State Representative Toth calls on Texas Department of State Health Services to rescind COVID-19 vaccination requirement for school children

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports The Woodlands, October 25 – On Friday, October 21, 2022, State Representative Steve Toth, Republican of The Woodlands, sent the following letter to the interim commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), calling upon DSHS to rescind the requirement that schoolchildren receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Toth’s letter to […]

Test scores show historic COVID setbacks for kids across US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic caused historic learning setbacks for America’s children, sparing no state or region as it erased decades of academic progress and widened racial disparities, according to results of a national test that provide the sharpest look yet at the scale of the crisis. Across the country, math scores saw their […]

More kids are repeating a grade. Is it good for them?

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — As Braylon Price remembers it, he struggled with pretty much everything the first full school year of the pandemic. With minimal guidance and frequent disruptions, he had trouble staying on top of assignments and finishing homework on time. It was so rocky his parents asked for him to repeat sixth grade […]

CDC drops quarantine, screening recommendations for COVID-19

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s top public health agency relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines Thursday, dropping the recommendation that Americans quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with an infected person. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said people no longer need to stay at least 6 feet away from others. The […]

Biden tests positive for COVID for 2nd day in a row

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 for the second straight day, in what appears to be a rare case of “rebound” following treatment with an anti-viral drug. In a letter noting the positive test, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the White House physician, said Sunday that the president “continues to feel well” and will keep […]

Biden says a recession is ‘not inevitable’ in bizarre interview

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an utterly bizarre interview, President Joe Biden said Thursday the American people are “really, really down” after a tumultuous two years with the coronavirus pandemic, volatility in the economy and now surging gasoline prices that are slamming family budgets. But he stressed that a recession was “not inevitable” and held out hope of giving the […]

Shanghai moves toward ending 2-month COVID-19 lockdown

SHANGHAI (AP) — Shanghai authorities say they will take major steps Wednesday toward reopening China’s largest city after a two-month COVID-19 lockdown that has set back the national economy and largely confined millions of people to their homes. Full bus and subway service will be restored, as will basic rail connections with the rest of […]

Kim, other N. Koreans attend large funeral amid COVID worry

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A huge number of North Koreans including leader Kim Jong Un attended a funeral for a top official, state media reported Monday, as the country maintained the much-disputed claim that its suspected coronavirus outbreak is subsiding. Since admitting earlier this month to an outbreak of the highly contagious omicron variant, North Korea […]

Harris positive for COVID-19, Biden not a ‘close contact’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the White House announced, underscoring the persistence of the highly contagious virus even as the U.S. eases restrictions in a bid to return to pre-pandemic normalcy. Neither President Joe Biden nor first lady Jill Biden was considered a “close contact” of Harris in […]

Texas AG Paxton rules Houston ISD’s additional paid leave benefits for vaccinated employees violates state law, HIPAA

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin and Houston, April 25 – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton ruled, in response to an inquiry from State Senator Paul Bettencourt (Republican of Houston), that Houston Independent School District (HISD) violated state law by giving additional paid leave benefits to employees who are vaccinated for COVID-19. In Opinion KP-0403, […]

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