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Photo: Shannon Stapleton-Pool/Getty Images

New York will lift its mask mandate for vaccinated people on Wednesday, aligning with CDC guidance announced last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference.

Why it matters: The announcement marks a significant milestone for the state, which was one of the first to issue a broad mask mandate in April 2020 when it was facing one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world.

Yes, but: Masks will still be required on public transit and in nursing homes, homeless shelters, jails, schools, and health care facilities. Private businesses and venues can add additional requirements if they choose to.

Driving the news: Cuomo also announced the New York City Marathon will return in November, with a field of runners reduced from 55,000 to about 33,000, according to the New York Times.

By the numbers: New York is seeing the lowest number of hospitalizations and lowest number of patients in the intensive care unit since November.

  • The state on Monday also reported its lowest number for single-day deaths (11) since Oct. 11.
  • Cuomo on Saturday announced that more than half of New York adults have been vaccinated for COVID-19.

Go deeper: CDC mask guidance sparks confusion, questions

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Aug 24, 2021 - Health

Unvaccinated 29 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19, CDC study says

Nurses reposition a COVID patient in the ICU in Torrance, Calif. Photo: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Infection and hospitalization rates in late July were five and 29 times higher, respectively, among unvaccinated people in Los Angeles County than the fully vaccinated, according to a new report out Tuesday from the CDC.

Why it matters: Hospitals and state health officials have been warning that the spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations is mostly attributed to unvaccinated adults.

Aug 24, 2021 - Health

Oregon governor announces outdoor mask mandate

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. Photo: Meg Roussos/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) on Tuesday announced a new statewide outdoor mask mandate requiring people to wear masks in most outdoor settings regardless of vaccination status.

State of play: Starting Friday, Oregonians will be required to wear masks outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. While the mandate does not apply to outdoor gatherings in private residences, masks are "strongly recommended" when people from different households cannot remain socially distanced.

Aug 24, 2021 - Health

Arkansas governor says no more ICU beds available for COVID-19 patients

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Photo: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images

There are no more intensive care unit beds available for coronavirus patients due to a surge in cases driven by the Delta variant, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Why it matters: It is the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that ICU beds are full in the state, AP reports. The state reached a new record on Monday for the number of coronavirus patients currently on ventilators, according to government data.

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