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Workers at Companies With at Least 100 People Must Be Vaccinated By January 4 or Get Weekly Tests

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Tens of millions of Americans who work at companies with 100 or more employees will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4 or get tested for the virus weekly under government rules issued Thursday.

The new requirements are the Biden administration’s boldest move yet to persuade reluctant Americans to finally get a vaccine that has been widely available for months -- or face financial consequences. If successful, administration officials believe it will go a long way toward ending a pandemic that has killed more than 750,000 Americans.

CDC Extends COVID-19 Safety Rules for Cruise Industry Through January 15

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended its COVID-19 safety regulations for the cruise ship industry into January, citing concerns over the highly contagious Delta variant and breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated travelers.

Under the current measures, called a conditional sailing order, cruise lines have been permitted to operate as long as they adhere to certain precautions, such as requiring vaccinations or testing of crew and passengers as well as face masks onboard.

CDC Endorses COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots for Millions of Older and Vulnerable Individuals

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S vaccination drive against COVID-19.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on a series of recommendations from a panel of advisers late Thursday.

CDC Investigating Salmonella Outbreaks in 17 States Linked to Italian-Style Meats

Kimberly Redmond | |

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a pair of salmonella outbreaks spread across 17 states that are possibly linked to Italian-style meat.

In a statement, the CDC said people in both outbreaks reported eating deli meats “such as salami, prosciutto, and other meats that can be found in antipasto or charcuterie assortments.”

CDC Issues New Moratorium on Evictions Until October 3

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new eviction moratorium that would last until October 3, as the Biden administration sought to quell intensifying criticism from progressives that it was allowing vulnerable renters to lose their homes during a pandemic.

The ban announced Tuesday could help keep millions in their homes as the coronavirus’ delta variant has spread and states have been slow to release federal rental aid. It would temporarily halt evictions in counties with “substantial and high levels” of virus transmissions and would cover areas where 90% of the U.S. population lives.

CDC Director Walensky Says There Will Be No Nationwide COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Kimberly Redmond | |

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said there will be no nationwide mandate for Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, clarifying comments she made during a televised interview.

In a Twitter post on Friday, Walensky said, “I was referring to mandates by private institutions and portions of the federal government. There will be no federal mandate.”

CDC Urges All People To Wear Face Masks in High Risk Areas

Kimberly Redmond | |

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its mask guidance on Tuesday, saying that in areas with high transmission levels of COVID-19, all people — vaccinated or not — should wear masks indoors.

In announcing the change, the CDC also recommended that all adults and students wear masks in K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

US Life Expectancy Falls to 77.3 Years, Lowest Since 2003

Kimberly Redmond | |

US life expectancy at birth fell by a year and a half in 2020 to 77.3 years — the lowest level since 2003, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data published on Wednesday.

Overall, the US had its largest one-year decline since World War II, when life expectancy fell 2.9 years between 1942 and 1943, provisional data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) showed.

Judge Denies Request From CDC To Maintain COVID-19 Cruise Rules in Place During Appeal

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A federal judge denied a request from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep its COVID-19-related public health measures for cruises in effective in Florida past July 18.

US District Judge Steven Merryday of the Middle District of Florida originally ruled against the CDC last month, issuing a preliminary injunction that will turn the agency’s conditional sailing order into non-binding recommendations on July 18.

US Officials Extend Tenant Eviction Moratorium Until July 31

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The Biden administration has extended the nationwide ban on evictions for a month to help tenants who are unable to make rent payments during the coronavirus pandemic, but it said this is expected to be the last time it does so.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, extended the evictions moratorium until July 31. It had been scheduled to end June 30. The CDC said Thursday that “this is intended to be the final extension of the moratorium.”

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