Mississippi Free Press: Mississippi Governor Re-enacts Mask Mandates in Nine Counties as COVID-19 Surges

Mississippi Free Press: Mississippi Governor Re-enacts Mask Mandates in Nine Counties as COVID-19 Surges. “Mississippi recorded a dramatic uptick in new COVID-19 cases last week, including some of the highest daily numbers since the pandemic’s summer peak here, when many hospitals were overwhelmed. Cases and hospitalizations dropped dramatically in the weeks after Reeves first issued a statewide mask mandate on Aug. 4. Since its end, though, hospitalizations have also begun rising once more.”

NBC News: Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows refuses to speak to reporters with mask on

NBC News: Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows refuses to speak to reporters with mask on. “White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on [October 12] refused to keep his face mask on when speaking to reporters at the Capitol during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.”

CNN: Twitter removes tweet from Trump coronavirus adviser that undermined importance of masks

CNN: Twitter removes tweet from Trump coronavirus adviser that undermined importance of masks. “Twitter has removed a tweet from White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Scott Atlas that sought to undermine the importance of face masks because it was in violation of the platform’s Covid-19 Misleading Information Policy, a spokesman for the company confirmed on Sunday.”

Willamette Week: Most Oregonians Are Willing to Wear Masks During the Pandemic, but Just Can’t Stop Attending Parties

Willamette Week: Most Oregonians Are Willing to Wear Masks During the Pandemic, but Just Can’t Stop Attending Parties. “Two statewide surveys of Oregonians show that the majority of state residents take mask-wearing precautions seriously amid the COVID-19 pandemic but are still congregating in groups of more than 10.”

Derbyshire Times: Instagram star Oakley gains international attention as Derbyshire springer spaniel puppy shows correct way to wear a face mask

Derbyshire Times: Instagram star Oakley gains international attention as Derbyshire springer spaniel puppy shows correct way to wear a face mask. “Like many of us during the pandemic, twenty-seven-year-old beauty therapist Shannah Nightingale was becoming increasingly frustrated at people wearing their masks incorrectly in shops. So Shannah and her mum decided to get one-year-old pet puppy Oakley to try a mask on for some ‘cute pictures’ and to illustrate the right and many wrong ways to wear a face covering.”

New York Times: Christie Says He Was ‘Wrong’ Not to Wear Masks at White House

New York Times: Christie Says He Was ‘Wrong’ Not to Wear Masks at White House. “Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who was recently battling a coronavirus infection, said on Thursday that he was ‘wrong’ not to wear a mask at an event honoring Judge Amy Coney Barrett and in his debate preparation sessions with President Trump, and that people should take the threat of the virus seriously.”

NBC News: Trump repeats inaccurate claim about masks, citing CDC study

NBC News: Trump repeats inaccurate claim about masks, citing CDC study. “President Donald Trump is again questioning the effectiveness of masks in protecting against catching the coronavirus. On Thursday, he repeated an incorrect claim about masks, citing a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Washington Post: How the mask became a symbol of Biden’s campaign

Washington Post: How the mask became a symbol of Biden’s campaign. “It was a jarring image: a presidential candidate appearing on-camera with a mask covering his nose and mouth, muffling his words as he strained to speak through a black face covering that looked like something from a dystopian movie. America was just two months into the coronavirus pandemic — a time when masks were not routine, Zoom gatherings felt novel, stay-at-home orders had begun lifting and Americans were grappling with a new kind of life amid contagion. But Joe Biden had been wearing a mask for weeks when he interacted with others in private, and he now decided it was time to go public.”

No masks and no back up measures: How the White House became ripe for an outbreak (CNN)

CNN: No masks and no back up measures: How the White House became ripe for an outbreak. “While aides took steps to keep Trump from catching coronavirus, the White House’s ultimate failure and the ensuing West Wing outbreak can be tied to an over-reliance on rapid coronavirus testing and disregard for the most basic and effective public health measures that have become second nature to most Americans: wearing a mask and social distancing.”

Mirfield: Face mask cameras installed at garden centre (BBC)

BBC: Mirfield: Face mask cameras installed at garden centre. “A garden centre has employed mask recognition technology to help stop customers entering without coverings. Whiteley’s Garden Centre at Mirfield, West Yorkshire, has installed cameras linked to software at the entrance point to spot anyone without a mask.”

Washington Post: A pandemic-era ode to every tourist’s guilty pleasure: The gift shop

Washington Post: A pandemic-era ode to every tourist’s guilty pleasure: The gift shop. “Gift shops are the dessert at the end of any tour, gallery or attraction, sometimes better than the exhibits themselves. Do I want to visit Baltimore’s Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum? Of course. But do I want a ‘Masque of the Red Death face mask’ from the Poe House gift shop? Be still my telltale heart — yes! Right now, of course, I can only do one of those things and when it comes to future travels, my outlook is far less sunny than that of Mr. Poe. The evil twins, pandemic and penury, have turned my Bucket List into a Shot Glass List.”

Disability Scoop: ‘Sesame Street’ Helping Kids With Autism Learn To Wear Face Masks

Disability Scoop: ‘Sesame Street’ Helping Kids With Autism Learn To Wear Face Masks. “The videos show Julia going on a virtual playdate with Elmo, practicing wearing a face mask during a video call with her dad and learning to deal with changes as she visits the park for the first time in a long time. In addition to the videos, Sesame Workshop is also offering articles and stories to help parents and caregivers support their kids on the spectrum as they deal with changes in routine.”

BuzzFeed News: Despite The White House Coronavirus Outbreak, These Trump Supporters Still Won’t Mask Up

BuzzFeed News: Despite The White House Coronavirus Outbreak, These Trump Supporters Still Won’t Mask Up. “Even as President Donald Trump was installed at Walter Reed Medical Center and the number of positive COVID-19 cases linked to the White House continued to climb, some supporters of the president who’ve watched him criticize and mock masks in recent months say they still have no plans to wear them.”

WLNY: NYPD Threatens Disciplinary Action For Officers Who Don’t Wear Face Masks

WLNY: NYPD Threatens Disciplinary Action For Officers Who Don’t Wear Face Masks. “The NYPD is ordering all its officers to mask up or face disciplinary action. The move comes after criticism from the public and Gov. Andrew Cuomo that many officers were enforcing the rule but not following it themselves.”