National School Boards Association asks for federal help policing meetingsPosted by Thomas Bush / October 1, 2021
A vocal anti-mask father in Florida has been charged with child abuse after pushing a young girl and twisting her arm. The father was apparently trying to perform some kind of publicity student by recording his daughter try to walk into school without a mask on. Another girl complained about the father, who had been protesting masks for some time, and tried to grab his phone. That’s when he threw her up against a fence and twisted her arm.
Conflicts over masks and vaccines are becoming increasingly tense, violent around the country, the AP reports. Protestors in Hawaii, for example, are harassing the lieutenant governor over vaccine requirements.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who famously forbade mask mandates, has tested positive for COVID. Schools, meanwhile, are trying to circumvent that mandate. One school district has done so by making masks a part of the dress code. Other school districts are seeing outright violence. In Austin, a parent ripped the mask off a teacher.
COVID is wreaking havoc on southern schools. Some districts, like the Dallas district, are defying state orders against mask mandates and requiring students, teachers, or both to wear masks. Unfortunately, children in South Carolina and Mississippi are dying of COVID, with schools starting now or setting to start soon.
As cases of COVID “skyrocket” in Mississippi, the state is forced to reopen a field hospital in a parking garage. According to a healthcare expert, COVID is breaking our healthcare system. Oklahoma hospitals are out of space, and there are no pediatric ICU beds in north Texas. A man in Houston, who was shot six times last week, is still waiting for surgery because there are simply no beds available. Hospitals in Florida in Mississippi are reaching a breaking point as they’re overrun with critical COVID patients. Even as the Feds might have to rush in to help these hospitals, citizens in other states with high COVID rates, like Tennessee, are protesting masks and heckling mask supporters.
The state of Florida has requested 300 ventilators from the federal government as cases continue to rise. Nevertheless, the state has done very little to slow the spread of the virus. Sad case in point: a vocal anti-vaccine activist broadcaster in Florida has died of COVID. His death is unfortunate, but it is a sign of how dangerous refusing the vaccine can be––and worse, how dangerous making people feel bad about getting vaccinated can be. In a sign of just how polarizing the vaccine has become, some Missourians are getting vaccinated in secret to avoid backlash from their families.
Just three states––Florida, Missouri, and Texas––account for 40% of the nation’s COVID surge. All three states are severely lagging in vaccination rates.
The US has extended its public health emergency as the Delta variant causes a new COVID surge. The number of COVID cases has tripled in the States––mostly among the unvaccinated––and misinformation about the virus and vaccine has only hindered vaccination rates.
While much of the country is returning to pre-COVID life, a Delta-driven surge has returned Arkansas to the kind of fear and suffering not seen since this time last year. Canada’s vaccination rate has overtaken the United States’s as of July 16, with 48.65% of its citizens fully vaccinated as compared to 48.05%.
The US’s slowing vaccination rates are causing issues. A hospital in Springfield, Missouri has opened its 6th virus ward as the Delta variant rages across the state.
During the past two weeks in Springfield, there has been a 225% increase in hospitalizations since June 1, in large part thanks to the new Delta variant. The Delta variant, a more infectious variant of COVID-19, is infecting a rising number of people in rural Kansas and Missouri. The spread of the variant likely stems from the regions low vaccination rates.
The Delta variant has also been found in Arizona. Its arrival is alarming because, so far, only a handful of states have reached the goal of a 70% vaccination rate. Anheuser-Busch is even giving away free beer when America reaches its vaccine goal. The fewer people who are fully vaccinated, the more likely there is to be another surge or new variants.
Fully vaccinated people in several southern California towns have tested positive for COVID, serving as a reminder that the vaccines are not 100% effective and thus as many people as possible need to get it. COVID rates are slowing in the South and the plains states, worrying health experts. Appointments for the first COVID shot have plummeted by about 50% in Los Angeles, worrying public health officials in a state thrashed by the virus.
The World Health Organization has classified a COVID variant from India as a global health risk because of its highly contagious nature and evidence suggesting that it can evade some vaccine protections.