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Washington, D.C, Mayor Muriel Bowser wearing a mask while testifying before Congress in March 2021. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Washington, D.C, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Thursday that people over the age of 2 — regardless of vaccination status — will be required to wear masks indoors starting Saturday because of a rise in new coronavirus cases.

Why it matters: The mandate comes after D.C.’s new case rate recently increased to around 8 daily cases per 100,000 people, according to the Washington Post, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new mask guidance.

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White House says it expects federal contractors to be vaccinated by Dec. 8

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The White House said in new guidance Friday that it expects millions of federal contractors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus no later than Dec. 8.

Why it matters: Companies with federal contractors have been waiting for formal guidance from the White House before requiring those employees to get vaccinated, according to Reuters.

Sep 25, 2021 - Health

Federal judge upholds Cincinnati health care system's COVID vaccine mandate

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A federal judge ruled Friday that a health care provider serving the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati region can issue mandates requiring its more than 10,000 employees to get vaccinated or risk termination.

Why it matters: It's the latest ruling to uphold U.S. private employers' right to issue vaccine mandates, and comes after President Biden signed an executive order requiring vaccinations or once-a-week testing for companies with more than 100 employees.

Sep 24, 2021 - Health

Judge denies Massachusetts State Police attempt to delay state vaccine mandate

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A Superior Court judge on Thursday denied the request of the union representing 1,800 Massachusetts State Police troopers to delay the governor's state employee vaccine mandate, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: State workers who aren't vaccinated in Massachusetts by Oct. 17 will face disciplinary action, including possible termination.