Nearly two and a half years since COVID-19 altered our sense of space and safety, the CDC is loosening its guidelines on social distancing and quarantining.
Why it matters: The shift marks a significant change in the country's approach to the pandemic. A majority of Americans are now fully vaccinated against the virus or have been exposed to it, Axios' Sareen Habeshian reports.
Most Texans have probably had COVID-19, newly released CDC data suggests.
Driving the news: Immunity from prior infections and vaccinations has driven down hospitalizations in North Texas and statewide.
- North Texas remains at a low level of community risk for COVID.
COVID is killing more people per 100,000 in red states than in blue states.
Why it matters: "The COVID-19 pandemic removed any doubt that state policies can affect health outcomes," Virginia Commonwealth University professor Steven Woolf recently argued in JAMA.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an attempt to end the federal mask mandate on planes.
- The latest suit comes days after he sued the company that owns Facebook, alleging the technology conglomerate violated the state’s privacy protections by utilizing facial recognition technology without users’ consent.
A professor at Collin College says his contract won’t be renewed because he spoke publicly about the school’s COVID-19 protocols.
- Michael Phillips, who teaches history and wrote the book “White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001,” also received warnings from college administrators after writing an op-ed calling for the removal of Confederate monuments.
Why it matters: North Texas has become a flashpoint in the national battle over free speech in public education, with an increase in calls to ban books and strife over restrictions on how teachers can discuss racism.
Several North Texas school districts have canceled classes for the rest of the week, while others are now requiring students and staff to wear masks in response to a surge of new coronavirus cases.
Why it matters: Pediatric hospitals have reported an increase in positive COVID test results in the month since the first omicron case was reported in North Texas.
As Omicron continues to surge, the state of Texas has no cohesive strategy to monitor the results of at-home rapid COVID tests.
Why it matters: Without knowing the results of at-home tests, health officials and the public have less information about the true number of cases.
North Texas has more reported cases of COVID than at any other time since the pandemic began.
- Dallas County reported 6,589 new coronavirus cases Friday, the highest number of single-day cases on record.
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