COVID-19 cases fell 75% in Ariz. after mask mandate, CDC report says


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PHOENIX — COVID-19 cases in Arizona spiked 151% after a statewide stay-at-home order expired and dropped 75% following local mask mandates, a new report says.

The report, published this week by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was authored by officials with the Arizona Department of Health Services, including director Dr. Cara Christ.

A stay-at-home order in Arizona expired May 15 and two weeks later — between June 1 and June 15 — the daily average number of COVID-19 cases jumped by 151%, the report says. The incubation period for a person exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus to develop COVID-19 is approximately two days to two weeks.

The spike

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‘Twindemic’ test: Massachusetts, many colleges mandate winter flu shots

“This is a brave new experiment by the state of Massachusetts,” said Lawrence Gostin, who heads a university-based center on health law that serves as an official collaborating institute with the World Health Organization. “If it turns out to be a wholesale success, that should influence other states to go a similar route, not just with flu but with other vaccines. But if it causes a backlash and only marginal benefit, states might be hesitant to adopt that model in the future.”

In New Jersey, Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill in the state Legislature late last month that would mandate flu shots for kids in preschool through college. Vermont public health officials also have been considering a vaccine order of their own.

Early evidence suggests the pandemic is widening a nationwide vaccination gap. Preliminary data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show vaccination rates for typically given shots

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Nils Hase, a retiree who lives in Tarpon Springs, Florida, is wearing a mask and loading his Home Depot haul into his car on a recent weekday afternoon. In the store, because Home Depot insists customers and staff across the country wear masks, most faces were covered. But out here in the parking lot, in a state with a serious infection rate but no mask mandate, plenty of those masks hang down around people’s chins.

“It bothers me. They are being defiant,” Hase said. “And most of the people I see that walk in without a mask are just looking for a fight. They are asking you to ‘Just ask me. Just give me a reason to yell at you.’ I just stay away from them and keep on with my own life.”

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Mask Mandate Exemptions Put Pulmonary Patients at Risk

There is no medical justification for exempting respiratory patients from compulsory face mask regulations, and doing so places this already vulnerable population at greater risk for COVID-19, a global group of pulmonary specialists said.

Beginning in May, the Spanish government mandated face masks in open- and closed-space public places, but the mandate exempted people with respiratory problems, “or those who cannot wear masks for other health reasons.”

Weighing in on this and other medical exemptions for respiratory patients, a European Respiratory Society (ERS) committee concluded that there is no evidence that masks harm anyone, including those with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other respiratory diseases.

“It must be strongly stated that such exemption is not evidence based, and it may carry increased risk of personal infection to the estimated 544.9 million people worldwide suffering a chronic respiratory disease,” Joan Soriano, MD, PhD, of Madrid’s Hospital La Princesa, and

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Tulsa extends mask mandate, lowers to age 10

OKLAHOMA CITY — A mask mandate in Tulsa is being expanded and extended in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The amended measure lowers the age of those who must wear face coverings from 18 and up to those older than 10. It also extends through Jan. 31 the mandate for masks to be worn in public when social distancing is not possible. Previously it was to expire Nov. 30

President Donald Trump held an indoor campaign rally in Tulsa on June 20 that attracted about 6,000 attendees as well as protesters. Local Health Department director Bruce Dart said later that the event “likely contributed” to a sharp surge in new coronavirus cases.

As of Thursday, Oklahoma’s state health department has recorded 88,369 virus cases and 1,035 deaths due to COVID-19, increases of 1,170 and four, respectively, from the previous day.



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Mississippi warns against ‘fake’ letter claiming state mask mandate over

Health officials in Mississippi are warning about fake notices falsely alerting residents that the state’s mandate requiring masks be worn in public was rescinded.

Officials with the state Emergency Management Agency wrote in a Facebook post Sunday that letters purporting to be from Gov. Tate Reeves (R) were circulating on social media platforms. The letters’ text ordered local businesses to take down signs directing customers to wear masks indoors.

“A ‘letter’ claiming to be from the governor’s office is circulating on social media. The letter is a FAKE. Stay up to date with the latest executive orders posted on the Secretary of State’s website. And any major changes will be addressed in a press conference and an updated executive order,” the agency wrote.

Reeves has in fact extended the state’s mask mandate multiple times, with the latest extension lasting through the end of September. Retail and other businesses in the

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