COVID-19 Bulletin (06/30/21)

Local congresswoman fined for violating House of Representatives mask policy. An end to COVID-19 electricity cut-offs.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 309 new cases and three deaths from COVID-19.

Rep. Beth Van Duyne of Dallas will have to pay the $500 fine after she violated the House chamber’s mask policy in May, the Dallas Morning News reports. On May 18, Van Duyne removed her mask in protest on the House floor with several other Republican members. She protested the enforcement of the mask rule, saying that it violated the CDC guidelines stating that vaccinated Americans could go maskless indoors.

Starting today, private electricity companies can turn people’s electricity off for past-due bills. Last year, the Public Utility Commission of Texas issued a moratorium on disconnections as COVID-19 due to economic difficulties on working people. But state regulators lifted the moratorium after months of pressure from private industry. KERA has more.



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