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Studies say masks help protect students from COVID;  The vaccine mandate for teachers in New York City has been temporarily banned.  Latest COVID-19 Updates

Studies say masks help protect students from COVID; The vaccine mandate for teachers in New York City has been temporarily banned. Latest COVID-19 Updates

Mask cases can be A bright spot in school districts across the country With students returning to school at the end of this summer, but studies continue to show that policies help prevent students from contracting COVID-19.

And two Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released Friday, found that outbreaks and childhood cases were more common when schools did not need masks.

Study about 1000 Schools in two counties in Arizona He says schools without mask mandates were 3.5 times more susceptible to outbreaks than schools that started the year with mask mandates. Another study on hundreds From the American counties It found an increase in the number of cases of children in areas where schools were not mandated to use masks.

The authors caution that a number of variables could influence the analysis, but the results are consistent with what experts have long said: Masks provide immediate, if imperfect, protection from infection.

“School mask requirements, along with other prevention strategies, including the COVID-19 vaccine, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools,” the authors wrote in the second study.

A third study found that the outbreak led to the closure of nearly 2,000 schools this year.

Also in the news:

► A third federal judge blocked Tennessee Governor Bill Lee from allowing families to waive the requirement to wear masks in schools late Friday.. The judge’s order applies to Williamson County. Another judge previously blocked Lee’s application in Knox County.

The US Department of Agriculture announced Friday that the first ferret in the United States has tested positive for COVID-19 in Florida after showing symptoms such as coughing and sneezing. The mongoose in Slovenia had previously tested positive.

President Joe Biden urged those eligible for a COVID booster vaccine to take it, calling it a “big step” in the fight against the pandemic. Biden also said he plans to get a booster shot as soon as possible.

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► From retired doctor Dr. Sue Macintosh of Connecticut has her license suspended for allegedly releasing a fake COVID vaccine and wearing masks and other forms of waiver for people she wasn’t treating.

► Sunny Houston, co-host of ‘The View’, and contributor Anna Navarro, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday Moments before an in-studio interview with Vice President Kamala Harris.

📈Today’s numbers: The United States has recorded more than 42.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 686,000 deaths, According to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: more than 231 million cases and 4.7 million deaths. More than 182.9 million Americans – 55.1% of the population – have been fully vaccinated, According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

📘 what do we read: More than 20 million Americans are eligible to receive booster shots from Pfizer-BioNTech. Should you get one? Read the full story.

Keep updating this page for the latest news. do you want more? Sign up for the Coronavirus Watch newsletter from USA TODAY To receive updates directly to your inbox and Join our Facebook group.

A nurse holds a syringe containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on September 21 in Jackson, Mississippi.

Federal judge joins battle to mandate vaccine for New York City teachers

Schools in New York City were allowed to temporarily impose a vaccine mandate on their teachers and other staff by a federal appeals judge just days before it went into effect.

The workers’ mandate for the nation’s largest school system was due to go into effect on Monday. But late Friday, a judge on the Second US Court of Appeals issued a preliminary injunction and promptly referred the case to a three-judge panel.

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Education Department spokeswoman Danielle Felson said officials are seeking a speedy resolution through the Circuit Court next week.

“We are confident that our vaccine mandate will continue once all the facts are presented because that is the level of protection our students and staff deserve,” Felson said in an email.

The union that represents 5,800 workers in the New York justice system He also won a temporary order on Friday Barring the state from moving forward with approval of the vaccine from Monday.

— Associated Press and Joseph Spector, New York State Team

A civil rights complaint filed against the state of Idaho for legalizing medical supplies

The advocacy group, Justice in Aging, has filed a complaint against the state of Idaho, alleging that the state discriminates against seniors through its high standards of care guidelines amid the overwhelming COVID cases.

The state said it will allow health care facilities to rationalize care as it faces a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the state with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.

Hospitals are allowed to allocate scarce resources, such as intensive care rooms, to patients most likely to survive, and to make other drastic changes in the way they treat patients. Other patients will still receive care, but may be placed in hospital classrooms or conference rooms instead of traditional hospital rooms, or without medical equipment.

The civil rights complaint alleges that the state discriminates against the elderly by using factors such as age to determine how care is allocated. Idaho Department of Health and Social Care spokesman Greg Stahl told The Associated Press that the guidelines are rooted in ethical standards for resource allocation.

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5 dead and 74 injured after the outbreak of the disease in a nursing home in Washington

Nursing Center In an effort to combat the COVID-19 outbreak that began in August, when the first new case was confirmed.

At Pinewood Terrace Nursing Center in Colville, Washington, 22 employees and 52 residents have tested positive for coronavirus and five have died. The first case was reported on August 25, according to the Northeast Tree County Health District.

Of the 74 infected, 33 were fully vaccinated and one out of every five deceased residents died.

– Kyra Wingate, USA TODAY

Vaccine makers can make big profits from booster injections

Since President Joe Biden presented his plan to offer improved COVID-19 vaccines to most Americans in August, vaccine makers have seen projected revenue soar.

Moderna’s projected revenue for 2022 is up 35% since the plan was announced.

Since then, regulators have rejected Biden’s blanket plan and decided to give the third dose of Pfizer to those most at risk. There is still the potential for boosters to be widely adopted as the pandemic develops.

Karen Andersen, an analyst at Morningstar, expects the boost to result in $26 billion in global sales for Pfizer and BioNTech next year and about $14 billion for Moderna if the additional selections are eventually passed on to nearly all Americans.

– News agency

Contributions: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: A setback for a landmark vaccine mandate in New York City; Masks at school: live updates