The spread of the Delta strain of the virus that causes Covid-19 across the United States sparked a wave of state-level proclamations over the weekend regarding mask warrants and vaccinations.
The United States averages around 100,000 new Covid-19 infections per day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, up from 11,000 cases per day at the end of June.
“Our models show that if we don’t [vaccinate people] we could be up to several hundred thousand cases a day, similar to our increase in early January, ”Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky told CNN.
Ned Lamont, the governor of Connecticut, said employees at all long-term care facilities in the state should be vaccinated. The weekend ordinance came a day after the Democratic Party’s Lamont authorized municipalities to require masks in indoor public places in their cities, regardless of vaccination status.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, also a Democrat, said state employees would be required to prove that they are fully vaccinated or that they will be tested for Covid-19 every week from September 1.
New Jersey has ordered that all students, educators, staff and visitors be required to wear face masks indoors for the start of the school year next month. Phil Murphy, the Democratic governor who called anti-vaccination campaigners “the ultimate knuckleheads” in a speech on Friday, said the mandate was effective from Monday.
Kentucky will require its health care workers to initiate vaccination by Sept. 15, said Andy Beshear, the state’s Democratic governor.
Kate Brown, the Democratic Governor of Oregon, has ordered the Oregon Health Authority to issue a rule requiring weekly Covid-19 testing for staff at health facilities, which can be canceled with proof of vaccination .
In Hawaii, state and county employees will need to get vaccinated against Covid-19 by August 16 or get tested weekly. “Based on current conditions, I must take action to protect public health and avoid unmanageable strains on our health care,” said David Ige, Democratic Governor of Hawaii.
While running short of terms, the Republican governors of Texas and Alaska and the Democratic governors of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Nevada urged residents to get bitten.
“Unfortunately, despite the widespread availability of vaccines, there are still many eligible Pennsylvanians who are not vaccinated,” said Tom Wolf, Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania.
In West Virginia, Republican Gov. Jim Justice said the increase in the number of cases in the state “will only get worse if we don’t really run aggressively and get vaccinated today.”
The Republican governor of Ohio has given little indication that he plans to introduce a mask warrant despite high levels of Covid-19 transmission across much of the state. Mike DeWine said he always favors individual choices.
In Iowa, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said U.S. guidelines recommending that fully vaccinated people continue to wear masks were “not only counterproductive to our vaccination efforts, but also not based on reality or the correct one. meaning”.