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This week the Centers for Disease Control recommended that millions of Americans who've received the Coronavirus vaccine resume mask-wearing in "public, indoor spaces" - especially in areas of the country where COVID-19 is surging.
The directive comes as the fast-spreading Delta variant has triggered a seven-fold increase in the number of new infections detected in the Houston area since June.
Meantime, the number of Americans seeking protection from the vaccine has slowed to a relative trickle - with more than half of the population of HarrisCcounty still reluctant.
While the CDC is recommending all returning public school students be required to wear a mask - Governor Greg Abbott says Texas will issue no such mandate ...nor will the state allow local school districts or governments to issue their own.