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Booster shot or not? Mixed messaging creates distrust during COVID-19 pandemic

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Don’t wear masks; wear them. Masks protect you; Masks protect others. The only thing that was consistent about the masking of health professionals at the start of the pandemic was the inconsistency that left many Americans confused and skeptical.

Now the public is experiencing a similar whiplash injury from having the COVID-19 vaccine booster. First, President Joe Biden released a plan to bring Pfizer boosters to everyone. An advisory body to the US Food and Drug Administration rejected the plan.

Then an advisory panel from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed the game again on Thursday, recommending boosters for people 65 and over, people with pre-existing conditions and residents of nursing homes. And late at night, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky prompted the committee’s decision to exclude frontline workers at increased risk of exposure.

What are the implications of all of the rapidly changing health policies and conflicting messages? Another type of pandemic – an increase in conspiracy theories, disinformation and a lack of confidence in the system that was created to protect us.

“The uncoordinated news that has occurred may be the biggest public health failure we’ve seen with COVID-19,” said Scott Frank, director of the public health program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “In public health, the first rule of a pandemic is always to present a single message.”

Frank said the idea that the booster was ready for a widespread release is premature and a good example of what he calls “news drift”.

Frank said it was important to come up with a coordinated response. Advances in science have helped the medical community fight COVID-19 in unprecedented ways, but it’s not without its consequences.

“Before, we wouldn’t have had the science that would have allowed us to change course in the middle of the stream. We would have stayed with our original plan and had a consistent message, ”said Frank. “But it would have been the wrong message. The fact that we had a change in science doesn’t mean scientists are upset; it means we are discovering new information that will enable us to take a more effective course in fighting the virus. “

Raed Dweik, a Cleveland Clinic doctor and a member of the hospital’s COVID-19 response team, said one of the most troubling aspects of the pandemic had been uncertainty.

“This uncertainty has been tough for a lot of people not only in the community but also in the medical field because we have to understand it ourselves so we can convey it to the public,” said Dweik. “I know it is awkward for people not to have definitive answers, but this is a sign of the times.”

For ethnic and ethnic minority populations, the insecurity and fear caused by inconsistent messaging are compounded by a lack of trust stemming from years of public health inequalities while being disproportionately affected by COVID-19, Frank said .

And since the early days of the pandemic, the interface between politics and medicine created a power dynamic that led to contradicting messages. Around the world, each country set its own safety plan, while here in the US, states advanced with different approaches, each backed by unique scientific research working with a variety of medical experts.

“The push-and-pull between science and politics has contributed most to the distrust,” said Frank. “Scientists have been asked to justify or rationalize some policy decisions that were not based on rational science.”

As this decision and scientific information evolves, the Internet provides a breeding ground for misinformation and disinformation – arguably more damaging as it is shared with the intent to deceive. Although the problem plagued online platforms long before the pandemic, COVID-19 exacerbated the problem as disinformation was turned into weapons to serve individual agendas rather than serve the health of the community.

“It can land on ears that may have a basic distrust of vaccines, healthcare, government, or science,” Frank said. “These messages are amplified by people on social media who have a tendency to believe these messages and convey them to others. It is quite painful to see people you know and trust spread messages that actually harm their neighbors and the people we care about. “

The challenge for the public health system is to maintain the public’s beliefs while mixed messages increase suspicion. For Frank and Dweik the answer is simple: create trust through coordinated and systematic communication.

The Cleveland Clinic has developed a strategy of communicating quickly and frequently while their experts share their knowledge of COVID-19 – and most importantly, what they don’t know – based on the latest data.

“A lot of things come out that are speculation or guesswork,” said Dweik. “It is not easy for us as doctors to say that we do not know. But it’s better … than saying something that isn’t backed up or supported by science and evidence. “

Cuyahoga County Health Department will decide its recommendations and the timing of their release based on the best possible way to prevent hospitalizations and death. However, these decisions can be at the expense of public opinion, according to Terry Allan, health commissioner for Cuyahoga County.

“Information comes out quickly, and a fog can build up when people try to understand the steps,” Allan said. “Sometimes it’s not popular. That comes with every emergency and we have to live with it. “

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Five times as many police officers have died from Covid-19 as from gunfire since start of pandemic

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“The commercial just came with a box on TV that said, take Covid seriously … Be considerate of those of us who struggle for every breath,” wrote Stephen Desfosses in a series of conversations that began last Christmas Eve when himself his condition steadily deteriorated in a Massachusetts hospital.

“Your husband will [be] has changed forever, no matter what … my life flashed before my eyes and man, it’s scary, “he wrote in another message his wife posted on Facebook last summer.

There were 245 law enforcement deaths from Covid-19 in 2020, according to ODMP.

Coronavirus has become the leading cause of death for officials, although law enforcement will be among the first groups to receive the vaccine in late 2020. That’s 476 Covid-19-related deaths since the pandemic began, compared with 93 from gunshots in the same period.

“If you are serious about your commitment to protecting the public … and if you are serious about your personal obligations to your family, then that should be enough,” said Jessica Desfosses, urging the police officers to get vaccinated.

Their appeal comes as law enforcement officials and their unions across the country have opposed vaccine mandates despite the delta-fueled resurgence of Covid-19 and the effectiveness of the gunfire in preventing serious cases and death.

The reasons given for vaccine resistance among law enforcement officers include disinformation and even distrust of the science of vaccines.

The debate reflects growing tensions between unions and employers at the national level as cities and companies try to enforce vaccine mandates.

“You’re not being drafted for this job. That’s what you volunteer for,” said Charles Ramsey, a former Washington, DC police chief and CNN law enforcement analyst. “You understand, if you take the job, you have to make sacrifices in many different ways.”

Police unions challenge Covid mandates

In Chicago, up to half of ordinary officers at the country’s second-largest police department are taking unpaid leave as their union and Mayor Lori Lightfoot argue over a city requirement that officers disclose their vaccination status.

Lightfoot on Friday accused police union president John Catanzara of attempting to “stir up a riot” by asking officials to ignore a deadline to report vaccine status.

The city filed a complaint alleging that the union “encourages a work stoppage or strike”. A Cook County Circuit judge ruled Friday night that Catanzara should not make public statements urging members not to adhere to vaccination guidelines.

Catanzara “never participated in, supported or encouraged a work stoppage,” the union said in a statement on Friday.

The gun influx is “ground zero for violence” at the end of a bloody summer in Chicago.

Chicago officials had midnight Thursday to disclose their vaccine status or go on unpaid leave, Catanzara said earlier this week.

Lightfoot said the city will take time over the weekend to check with officials who have failed to comply. She said officers should report to duty until their superiors told them they were on leave.

Earlier this month, the former union president died of Covid-19 from 2014 to 2017.

In Miami, officials oppose a vaccination mandate. In Pittsburgh, the police chief sent emails urging officers to protect themselves as the Delta variant drove Covid-19 cases soaring.

In Seattle, police had “all non-patrolling sworn personnel, detectives, training and support personnel” ready to respond to emergency calls ahead of Monday’s vaccination mandate deadline, said Sgt. Randy Huserik, a spokesman.

The Seattle Mayor’s office said nearly 140 officials were unvaccinated or had not requested an exception. Huserik said that around 320 officials had left the force since early 2020.

Police union president Mike Sloan said Seattle could begin the process of separating officers from the department after the deadline.

“If we seem to lose over 300 people to this mandate, this public safety crisis we are experiencing will look like a no-brainer,” Sloan said.

The loss of an “outstanding officer” occurs

Law enforcement agencies across the US have pleaded with officials who are reluctant to get the shot. Yet many unions and their members continue to push back.

“It is a right to be vaccinated naturally. It is an individual right, and I still firmly believe in it,” said Dan Yancey, chief of police in Owasso, Oklahoma. “But I would certainly encourage people to do that.”

In Baker, Louisiana, outside Baton Rouge, the Covid-19 death of Lt. DeMarcus Dunn last August, according to Police Chief Carl Dunn many colleagues to get vaccinated.

Up to half of Chicago police officers could be given unpaid leave because of vaccination disputes

“He lost his father at a very young age and it was a village that raised him,” Chief Dunn said of the officer.

“And when you talk about an outstanding officer, an outstanding citizen, an outstanding person who has always given something back, that struck us. It was a big void in this department to lose such an outstanding officer.”

Before the lieutenant’s death on August 13, about 70% of the police force were unvaccinated. Now 95% of the city’s 40 officials have received the shot, the chief said.

“The point I’m trying to get across is that this pandemic is replacing any kind of policy, any kind of belief, anything you have that makes you hesitant to get vaccinated,” said Chief Dunn.

The national police union promotes vaccinations but rejects mandates.

Catanzara has called the issue a labor dispute.

The Miami City Commission unanimously votes for the dismissal of Police Chief Acevedo

“We will continue to fight this mandate and this dictatorship,” said Catanzara, president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, echoing the sentiments of union leaders across the country.

“You’d think there’s no crime to worry about in this city.

Late last month, hundreds of Washington State Patrol employees applied for religious and medical vaccination exemptions the day after the agency announced the death of a soldier from Covid-19.

Washington state employees must be fully vaccinated by Monday. The mandate covers 60,000 civil servants and 40,000 healthcare workers.

“We invest quite a bit in the screening and training of these people. We don’t want to lose them as friends or because of Covid,” said Chris Loftis, spokesman for the Washington State Patrol.

Widow receives copies of vaccination cards

Michael Weiskopf, 52, a St. Petersburg, Florida police officer died on August 27 after battling Covid-19 for about a month. He was an 18 year old law enforcement veteran.

“That was terrible and it didn’t have to happen,” said his widow Karen Weiskopf. “He was so strong. He was so healthy … He was my best friend. Perfect husband.”

Karen Weiskopf said she was vaccinated, but her husband hesitated. She tried several times to convince him.

His father, a police officer, died of Covid-19.  Colleagues accompanied him on his first day of school

“He wasn’t sure what was in the vaccine … I got a feeling that Mike wasn’t vaccinated because he didn’t have all the facts,” she said. “There’s a lot of information that just moves … Science leaves the picture. It’s just gossip.”

Karen Weiskopf believes that her husband’s death served as a warning to other officials unwilling to vaccinate.

“I still get letters to this day. I get calls,” she said. “I’ll get copies of vaccination cards in the mailboxes from people I don’t know.”

Jessica Desfosses wants to turn her untold loss into an opportunity to save lives.

“It’s absolutely as bad as you can imagine raising two little girls without their father,” she said of late husband Stephen, who “wanted to be first in line for this vaccine” but was never given the chance.

“And if he had had the choice of giving himself this extra protection so that he could continue serving the public and still be able to return to his family, he definitely would have done it.”

This story was told by CNN’s Ryan Young, Jason Morris, Priya Krishnakumar, Peter Nickeas, Claudia Dominguez, and Ray Sanchez. It was written by Sanchez.

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14,700+ new cases reported this week; 61.8% of Virginians now fully vaccinated

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RICHMOND, Virginia – To provide accurate, easy-to-understand information about the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing vaccination efforts, WTVR.com will update this post weekly with statistics from the Virginia Department of Health.

COVID-19 IN VIRGINIA (Scroll Down for US Statistics)

Positive COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began: 902,938 (+14,779 from last Friday)
Hospitalization since the start of the pandemic: 37,767 (+503 from last Friday)
COVID-19-related deaths since pandemic started: 13,391 (+316 from last Friday)

Total number of tests: 13,366,135 (+238,872 from last Friday)
All Health Districts Current 7-day total positivity rate: 7.6% (from 8.2% last Friday)

People vaccinated with at least one dose: 5,863,070 (+16,429 from last Sunday)
% of the population with at least one dose: 68.7% (from 68.5% last Sunday)
Fully vaccinated people: 5,272,132 (+61,428 from last Friday)
% of the population fully vaccinated: 61.8% (from 61.0% last Sunday)

For a full breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Virginia by city / county, click here

NOTE: This updated data is provided daily at 10 a.m. by the Virginia Department of Health. Officials said her data cutoff was 5 p.m. the day before. (Case / test data is now available Monday through Friday, while vaccination data is updated seven days a week.) Get the latest tables and updated figures from the VDH here.

** Scroll down for week-to-week comparison of COVID cases **

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These children were vaccinated on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at Richmond Raceway.

VIRGINIA VACCINATION: Virginians 12 and older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination. Register for the COVID-19 vaccine on the Vaccinate Virginia website or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-275-8343). You can also search for specific vaccines and which ones are available in your area through the Vaccine Finder website.

USE OF VACCINE SUPPLY

FULL COVERAGE: COVID-19 HEADLINES (App users, click here for a full list.)

  • Local news

    Virginia health professionals are exploring the future of booster vaccinations

    Shannon Lilly

    October 15, 2021, 11:40 pm

  • National news

    States may reserve COVID-19 admissions for younger children next week

    The Associated Press & Scripps National

    18:08, 10/15/2021

  • Coronavirus

    Tour Chesterfield’s new community vaccination clinic

    Brendan King

    16:55, 10/15/2021

  • National news

    Rage Rooms help frontline workers reduce stress

    Tomas Hoppough

    16:20, 10/15/2021

  • Coronavirus

    FDA Panel Recommends Boosting J & J’s COVID-19 Vaccine

    Kyle Hicks

    1:55 pm, 10/15/2021

  • National news

    Navy Announces COVID Inoculation Schedule and Discharge Details

    Kyle Hicks

    10/15/2021, 12:08 pm

  • Coronavirus

    COVID-19 in Virginia: 2,350+ new cases on Friday

    WTVR CBS 6 web contributors

    10:17, October 15, 2021

  • Coronavirus

    Almost 90 more COVID-19 patients discharged

    WTVR CBS 6 web contributors

    10:05, October 15, 2021

  • Coronavirus

    US lift international travel restrictions for November 8th

    Alex Hider

    10:05, October 15, 2021

  • Coronavirus

    Protests welcome the debut of the Italian COVID passport rule in the workplace

    The Associated Press

    09:24, October 15, 2021

  • Coronavirus

    FDA advisory panel discusses booster for J&J vaccine

    Caroline Coleburn

    06:51, October 15, 2021

  • National news

    Kyrie Irving speaks out after being put on the bench

    Scripps National

    17:57, October 14, 2021

  • National news

    How a group of mothers helped give a voice to long-distance COVID-19 drivers

    Amanda Brandeis

    15:43, October 14, 2021

  • Coronavirus

    COVID-19 in Virginia: 2,600+ new cases Thursday

    WTVR CBS 6 web contributors

    3:02 p.m., October 14, 2021

  • Coronavirus

    105 more COVID-19 patients discharged

    WTVR CBS 6 web contributors

    3:02 p.m., October 14, 2021

  • National news

    Almost 500 police officers have died from COVID-19 in the past 2 years

    Sarah Dewberry

    14:13, 10/14/2021

  • Coronavirus

    Health officials are preparing to vaccinate younger children

    Caroline Coleburn

    10/14/2021, 12:17 pm

  • Coronavirus

    Union pres. urges police to ignore Chicago’s vaccination mandate

    Alex Hider

    14.10.2021, 12:14 p.m.

  • Coronavirus

    FDA Panel Endorses Moderna High Risk Adult Boosters

    Alex Hider

    10:13, October 14, 2021

  • Coronavirus

    Louisiana Zoo begins vaccinating animals against COVID

    KATC staff and Scripps National

    16:23, 10/13/2021

  • Coronavirus

    NIH Study: Mixing and Matching COVID Vaccines Is Effective

    Scripps National

    16:17, 10/13/2021

  • National news

    Wisconsin Brewery Helps Parents Sue “Every School District”

    Sarah Dewberry

    10/13/2021, 3:53 p.m.

  • Coronavirus

    Survey: Almost a third of adults say their children are very unlikely to be vaccinated against COVID-19

    Dan Grossmann

    14:57, 10/13/2021

  • Coronavirus

    Some companies will defy Abbott and keep the Vax mandates

    Alex Hider

    14:17, 10/13/2021

TRACKING COVID IN VIRGINIA: WEEKLY COMPARISON

Week from October 9th to 15th
Positive COVID-19 cases: +14,779
People admitted to the hospital: +503
COVID-19-related deaths: +316

Week from October 4th to 8th
Positive COVID-19 cases: +18,831
People admitted to the hospital: +553
COVID-19 deaths: +269

Week of Sept. 27th-Oct. 1
Positive COVID-19 cases: +19,463
People in hospital: +579
COVID-19-related deaths: +295

Week from 20.-24. September
Positive COVID-19 cases: +22,668
People in the hospital: +718
COVID-19 deaths: +269

Week from September 13th to 17th
Positive COVID-19 cases: +25,370
People in the hospital: +718
COVID-19 deaths: +233

Week from September 6th to 10th
Positive COVID-19 cases: +23,660
People admitted to the hospital: +670
COVID-19-related deaths: +137

Week of August 30th – September 3rd

Positive COVID-19 cases: +23,515
People admitted to the hospital: +682
COVID-19 deaths: +130

Week 23-27 August

Positive COVID-19 cases: +20,573
People admitted to the hospital: +674
COVID-19-related deaths: +122

Week of August 16-20

Positive COVID-19 cases: +16,253
People admitted to the hospital: +577
COVID-19-related deaths: +48

Week 9-13 August

Positive COVID-19 case: +13,162
People admitted to the hospital: +465
COVID-19-related deaths: +41

Week from 2nd to 6th August

Positive COVID-19 cases: +10,280
People admitted to the hospital: +292
COVID-19-related deaths: +26

Week from 26.-30. July

Positive COVID-19 cases: +6,084
People admitted to the hospital: +269
COVID-19-related deaths: +32

Week 19-23 July

Positive COVID-19 cases: +3,801
People admitted to the hospital: +131
COVID-19-related deaths: +23

Week 12-16 July

Positive COVID-19 cases: +1,826
People admitted to the hospital: +145
COVID-19-related deaths: +27

Week from 5th to 9th July

Positive COVID-19 cases: +1,601
People in hospital: +158
COVID-19-related deaths: +23

Week from June 28th to July 2nd

Positive COVID-19 cases: +1,243
People admitted to the hospital: +268
COVID-19-related deaths: +30

Week 21-25 June

Positive COVID-19 cases: +1,180
People in the hospital: +48
COVID-19-related deaths: +46

Week 14-18 June

Positive COVID-19 cases: +905
People in hospital: +148
COVID-19-related deaths: +44

Week from June 7th to 11th

Positive COVID-19 cases: +1,003
People admitted to the hospital: +211
COVID-19-related deaths: +71

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NEW: COVID-19 cases drop under 500 in Nevada, and below 300 in Clark County

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See the full COVID-19 report for October 14th below.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Clark County’s new COVID-19 cases have dropped below 300 for the first time since June, according to data released today. Nationwide, the cases fell to below 500 by the weekend.

The drop in daily cases is the latest good news as the summer spike in COVID-19 cases eases.

The state reported 10 deaths, five of which were from Clark County.

The test positive rates for the state and county were unchanged since yesterday. Nevada’s rate is 7.9% and the county’s rate is 6.9%. Nine of the state’s 17 counties still have rates of 10% or more, with Elko County beating the rest at 22.6%.

Cases shifted away from Clark County in the last month of the current COVID-19 spike, but the mask mandate has remained nationwide. The state follows the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the mask rule. The mandate remains in force in each county until the following conditions are met:

  • The COVID-19 test positivity rate must be less than 8%
  • The fall rate (per 100,000 inhabitants over 7 days) must be below 50.

Clark County is currently 6.9% test positive and the fall rate is 105.5, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

Nevada continues to be identified as a place of high transmission of COVID-19 and Clark County remains “an area of ​​concern,” according to an updated White House report. The district was first referred to as a “sustainable hotspot” on July 5th.

Almost all of Nevada is designated as a “High Transmission” area. The CDC uses cases per 100,000 in the past seven days to determine high transmission.

A BREAKDOWN OF CASES, DEATHS AND TESTS

The number of cases in Nevada rose 495 last day, to 255 in Clark County last day. The total number of cases in the state now stands at 430,665. Clark County has a total of 326,538. It’s important to note that the state no longer updates the dashboard on weekends or holidays, so reports may have higher case and death rates on Monday and Tuesday.

You can find this data under the “Current Status – Confirmed Cases” tab of the DHHS dashboard

Nevada’s test positive rate is 7.9%, unchanged from yesterday. It fell below 5.0%, the World Health Organization target, on May 17, and rose above it on June 28. Clark County’s rate is 6.9%, unchanged from yesterday.

Of the 10 other deaths related to COVID-19, five were from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 5,835 of the state’s 7,422 deaths. The 14-day moving average is 12 deaths per day.

As of September 30, the Southern Nevada Health District reports 158 groundbreaking deaths, 482 groundbreaking hospital admissions, and 10,449 groundbreaking cases. The county did not give an update last week.

As of yesterday, Nevada had a total of 5,086,134 COVID-19 tests, up from 12,825 since yesterday.

* NOTE: Daily laboratory data from DHHS and SNHD reports are provided every morning for the Previous day.

TRACKING NV COUNTIES

Clark County’s test positive rate has dropped below 8%, removing the county from the state watch list due to increased risk of transmission. If the county can maintain test-positive and testing levels, state restrictions – including mask requirements – could be relaxed. A separate measure of the county’s case rate – currently 105.5 cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days – must drop below 50 for two weeks before the mask mandate can end.

In today’s report, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Storey, and Washoe Counties are featured.

The Clark County’s fall rate (508 per 100,000 in the last 30 days) is flagged in the data reported today. Test positive rate (6.9%) and tests (354 tests per day per 100,000) are in the acceptable range for the state.

VACCINATION UPDATE

The country’s health department reports 3,196,188 cans of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Nevada, from October 14th.

To date, 55% of Nevadans currently eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated, and more than 63% of the eligible population have started vaccinations. Clark County reports that 54% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.

A DISTRIBUTION OF HOSPITALS IN NEVADA

NOTE: The state does not update hospitalization information Weekends or holidays.

According to the state’s Department of Health (DHHS), the number of hospitalized patients was in Nevada HIGH (+1) on the last day.

The current number of hospital admissions is 749 confirmed / suspected cases. Hospitals reported that 151 of these patients were in intensive care units and 104 on ventilators. To give some perspective, the state set a record high for hospital patients on December 13 with 2,025 cases.

The Nevada Hospital Association did not submit a weekly COVID update last week. It was expected to return on October 13, but no update has been provided.

You can find this data under the “Current Status – Hospital Stays” tab of the DHHS dashboard

RECOVERY FALLS IN SOUTHERN NEVADA

The number of people in southern Nevada who have recovered from the virus continues to rise. The latest county update estimates a total of 310,921 recovered cases; that’s 95.2% of all reported cases in the county, according to the latest report from SNHD.

The health district provides a daily map showing the number of positive tests in each Clark County zip code.

MITIGATION MEASURES IN NEVADA

Nevada was born on Jan.

The CDC reversed course on July 27, saying that fully vaccinated Americans in areas of “significant and high” public transmission should wear masks if COVID-19 cases increase. Most of Nevada falls into these two risk categories.

Nevada said it will adopt the CDC’s guidelines with the new mask guideline, which went into effect on July 30 at 12:01 am. This overrides the Clark County’s employee mask mandate that came into effect in mid-July.

On August 16, Governor Sisolak signed a new policy allowing fully vaccinated attendees to remove their masks at large gatherings, but only if the venue decides that everyone present must provide proof of vaccination. Those who only have one vaccination and are not “fully vaccinated” would still be able to participate, as would children under the age of 12, but both would have to wear masks.

Masks must continue to be worn if required by state, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidelines.

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