
The request was presented to the Justice. Clarence thomasClarence Thomas There is no reason to fill the court Beyond Trump’s flimsy lawsuits, there is a proper path to regulate Cuomo’s ‘gun emergency’ on social media: Illusion disguised as action MORE, who handles emergency matters arising from Florida and surrounding states and who can act only on the request or refer the matter to the rest of the judges.
Background: Last month, a federal judge in Tampa sided with Florida and found the CDC’s move against illegal government overreach. But last week, a divided federal appeals court panel agreed to stop enforcement of that ruling while the CDC appealed, prompting Florida to ask the Supreme Court on Friday to lift the suspension.
Read more here.
Alabama Governor on Rising COVID-19 Cases: ‘Time to Start Blaming Unvaccinated People’
The Governor of Alabama. Kay iveyKay Ivey Alabama Lands First Graphite Processing Plant in Republican Governor of Alabama, USA Kay Ivey Will Seek Re-election Vaccine Tracking Apps Are Ineffective, Amplify Inequities, and Raise Privacy Issues – Report MORE (R) stated that it is “time to start blaming the unvaccinated” for the increase in coronavirus infections in his state.
The governor, visibly exasperated while discussing the need to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, showed himself I ask by local reporters Thursday what else can be done to increase vaccination rates.
“I do not know, you tell me!” Ivey said. “People are supposed to have common sense.”
“But it’s time to start blaming unvaccinated people, not normal people. It is the unvaccinated people who are letting us down, ”he continued.
By the numbers: Ivey’s comments come as his state struggles with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.
Only 48.7 percent of the population 12 years and older have received a dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 39.6 percent have been fully inoculated.
Meanwhile, the state has seen its daily average of new cases quadruple in the past two weeks, reaching 1,133 on Thursday, according to data from The New York Times.
Ivey said it should be “very clear” that new cases and hospitalizations are being reported among the unvaccinated.
“These people are choosing a horrible lifestyle and self-inflicted pain,” Ivey said. told reporters. “You know we have to get people to take the photo. The vaccine is the greatest weapon we have to combat COVID, there is no doubt about that, the data shows it. “
Read more here.
Related: White House On Alabama Governor’s Comments On Unvaccinated Americans: Our Role Is Not ‘To Blame’
Study Finds COVID-19 95 Percent Lower in Vaccinated Philadelphia School Employees
A study published Friday found that the portion of positive tests for COVID-19 among vaccinated school employees in Philadelphia was 95 percent lower than among unvaccinated workers.
CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) reported that weekly tests among Philadelphia School District employees who worked in person earlier this year returned positive results of 0.09 percent among those vaccinated with two doses.
Comparatively, 1.21 percent of workers who received one dose and 1.76 percent of employees who received zero injections tested positive for COVID-19, demonstrating the effectiveness of the vaccine.
The investigation included mandatory screening tests for employees during the first five weeks of face-to-face work. In total, 0.7 percent of the 34,048 COVID-19 tests were positive among about 12,300 employees between March 21 and April 23.
Put off: The research comes as back-to-school season approaches and communities are aiming to start this school year with full-time in-person learning after the pandemic disrupted traditional education.
While all adults are authorized to receive the vaccine, only children 12 years of age and older are eligible.
“Vaccination of school staff members has been highlighted as an important strategy to maximize the safety of in-person education,” says the MMWR.
Read more here.
What are we reading
Facing headwinds on the new Alzheimer’s drug, Biogen launches a controversial campaign (Kaiser Health News)
How 3 Counties Achieved the Highest COVID-19 Vaccination Rates in Their States (ABC News)
Why is Delta so important? And other burning questions about the next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic (Statistics News)
Contraception is free for women, except when it is not (Kaiser Health News)
State by state
‘Hugely disappointing’: Iowa may have to dispose of tens of thousands of COVID vaccine doses that expire (Des Moines Registry)
Alaska leads the nation with the highest rise in coronavirus hospitalizations (Alaska Public Media)
‘This is not a hoax’: Personal loss from COVID-19 prompts Alabama family to urge others to get vaccinated (Montgomery Advertiser)