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U.S. Hospitalizations Are Younger Than Ever; Dallas Schools Defy High Court Ruling on Mask Mandate

HeadlineAug 16, 2021

The director of the National Institutes of Health has warned the United States could soon see 200,000 COVID-19 cases per day again. The current daily average of nearly 130,000 cases is already 700% higher than the beginning of July. This comes as new data confirm younger people are being hit worse than ever before, with hospitalizations of children and adults under 50 at record highs. The vast majority of hospitalizations are of unvaccinated people.

In Texas, the Dallas Independent School District says it is keeping its mask mandate in place even after the Texas Supreme Court ordered Dallas and another county to put a break on such requirements, ruling in favor of Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who is seeking to ban mask mandates statewide.

In New York, incoming Governor Kathy Hochul said she supports a mask mandate in schools when classes resume in September.

In Los Angeles, a fight broke out at a right-wing, anti-vaccine rally Sunday, resulting in a man being stabbed and an attack on a reporter for KPCC radio while he was conducting an interview.

Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security warned Friday domestic terrorists may be planning attacks motivated by the imposition of new COVID restrictions.

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