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    COVID medical costs appear poised to increase in U.S.

    With the COVID-19 pandemic well into its second year, there may soon be a shift in how health care providers, insurance companies, and even employers regard COVID and its medical costs. This could lead to future cases being more expensive. As the New York Times reported, “Earlier in the pandemic, most major health insurers voluntarily […] More

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    Will Hurricane Ida make COVID-19 in Louisiana even worse?

    The state of Louisiana was already reeling from rising COVID-19 cases before Hurricane Ida strengthened to a Category 4 and struck the state on Aug. 29. In its aftermath, as a great number of its residents assess the damage and deal with widespread power outages, they must also contend with how Ida may have worsened […] More

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    EU to reinstate travel ban on US visitors

    A new wave of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the United States is prompting the European Union to advise member states to ban nonessential travel from the U.S. The EU travel ban would come less than three months after the European nations encouraged Americans to travel. As the New York Times reported in its Aug. […] More

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    Delta Airlines to charge unvaccinated employees $200 a month

    Delta Airlines will charge unvaccinated employees $200 a month each, according to an Aug. 25 announcement. The airline characterized this move as necessary to offset health care costs from employees who contract COVID-19 — though it’s also a milestone for corporate entities shifting from incentives to punishments in guiding employee behavior.  As the Associated Press […] More

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    COVID-19 origin report ‘inconclusive,’ but China is still angry about it

    A long-awaited U.S. intelligence report on the origin of the novel coronavirus was inconclusive, but Chinese officials still reacted in anger to the published report.  According to the Washington Post’s initial article on the report, two senior officials with President Joe’s Biden administration revealed the report was shared on Aug. 24. The report could not […] More

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    New York City requires teachers to get COVID vaccines

    The largest school district in the United States, which serves New York City, announced Aug. 24 that it will require all New York City teachers to receive COVID-19 vaccines for the upcoming school year. According to Reuters, the mandate — announced by New York City mayor Bill de Blasio — affects all 148,000 staff members […] More

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    Biden Administration advocates for migrants in custody to get vaccinations

    Administration officials for President Joe Biden announced a plan on Aug. 3 to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to migrants in custody along the U.S. Mexico border. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has met with resistance from some migrants as they’ve tried to put the plan in place. According to the Washington Post, the reasoning behind the […] More

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    Here’s how the federal government and a school board are fighting back against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates

    While Texas Gov. Greg Abbott deals with his own positive COVID-19 diagnosis, he’s still holding to his executive order against counties, cities, and school districts within the state from issuing a mask mandate. There’s been pushback from those entities, some issuing mask mandates in defiance of the governor, and now the federal government is getting […] More

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