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COVID-19 Bulletin (11/02/21)

Dallas County moves its threat level to orange as the global death toll hits 5 million for COVID-19.
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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 529 new COVId-19 cases and 12 deaths on Monday.

Dallas County lowers COVID-19 risk level to orange, or ‘extreme caution,’ the Dallas Morning News reports. “This does not change orders or requirements, but rather opens up the possibility for some people to engage in a broader group of activities deemed safer by doctors,” said Jenkins. Find Dallas’ current public health recommendations for common activities here.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton files suit against the federal government over vaccine mandate, KERA reports. The lawsuit argues the mandate illegally forces workers to choose between getting the shot or risk losing their jobs. The federal vaccine mandate is set to take effect on Dec. 8. Federal contractors have the flexibility to decide how to enforce it and the ability to provide accommodations for those who refuse the shot.

The global death toll for COVID-19 hits 5 million, WFAA reports. The United States, the European Union, Britain, and Brazil account for an eighth of the global population but nearly half of all reported deaths. The U.S. reports more than 745,000 lives lost related to COVID-19, more than any other nation.

The FDA delays decision on Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for kids 12-17 to continue studies on heart inflammation, FOX 4 reports.  Myocarditis, heart inflammation, is a rare side effect of both Pfizer and Moderna that is more commonly seen in young men or boys and after the second dose.

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