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COVID-19 Bulletin (10/07/21)

Federal study looking at Texas mask mandate ban, DFW hospitals see drop in COVID-19 cases, and more.
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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 813 new cases and 15 deaths on Wednesday.

The federal trial determining if Texas’ mask mandate ban hurts students with disabilities starts today, KERA reports. The trial begins one week after the U.S. Department of Justice filed a formal statement supporting the lawsuit.

DFW hospitals are seeing a drop in COVID cases but more patients staying longer in ICU, NBC DFW reports. Parkland Hospital is seeing more people who are no longer infected but still too sick to go home. “We almost have as many patients recovering from COVID in the hospital as we do patients that are here with infectious active COVID, “said Parkland Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Chang.

J&J seeks FDA clearance for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses, The Dallas Morning News reports. The clearance request is to authorize boosters for people 18 and older who previously received the company’s one-shot vaccine.

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