Coronavirus Updates: Some of the US’s largest school districts reinstate masks for fall

NEW YORK (WABC) — Mask mandates are being reinstated in some states, largely because of the Delta variant. The CDC director is calling it one of the most infectious respiratory diseases scientists have ever seen.

Some of the biggest school districts are now making masks mandatory this upcoming school year.

Atlanta, Chicago, and Boston all announced students and staff will be required to wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status.

One model predicts the current spike in cases won’t peak until October.

“We are yet at another pivotal moment in this pandemic,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director.

Here are more of today’s headlines:

Tokyo Olympics: At least 100 US athletes unvaccinated as Games begin
About 100 of the 613 U.S. athletes descending on Tokyo for the Olympics are unvaccinated, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s medical chief said hours before Friday night’s opening ceremony.

Medical director Jonathan Finnoff said 567 of the American athletes had filled out their health histories as they prepared for the trip, and estimated 83% had replied they were vaccinated.

Alabama gov. says ‘start blaming the unvaccinated folks’ for rise in COVID cases
Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday called out “the unvaccinated folks” for the rise in COVID-19 cases in her state, a remarkable plea at a time when many GOP leaders are refusing to urge people to get vaccinated even as COVID-19 cases surge in many parts of the country.

Domino’s says its wait times have gone up
Restaurants are short-staffed as they reopen and consumers embrace dining out again. That means longer wait times for your food when dining out. And unfortunately, you may encounter the same issue when ordering pizza at home.

Domino’s says its wait times have gone up in certain regions.

In-person weddings resume in New York City
Even with coronavirus cases on the rise, New York City continues to reopen and the city’s marriage bureau is resuming in-person weddings Friday.

You can get your marriage license in person, too. But unlike before the pandemic, you have to have an appointment.

Sleepaway camp in New York says 31 campers under 12 tested positive for COVID
A co-ed sleepaway camp in New York said that 31 campers between 7 and 11 years old have tested positive for Covid-19 — but none of their vaccinated 12-and-up campers did.

Camp Pontiac, located in Copake, NY, about a two-hour drive from New York City, said in a letter to parents the first positive test result was received on July 16. The virus then spread further.

NYC vaccination rates by zip code
There are about a dozen communities in the New York City area where three out of four people have not been vaccinated yet. 7 On Your Side Investigates created a map where the darkest colored zip codes have the most vaccinated New Yorkers and the lightest, the least.


New York City COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker
New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on coronavirus

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