The corona virus has infected Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who has prohibited mask requirements in schools despite resistance from many school districts.
Abbott’s office announced Tuesday that the Republican governor, fully vaccinated and checked regularly, got a positive result.
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According to Communications Director Mark Miner’s statement to Governor Abbott, he is in regular contact with his staff, agency leaders, and government officials to ensure that state government runs smoothly and effectively.
Abbott is among several Republican lawmakers who have recently been afflicted with the illness and are opposed to vaccination and mask requirements, including Wisconsin state Sen. Andre Jacque and North Carolina state Rep. Keith Kidwell.
Abbott’s position on virus mitigation measures has enraged parent and activist organizations, with one of the latter, Marked by COVID, issuing a statement Tuesday saying that the governor has fought more to keep masks out of schools than he has to keep firearms out of schools. He hired COVID and utilizes every resource available to him in his relentless and ruthless pursuit of controlling requirements in the name of physical autonomy but refuses to let local governments utilize their resources to assist save lives.
At least four Texas school districts have shuttered campuses due to coronavirus outbreaks early in the school year. After catching the coronavirus, two Republican state lawmakers who opposed mask and vaccination requirements were hospitalized.
Sen. Andre Jacque of De Pere, Wisconsin, said Monday that he and several family members tested positive late last week and were hospitalized with pneumonia. He didn’t specify whether or not he’d been accepted.
Jacque, who testified without wearing a mask at least one session at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Wednesday, has been vocal in his opposition to vaccine requirements and voted against the governor’s mask requirement.
In North Carolina, Craven County House member Keith Kidwell, who has termed vaccination efforts manipulation, last week, he and his wife were admitted to the hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
According to Johns Hopkins University statistics, 44 states report increasing coronavirus numbers, the lowest amount in more than a month, while 38 states report rising mortality tolls.
Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, and Vermont reported fewer new COVID-19 cases in the week ending Monday than the previous week. Despite this, Hawaii, Mississippi, and Oregon established new case-count records on Monday due to the highly infectious delta strain.
With so much evidence that the pandemic is far from over, Biden administration health officials are expected to recommend COVID-19 booster shots for all Americans who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, regardless of age, eight months after the second shot, according to a source familiar with the plans who confirmed the plans to USA TODAY.
Following the advice of a task group of medical experts and defying Gov. Ron DeSantis’ prohibition on obligatory masking regulations, Florida’s biggest school system, situated in Miami-Dade County, will likely compel children to wear facemasks when classes start next week.
The proposal is likely to be approved by the Miami-Dade County School Board on Wednesday. When students in neighboring Broward County return for the autumn semester on Wednesday, they will be wearing masks. The Hillsborough County School Board, which has not mandated masks, has planned an emergency meeting for Wednesday to consider further COVID-19 mitigation measures in the Tampa region.