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Nurses preparing a dose of coronavirus vaccine in Savannah, Ga., in December 2020. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Savannah, Georgia, will again require people to wear face masks while inside public places because of a “steep and alarming rise” in COVID-19 cases, Mayor Van Johnson announced Monday, per AP.

Why it matters: Savannah is the most recent major U.S. city to reimpose some coronavirus restrictions in response to an increase in cases and hospitalizations.

By the numbers: Chatham County's seven-day rolling average of new cases has sharply increased over the last week.

  • The county is currently reporting an average of 62 new cases per day, according to state data.
  • The county also registered 55 hospitalizations from the virus on July 23.

The big picture: Statewide, cases are almost five times as high as they were in late June, according to AP.

Go deeper: COVID cases are up 55% across the U.S.

Go deeper

89 NYPD officers on leave due to vaccine mandate

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea speaks at a press conference. Photo: Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images

Eighty-nine New York Police Department officers have been placed on unpaid leave since the vaccine mandate for city workers went into effect, Commissioner Dermot Shea told NY1 on Tuesday.

Driving the news: The number is in sharp contrast with an Oct. 28 news release from the heads of five major police unions representing the city's officers, which stated that the city was set to pull 10,000 officers from the streets.

Greene's fines unmasked

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Monday. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has already been fined a quarter of her congressional salary for not wearing a mask on the House floor, yet she says that pales in comparison to the price paid by other public employees.

Why it matters: Republicans have defied a slate of measures put in place by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and bolster security following the Jan. 6 attack. And Greene has the personal wealth to withstand fines aimed at enforcing them.

Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
Nov 2, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Des Moines election: Your 1-minute voting guide

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Election Day is finally upon us. Here's a one-minute cheat sheet of what you need to know to vote Tuesday.

🗳️ Where to vote: You can look up your polling place on the Secretary of State's website.

  • ✉️ If you requested a mail-in ballot that you haven't yet returned, it's too late to send it by mail. Either drop it off at your county’s Election Office before polls close or surrender it at your polling place and vote in person.