Abbott, 63, has faced criticism as available intensive care beds have dwindled in Austin and other cities. But he maintained his ban on mask warrants, which prohibits local officials from imposing restrictions on their communities.
Fear and frustration over the course of the pandemic in Texas, the nation’s second most populous state, comes as schools prepare to reopen, raising concerns about the spread of the virus.
Understand the status of vaccine and mask mandates in the US
- Mask rules. In July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that all Americans, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in public places covered within areas with outbreaks, an investment of the guide offered to the May. See where the CDC guidelines would apply and where states have instituted their own mask policies. The battle for masks has become contentious in some states, with some local leaders defying state bans.
- Vaccine rules. . . i bfactories. Private companies are increasingly forcing coronavirus vaccines on employees, with different approaches. These warrants are legally permitted and have been confirmed in judicial recusals.
- University and universities. More than 400 colleges and universities require students to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Almost all are in states that voted for President Biden.
- Schools. On August 11, California announced that it would require teachers and public and private school staff to be vaccinated or tested regularly, the first state in the nation to do so. A survey published in August found that many American parents of school-age children oppose mandatory vaccinations for students, but gave more support to mask mandates for students, teachers, and staff members who they do not receive their shots.
- Hospitals and medical centers. Many hospitals and major health systems require employees to have a Covid-19 vaccine, citing an increase in the number of cases fed by the Delta variant and stubbornly low vaccination rates in their communities, even within of their labor force.
- New York. On August 3, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that workers and customers should demonstrate vaccination for indoor food, gyms, performances, and other indoor situations, becoming the first city in the United States to require vaccines for a wide range of activities. . City hospital workers must also receive a vaccine or be tested weekly. There are similar rules for New York State employees.
- At the federal level. The Pentagon announced it would try to make coronavirus vaccines mandatory for the country’s 1.3 million active-duty soldiers “no later than mid-September.” President Biden announced that all civilian federal employees should be vaccinated against coronavirus or undergo periodic testing, social distancing, mask requirements, and restrictions on most travel.
Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines recommending that even fully vaccinated people wear a mask inside high-risk areas and that everyone wear one at the same time. schools, regardless of vaccination status. Mr. Abbott, however, bent in the opposite direction. It issued an executive order that prevented local governments and state agencies from forcing vaccination and reaffirmed decisions to ban officials from wearing masks.
Across the United States, most counties experience “substantial” or “high” transmissions, according to the CDC.
Last week, after Mr Abbott’s ban suffered at least three legal setbacks, the state’s attorney general, Ken Paxton, said he was taking the matter to the state Supreme Court. The setbacks occurred in areas with Democratic leaders, rampant cases and increased hospitalizations.
The State Supreme Court sided with the state on a daily basis, ruling that schools could not make masks compulsory.
When the virus rose, the Texas State Department of Health Services requested five mortuary trailers from the federal government in early August as a precaution, said Douglas Loveday, a spokesman for the health department. Mortuary trailers will be kept in San Antonio, though neither cities nor counties have requested them as of Tuesday, he said.
The five trailers are scheduled to arrive in Texas starting Friday, according to a spokeswoman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.