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Photo: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

State employees in New York will be required to either get vaccinated or submit to regular coronavirus testing starting on Labor Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced on Wednesday.

The big picture: The announcement comes as some areas have reimposed coronavirus restrictions, as country continues to grapple with the spread of the highly-transmissive Delta variant.

  • New York reported some 2,200 new cases Tuesday, up from 275 a month ago, on June 28, the New York Times reports.

State of play: Cuomo also said that in state-run hospitals, health care workers who handle patients will also be required to get vaccinated. They do not have the option to get tested, the New York Times reports.

What he's saying: "It’s smart, it’s fair and it’s in everyone’s interest," Cuomo said, per the Independent. "We’re working with our unions to implement this quickly and fairly."

Worth noting: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this week said all city workers would be required to get inoculated or get tested weekly. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced a similar requirement for that state's employees.

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Nov 5, 2021 - Health

DeSantis to sue Biden administration over employer vaccine mandate

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that the state will file a lawsuit in response to President Biden's vaccine mandate that goes into effect Jan. 4.

Why it matters: Thursday's lawsuit is the Republican governor's latest attempt to undermine the Biden administration's vaccine requirements.

Nov 4, 2021 - Health

COVID cases fall by 20%, deaths down 15%

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Data: New York Times; Cartogram: Will Chase and Kavya Beheraj/Axios

New COVID-19 infections fell by about 20% nationwide over the past two weeks, though parts of the West and Midwest are seeing their caseloads tick higher.

By the numbers: The U.S. is now averaging about 70,000 new cases and 1,400 deaths per day.

COVID cases fall by 20%

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to plummet all across the U.S.

By the numbers: The U.S. is now averaging roughly 70,000 new cases per day, a 20% drop over the past two weeks.