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Biden to require COVID vaccines for nursing home staff

President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced that his administration will require that nursing home staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition for those facilities to continue receiving federal Medicare and Medicaid funding. Biden unveiled the new policy Wednesday afternoon in a White House address as the administration continues to look for ways to use

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Governor Ducey Takes Action To Further Protect Arizonans From Local Vaccine Mandates

State Law Does Not Allow Local Governments To Mandate Vaccinations Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order strengthening enforcement against vaccine mandates and ensuring those employed by a local government can use earned sick leave due to COVID-19 exposure. “We encourage all Arizonans to get the vaccine — it’s safe, effective and free,” said Governor

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Mask disputes, outbreaks make for rocky start of school year

The summer surge of the highly infectious delta variant of the coronavirus made for a disruptive start of the school year in many parts of the country Monday as hundreds of thousands of children returned to classrooms and parents, administrators and governors clashed over whether masks should be required. Confusion reigned in several Texas school

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Misinformation at public forums vexes local boards, big tech

There are plenty of places to turn for accurate information about COVID-19. Your physician. Local health departments. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control. But not, perhaps, your local government’s public comment session. During a meeting of the St. Louis County Council earlier this month, opponents of a possible mask mandate made so many misleading comments

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Biden calls school chiefs, lauds defiance of anti-mask rules

President Joe Biden called school district superintendents in Florida and Arizona to praise them for doing “the right thing” after their respective boards implemented mask requirements in defiance of their Republican governors amid growing COVID-19 infections. The White House said in a Saturday statement that the Democratic president had spoken with interim Broward Superintendent Vickie

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Staying afloat: How Asian communities helped their small businesses survive COVID-19

The pandemic devastated small businesses across the country, but as the federal government stepped in to help, some Asian-owned businesses found the best relief came from the community rather than Congress. At the height of COVID-19, the Small Business Administration and the federal government rushed to provide support for small businesses through grants, loans and relief funds.

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