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Alaska Airlines jets are parked at their terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

American, Alaska, JetBlue announce vaccine mandates for employees

More major American airlines have issued new mandates for their employees to get vaccinated. Reports on Friday said American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue each announced new vaccine requirements while citing requirements by the Biden administration for companies with government contracts to have their employees vaccinated.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at a press conference in Phoenix (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)

Ariz. Supreme Court reviews blocking the ban on school mask mandates

The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case regarding the state’s school mask mandate. The court agreed on Friday to schedule opening arguments for next month after Attorney General Mark Brnovich appealed the state’s recent ruling on mask mandates, which was immediately bypassed to the Court of Appeals.

FILE - This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which cause COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. On Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 carry a “heavier viral load” if infected with the disease than those who are unvaccinated. Scientists have found that vaccinated people who get so-called breakthrough infections can carry about the same amount of coronavirus as those who did not receive the shots, not more. (NIAID-RML via AP)

CDC: New COVID cases have fallen by 20% in past week

New coronavirus cases have fallen by 20 percent in the past week. According to CDC data, the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday was at 107,600 compared with 128,700 the week prior. Deaths have also fallen with the CDC reporting a seven-day average of just over 1,400.