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DeSantis won't move on masks as Florida COVID wards swell

DeSantis won't move on masks as Florida COVID wards swell

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday downplayed a spike in COVID-19 cases that’s shattered state hospitalization records and strongly reiterated his vow not to impose a mask mandate or any business restrictions.

Houston mask mandate might violate Texas governor's order

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston city workers are being told they must resume wearing masks while on the job, a requirement that could go against Gov. Greg Abbott’s most recent executive order banning such mandates.
Extracurricular activities back, no masks outside in Ontario back-to-school plan

Extracurricular activities back, no masks outside in Ontario back-to-school plan

TORONTO — Ontario students returning to schools next month will be able to play on sports teams, use instruments in music class, go on field trips and ditch masks outdoors, even if distance can't be maintained.
NYC, big employers taking hard line against vaccine holdouts

NYC, big employers taking hard line against vaccine holdouts

New York City, Microsoft, Tyson Foods and the U.S.
NYC will require vaccination proof for indoor dining, gyms

NYC will require vaccination proof for indoor dining, gyms

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone who wants to dine indoors at a restaurant, see a performance or go to the gym, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday, making it the first big city in the U.S.
Vaccines aren't foolproof but prevent most serious illness, death from COVID-19

Vaccines aren't foolproof but prevent most serious illness, death from COVID-19

OTTAWA — U.S. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says he is infected with COVID-19 but because he is fully vaccinated, he is mainly suffering from what feels like a mild sinus infection.
Nunavut releases path forward to live with COVID-19, ease public health restrictions

Nunavut releases path forward to live with COVID-19, ease public health restrictions

IQALUIT, Nunavut — The Nunavut government has released a long-term plan that it says will work toward treating COVID-19 like any other vaccine-preventable disease in the territory.
North American markets continue to rise despite mounting COVID-19 case numbers

North American markets continue to rise despite mounting COVID-19 case numbers

TORONTO — North American markets moved up on the first day of August trading in Canada, even as concerns mount around rising COVID-19 case counts in the U.S.
Quebec Opposition calls for COVID-19 vaccine passports as infections on the rise

Quebec Opposition calls for COVID-19 vaccine passports as infections on the rise

MONTREAL — Quebec's official Opposition called on the government Tuesday to impose a vaccine-passport system as soon as possible, warning that if the province waits until September as planned, it could be too late to avoid another lockdown.
Manitoba loosening more COVID-19 health orders, removing mask mandate

Manitoba loosening more COVID-19 health orders, removing mask mandate

WINNIPEG — The mask mandate is being removed in Manitoba as the province moves from COVID-19 restrictions to public health recommendations in its next step of reopening.