Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 382 new COVID-19 cases and 14 deaths on Monday.
Vaccine mandate for federal workers goes into effect, WFAA reports. Executive Order 14043 requires 3.5 million federal employees to show they are fully vaccinated by Nov. 22, to be considered compliant. Limited exemptions are available, however, workers not in compliance are set to begin a “counseling” process that could ultimately result in their termination.
Study finds masks cuts new COVID cases by 53 percent, FOX 4 reports. A study published in the British Medical Journal concluded that the findings are consistent with other research, indicating that hand washing, wearing a mask and physical distancing reduce the spread of COVID-19. The team mentions more research is required “to assess the effectiveness of public health measures after adequate vaccination coverage has been achieved.”
54 percent of Texans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Texas Tribune reports. According to the Census, it is estimated that 93 percent of Texans are eligible for a vaccine. However, the administration of shots in Texas has lagged due to geographic and demographic challenges. Texas has shifted the responsibility of vaccinations from the state to smaller providers who have closer relationships with the community.