COVID-19 Bulletin (08/12/21) – D Magazine

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported a three-day total of 1,009 new COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths on Tuesday.

The omicron variant has arrived in Texas, The Dallas Morning News reports. On Monday evening, a 40-year-old woman with no recent travel history tested positive for the variant in Harris County. The woman is fully vaccinated and is “The fact that the patient has no travel history means that she has picked it up in the community. So he’s here, he’s probably been here for a week or two, ”said Catherine Troisi, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston.

Vaccine warrant for federal contractors blocked nationwide by judge, CNN reports. The order from U.S. District Judge Stan Baker means Biden’s vaccination policies for people not employed by the federal government are frozen across the country. Biden’s frozen vaccine policies include mandates for contractors, some healthcare workers, and employees of large corporations.

Rapid breath test for COVID-19 developed in Dallas, NBC DFW reports. Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas, in partnership with SOTECH Health, have developed a wearable, reusable sensor that could detect COVID-19 infection through a 30-second breath test. The device detects chemical markers of the body’s response to the virus. It is not a diagnostic test, but can be used as a screening tool, like a PCR test, after a diagnostic test.

Texas educators say they are concerned about the omicron variant, KERA reports. The Texas State Teachers Association says educators are increasingly concerned about school safety protocols regarding the omicron variant. The group has repeatedly criticized Governor Greg Abbott for banning mask warrants in schools.

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