Happy Sunday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening around the country. Chicago nursing homes begin to heal after a tough year, mental illness rages in NYC due to the pandemic, despite not all counties having high vaccination rates Connecticut will go completely maskless in stores starting Wednesday, protestors in Arizona stand with Palestine and against their governor’s support for Israel, and Liz Cheney is officially out as GOP conference chair. These topics all grace front cover news across the country. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
Chicago Tribune Published in Chicago, Illinois
Over the past 14 months, the pandemic has brought to nursing homes and assisted living facilities illness, death, isolation, and untold suffering. Mental health professionals recognized the danger in facilities being closed to visitors and residents being confined to their rooms. Now, as vaccination numbers rise, particularly among the elderly, the cloud is beginning to lift. In an effort to work past the horrors of the last year safely and effectively nursing home workers are doing everything possible to help residents return to some sort of normalcy.
Daily News Published in New York, NY
Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio announced earlier in the week New York City will open 100% July 1st. The news was met with mixed reactions. NY as a whole went into lockdown thirteen months ago, and many governors and mayors have been on making statements about the need to stimulate the economy and people’s livelihoods but not many have spoken about the mental strain the pandemic has put on many. Many have suffered gravely from isolation, burnout, anxiety, and depression. Nearly one in twenty-five New Yorkers suffer from a mental illness according to statistics. NYC has always been a place people flock to and has had its fair share of problems concerning mental illness, however nothing as drastic as the past year. The city budget has been expanded to included crisis teams long terms effects are still unknown but mental health advocates are doing their best to help those in need.
New Haven Registered Published in New Haven, CT
Masks will no longer be required in stores in Connecticut starting Wednesday, May 19th for those who are fully vaccinated. The CDC’s quasi-controversial statement stating those fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks in public (excluding certain settings such as nursing homes, planes, jails, etc.) is going into effect in most states this upcoming week. The statement was met with a mixed reaction, some already stating they will continue wearing the mask with others immediately tossing theirs in the trash. Connecticut is amongst the states with one of the highest populations vaccinated, however, some small towns still have a one in five rates of vaccinated adults. The governor stated he is not worried about these towns, the science and numbers speak for themselves, and Connecticut as a whole will be loosening COVID-19 restrictions.
Azcentral Published in Phoenix, AZ
Hundreds of people gathered at the state Capitol in Phoenix on Saturday to stand in solidarity with Palestinians amid ongoing violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories. The rally was held on Nakba Day, the anniversary of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians being driven from their homes in 1948. The rally came just three days after Gov. Doug Ducey tastelessly tweeted, "Arizona stands with Israel." For months tensions have been high in Jerusalem. Israelis have now begun to evict Palestinians out of their homes in east Jerusalem. Airstrikes have killed over eight hundred in Gaza already.
The Baxter Bulletin, Published in Bakersfield, CA. USA
House Republicans elected Rep.Elise Stefanik to their third-ranking leadership position Friday, completing a transfer of power from Rep. Liz Cheney. Stefanik of New York was elected conference chair, to serve with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Cheney was ousted from the post by a voice vote Wednesday. Based on their voted policies, Cheney is far more conservative than Stefanik however, Cheney’s outward defiance against Trump after January 6th saw her home state of Wyoming lead a charge against her
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