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Millions of students in Florida, Texas and Arizona are being required to wear masks in class as school boards in mostly Democratic locales are imposing anti-COVID mandates in defiance of their Republican governors. 


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A police union’s request to block vaccine requirements for Tucson police has been rejected by a county judge. 


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The National Park Service this week began requiring facemasks in all national parks. It comes as the delta variant drives a summer surge in COVID-19 infections nationwide. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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Last week, the presidents of Arizona’s three public universities announced they’d require facemasks in classrooms and other indoor spaces as COVID-19 infections surge in the state. It comes amid a heated debate about mask mandates in Arizona schools and follows an executive order by Governor Doug Ducey and a new state law that attempts to prohibit vaccine and mask mandates. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius spoke with Northern Arizona University President José Luis Cruz Rivera about his decision to require masks and the university’s ongoing effort to limit the spread of COVID.

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A judge is letting a school district in metro Phoenix keep its requirement that students and teachers wear masks, at least in the coming weeks, even though a new state law bars such mandates. 


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Arizona on Friday reported over 3,000 additional virus cases for the first time in six months as legal wrangling over school districts' mask-wearing restrictions escalates.

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Arizona State University on Wednesday went beyond its recommendation that students and others on campus wear face coverings to combat the spread of COVID-19 by making it a requirement in classrooms, labs and certain other indoor settings.

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More than 150 Arizona doctors are urging Gov. Doug Ducey to mandate masks in public schools. 



Officials at Grand Canyon National Park will go back to requiring masks for all individuals inside federal facilities. The new mandate applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated staff and visitors. The Park cited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s notice of substantial community transmission of COVID-19 in Coconino County. Park officials also say there are issues with vaccination progress; 60 percent of scheduled vaccine doses had to be disposed of this week at the Grand Canyon Clinic due to patients failing to attend scheduled appointments.

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Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff are dropping masking mandates implemented last June to reduce the spread of COVID-19.