National Guard deployed to states strapped with virus surges; NY mask mandate: COVID-19 updates

cases and deaths are both on the rise and hospitals are at or over capacity.

announced Friday that masks will be required in all indoors public spaces unless the business implements a vaccine requirement instead.

preventing schools from issuing mask mandates and from stripping local health and school officials of their ability to set COVID-19 quarantine policies.

►Northern Arizona University is suspending its requirement that employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 in response to a federal judge temporarily blocking enforcement of the mandate for federal contractors.

► New COVID-19 restrictions came into effect Friday in the U.K., including once again requiring face masks indoors, as the country tries to prevent the omicron variant from taking hold and delta from spreading further.