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Nurse Katie Kelley puts on PPE before treating a COVID-19 patient. Photo: Nic Coury/AFP via Getty Images

The CDC is asking unvaccinated people to not travel this Labor Day weekend, citing the surge in COVID-19 cases largely driven by the Delta variant.

What they're saying: "First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling," CDC director Rochelle Walensky said during a White House COVID-19 press briefing Tuesday.

  • Walensky added that while people who are fully vaccinated and wear masks can travel, "with disease transmission right now, we would say that people need to take ... these risks into their own consideration as they think about traveling."
  • Walensky noted the CDC recommends masks for everyone in public indoor spaces.

By the numbers: The seven-day average of COVID-19 cases was 129,418 as of Aug. 29, per the CDC.

  • The seven-day average for new hospitalizations was 11,533.
  • About 61.4% of the U.S. population 12 years and older has been fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.

Go deeper: The U.S. needs a COVID goal

Go deeper

Updated Oct 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Vaccines: Mix-and-matching gains momentum — Boosters overtake first doses in U.S. — Pfizer to vaccinate Brazilian cityPanel endorses J&J booster.
  2. Health: Age is still a huge coronavirus risk factor — Unvaccinated 11x more likely to die from COVID — 5x more police officers died from COVID than guns.
  3. Politics: Over 30 states limited public health powers — Pope Francis calls on companies to release vaccine patents — Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders.
  4. Education: Education secretary reveals limits to Biden’s mask push on states — LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations — Parent sues Wisconsin school district after child tests positive.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.

GE to mandate COVID vaccinations for U.S. workers

Photo: Sebastien Bozon/AFP via Getty Images

General Electric will require all of its workers in the U.S. to be vaccinated against COVID-19, citing President Biden's executive order for federal contractors, the company confirmed to Axios on Tuesday.

Why it matters: General Electric is the latest in a slew of major companies to mandate the vaccine for workers, following in the footsteps of American Airlines, Tyson Foods and Microsoft, among others.

Oct 19, 2021 - Health

Virginia governor has had long COVID for more than a year

Gov. Ralph Northam. Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam still has long COVID-19 symptoms more than a year after his initial infection, he said in an interview with the Virginian-Pilot.

Why it matters: The Democratic governor is one of millions of Americans suffering from symptoms of long COVID, which could have serious implications for employers and social programs if enough people can no longer work because of it, per Axios' Caitlin Owens.