Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to appeal a preliminary injunction allowing Norwegian Cruise Line to require passengers to show proof that they are vaccinated against COVID-19. A federal judge granted the company’s bid to require 100% vaccinations, saying its challenge of DeSantis’ vaccine passport law will likely prevail at trial.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, issued a sweeping order requiring most state employees—along with hundreds of thousands of health care workers—to get vaccinated soon or lose their jobs. State workers will have until Oct. 18 to get fully vaccinated, and show proof, or face “non-disciplinary dismissal” for failure to meet job requirements.
Brittany Commisso, the executive assistant whom New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has accused of lying about an incident in which she said he groped her breast at the Executive Mansion, revealed her identity publicly in an exclusive interview with the Times Union and CBS News. Commisso, who turns 33 in a few days, said the governor is the one being untruthful.
New Mexico’s Democratic governor and dozens of other elected officials are urging the state’s business community to require that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or alternatively undergo regular testing.
Despite rising coronavirus cases across South Carolina, Republican Gov. Henry McMaster reiterated he will refrain from reimposing any government restrictions or mandates, continuing to lean on “personal responsibility” as the primary antidote to the ongoing pandemic.
Alabama health professionals cite low vaccination rates as a reason for an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Over 2,000 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in the state, which is the highest number of hospitalizations since January.
As of the end of July, 100 people in Massachusetts who were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus have died from the disease, the Department of Public Health said. In 73% of the cases, the patients were reported to have underlying conditions, the department said in a statement.
In Denver and along Colorado’s Front Range, bad air is becoming the summer norm. And this year’s pollution, which data shows is some of the worst in decades, is relatively benign compared to what scientists project.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, said he would not issue a statewide mask mandate, leaving the decision up to local school districts.
As COVID-19 cases in Oregon surge and hospitals fill up, officials in the state’s most populous county announced they are reimplementing an indoor mask mandate. People 5 and older—vaccinated and unvaccinated—in Multnomah County will be required to wear masks in indoor public spaces including stores, restaurants and gyms.
Missouri’s vaccination rate for nursing home staff is among the lowest in the nation, according to data compiled by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Citing a prevailing concern over staffing, some Kentucky long-term care facilities are split on whether COVID-19 vaccines should be mandated among staff, an internal survey found.
Wisconsin's top education official "strongly recommends" that schools require masks this fall, contrary to the current plans of many of the state's districts.
In states such as Texas, Tennessee and Louisiana, police opposed pushes to drop requirements for people to get background checks and training before carrying handguns in public, plans that came as gun sales continued to shatter records during the coronavirus pandemic. But in several conservative-leaning states, police opposition didn’t stop laws that drop permit requirements.
The University of Minnesota announced it will require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 once the shots receive full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is expected in the coming weeks. The university's vaccination mandate, which must be approved by the Board of Regents, would apply to the roughly 60,000 students on five campuses.
Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee is facing pressure from some conservative members of the legislature to quash the ability of local school districts to implement their own strict COVID-19 mitigation strategies, particularly requiring masks.
Only eight intensive care unit beds were available in Arkansas as the state's COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by 103 to 1,376, the largest daily increase since the pandemic began.
TX: Texas parents can now choose to hold their children back a grade because of pandemic disruptions
Texas has a new law that allows parents to decide if their child should repeat a grade to make up for COVID-19 disruptions. Roughly 75,000 fewer pre-kindergartners and kindergartners were enrolled in public schools in January 2021 compared with 2019, according to the Texas Education Agency.
New Jersey’s top law enforcement official is renewing a demand for Smith & Wesson Brands Inc. to turn over internal documents on how it markets guns after courts ruled against the manufacturer. The state’s request for information has drawn national attention, especially since gun companies are often shielded from liability in the United States.
MI: Private marijuana use shouldn’t disqualify Michigan residents from unemployment benefits, official argues
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, doesn’t believe legal marijuana use should be grounds to disqualify someone from unemployment benefits. At least three cases centered on the topic have landed before the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Commission.