New York declares state of emergency ahead of new variant arrivalPosted by Thomas Bush / November 28, 2021
New York has declared a state of emergency ahead of the newest COVID variant’s arrival, called the Omicron variant.
Belgium has confirmed a case of a new, highly-mutated COVID variant. The same variant has appeared in Hong Kong, as well. The variant’s spread has prompted the stock market to fall dramatically.
In the US, Florida Republicans have approved a bill that will dramatically limit Biden’s vaccine mandate. Meanwhile, like San Francisco and New York, Los Angeles has enacted a vaccine mandate, but LA’s is much stricter. Most types of businesses and public buildings are covered by the mandate.
Hospitalizations due to COVID are on the rise in Colorado, but there are only 100 ICU beds left in the entire state. CDC data reveals that the risk of dying of COVID is 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults.
Major hospital systems in Ohio are requiring COVID vaccines for organ transplants, adding to the increasing number of organizations that require vaccines.
Southwest has recently become the latest airline to require vaccines, joining an ever-growing number of organizations doing so. In fact, nearly ever major airline is now requiring vaccines for employees.
The US Army mandated that all active duty soldiers must be vaccinated by December 15. Meanwhile, police in Los Angeles are suing over vaccine mandates, while officers elsewhere in the state are threatening to quit.
Mobile vaccine units in Colorado will now have security details. People have been harassing the details for some time, but recently things have turned more violent. Elsewhere, vaccine and mask mandates are leading to violence.
Police were called to the scene of an Arizona school, where a father threatened to zip tie principal over a COVID quarantine policy. 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.