Thursday, August 19, 2021

Biden Directs Department of Education to Take Action Against Governors Blocking School Mask Mandates; Report: Biden to Extend Transportation Mask Mandate Through January, and other C-Virus related stories

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Biden Directs Department of Education to Take Action Against Governors Blocking School Mask Mandates:
Updating the nation on the White House response to COVID on Wednesday, President Biden said he has directed Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to exercise full oversight authority and explore legal action against governors who attempt to prohibit school mask mandates by executive orders.
“Some politicians are trying to turn public safety measures into political disputes for their own political gain,” Biden said, referencing Tennessee and other Republican states, which he alleged have used “intimidation and threats” against school boards.
The president said he called a number of superintendents in Florida in solidarity, praising their mask rules for K-12 students in defiance of Governor Ron DeSantis’s ban. Biden said those schools’ were “follow[ing] the science” and putting “students first.”
“I will stand with those who are trying to do the right thing,” he said.
Biden echoed the earlier comments of White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, affirming that funds from the American Rescue Plan can be used to reimburse the salaries of educators in school districts requiring masks in violation of governors’ orders. --->READ MORE HERE
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Report: Biden to Extend Transportation Mask Mandate Through January:
The Biden administration is planning to maintain a federal mandate for travelers to wear masks on transportation such as airplanes, trains and buses through January 18th as part of its effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus, according to a Tuesday report.
Reuters reports:
Major U.S. airlines were informed of the planned extension on a call with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday, the three people briefed on the matter said. The current TSA transportation mask order runs through Sept 13. […] The current CDC order, which has been in place since soon after Biden took office in January, requires the use of face masks on nearly all forms of public transportation.
The report comes as states across the country are re-issuing mask mandates and even vaccine rules, citing the rise in cases of the delta variant. However, as some data shows is beginning to show, places like California’s Bay Area are experiencing coronavirus hospitalizations that match last summer’s high despite the area re-imposing mask mandates, even among vaccinated individuals, in August. --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories and resources:
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USA TODAY: Coronavirus Updates

WSJ: Coronavirus Live Updates

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