Mormon vaccine push ratchets up, dividing faith's members
After more than a year of attending church virtually, Monique Allen has struggled to explain to her asthmatic daughter why people from their congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints don’t wear masks. Church leaders recently issued their strongest statement yet urging people to “limit the spread” by getting COVID-19 vaccines and wearing masks, but Allen said she fears it’s still not enough to convince the many families in her congregation who refuse to wear masks and have succumbed to anti-vaccine misinformation. Members of the faith widely known as the Mormon church remain deeply divided on vaccines and mask-wearing despite consistent guidance from church leaders as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus spreads.news.yahoo.com
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announces outdoor mask mandate
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) on Tuesday announced a new statewide outdoor mask mandate requiring people to wear masks in most outdoor settings regardless of vaccination status.State of play: Starting Friday, Oregonians will be required to wear masks outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. While the mandate does not apply to outdoor gatherings in private residences, masks are "strongly recommended" when people from different households cannot remain socially distanced. Get market news wonews.yahoo.com
Starting Monday, Duval County Public Schools employees required to wear masks for 30 days
All Duval County Public Schools employees, district vendors and visitors will be required to wear face coverings for a period of 30 days, starting Monday, according to an email Friday from Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene.
Florida school board to require masks in fall, defying DeSantis's stance
A Florida school board voted Wednesday to require all students and faculty to wear masks inside schools for the fall semester, a policy at odds with Gov. Ron DeSantis's stance against making face covers compulsory.news.yahoo.com
Florida Gov. DeSantis crusades against mask mandates in private roundtable
In a round table discussion Monday, which was not disclosed to the public ahead of time, Gov. Ron DeSantis met with a group of supporters to discuss, and heavily criticize, the idea of wearing face coverings in Florida schools.
NAS Jacksonville to require masks for building entry, whether you’re vaccinated or not
The Naval Air Station Jacksonville Commanding Officer is encouraging personnel and their loved ones to get vaccinated as soon as possible, but whether they are vaccinated or not, they'll be wearing masks inside buildings moving forward he said Tuesday.
Target, CVS join chains making masks optional for fully vaccinated shoppers
Target, CVS, Winn-Dixie, Publix, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart and Starbucks have all announced they’re dropping their requirements that fully vaccinated customers wear face coverings in their stories, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance issued Thursday.
As vaccination totals rise, restrictions finally begin to ease across the country
The country's aggressive vaccination campaign has paid off, according to the CDC. It says coronavirus cases in the country are at their lowest rate since September, deaths are at their lowest point since last April and the test positivity rate is at the lowest point since the pandemic began.
Column: Looking back on 2020: A pants-less year of isolation and fervent hand-washing
We covered our faces with masks and, in doing so, created an easy way to identify the selfish — maskless heathens — and the careless, with masks slouched recklessly below their noses. If you told me at the beginning of 2020 that Americans would be complaining that wearing a cloth mask to protect others from a deadly virus was simply too burdensome, I would’ve laughed you out of the room.chicagotribune.com
Georgia artist makes custom masks that delight community
Georgia artist makes custom masks that delight community Product designer Huckleberry Starnes makes custom masks highlighting the wearer's personality rather than hiding it. Mark Strassmann shares how the masks are putting smiles on faces during these tough times.cbsnews.com
Crowds gather for local parades as COVID-19 cases climb
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As Florida reported its third consecutive day of more than 10,000 newly confirmed coronavirus cases, large crowds gathered for events across Jacksonville. Organizers asked parade-goers to socially distance and encouraged them to wear masks. News4Jax saw groups both wearing masks and not wearing masks and most tried to keep their distance from one another, but some spots along the parade route did get more congested. “We are still going to try and have some fun but yes, definitely going to maintain some distance from everyone,” Taylor Self said. The Florida Department of Health reported 10,431 new cases of COVID-19 in the state on Saturday with 494 new cases in Duval County.
EXPLAINER: What's with the confusion over masks?
Health authorities have changed their guidance on who should wear masks and when to wear them. Here's a look at how what we know about masks has changed, and how government officials are increasingly getting behind the idea of mandating the use of masks. But when BOTH people are wearing masks, that produced the best result. For example, study participants who were supposed to wear masks sometimes didn’t. The president also held rallies that brought together thousands of supporters, most of them not wearing masks.
Woman makes 700 masks for her community, complete with welcoming front-yard display
Still, creating 700 face masks seems to transcend just “the basics,” wouldn’t you say? Moore’s personal project started in April, when Gleaners Community Food Bank asked for help from the community in making face masks for the group’s volunteers, and Moore decided she would lend a hand. Now she estimates she’s made hundreds of face masks for anyone who needs one. She uses some basic patterns and others that are a little more fun, and said she’s working on 50 Halloween-themed masks at the moment. When COVID-19 started, Moore was laid off for three months, so she had some extra time on her hands.
Mark Wahlberg donates 1.3 million face masks to students, teachers in Lakeland and other US cities
LAKELAND, Fla. – Actor Mark Wahlberg is aiding students and teachers across the nation in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, including those in Lakeland, Florida. KSAT reports that Wahlberg’s activewear brand Performance Inspired recently partnered with the active lifestyle brand LifeToGo to donate 1.3 million disposable face masks to teachers and students across the nation, as announced in a press release. Some areas have already received the donated 3-ply masks, including some students and teachers in San Antonio, the release said. Other places where donated masks have been received include Bentonville (AR), Boise (ID), Chicago (Ill.), Cincinnati (Ohio), Grand Rapids (MI), Minneapolis (MN), Portland (OR), Quincy (MA), Rochester (NY), Salisbury (NC), San Antonio (TX), and Woonsocket (RI). Wahlberg posted a video message on social media thanking essential workers and teachers as they combat the pandemic.
Dos and donts of wearing a face mask
Face masks not only slow the spread of COVID-19 but may also protect people wearing them, too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest guide on the dos and donts of wearing a mask. Do NOT wear masks intended for health care workers for example, N95 respirators. RELATED: Masks 101: Everything from mistakes to avoid to how to store your face covering | CONSUMER REPORTS: Your most pressing questions about masks answered by CRs chief scientistAs for wearing a face shield instead of a face mask, both the CDC and Dickerson agree a face shield can be worn in addition to a face mask, but not on its own. If you dont wear a mask under your face shield, small droplets in the air could be carried up under the shield and land on your nose or mouth, Dickerson said.
Wearing a creative or fun face mask? We want to see
This time last year, we were beginning to talk about what kinds of fun costumes and masks we might wear for Halloween. Nowadays, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, masks are an every day, everywhere kind of thing. In an effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus, masks have been mandated for wear in plenty of places, so perhaps your mask has become second nature. That not only makes it a little more fun for those wearing the masks, but for us who are out people-watching (and unable to actually see people’s faces). And perhaps you just might give some others some fun ideas to work with.
Jacksonville resident sews thousands of masks for people across the country
Jacksonville resident sews thousands of masks for people across the countryPublished: August 30, 2020, 10:31 pmA nationwide sewing group called “Auntie Sewing Squad” has been making free masks for people who need them during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jacksonville resident sews thousands of masks for people across the country
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A nationwide sewing group called “Auntie Sewing Squad” has been making free masks for people who need them during the coronavirus pandemic. Jacksonville resident Lori Ann Brown discovered the group, which was started by comedian Kristina Wong, in the spring. “Back in March, I started making masks for all of my friends, all of my neighbors, all of my family,” explained Brown. She also established a branch of the sewing group called “Grandmas Sewing Squad.”“I’m doing this because I love my country,” explained Brown. “I truly believe that every one of those masks will save a life.”To date, Brown said Aunties Sewing Group has distributed nearly 90,000 masks.
Face masks required: Not in all U.S. schools, but it’s happening in Spain
MADRID – Masks will be mandatory for all students in Spain, ages 6 or older, when returning to schools in September because of increased coronavirus cases, the government announced Thursday. Previously, masks were only required for students above age 12 by some Spanish regions. Students will receive a daily body temperature check, must wash hands at least five times per day and classrooms will need frequent ventilation, the government said. That allows localized quarantines if there’s a positive test, rather than closing entire schools. Parents and teachers have expressed concern, with new waves of outbreaks since the country emerged from a strict lockdown.
Nassau County commissioners extend mask mandate through Sept. 25
YULEE, Fla. – The Nassau County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday decided to extend through Sept. 25 an executive order mandating masks at all indoor public spaces where social distancing is not possible. The order had been set to expire Wednesday, but after some discussion, the Board of Commissioners approved the 30-day extension. According to the county, several commissioners said they had been contacted by residents on both sides of the issue, but “they ultimately believe that the health and safety of residents is a priority.”The county said commissioners will be working with the health department and emergency management to establish criteria for lifting the mandate. MASK MANDATE EXTENDED 30 DAYS At today's special meeting, Health Director, Dr. Eugenia Seidel, provided an update on... Posted by Nassau County, FL on Wednesday, August 26, 2020The Associated Press reports studies on the coronavirus and other germs show wearing a mask helps stop infected people from spreading disease to others. Evidence also suggests that masks may offer some protection for the people wearing them.
Masks 101: Everything from mistakes to avoid to how to store your face covering
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. In order for a face mask to be effective, it must cover the mouth and nose period. We have seen people frequently wearing their face covering over their mouth but below their nose. When wearing it or removing it, Rolle said, you need to avoid touching the inside where that virus could be trapped so you dont spread it. To avoid contaminating their masks, Rolle demonstrated how the mask should be stored. Dont wear the same mask every day if it has not been washed, and make sure you change the filter, as well, Rolle explained.
Cloth masks perform well, study shows
According to Raed Dweik, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic, whether your mask is homemade or store-bought, evidence shows wearing one makes a difference. “With the exception of neck fleece, this study provided support that pretty much all cloth mask types reduce expelled droplets,” said Dweik, who was not involved in the research. “Many performed much better than we even originally thought and close to surgical masks.”Data shows the fitted N95 mask was most effective. The bandanna, knitted mask and neck fleece were least effective. He said everyone should wear a mask, even if they don’t have symptoms, because some people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic but still contagious.
Grocery chain Winn-Dixie reverses policy, will require masks
ATLANTA – The parent company of Southern supermarket chain Winn-Dixie said Monday that it is reversing its policy and will now require customers to wear masks at its stores to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Southeastern Grocers Inc. said the requirement will go into effect next Monday. The company had initially rejected a mask mandate, saying it did not want to put its workers in the position of having to ban customers. But in a statement, the company headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, said its position had “evolved” and it wanted to more clearly emphasize the importance of its customers', workers’ and communities’ safety. Still, the company said state and federal officials should be responsible for issuing mask requirements.
St. Johns County commission votes to require masks inside county-controlled buildings
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. The St. Johns County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted to require masks inside county-controlled buildings only. The requirement of masks inside county-controlled buildings goes into effect immediately. Last month, county commissioners declined to take up a mandatory indoor mask policy. In St. Augustine, face coverings are required inside businesses and other buildings open to the public. Masks are also mandatory in St. Augustine Beach.
LIST: Major retailers who require customers wear masks inside their stores
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. With positive cases of COVID-19 on the rise in Florida, more retailers are requiring customers to wear masks while shopping. This includes requiring that store employees wear face coverings and encouraging our customers to do so as well. In any community with state or local laws mandating the use of face coverings, weve made that very clear through signage and other reminders, Roberts explained. Whole FoodsWe are requesting that all customers wear masks while shopping in our stores to protect the health and safety of our team members and communities. Whole Foods Market will be providing face masks at the entrance of all stores for customers who do not have their own face covering.
Walmart will start requiring all customers to wear masks
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Walmart will soon require all customers to wear masks. The mask requirement will go into effect starting next week, according to CNN Business. The move comes after other businesses made the mandatory face mask requirement, such as Starbucks and Best Buy. “To help bring consistency across stores and clubs, we will require all shoppers to wear a face covering starting Monday, July 20. Walmart is currently selling face masks on its website.
Duval County students could be expected to wear masks on campus when schools reopen
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Duval County students could be expected to wear masks on campus when schools reopen next month. And if they ride a bus, they will be required to wear them, as well. RELATED: Duval County schools left scrambling to adjust after state mandateThe president of the teachers union is very clear about what she thinks should be required of students. Brady said that decision needs to be made right away since the school district now has very little time to revamp its initial reopening plan. We are looking at doubling up some bus routes, and require students who are on the bus to wear masks and only have two students per seat, Hershey said.