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Houston mask mandate could defy Texas governor's order

Houston — Houston city workers are being told they must resume wearing masks while on the job, a requirement that could defy Governor Greg Abbott's most recent executive order banning such mandates. Mayor Sylvester Turner issued the mask mandate on Monday due to a "recent uptick in positive COVID-19 cases...
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Texas Is No Longer Providing Funding For Emergency COVID-19 Staff

The state of Texas is no longer providing funding for temporary emergency hospital staff in the latest COVID-19 surge in Texas. Instead, the Department of State Health Services is telling local and city governments to pay for the additional hospital staff from their federal COVID-19 relief funding. Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital...
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Texas Health Officials to Hold Press Conference Wednesday Amid COVID-19 Surge

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in Texas, state health officials are holding a press conference Wednesday. The Texas Department of State Health Services announced it would provide a media briefing on "what the latest data and science tell us about COVID-19." The two officials speaking are Jennifer...
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2k Parents Sign Petition Urging Texas Gov. Abbott to Reverse Public Health, Safety Policies Amid Surging COVID-19 Cases

Amid the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the United States driven by the Delta variant, at least 2,000 parents of students who are set to return to classes next month are taking radical steps to compel Texas Governor Greg Abbott to reverse the state’s policy restricting the use of protective masks and allow school districts to make judgment calls regarding the matter.
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Texas becomes national ‘hot spot’ for COVID-19

Despite Texas becoming one of the nation’s “hot spots” for COVID-19 cases, the needle hasn’t moved for Montague County’s vaccination rate as it still hovers just under 31% of those 12 and up fully vaccinated. While the vaccinations have gone up only 25 people since July 27, the active cases...
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Hospitals Across Texas And The U.S. Mull Vaccine Mandates In Wake Of Houston Methodist Lawsuit

When a federal judge threw out a lawsuit against Houston Methodist Hospital over its worker vaccine requirement, he did not mince words. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes of Houston called the suit a “press-release style” complaint. He blasted an argument from the lead plaintiff — one of 117 Methodist employees seeking to overturn the mandate — for her argumrnt comparing the policy to Nazi experimentation during the Holocaust, calling it “reprehensible.” And in no uncertain terms, he cleared the way for employers to set their own vaccination policies, in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice: “Receiving a COVID-19 vaccination is not an illegal act, and it carries no criminal penalties,” he wrote.
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Walgreens sees 30% increase in vaccinations in key areas including Florida and Texas

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. said Wednesday that it has seen a 30% increase in vaccine administration in key areas that had been slower to vaccinate including Florida, Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky and Louisiana. Testing volume also doubled in June and July with Florida, Missouri and parts of the Gulf Coast seeing the largest increases of up to 30% week-over-week. The pharmacy retailer is bringing back its mask mandate for all workers in stores, distribution centers and offices nationwide, irrespective of vaccination status, effective today. And staff members based in U.S. support offices will be required to be vaccinated by September 30 or enroll in a COVID-19 testing program if they're unable to be vaccinated. At this time, the vaccine requirement doesn't apply to those working in stores, distribution centers, other facilities or non-support offices. Walgreens stock has gained 19.1% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index is up 17.8% for the period.