Coronavirus updates: Texas grappling with the brunt of fourth wave of infections
Houston LBJ Hospital medical staff are facing a fourth wave. Tents have been set up outside to deal with overflows due to a lack of beds inside.
Health officials are sounding the alarm, describing a system close to breaking point.
Last week, an 11-month-old girl who contracted COVID had to be airlifted to a pediatric center 150 miles away because hospitals in Houston were at full capacity.
Lawmakers say they are concerned about the nursing shortage. A congresswoman asks Governor Greg Abbott to ask for additional resources from the federal government.
Here are some other headlines from today:
Pentagon to require COVID vaccine for all troops by September 15
The Pentagon will require members of the U.S. military to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by September 15, according to a note obtained by the Associated Press. This time frame could be extended if the vaccine receives final FDA approval or if infection rates continue to rise.
“I will seek the president’s approval to make vaccines mandatory no later than mid-September, or immediately after ‘Food and Drug Administration clearance’ whichever comes first,” Defense Secretary Lloyd said. Austin in the note to the troops, warning them to prepare for the requirement. “I will not hesitate to act sooner or recommend a different path to the President if I feel the need to.”
Fake COVID-19 vaccination cards worry college officials
As the delta variant of the coronavirus sweeps across the United States, a growing number of colleges and universities are requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination so that students can take classes in person. But the mandatory requirement has opened the door for those who oppose getting the vaccine to trick the system, according to interviews with students, education officials and law enforcement.
Professors and students at dozens of schools surveyed by The Associated Press say they are concerned about the ease of getting fake immunization cards.
Some US companies explore 4-day workweek as COVID-19 triggers reassessment of labor standards
The COVID-19 pandemic has already changed the way millions of Americans do their jobs. Now, that can change the number of days per week that Americans do their jobs.
Companies that test the 4-day work week measure the productivity rate of their employees and assess whether they are still meeting their revenue and profit targets.
Vax to School campaign gathers momentum in New York
A major campaign to encourage parents to get their children aged 12 and over vaccinated continues today in New York – but it may not even be a choice soon. The city calls it Vax at school, and today – August 9 – is the last day parents can start the series of vaccines for their children to be fully immunized by the first day of school. , September 13.
Better doctor shares 5-point plan to get students back to school safely
With the increase in cases of COVID-19 in children and the opening of more and more school districts, many parents are asking what can be done to keep their children safe.
Dr Ashish Jha of Brown University School of Public Health was on “Good Morning America” Monday to talk about his 5-point strategy to get students back to school safely.
Canada reopens border to vaccinated U.S. citizens
Canada lifts its ban on Americans crossing the border for shopping, vacations or sightseeing on Monday, but the United States maintains similar restrictions for Canadians, as part of a bumpy return to normal following the bans travel related to COVID-19.
U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents must both be fully immunized and test negative for COVID-19 within three days to cross one of the longest and busiest land borders in the world. Travelers must also complete a detailed request on the arriveCAN app before crossing.
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