Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 718 new COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths on Wednesday.
Despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s plans to lift the statewide COVID-19 mask mandates starting next week, over 80+ restaurants and bars in DFW will still require masks in opposition to Abbott’s reopening plans. The Dallas Morning News has the full list and more here.
Effective immediately, all Texas vaccine providers should include all school staff, Head Start program staff and child care staff in their vaccine administration programs, according to a report from the Texas Tribune. The change in eligibility comes from the urging of the Biden administration to prioritize teachers and school staff.
Data in key COVID-19 metrics disproves Gov. Greg Abbott’s claims that ‘Texas is far better positioned’ for reopening, reports WFAA. State data shows the seven-day averages of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths, as well as current hospitalizations and the positivity rate all are higher now than they were in October 2020.