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The California State Capitol in Sacramento. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The California State Capitol in Sacramento has reimposed a mask mandate after nine staff tested positive for COVID-19 — including four people who'd been fully vaccinated against the virus, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday.

What's happening: State lawmakers and staff members must wear face coverings "at all times in the Capitol, the Legislative Office Building and district offices," whether they've been vaccinated against the coronavirus or not, per the New York Times.

  • Under the new policy, which came into effect Tuesday, the Senate and the Assembly will twice a week test staff who aren't fully vaccinated against the virus, per the Times.

The big picture: The highly infectious Delta variant, now the dominant strain in the U.S., has driven a rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the state, causing concern for health officials, the Los Angeles Times notes.

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Oct 15, 2021 - Health

Appeals court declines to block Maine vaccine mandate

A health worker prepares a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination. Photo: Camilo Freedman/APhotografia/Getty Images

A federal appeals court on Friday denied an emergency request to block a COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect in Maine, the Associated Press reports.

Driving the news: The mandate, which Gov. Janet Mills (D) announced in August, requires health care workers in Maine to get vaccinated by Oct. 29 or face losing their jobs.

Minnesota National Guard to assist with hospital staffing shortages

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on April 19. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Gov. Tim Walz (D) announced Friday that he'll put the Minnesota National Guard on alert to help ease staffing shortages at hospitals and care facilities due to the rise in COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated residents in the state.

Driving the news: Over 400 Minnesota patients are currently waiting for beds to open up at other care centers as hospitals across the state have reported that they're at or close to reaching capacity, AP reports.

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Oct 15, 2021 - Health

FDA panel endorses shot of J&J booster for adults

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Members of the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine expert panel on Friday unanimously endorsed a booster shot for adult recipients of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine at least two months after the initial dose.

Why it matters: The advisory committee raised concerns about a dearth of data to support their decision but ultimately decided to support an additional shot for those over 18.