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Resistance is growing to Gov. Dallas Independent School District officials announced Monday morning that they will require students and teachers to wear masks on campus. On Tuesday, officials in Bexar County sued Abbott, seeking the power to impose a local mask mandate in their schools. Meanwhile, the Southern Center for Child Advocacy, a nonprofit education group, filed a lawsuit Sunday night in Travis County against Abbott and his executive order prohibiting school districts, governmental bodies or any public or private entity that is receiving or will receive public funds from requiring masks.


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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott suffered a pair of defeats Friday afternoon in his bid to overturn mask mandates in Dallas and Bexar counties. Abbott sought to overturn a lower court ruling that allowed the local mandate. Abbott is all but certain to take the matter to the Texas Supreme Court. Scribner enacted the policy without a vote.

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The restraining order will be in effect until at least Aug. Fort Worth school officials in a statement said they strongly recommend all students, parents, employees and visitors wear masks. A state district judge has granted Harris County and several Texas school districts temporary permission to implement mask requirements and other safety measures against COVID, as more local governments gain traction challenging an executive order from Gov.

Greg Abbott that bans mask mandates. The orders allow Harris County to leave in place a health order released Thursday that requires masks to be worn at schools and child care centers. Harris County became the latest county Thursday afternoon to require mask-wearing in schools in defiance of Gov.

Hours later, the Houston school board voted unanimously to issue a mask mandate.

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Harris County s Dallas, Bexar and Travis counties — where officials enacted orders this week requiring masks in public schools. The new mandate from Harris County comes hours after its county attorney sued Abbott to win greater local control over the pandemic response, alleging the governor overstepped his bounds — a legal strategy that has led to temporary wins for Dallas and Bexar officials who sought to regain some power to re-enact mask mandates.

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Houston follows some of the state's other big districts such as Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin in requiring masks as they brace for another school year in a pandemic. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins took an extra step and not only required masking in schools, but also in businesses. Both Dallas and Bexar counties successfully sued Abbott over his order. Brownsville and Edinburg are the latest school districts to implement a mask mandate for all students, staff and visitors during the upcoming school year, according to local media outlets.

And the Brownsville Independent School District also voted unanimously to file a lawsuit against Gov. Greg Abbott over his executive order that prevents mask mandates from being implemented in schools, according to KRGV.

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In the latest challenge to Gov. The Harris lawsuit comes after a string of temporary legal victories for officials in Dallas and Bexar counties, who sought to take back the authority to mandate masks — a power they had earlier in the pandemic before Abbott took it away. On Wednesday, Travis County and the city of Austin ordered masks to be worn in public schools there.

The growing movement to require masks in public schools in Texas' four largest urban areas is expanding to college campuses. Jenkins expanded his order — which also applies to public K schools and businesses — hours after Dallas College said it would reinstate mandatory mask-wearing on its campus. The vast majority of schools are moving forward with plans to fully reopen campus this fall with mostly in-person classes as classes begin over the next few weeks.

The University of Texas at San Antonio was one of the first to change its fall plans when it announced Wednesday that most classes would shift online for the first three weeks of the semester due to rising cases. A judge also granted Bexar County, where UT-San Antonio is located, a temporary restraining order allowing county officials to implement a mask mandate.

But UT-San Antonio said the order did not apply to campus. The University of Texas at Austin also said the recent mask order in Austin does not apply to campus since it is state property, according to The Daily Texan.

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UT-Austin did not respond to a request for confirmation. Earlier in the day, Jenkins announced that as of p. Wednesday, all public schools, child care centers and businesses in Dallas County must require face coverings.

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Dozens of hospitals are out of ICU beds as they struggle with historically low staffing levels and staff burnout. Greg Abbott has asked hospitals to delay nonessential procedures. Fort Bend County Judge KP George has issued a mask mandate for government and school buildings, as another Texas judge grants a temporary restraining order on Gov. Fort Bend s several other local government entities who have issued new safety mandates in defiance of executive orders from Abbott banning such orders. Dallas, Bexar and Travis counties have all said they would issue their own mask orders in the past few days, while school districts like Houston ISD consider them as well.

Austin and Travis County officials ordered that people must wear face masks inside city or county facilities — and Austin public schools and public charter schools — starting Thursday, in defiance of Gov. In recent days, officials in Dallas County, San Antonio and Bexar County have issued mask mandates for residents, and major school districts around the state have announced their own mask requirements.

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On Thursday, the Austin-area Del Valle school district approved a resolution asking its superintendent to issue a mask mandate, according to the Austin American-Statesman. State Sen. Medical officials have noted that while breakthrough cases for vaccinated people are occurring, vaccines are still proven to be effective at reducing the severity of the virus. The White House is checking to see whether it can challenge Republican governors such as Greg Abbott for banning mask mandates in their states, President Joe Biden said this week.

Despite Biden's pleas to allow masks, some Republican governors have remained defiant. In Texas, Abbott is now facing pushback in the courts from local leaders across Texas who want to reinstate mask mandates as the delta variant sweeps through the state. Judges in Dallas and Bexar counties have temporarily granted local leaders authority to issue local orders, despite Abbott issuing an order that bans them.

Asked for more information about the administration's efforts Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, "We're looking into ways we can help the leaders at the local level who are putting public health first continue to do their jobs, keep students safe, and keep students in school. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that more than 2, medical workers will be deployed to Texas hospitals to help the increasing of COVID patients requiring care.

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Earlier this week, Abbott ordered the Texas Department of State Health Services to utilize staffing agencies to provide out-of-state medical personnel in response to the recent coronavirus surge. The new workers will be funded by the state through Sept.

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There are currently more than 10, people hospitalized for the coronavirus in Texas — an increase of 2, over just last week. Hospitalizations are increasing faster than any point in the pandemic. Medical officials in Texas have said most patients being hospitalized are unvaccinated.

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Meanwhile, Texas is struggling with historically low staffing levelswith some 23, unfilled jobs for registered nurses across the state, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. In July, the state told cities and counties it would not send additional health care workers to aid hospitals with the latest surge of COVID patients, like it had earlier in the pandemic.

Abbott reversed course on Monday, announcing the Department of State Health Services "will be utilizing staffing agencies to provide medical personnel from out-of-state to Texas health care facilities to assist in COVID operations. Wallace said Wednesday. The Houston hospital will require employees, medical staff and contractors to receive their first vaccine dose by Sept.

An increasing of hospital systems are following suit: According to The Houston Chronicle, Baylor College of Medicine and Memorial Hermann are also implementing vaccination requirements for employees. Mask-wearing is now required in Dallas public schools and businesses after Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on Wednesday became the latest local official to defy Gov.

Officials in San Antonio and Bexar County won a similar legal battle Tuesday — and quickly ordered school districts to require mask-wearing in schools.

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Jenkins went further than other local Texas leaders have in recent weeks. As of p. Wednesday, all Dallas County public schools, child care centers and businesses must require mask-wearing. The move comes as the highly contagious delta variant fills Texas hospitals with a crushing wave of COVID patients, the overwhelming majority of them unvaccinated, and as hospitals struggle to find the nurses they need to treat the sick.

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Jenkins said mandating masks is an attempt to give some relief to hospitals, but the best way to do that is for more people to get vaccinated. The University of Texas at San Antonio announced Wednesday that it is shifting most of its classes online for the first three weeks of the semester, the largest university in the state to largely reverse course from its plan to fully reopen in person as COVID cases soar across Texas.

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According to a statement on its websiteUT-San Antonio officials said they made the change due to the delta variant of the virus already widely spreading ahead of the Labor Day holiday in early September. The university is also implementing a mandatory testing requirement for the entire university community, with details to be announced soon.

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Campus dining will have modified hours of operation. The announcement comes one day after a Bexar County judge issued a temporary restraining order allowing a mask mandate in public schools there. But UT-San Antonio officials said that order does not apply to a state institution such as the university.

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The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston both have allowed faculty to reduce density within their in-person classes for the first two weeks of the semester with the requirement that students have at least one in-person experience per week in each course. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune's journalism.

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Do you value our journalism? Show us with your support. Here's what you need to know In blows to Gov. Greg Abbott, appeals courts uphold mask mandates in Dallas and San Antonio Fort Worth school district's mask mandate temporarily blocked Travis County judge temporarily OKs mask mandates for Harris County, several school districts State's four most populous counties now have school mask mandates after Harris County issues new order Houston school board unanimously approves mask mandate Brownsville school board votes to sue Abbott as that district and Edinburg issue mask mandates Harris County sues Gov.

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A prominent, ambitious red-state governor, who had staked out a firm position opposed to mask mandates and other aggressive measures to combat the spread of Covid , suddenly found himself on the defensive as cases and hospitalizations soared in his state.


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The virus spre mainly between people who are in close contact with one another within about 6 feet through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person speaks, sings, coughs or sneezes.