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Cases Spike in Tacoma ICE Jail; TX Counties Can Bypass Mask Mandate Ban as Delta COVID Cases Surge

HeadlineAug 11, 2021

As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to trend upward in the U.S., Hawaii is the latest state to impose new measures, including limiting the number of people permitted at social gatherings and events. Oregon is restoring a statewide indoor mask mandate for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people amid the Delta surge.

In neighboring Washington state, the immigrant justice group La Resistencia is warning of a full-blown COVID outbreak at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, where over 170 cases have been reported since June. The group is calling on Congress to end the Biden administration’s inhumane policy of transferring and locking up asylum seekers.

Meanwhile, in Texas, two judges ruled to temporarily allow local officials in two counties to require masks in schools and other public buildings, despite Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s attempts to ban mask mandates statewide.

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