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90% of the Nation Should Now Be Wearing Masks, According to CDC

Good luck enforcing that, however.

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With the delta variant of COVID-19 continuing to make headlines around the country, state and local officials from coast to coast have some tough decisions to make.

The highly contagious offshoot of the O.G. coronavirus tends to carry a heavier viral load than its predecessor, and is simply ravaging certain pockets of the country – particularly among the unvaccinated, but with breakthrough infections also occurring within the inoculated.

The sudden uptick in cases has many wondering if mask requirements or vaccine mandates are going to be coming down from on-high, or, worse, that fresh lockdowns are on the horizon.

This week, the CDC released some shocking data that could push some local authorities to take action. 

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he quickly spreading delta variant of the coronavirus has lifted most US counties into infection rates that necessitate the wearing of masks indoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. “Over 90% of counties in the United States are experiencing substantial or high transmission,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC director, said at a briefing Thursday, CNBC reports. Under CDC guidelines, vaccinated and unvaccinated people now should wear masks indoors. The agency tweaked its recommendations two weeks ago to this standard. In Vermont, for example, that means people in 9 of the 14 counties should mask up, per VTDigger.

The numbers do appear a bit concerning.

The CDC counted 132,384 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, Walensky said. That put the seven-day average around 113,000 cases per day, up almost 24% from the week before. Hospital admissions rose about 31% over the previous week, to about 9,700 per day.

In some southern states, hospitals are beginning to strain under the influx of patients.  In western Louisiana, it was reported that hospitals had reached capacity and that patients were being transported to Texas for treatment.

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Lee Greenwood Booted from Arts Council by Biden Administration

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If there is one thing that the Biden administration is superb at, it’s putting its foot right in its mouth.

Maybe this was to be expected.  Biden is, after all, the most gaffe-prone President that our nation has ever seen.  But the sheer ignorance the team maintains for PR issues is still astounding, and this week was no exception.

President Joe Biden on Wednesday removed country music singer/songwriter Lee Greenwood from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Greenwood was first appointed by President George W Bush in 2008. Greenwood was reappointed to six-year terms by both Presidents Barack Obama and Donald J Trump.

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“You know, it’s a six-year appointment and I was appointed by George W. Bush 43,” Greenwood told Fox and Friends. “So I served under his term. Also, President Obama’s term. Of course, President Trump’s term.”

Greenwood was shocked by the move.

The singer’s most renowned hit was “God Bless The USA”, and was a feature of a great many of Donald Trump’s political rallies, making this move by the Biden administration appear terribly petty.

But, for a White House that appears to be completely unaware of their own image, why would we expect anything different?

If there is one thing that the Biden administration is superb at, it’s putting its foot right in its mouth. Maybe this was to be expected.  Biden is, after all, the most gaffe-prone President that our nation has ever seen.  But the sheer ignorance the team maintains for PR issues is still astounding, and this week was no exception. President Joe Biden on Wednesday removed country music singer/songwriter Lee Greenwood from the National Endowment for the Arts. Greenwood was first appointed by President George W Bush in 2008. Greenwood was reappointed to six-year terms by both Presidents Barack Obama and Donald J Trump. “You know, it’s a six-year appointment and I was appointed by George W. Bush 43,” Greenwood told Fox and Friends. “So I served under his term. Also, President Obama’s term. Of course, President Trump’s term.” Greenwood was shocked by the move. The singer’s most renowned hit was “God Bless The USA”, and was a feature of a great many of Donald Trump’s political rallies, making this move by the Biden administration appear terribly petty. But, for a White House that appears to be completely unaware of their own image, why would we expect anything different?

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As Delta Hysteria Surges, CostCo Brings Back Purchase Limits

But not for the reason that you think…

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Despite the Biden administration’s hard-fought narrative regarding a July 4th “independence from COVID” celebration, there is still plenty of worry out there about the virus – particularly as the delta variant continues to surge.

Health experts have blamed some of this surge on the return of children to school, particularly as many school-aged children are not yet able to receive a vaccine.

But there is another factor that could dial up the spread of the illness as well, as cooler weather forces more Americans back indoors.

CostCo has her issues still, as they deal with a massive truck driver shortage, and have had to return to pandemic-style purchase limits to keep products on the shelves.

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Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said Thursday the company wants to make sure it has essential items at stores, even as shipping delays and truck driver shortages make it hard to keep them on shelves.

During an earnings call, he said the retailer is “putting some [purchase] limitations on key items.” Those include toilet paper, paper towels, bottled water and high-demand cleaning products. He did not specify how many of each item customers will be able to buy.

The new product limits are prompted by a different challenge than the ones in earlier phases of the pandemic, when stores saw unusually high demand for paper products and antibacterial wipes as customers stockpiled those goods.

“A year ago there was a shortage of merchandise,” Galanti said. “Now they’ve got plenty of merchandise but there’s two- or three-week delays on getting it delivered because there’s a limit on short-term changes to trucking and delivery needs of the suppliers, so it really is all over the board.”

The company is actively working on solutions, however, even going so far as to charter several ocean liners to transport product from Asia to the US in the coming months.

Despite the Biden administration’s hard-fought narrative regarding a July 4th “independence from COVID” celebration, there is still plenty of worry out there about the virus – particularly as the delta variant continues to surge. Health experts have blamed some of this surge on the return of children to school, particularly as many school-aged children are not yet able to receive a vaccine. But there is another factor that could dial up the spread of the illness as well, as cooler weather forces more Americans back indoors. CostCo has her issues still, as they deal with a massive truck driver shortage, and have had to return to pandemic-style purchase limits to keep products on the shelves. Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said Thursday the company wants to make sure it has essential items at stores, even as shipping delays and truck driver shortages make it hard to keep them on shelves. During an earnings call, he said the retailer is “putting some [purchase] limitations on key items.” Those include toilet paper, paper towels, bottled water and high-demand cleaning products. He did not specify how many of each item customers will be able to buy. The new product limits are prompted by a different challenge than the ones in earlier phases of the pandemic, when stores saw unusually high demand for paper products and antibacterial wipes as customers stockpiled those goods. “A year ago there was a shortage of merchandise,” Galanti said. “Now they’ve got plenty of merchandise but there’s two- or three-week delays on getting it delivered because there’s a limit on short-term changes to trucking and delivery needs of the suppliers, so it really is all over the board.” The company is actively working on solutions, however, even going so far as to charter several ocean liners to transport…

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