The Biden administration is reportedly considering a new push for face-masks in the United States as cases of the Delta Variant rise in most major cities, raising new questions over America’s “return to normalcy” this summer.
“Top White House aides and Biden administration officials are debating whether they should urge vaccinated Americans to wear masks in more settings as the delta variant causes spikes in coronavirus infections across the country, according to six people familiar with the discussions,” reported the Washington Post.
Officials in the administration refused to comment publicly on the article.
“The head of the CDC, our public health arm, just spoke to this earlier this morning and made clear that there had not been a decision to change our mask guidance,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday. “We are guided by science and we’re guided by our public health experts and any decision would come from the CDC… There has been no decision to change our mask guidelines.”
“Overall the CDC recommendations haven’t changed,” added CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.
The President himself was asked about the state of the pandemic during a televised Town Hall event on CNN Wednesday night.
“We follow the science,” Biden said. “What’s happening now is all the major scientific operations in this country and the 25-person group we put together are looking at all the possibilities of what’s happening now.”
Local officials in Los Angeles and Philadelphia now urge all residents -even the vaccinated- to wear face masks when entering any public building.
Philadelphia recommends indoor mask-wearing for all including those fully vaccinated amid COVID-19 infection uptick.
"It means all of us going back to wearing masks in public. Kids under 12 cannot yet be vaccinated. They need you to step up."https://t.co/8qRHUEHO4C
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 22, 2021
“As of this week, over one million people have been vaccinated in Philadelphia,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “The numbers make it clear: vaccinations are the best way to combat COVID-19 by protecting ourselves and the people around us.”
Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole added the town is also witnessing “a small but disturbing increase in hospitalizations due to COVID-19 among children.”
“It’s time for all of us to do what we need to do to protect our city’s kids. That means getting fully vaccinated if you haven’t yet, and it means all of us going back to wearing masks in public. Kids under 12 cannot yet be vaccinated. They need you to step up,” she said.
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'ROUTINE ERROR': 6,700 North Carolina Residents ‘Incorrectly Told They Have Coronavirus’ via Text
Nearly 7,000 residents in North Carolina were told via text message last week that they tested positive for the Coronavirus despite not actually having contracted the disease.
“More than 6,700 individuals in Mecklenburg County in North Carolina were told in a text message sent from Mecklenburg County Health Department on Friday that they tested positive for COVID-19 and over 500 people were told through a county email that they were also infected with the novel coronavirus. But the results were incorrect due to a technical error by Health Space, the company they use for contact tracing, according to a statement on the county’s website,” reports Fox News.
“An error during routine maintenance last Friday resulted in a county data vendor sending erroneous texts and email messages to people saying they were positive for COVID-19,” the statement on the county website said.
“Very quickly we began to work with the vendor to understand the issue and make sure that it did not continue. Once corrected we were told that 6,727 text messages and 541 emails were sent to individuals who were already in their system. We then worked with the vendor to send a corrected text/email to all that received the erroneous one,” the email stated in part.
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'SICKENING': Backlash Grows Against Denver Democrat Who Supported Spreading Coronavirus at MAGA Rallies
Denver’s Democratic Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca is facing a growing backlash on social media this week after calling for those sick with the deadly Coronavirus to intentionally spread the disease at ‘Make America Great Again’ rallies.
“Democrat Denver Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca says that she stands in ‘solidarity’ with someone who says that they if they get the coronavirus that they will attend as many Trump rallies as possible She appears to have made the statement on her government Twitter account,” posted a reporter with the Daily Wire.
These people are sick. https://t.co/74mEIJDOpa
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 3, 2020
“These people are sick,” posted Donald Trump Jr.
“This elected Democrat in Colorado doesn’t seem very nice!” the Trump campaign War Room Twitter account posted in response.
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) March 3, 2020
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