Online mask sales jump as Delta variant spreads

CNN Business
Fri August 13, 2021

New York (CNN)Sales of reusable face masks, which had started to cool down earlier in the summer, have reversed course as the Delta variant spreads across the United States.

Weekly mask sales in dollars had been declining in June and into July, according to Adobe Analytics' Digital Economy Index, which tracks sales data directly from a majority of the top 100 US web retailers. They've been rising since the week beginning July 21. According to the latest data, mask sales for the week beginning Aug. 4 were up 40% over the prior week.
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More than 98% of US residents now live in an area where there is a "high" or "substantial" risk of Covid-19 community transmission, up from 19% of residents only a month ago, with the sharp turn driven in large part by the highly infectious Delta variant and low vaccination rates in many regions.

TX gov. Abbott asks Hospitals to postpone elective procedures to free up ICU beds for covid

Fri, Aug 13 2021
Key Points

  • Gov. Greg Abbott asked the Texas Hospital Association earlier this week to voluntarily postpone elective medical procedures to free up ICU beds.
  • The state is also bringing in 2,500 out-of-state medical personnel to relieve exhausted doctors and nurses.
  • The surge in cases comes as Abbott wages war against local school and government officials who have reinstituted mask mandates.