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HHS Secretary Alex Azar. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

There are still 2,047 migrant children who were separated from their parents in the care of Health and Human Services, Secretary Alex Azar said at a hearing in front of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, and it is unclear whether any have been successfully reunited with the family they were separated from.

Why it matters: Azar said that "several hundred" children have been placed in the custody of a parent or relative already in the states, but no child can be reunited to a parent still in immigration detention. In a call with reporters later Tuesday afternoon, HHS did not answer whether the agency is still receiving additional migrant children who have been separated from their parents at the border.

The details:

  • HHS did confirm that the 500 children that have been touted as being reunited with their parents never made it into HHS custody. Those children are presumably still in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security with their families.
  • When asked how many parents have been told where their kids are, Azar only repeated that every parent has access to information locating their child.
  • However Azar added that HHS agents are working with ICE agents to help parents get in contact with their kids, "We want to have every child and every parent connected and in regular communication."

Bottom line: As of right now, it appears that there have been no children in HHS custody who have been reunited with the parent(s) that they were initially separated from.

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WHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron

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Health measures taken to combat COVID-19 before the emergence of Omicron would also help against the new variant of concern, World Health Organization officials said Friday.

What they're saying: Takeshi Kasai, WHO regional director for the Western Pacific, said during a virtual briefing broadcast from Manila, Philippines, that border controls imposed by the U.S. and other nations can "buy time" to deal with the variant, but warned "every country and every community must prepare for new surges in cases."

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Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Nevada's Public Employees' Benefit Program Board voted Thursday to charge workers enrolled in public employee health insurance plans a surcharge of up to $55 a month if they're not vaccinated against COVID-19, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Why it matters: Nevada is the first state to announce such a move, per AP.

Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin testifies before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Getty Images

The state of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Thursday in an attempt to block the enforcement of its vaccine mandate for federal employees.

Why it matters: The move comes one day after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin denied Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's (R) request to exempt the state's National Guard from the mandate.