Mask mandates could have been a flash point in school districts across the nation as college students went again to high school late this summer time, however research preserve exhibiting the insurance policies are serving to forestall college students from catching COVID-19.
Two Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research launched Friday discovered outbreaks and pediatric instances had been extra frequent when faculties did not mandate masks.
One study of about 1,000 schools in two Arizona counties says faculties with out masks mandates had been 3.5 instances extra more likely to have outbreaks than faculties that began the yr with a masks mandate. Another examine of hundreds of U.S. counties discovered an elevated fee of pediatric instances in areas the place faculties did not have masks mandates.
Authors cautioned that quite a few variables might have an effect on the evaluation, however the findings fall in line with what consultants have lengthy mentioned: Masks present instantaneous — though imperfect — safety from an infection.
“School mask requirements, in combination with other prevention strategies, including COVID-19 vaccination, are critical to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools,” authors wrote in the second examine.
Outbreaks have resulted in practically 2,000 faculty closures this yr, a 3rd examine discovered.
Also in the information:
► A third federal judge blocked Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee from allowing families to opt out of mandatory mask-wearing in schools late Friday. The decide’s order applies to Williamson County. Another decide beforehand blocked Lee’s order in Knox County.
► The United States had its first ferret take a look at optimistic for COVID-19 in Florida after it confirmed signs together with coughing and sneezing, the Department of Agriculture introduced Friday. A ferret in Slovenia beforehand examined optimistic.
► President Joe Biden urged these eligible for COVID vaccine booster pictures to take them, calling them a “key step” in preventing the pandemic. Biden mentioned he additionally plans to get his booster as quickly as he can.
► Retired Connecticut doctor Dr. Sue Mcintosh had her license suspended for allegedly issuing false COVID vaccine, mask-wearing and different exemption varieties to individuals she had not handled.
► “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin and contributor Ana Navarro examined optimistic for COVID-19 Friday moments before an in-studio interview with Vice President Kamala Harris.
📈Today’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded greater than 42.8 million confirmed COVID-19 instances and greater than 686,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: More than 231 million instances and 4.7 million deaths. More than 182.9 million Americans — 55.1% of the inhabitants — have been absolutely vaccinated, according to the CDC.
📘 What we’re studying: More than 20 million Americans are eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech booster pictures. Should you get one? Read the full story.
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Federal decide offers blow to vaccine mandate for NYC lecturers
New York City faculties have been briefly blocked from imposing a vaccine mandate for its lecturers and different staff by a federal appeals decide simply days earlier than it was to take impact.
The employee mandate for the the nation’s largest faculty system was set to enter impact Monday. But late Friday, a decide for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a brief injunction and referred the case to a three-judge panel an an expedited foundation.
Department of Education spokesperson Danielle Filson mentioned officers looking for a speedy decision by the circuit courtroom subsequent week.
“We’re assured our vaccine mandate will proceed to be upheld as soon as all of the info have been introduced, as a result of that’s the degree of safety our college students and workers deserve,” Filson said in an email.
The union representing 5,800 staff in the New York courtroom system also won a temporary order Friday blocking the state from shifting ahead with a vaccine mandate beginning Monday.
— The Associated Press & Joseph Spector, New York State Team
Civil rights complaint filed against Idaho as the state rations medical resources
Advocacy group Justice in Aging has filed a complaint against Idaho alleging the state is discriminating against older adults with its guidance for crisis standards of care amid overwhelming COVID cases.
The state said it would allow health care facilities to ration care while they are dealing with surging COVID cases in the state with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.
Hospitals are allowed to allot scarce resources, such as intensive care unit rooms, to patients most likely to survive, and make other dramatic changes to the way they treat patients. Other patients will still receive care, but they may be placed in hospital classrooms or conference rooms rather than traditional hospital rooms, or go without some medical equipment.
The civil rights complaint alleges that the state is discriminating against the elderly by using factors like age to determine how care is allocated. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare spokesman Greg Stahl told The Associated Press the guidelines are rooted in ethical standards for allocating resources.
5 dead, 74 infected after Washington nursing home outbreak
A nursing heart is trying to battle a COVID-19 outbreak that started in August, when the primary new case was confirmed.
The Pinewood Terrace Nursing Center in Colville, Washington has seen 22 staff and 52 residents test positive for the coronavirus and five deaths. The first case was reported on Aug. 25, according to the Northeast Tri-County Health District.
Out of the 74 total infected, 33 were fully vaccinated and of the five residents who died, one was fully vaccinated.
— Keira Wingate, USA TODAY
Vaccine makers could see big profits from booster shots
Since President Joe Biden laid out his plan to offer booster COVID vaccine shots to most Americans in August, vaccine makers have seen a bump in forecasted revenue.
Moderna’s anticipated 2022 revenue jumped 35% since the plan was announced.
Since then, regulatory bodies have rejected Biden’s sweeping plan and decided Pfizer’s third dose could be given to the most at-risk people only. There is still the possibility that boosters will be more widely approved as the pandemic evolves.
Morningstar analyst Karen Andersen expects boosters to result in $26 billion in global sales next year for Pfizer and BioNTech and around $14 billion for Moderna if the extra shots are eventually endorsed for nearly all Americans.
— The Associated Press
Contributing: The Associated Press