Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

As the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, the Texas Municipal League is working with state and federal officials and city leaders to limit the spread of the virus, mitigate health and economic risk, and protect our communities.

TML has compiled these resources to help your city limit the spread of COVID-19 and educate the public on prevention. We will update this page as new information develops.

State Disaster Orders and Guidance

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-39 relating to prohibiting vaccine mandates and passports subject to legislative action

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-38 relating to mask mandates and vaccine passports

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-37 relating to the transportation of migrants during the pandemic

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-36 relating to the prohibition of governmental entities and officials from mandating face coverings or restricting activities in response to the COVID-19 disaster

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-3X (April 5, 2021); Related to banning state agencies, political subdivisions, or organizations receiving public funds from creating “vaccine passports” or otherwise requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to receive services

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-34 (March 2, 2021); Related to the opening of Texas

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-32  (October 10, 2020); Related to the further reopening of Texas

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-31 (September 17, 2020); Related to hospital capacity

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-30 (September 17, 2020); Related to the reopening of Texas

  •  Governor’s Proclamation (July 2, 2020): Provides for mayoral approval of outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people, with exceptions.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-29 (July 2, 2020): Establishes statewide face covering requirement.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-28 (June 26, 2020): Rolls back some aspects of Phase III of the governor’s plan to re-open Texas.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-27 (June 25, 2020): Relating to hospital bed availability during COVID-19. Amended by July 9, 2020 Proclamation suspending elective surgeries in over 100 counties.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-26 (June 3, 2020): Implements Phase III of the governor’s plan to re-open Texas.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-25 (May 22, 2020): Suspends in-person visitations at county and municipal jails in response to COVID-19, but provides exceptions for visitations by an attorney meeting with a client, or a religious leader or member of the clergy.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-24 (May 21, 2020): Terminates air travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-23 (May 18, 2020): Retains the “minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact” provision (referred to below in previous order as “stay home/work home”), but provides exceptions for “covered services” and “safe daily activities,” subject to the applicable conditions and limitations on the governor’s Open Texas web page.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-?? (April 27, 2020): Prohibits confinement as a penalty for violating the governor’s orders.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-21 (May 5, 2020): Retains stay home/work home provision, but provides exceptions for essential businesses and activities, retail-to-go, and additional re-opened businesses.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-20 (April 27, 2020): Removes most travel restrictions for those coming into Texas.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-19 (April 27, 2020): Allows most health care procedures, with certain restrictions.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-18 (April 27, 2020): Retains stay home/work home provision, but provides exceptions for essential businesses and activities, retail-to-go, and re-opened businesses.

  • The Governor’s Report to Open Texas (April 27, 2020)

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-17 (April 17, 2020):  Creates a statewide Strike Force to Open Texas, which “will work towards a medical architecture to test and trace, while gradually and safely returning to work and other activities.”

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-16 (April 17, 2020):  Establishes a temporary "Retail-To-Go" model that will allow retail outlets in Texas to reopen beginning Friday, April 24. Under this model, reopened establishments are required to deliver items to customer’s cars, homes, or other locations to minimize contact. Under this Executive Order, schools — including public, private, and higher education institutions — will remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-15 (April 17, 2020):  relates to hospital capacity and personal protective equipment (PPE) needed for the COVID-19 response.

  • Governor’s Proclamation (April 12, 2020):  The governor’s extension of the statewide disaster regarding the Coronavirus.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-14 (March 31, 2020): The governor’s original stay home/work home order.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-08 (March 19, 2020): Declares a statewide disaster regarding the Coronavirus.

  • State Health Commissioner Public Health Disaster Declaration

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  1. Fla. vaccine advocate loses 6 unvaccinated family members to COVID-19 in 3 weeks

    ...also wanted me to let people know to get vaccinated.” Lisa Wilson’s husband, Steve Wilson, is the mayor of Belle Glade. Signs advocating vaccines are posted around the city, and he said his family will...

  2. Latest: US OKs new use for Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 treatment

    The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday granted emergency use of the drug for adults and children older than 12 who may have an infection and are at high-risk for getting severe COVID-19. Previously the drug was authorized for high-risk patients...

  3. South Carolina reaches 50% vaccination rate as cases dip

    Half of all South Carolinians eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine are now fully inoculated, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday. The benchmark puts the state closer to a 70 to 80% vaccination goal, health...

  4. World leaders face new rule at UN meeting: vaccination

    World leaders will have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to speak at the U.N. General Assembly’s big meeting next week. The assembly president and New York City officials made the announcement this week.

  5. Latest: China: Vaccinated 1 billion people, 72% of country

    Chinese health officials say more than 1 billion people have been fully vaccinated in the world’s most populous country. That represents 72% of its 1.4 billion people. A National Health Commission spokesperson says 2.16 billion doses have been...

  6. 1 in every 500 US residents have died of Covid-19

    The United States has reached another grim milestone in its fight against the devastating Covid-19 pandemic: 1 in 500 Americans have died from coronavirus since the nation’s first reported infection. As of Tuesday night, 663,913 people in the US have...

  7. As COVID-19 vaccine mandates rise, religious exemptions grow

    ...a medical or religious exemption. A group of LAPD employees is suing over the policy. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had a warning for those seeking exemptions: “We will not tolerate the abuse of these...

  8. Alaska records most daily COVID cases amid healthcare strain

    There were 1,068 new cases of COVID-19, with case counts 13% higher than last week. State officials said 201 Alaskans required hospitalization for COVID-19, and 34 of them were on ventilators in a state with limited health care capacity.

  9. 10,000 Mexican maquiladora workers from Nuevo Leon to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in South Texas

    ...that they ended up supplying COVID-19 shots to 10,600 workers from Reynosa over a period of 30 days. Mayor Dr. Armando O’Caña, of the town of Mission, Texas, praised the project, calling it “an international...

  10. Latest: Colorado governor urges OK for Pfizer booster shots

    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is urging the Food and Drug Administration to quickly authorize booster shots for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine as well as permit children ages 5 to 11 to be vaccinated.

  11. Florida governor threatens cities with fines for vaccine mandates

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday threatened local governments with $5,000 fines per violation for requiring their employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus that has overrun hospitals and killed tens of thousands across the state.

  12. Springfield indoor mask mandate takes effect of Springfield's mask mandate takes effect Monday. Under the directive announced last week by Mayor Domenic Sarno and intended to stem the spread of the coronavirus, everyone regardless of vaccination...

  13. The Latest: Italy students return; teachers need green pass

    Starting this month, all teachers and administrative staff must have a Green Pass. That means they received at least one vaccine dose, have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months or tested negative for the virus in the previous 48 hours.

  14. Honolulu first responders account for half of city workers seeking COVID-19 vaccine mandate exemptions

    ...facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid also will have to be fully vaccinated. Honolulu City Council members Heidi Tsune yoshi and Augie Tulba, chair and vice chair of the Council's Public Safety...

  15. School starts for 1 million NYC kids amid new vaccine rules

    ...but the majority of families chose all-remote learning. That choice won’t be available this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio has insisted. “Our kids need to be in school and it’s unbelievable that some kids...

  16. Vietnam speeds up Hanoi vaccine drive; 1M jabs over weekend

    ...said. “We have to speed up the vaccination program so we can make a plan to reopen the city,” Hanoi mayor Chu Ngoc Anh said Sunday. More than half of the country’s 98 million population is also under lockdown....

  17. It may take many, many more vaccine mandates to end the Covid-19 pandemic, Fauci says

    “I believe that’s going to turn this around because I don’t think people are going to want to not go to work or not go to college … They’re going to do it,” ... “You’d like to have them do it on a totally voluntary basis, but if that doesn’t work,...

  18. Los Angeles mandates vaccines for students 12 and older

    The Los Angeles Unified School District is the second largest in the nation, and the mandate would eventually apply to more than 460,000 students, including some enrolled at independent charter schools located in district buildings.

  19. Columbus to reissue indoor mask mandate as COVID cases rise

    “This isn't about shutting down, and giving up,” Ginther told reporters. “All of us have three goals that we all share in common: keeping our schools open, keeping our economy open and making sure that our health care workers are not overwhelmed.”

  20. Virus cases, hospitalizations keep going up in Nebraska

    ...are running full and the rate of transmission of the virus now is higher than it was when the Omaha City Council imposed a mask mandate a year ago. “Your decision to deny this request is not based on the...

  21. Arkansas virus deaths rise; City launches vaccine incentives

    ...people who may still be inclined to become fully vaccinated, but simply haven't made it a priority," Mayor Frank Scott said in a statement. "We hope to codnvince them that now is the time to take this important...

  22. More first responders dying of COVID-19 amid resistance to vaccine mandates

    Despite the deaths, police officers and other first responders are among those most hesitant to get the vaccine and their cases continue to grow. No national statistics show the vaccination rate for America’s entire population of first responders but...

  23. Charleston mandates COVID-19 vaccine for city employees of Charleston, South Carolina will now require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Mayor John Tecklenberg announced Friday that all workers in the state's largest city must be fully vaccinated...

  24. South Carolina Supreme Court blocks school mask mandate

    ...mandate for school children. The court said the ordinance was in “conflict with state law.” The mayor of Columbia said he enacted the mandate to protect children who aren’t allowed to receive the vaccine....

  25. Tulsa offers employees $250 stipend for virus vaccination

    ...coronavirus vaccination, plus a possible additional $250 if their department reaches vaccination goals. The City Council voted Wednesday night to provide $250 to employees who are fully vaccinated by Oct. 15 and...

  26. Battle of misinformation and COVID: Doctors warn people not to take Ivermectin to treat COVID

    ...we’re battling COVID,” said Dr. Federico Vallejo, a critical care doctor at DHR Health. Harlingen city council approves COVID vaccine incentive Vallejo told ValleyCentral that he has been battling with...

  27. COVID infections soar in Georgia county fire, EMS and police personnel

    The recent outbreak is keeping dozens of Savannah-area first-responders out of work, either because they are infected with COVID-19 or were in close contact with others who have the disease, forcing them into quarantine.

  28. The Latest: Minnesota reopens four free COVID testing sites

    The reopened locations include sites in St. Paul and Bloomington, augmenting existing metro area sites in Brooklyn Park and at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Outside of the metro area, locations in St. Cloud and Mankato are expected...

  29. The Latest: Colorado aims vaccine mandate at health workers

    Colorado health care workers at facilities, including assisted living homes, nursing homes and hospitals, must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of October under a temporary emergency rule approved the state board of health.

  30. Honolulu to require vaccine or negative test at restaurants

    ...establishments to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test for the disease, the city's mayor said Monday. The move comes after the highly contagious delta variant caused a surge of infections...

  31. The Latest: Germany hopes broad vaccine drive boosts uptake

    The government said Tuesday that vaccinations will be offered without appointments at easily accessible sites such as sports clubs, fire stations and pharmacies during the week of Sept. 13-19.

  32. The Latest: Israel breaks daily case record from January

    The Israeli government registered 10,947 new cases on Monday, two days before 2.4 million students are scheduled to return to school this week. The country's previous pandemic record of 10, 118 new cases was set on Jan. 18.

  33. The Latest: S Korea sees drop in transmissions after jump

    South Korean officials are expressing cautious hope that COVID-19 transmissions are beginning to slow, after battling the country’s worst wave of infections for weeks. Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Tuesday reported the country’s...

  34. The Latest: Australia getting vaccine in swap with Singapore

    Australia says it has reached a deal with Singapore to acquire 500,000 doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine next week in return for delivering the same number of shots to Singapore in December. Australia bought 1 million Pfizer doses from Poland...

  35. Vaccinated teachers in Anchorage can get up to 10 extra days off

    Fully vaccinated employees in Alaska’s largest school district will receive up to 10 extra days of paid time off if they test positive for COVID-19 but can’t work from home while quarantining.

  36. The Latest: Tenn. moms of 2 ill kids sue to require masks

    Mothers of two children with serious illnesses are asking a federal judge to block enforcement of Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s order allowing parents to opt out of pandemic mask requirements in schools. They argue that it endangers kids with health...

  37. Oklahoma City hospitals report no ICU beds available

    ...are leaving due to burnout and lucrative out-of-state temporary gigs. On Wednesday, the Oklahoma City Council is expected to vote on whether to reinstitute a mask mandate that expired in April. The Tulsa...

  38. Hawaii officials eye lockdowns amid surge of delta variant

    ...coming to the islands. But he stopped short of enacting any formal restrictions on travel. Big Island Mayor Mitch Roth announced new rules Friday that included a limit to the number of people who can gather...

  39. With more than 100,000 people in the hospital with Covid-19 in the US, this August is worse than last, expert says

    There were 100,317 people hospitalized with the virus Wednesday — more than double the 48,851 in the hospital on the same day last year. Covid-19 hospitalizations have been on the rise in the US for about seven weeks. They’ve nearly tripled in the...

  40. Arkansas hits new high for ventilator use

    ...Dr. David Ratcliff, Washington Regional's Chief Medical Officer, wrote in a letter to Fayetteville's mayor. "Adding the additional patients that will inevitably come with BB&B will push us beyond that limit."...

  41. The Latest: Australian state sets another high for cases

    Australia’s New South Wales state has recorded another new daily high of 919 coronavirus infections. It also has had two more deaths related to COVID-19. New South Wales’s previous high for a 24-hour period was 830 infections reported Sunday.

  42. COVID closes New Boston City Hall offices to public | 'Several cases with city employees'

    ...the public because of a high number of positive COVID-19 cases among city employees. "We did close," City Administrator Elizabeth Lea said. "We have several cases with city employees, and we're short personnel...

  43. Full FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine opens door for vaccine mandates in Texas

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine Monday is cracking open the door for Texas cities, counties and school districts to compel their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 — moves previously blocked by...

  44. The Latest: CVS requires pharmacists, nurses to get vaccine

    Nurses and other employees who interact with patients, as well as all corporate staff, must be vaccinated by Oct. 31, the company said Monday. It said pharmacists have until Nov. 30 to be vaccinated.

  45. Hawaii governor urges visitors not to travel to islands amid COVID surge

    Gov. David Ige wants to curtail travel to Hawaii through the end of October. "It is a risky time to be traveling right now," he said. He said restaurant capacity has been restricted and there's limited access to rental cars.

  46. The Latest: Slight easing due for Australia state's lockdown

    New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Tuesday she will announce before the weekend a new freedom for fully vaccinated people now that 6 million vaccine doses have been administered across the state. She said that equates to 60% of the...

  47. Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine gets full FDA approval, potentially persuading the hesitant to get a shot

    "Let me say this loudly and clearly," he said in remarks from the White House. "If you're one of the millions of Americans who said that they will not get the shot … until it has full and final approval of the FDA, it has now happened. The moment...

  48. Florida's COVID surge 'a crisis of unprecedented proportions,' doctor says; school districts battle for masks. Latest COVID-19 updates

    As hospitals are overrun with COVID cases, Orlando's mayor asked residents to conserve water and cut back on watering lawns and washing cars for at least a week. The city is facing a strain on potable water, and the liquid oxygen needed to treat the...

  49. The Latest: Vietnam calls in army for strict virus lockdown

    Vietnam’s government says it is sending troops to Ho Chi Minh City to help deliver food and aid to households as it further tightens restrictions on people’s movements amid a worsening surge of the coronavirus.

  50. Salt Lake City mayor issues mask order for K-12 schools

    The mayor of Salt Lake City announced Friday that she had issued a mask order in the city's K-12 schools as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus spreads.

  51. The Latest: Mississippi hospital mandates shots for staff

    Mississippi’s only Level 1 trauma center and teaching hospital announced Friday it will mandate all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s policy requires employees and students be...

  52. Georgia’s governor signs order letting businesses ignore local Covid-19 rules

    It was not immediately clear what impact the order would have on current local ordinances, such as mask mandates in Savannah, which apply to city buildings but not to businesses, and Atlanta, where the mayor’s order says violations won’t be enforced...

  53. NYC will require vaccination for 'high-risk' school sports

    New York City's public schools will require COVID-19 vaccinations for student-athletes and coaches participating in “high-risk” sports including football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse, rugby and bowling, Mayor Bill de Blasio said...

  54. San Francisco bars, restaurants to begin checking for vaccination proof

    ...proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 at indoor restaurants, bars, gyms and entertainment venues. Mayor London Breed said Thursday that it's needed to protect the health of workers, customers and the city...

  55. The fight over masks in schools continues as childhood cases rise

    ...across the country are finding unique ways to balance keeping kids safe with keeping parents happy. A city council vote on campus masks in Charleston, South Carolina quickly turned into chaos. “We will not...

  56. As Covid-19 hospitalizations increase, a greater number of Americans are deciding to get vaccinated

    The alarming rise in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations has impacted one important indicator in a positive way — new US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data showed Thursday that more than one million doses of the vaccine were administered...

  57. The Latest: Japan imposes ’emergency’ measures against virus

    Those requiring hospitalization grew to more than 168,000 people, and complaints have surfaced about hospitals turning patients away. The emergency, which lasts through Sept. 12, requests restaurants and bars to close at 8 p.m. and not serve alcohol...

  58. The Latest: Customs seizes fake vaccination cards in Alaska

    More than 3,000 fake COVID-19 vaccination cards have been confiscated at cargo freight facilities at the Anchorage airport as they were being shipped from China. Another 3,600 fake cards were found recently at cargo facilities in Memphis. Federal law...

  59. 4 of Florida's 5 largest school districts to require masks

    As more large school districts defy Florida's ban on strict mask mandates, worries that rapidly spreading infections could force them to close classrooms are no longer theoretical: Thousands of schoolchildren are already being sent home, only days...

  60. Hawaii mayor wants state to require tests for all travelers

    ...reached record heights and has put an unbearable strain on our health systems and communities at-large,” Mayor Mitch Roth wrote in a letter to Ige on Wednesday. “On Hawaii Island alone, our hospitals are at capacity...

  61. Gulf Coast’s beloved ‘Redneck Riviera’ now a COVID hotspot

    On maps that show virus “hot spots” in red, this part of the U.S. coast is glowing like a bad sunburn. And a summer of booming tourism that followed the lockdowns and travel restrictions of 2020 is making the turn toward fall with only a few signs of...

  62. NYPD: Unvaccinated cops must wear masks or face discipline

    In a statement Wednesday, the NYPD said cops who want to remove their masks at work must provide proof they’ve gotten the COVID inoculation to the department’s medical division — citing an executive order by Mayor de Blasio requiring contractors...

  63. The Latest: Australia also records new COVID-19 highs

    New South Wales reported a record 681 cases in the latest 24-hour period, mostly in Sydney. The previous record for the most populous state was 633 cases set on Wednesday. Neighboring Victoria reported 57 new cases in its capital Melbourne. It was...

  64. Los Angeles County mandates masks at outdoor mega events

    The county health officer mandated masks at all times for any event with a crowd greater than 10,000 except when people are actively eating and drinking. The order will take effect at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

  65. The Latest: New Zealand orders mask use as new cases found

    The announcement Wednesday came a day after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern imposed a strict lockdown after the first case was reported. The lockdown is for at least three days for the country and at least a week for the cities of Auckland and...

  66. TSA to extend mask mandate for travelers through January 2022 not over and we must all do our due diligence to protect ourselves and our neighbors," Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said last week. Meanwhile, U.S. health authorities are expected to recommend an extra...

  67. The Latest: Chicago to require masks in public indoor places

    The mandate takes effect Friday citywide for everyone over age 2. Chicago’s top doctor said Tuesday that the city is reporting roughly 400 cases daily, which is a threshold public health officials say signals a higher transmission risk.

  68. The Latest: Unvaccinated Quinnipiac students face weekly fee

    Quinnipiac University has sent an email to students who have failed to comply with its vaccination policy, advising them they will face weekly fees until they either get their shots or apply for an exemption. Students who do not follow the policy...

  69. The Latest: Britain OKs Moderna vaccine for ages 12 and up

    The U.K has delivered a successful vaccine rollout in adults, but it has taken a more cautious approach to extending the offer to children. This week officials announced all those ages 16-17 in England will be offered the chance to book their first...

  70. The Latest: US shipping 488,000 vaccine doses to Rwanda

    The U.S. is sending 488,370 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Rwanda, of which 188,370 come as the first batch of the half-billion dose order placed by the U.S. to share with lower and moderate-income countries.

  71. Missouri's COVID death rate among nation's worst

    But 38 of the deaths were new, an unusually high one-day total. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published Tuesday, Missouri ranked fourth in per capita deaths over seven days, and that doesn't include the...

  72. NFL's Raiders Will Require Fans To Show Vaccine Proof, Or Get A Shot At The Gate

    The Raiders unveiled their new policy late Monday, after Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a shift in his recent mask mandate that opens the door for large-scale venues to hold mask-free events if all guests are vaccinated.

  73. The Latest: Sources: US to recommend vaccine boosters

    ...already made masks mandatory for schoolchildren too young to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Columbia’s mayor has said the measure relies on local funds, not state appropriations. Education groups are pushing...

  74. California pastor hands out COVID-19 vaccine exemption letters

    Fairrington said Destiny Christian Church, located in Northern California's Placer County, offered the letters as he believes those hesitant to take the vaccine should have the right to choose, just as Americans have the right to choose which church...

  75. Among France’s poorest, once-lagging vaccine rates jump

    The poorest region in mainland France has managed to dramatically speed up its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in recent weeks, notably by opening walk-in pop-up centers to reach out to people where they live and work.

  76. Nevada governor: No masks at events that require vaccines

    Large events held in Nevada can add themselves to the growing number of places in the U.S. where people in crowds are asked to prove they have been inoculated against COVID-19, the governor said Monday.

  77. The Latest: New Zealand has first local virus case in months

    New Zealand has detected its first community transmission of the coronavirus in months, triggering urgent meetings among top lawmakers. Health officials say the positive case was found in Auckland on Tuesday afternoon and has no known link to outside...

  78. The Latest: Wyoming governor won't bring back mask mandate

    Wyoming’s governor says the state will not return to a statewide mask order or mandate vaccination against the coronavirus despite a resurgence of the virus.

  79. D.C. announces vaccine requirement for health-care workers

    All health care employees in D.C. must get at least the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine by Sept. 30, city officials announced Monday - the latest step in the District's drive to push workers to get vaccinated as cases continue to climb.

  80. Detroit offers 3rd vaccine dose, mayor warns of virus spread

    The city will begin giving third shots Tuesday of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to residents with compromised immune systems, Duggan told reporters. The Food and Drug Administration has said people with weakened immune systems can get an extra dose...

  81. The Latest: Alabama gov issues state of emergency amid surge

    Ivey issued a limited state of emergency aimed at giving medical providers flexibility on staffing and capacity decisions and easier shipment of emergency equipment and supplies. The Republican governor stressed she would not be issuing any closure...

  82. More US cities requiring proof of vaccination to go places

    Hold on to that vaccination card. A rapidly growing number of places across the U.S. are requiring people to show proof they have been inoculated against COVID-19 to teach school, work at a hospital, see a concert or eat inside a restaurant.

  83. The Latest: Patients fill Utah hospitals beyond capacity

    ...deserve a safe and healthy environment that will allow our students to reach their greatest potential,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that California would become...

  84. The Latest: Russia hits another daily record of virus deaths

    Russia has reported a daily record of 815 COVID-19 deaths, the highest toll of the pandemic. The Russian coronavirus task force on Friday also confirmed 22,277 cases.

  85. The Latest: Japan races to vaccinate as coronavirus surges

    On Friday, Tokyo reported 5,773 new cases, surpassing the previous record of 5,042 set last week. Yet many people are ignoring government requests to avoid travel and are gathering at bars and restaurants even as the coronavirus spikes.

  86. The Latest: Israel expands eligibility for booster vaccines

    Israel last month began offering a booster shot to people over the age of 60, becoming the first country in the world that uses a Western vaccine to do so. The campaign was expanded on Friday to people over 50 and front-line health care workers.

  87. FDA recommends third dose of vaccine for severely immunocompromised; largest teacher's union backs vaccine mandates: COVID-19 updates

    The FDA determined that transplant recipients and others with a similar level of compromised immunity can receive a third dose of the vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna at least 28 days after getting their second shot. The FDA made no mention of...

  88. First major US city announces it will mandate proof of full vaccinations for certain indoor activities

    San Francisco became the the first major US city to mandate proof of full vaccinations for certain indoor activities Thursday. City residents age 12 and older will now be required to show proof they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in...

  89. New Orleans to require proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 test

    ...visit bars, restaurants, breweries, gyms, fitness centers, sports complexes and stadiums, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Thursday, as officials work to stem the latest rise in Covid-19 infections. ...

  90. The Latest: Australia capital's lockdown until no more virus

    Australia’s capital Canberra will remain locked down until there are no more COVID-19 infections in the city, a government leader said on Friday. The tally of infections rose to six on Friday, with more than 1,800 people identified as close contacts...

  91. California requires vaccines, tests for teachers and staff

    California will become the first state in the nation to require all teachers and school staff to get vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing, as schools return from summer break amid growing concerns about the highly contagious delta variant,...

  92. Florida hospitalizations soar for another day, led by Broward County; 24,753 new daily cases break record

    On Wednesday, Florida hospitals had 15,449 patients, a significant jump from just two days earlier when admissions surpassed 14,000 to set a record. The high count reached Wednesday occurred with only 230 of 261 hospitals reporting their COVID...

  93. ICUs around the nation reach capacity; US adds more cases in first days of August than in all of May: Latest COVID-19 updates

    At the pace of these first nine days of August, the United States would be on track to report about 3.3 million cases in the month; that's far more than any months of the summer 2020 surge. In fact, if the surge continues at this pace, August 2021...

  94. The Latest: S Korea exceeds 2,000 daily cases for 1st time

    Officials said more than 1,400 of the 2,223 new cases are in the Seoul metropolitan region. Kwon says transmissions are also spreading at faster speeds in other parts of the country. South Korea has so far administered first doses of coronavirus...

  95. The Latest: Kentucky governor orders mask use in schools

    Beshear’s executive order issued Tuesday applies to everyone in Kentucky schools for kindergarten through 12th grade, regardless of vaccination status. He says the requirement also applies to child care and pre-kindergarten programs.

  96. US to send 8.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico

    Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said the U.S. government will send AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines, though the latter hasn't yet been approved by Mexican regulators. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris informed Mexican President Andrés Manuel...

  97. Bridgeport, Hartford, Stamford to mandate masks indoors

    ...adjustment to our own behaviors by simply getting vaccinated, and return to putting on a mask,” Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim said in a statement. New Haven became the first city in Connecticut to mandate masks in...

  98. Anchorage superintendent backs masking despite mayor's push

    ...intention to reexamine a policy requiring students and staff to wear masks indoors even though the new mayor of Anchorage has urged the district “immediately reconsider” the plan. “Having schools open and...

  99. Arkansas reports new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations

    The state reported its COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by 103, its biggest one-day increase, to 1,376. The state's previous record during the pandemic for COVID-19 hospitalizations was in January when it reported 1,371 virus patients in the hospital....

  100. The Latest: Sydney has new high for coronavirus infections

    Australia’s most populous state is reporting a new daily high of 356 coronavirus infections. The New South Wales government also reported four more COVID-19 deaths Tuesday. The death toll since the latest outbreak was detected in Sydney in mid-June...

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