Reuters: Get a friend vaccinated and eat out on us, Swiss govt tells citizens

Reuters: Get a friend vaccinated and eat out on us, Swiss govt tells citizens. “Swiss citizens who persuade their friends to get COVID-19 shots can look forward to a free restaurant meal or cinema outing courtesy of the state, under a scheme aimed at boosting the country’s low vaccination rate. Switzerland has witnessed numerous anti-vaxxer protests and 42% of its 8.7 million population are not yet fully vaccinated, relatively high by European standards.”

CNN: Justice Brett Kavanaugh tests positive for Covid-19

CNN: Justice Brett Kavanaugh tests positive for Covid-19. “Justice Brett Kavanaugh has tested positive for Covid-19, the Supreme Court said Friday, the first publicly known case of coronavirus among the high court’s justices. Kavanaugh, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive on Thursday night, the court said in a statement. The justice’s immediate family tested negative and he has no symptoms.”

‘Everything Going the Wrong Way’: Dollar Stores Hit a Pandemic Downturn (New York Times)

New York Times: ‘Everything Going the Wrong Way’: Dollar Stores Hit a Pandemic Downturn. “Dollar stores, which pay among the lowest wages in the retail industry and often operate in areas where there is little competition, are stumbling in the later stages of the pandemic. Sales are slowing and some measures of profit are shrinking as the industry struggles with a confluence of challenges. They include burned-out workers, pressure to increase wages, supply chain problems and a growing number of cities and towns that are rejecting new dollar stores because, they say, the business model harms their communities.”

Crain’s Detroit Business: Health agencies rescind COVID mask orders over fears of funding cuts

Crain’s Detroit Business: Health agencies rescind COVID mask orders over fears of funding cuts. ” Two more local health departments in Michigan rescinded their school masking requirement Thursday despite Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer saying she would not enforce Republican-written budget provisions that threaten funding for counties with COVID-19 pandemic orders.”

WRAL: Woman who survived 1918 flu, world war succumbs to COVID

WRAL: Woman who survived 1918 flu, world war succumbs to COVID. “She lived a life of adventure that spanned two continents. She fell in love with a World War II fighter pilot, barely escaped Europe ahead of Benito Mussolini’s fascists, ground steel for the U.S. war effort and advocated for her disabled daughter in a far less enlightened time. She was, her daughter said, someone who didn’t make a habit of giving up. And then this month, at age 105, Primetta Giacopini’s life ended the way it began — in a pandemic.”

“I feel like I am almost a burden”: Student parents face hardships with in-person, virtual pandemic accommodations (Michigan Daily)

Michigan Daily: “I feel like I am almost a burden”: Student parents face hardships with in-person, virtual pandemic accommodations. “The Michigan Daily spoke to student parents regarding their experience after the first month of in-person classes. Each student said they had to weigh many factors — like the age and number of their children and their access to family support — when deciding how to proceed this fall.”

Retired doctor’s license suspended after state found she mailed fake vaccine exemption forms: ‘Let freedom ring!’ (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Retired doctor’s license suspended after state found she mailed fake vaccine exemption forms: ‘Let freedom ring!’. “Over the summer, an anonymous tipster reached out to the Connecticut Department of Public Health with an alarming complaint. Sue McIntosh, a retired physician, was mailing fake coronavirus vaccine and mask exemption forms to those who reached out and followed her instructions, the person reported. All a requester had to do, the tipster wrote, was send McIntosh a stamped and self-addressed manila envelope ‘for every person you would like an exemption for.’”

Senatore Dianne Feinstein: Feinstein Introduces Bill Requiring COVID-19 Vaccine, Negative Test or Recovery Documentation for Domestic Air Travel

Dianne Feinstein: Feinstein Introduces Bill Requiring COVID-19 Vaccine, Negative Test or Recovery Documentation for Domestic Air Travel. “Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced the U.S. Air Travel Public Safety Act, a bill that would require all passengers on domestic airline flights to either be fully vaccinated, have recently tested negative for COVID-19 or have fully recovered from COVID-19. The bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration, to develop national vaccination standards and procedures related to COVID-19 and domestic air travel in order to prevent future outbreaks of the disease.”

NBC News: Delta variant surge pushes Alaska’s sparse health care infrastructure to the brink

NBC News: Delta variant surge pushes Alaska’s sparse health care infrastructure to the brink. “Seven days a week, Stephannie Christian puts on a gown, gloves, an N95 mask and a face shield to travel across rural Alaska, bringing oxygen tanks to the homes of patients with severe Covid-19 cases. Christian, 41, is a physician assistant for Tanana Chiefs Conference, a tribal consortium that works to meet the health needs of 42 Native Alaskan villages in interior Alaska. Since the delta variant became the prominent strain in the state, Christian has been working at a breakneck pace, always on call.”

Washington Post: Mississippi aid program gave little help to renters, but millions to a top law firm

Washington Post: Mississippi aid program gave little help to renters, but millions to a top law firm. “This June, when Tebrica Young stumbled on a new Mississippi aid program for people struggling to pay rent during the pandemic, she thought she had found a lifeline. Her husband was furloughed in March, and the couple was expecting a second child. They had fallen behind on payments for their two-bedroom apartment in Batesville, a small town an hour south of Memphis. So Young applied to the Rental Assistance for Mississippians Program, or RAMP, which is supposed to disburse federal funds to state residents in need. But though she and her husband submitted reams of documents and made multiple calls to the RAMP hotline, Young said, the money never arrived.”

New York Times: After Mandate, 91% of Tyson Workers Are Vaccinated

New York Times: After Mandate, 91% of Tyson Workers Are Vaccinated. “When Tyson announced on Aug. 3 that it would require coronavirus vaccines for all 120,000 of its U.S. employees, the move was notable because it included frontline workers when mandates applied primarily to office workers. At the time, less than half its work force was inoculated. Nearly two months later, about 109,000 employees are vaccinated, said Dr. Claudia Coplein, Tyson’s chief medical officer.”