Joe Biden removes his protective face mask at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels. (Photo by STEPHANIE LECOCQ/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Democrats reimpose mask orders amid rise in COVID-19 cases

Many Democrats across the U.S. have said they wanted mask mandates reimplemented, while others have been more careful in going forward with doing so. After mandates were lifted across the country in May due to declining cases and increasing vaccination rates, many thought a return to normal was here.

Governor Kay Ivey speaks at a coronavirus update briefing in the state capitol building in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday April 14, 2020. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Ala. Gov: I want folks to get vaccinated

The Governor of Alabama urged more residents of the state to get vaccinated. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Gov. Kay Ivey (R-Ala.) blamed the surge in COVID-19 cases on people who have refused to get the vaccine.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., joined by House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., left, and members of the GOP Doctors Caucus, speaks during a news conference about the Delta variant of COVID-19 and the origin of the virus, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 22, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP: Democrats are stonewalling COVID-19 investigation

Republicans on Capitol Hill are demanding answers from House Democrats after they blocked a bill to declassify information about the origins of the coronavirus. During a press conference on Thursday, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) questioned why Democrat leadership is refusing to move forward with a formal investigation into who created the virus.