Coronavirus daily news updates, November 11: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world

In an attempt to block COVID-19 vaccine requirements for hath care workers, ten states sued the federal government on Wednesday. The lawsuit filed argues that the requirement threatens the jobs of health care workers and could “exacerbate an alarming shortage” of employees.

COVID hospitalizations in Washington continue to decrease slowly and COVID-19 trends continue to plateau overall. But amid the plateau in COVID-19 case rates, state health officials shared concerns Wednesday that a higher number of patients are becoming sick with other respiratory infections as colder weather approaches.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases are on the rise in northern states and the Mountain West, including Illinois, Minnesota and Vermont where health officials are reporting, on average, 50% more cases on average. About 23 states in the northern and Mountain West regions reported an increase in cases of at least 5%.

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How can you make your holiday gathering safer? Home test kits for COVID-19 can add a layer of safety and reassurance by providing on-the-spot results, health officials say.

“It continues to be a difficult time in our state,” says Washington state Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah. Though COVID hospitalizations are slowly decreasing, there’s growing concern that more patients are becoming sick with other respiratory viruses.

A federal judge yesterday ordered a halt to the enforcement of Texas’ ban on mask mandates in schools, ruling the ban violated a federal law protecting disabled students’ access to public education.

Universities with COVID-19 vaccine mandates have seen widespread compliance even though many schools made it easy to get out of the shots by granting exemptions to nearly any student who requested one.


Article Source: The Seattle Times