Google, Facebook mandate vaccines to employees; states react to CDC mask guidance change; virus deaths over 2,000 per week: COVID-19 news
Jorge L. Ortiz, Ryan W. Miller and Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY
July 28, 2021·9 min read
CDC recommends vaccinated Americans wear masks again as Delta variant continues to spread
The CDC reversed course and urged even fully vaccinated Americans to wear masks indoors in areas of high COVID-19 transmission.
For the first time in a month, COVID-19 deaths in the United States are once again over 2,000 per week, a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data found. New cases are also averaging more than 60,000 per day for the first time in more than three months.
The delta variant of the coronavirus has caused a concerning new wave of the pandemic as unvaccinated people bear the brunt of its effects. While breakthrough cases are possible in vaccinated individuals, the unvaccinated account for virtually all hospitalizations and deaths.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said a special session to revisit the state’s ban on mask mandates in schools is an option as the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state surpassed 1,000.
Globally, the pandemic remains in a critical period. The World Health Organization said the number of COVID-19 deaths jumped by 21% in the last week. "If these trends continue, the cumulative number of cases reported globally could exceed 200 million in the next two weeks," the WHO said.
Also in the news:
►The Nationals’ baseball game at Philadelphia on Wednesday was postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak
involving four Washington players and eight staffers. On Tuesday, All-Star shortstop Trea Turner tested positive for the coronavirus.
►New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said
Wednesday state employees must be vaccinated by Labor Day or face weekly testing. Patient-facing healthcare workers
will be mandated to be vaccinated without a testing option. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $100 incentive for all people who get vaccinated starting Friday at city sites.