Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Tuesday issued an executive order prohibiting public universities and colleges from requiring students to take Covid-19 tests, receive vaccines, or wear masks to participate in classes, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, New York, and Texas.
- Arizona: Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Tuesday issued an executive order prohibiting public universities and colleges from requiring students to take Covid-19 tests, receive vaccines, or wear masks in order to participate in classes. "The vaccine works, and we encourage Arizonans to take it. But it is a choice, and we need to keep it that way," Ducey said in a statement. "Public education is a public right, and taxpayers are paying for it. We need to make our public universities available for students to return to learning. They have already missed out on too much learning" (Powell, CBS News, 6/16).
- New York: "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" returned to filming shows with an at-capacity live audience on Monday, marking the first late-night talk show to do so. More than 420 fully vaccinated people gathered on Monday at the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan to see the show, following 213 episodes of the show created without an audience since March 2020 (Koblin, New York Times, 6/14).
- Texas: A group of employees at Houston Methodist Hospital have appealed a ruling by U.S District Judge Lynn Hughes, who dismissed a lawsuit on Saturday that challenged the hospital's Covid-19 employee vaccination requirement. Last week, the hospital suspended 178 employees who had refused to receive a vaccine, saying that those who did not get vaccinated by June 21 would be terminated from the hospital's employ. The lawsuit will be appealed to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court (Wu/Banks, Houston Chronicle, 6/15).