August 9, 2021

Around the nation: Second Capitol Hill lawmaker experiences breakthrough infection

Daily Briefing

    Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) is the second lawmaker to test positive for the coronavirus despite vaccination, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, the District of Columbia, and Georgia.

    • California: Yelp on Thursday added new features allowing businesses to show their Covid-19 vaccine policies to customers, Axios reports. Businesses will be able to let customers know whether proof of vaccination is required for service and/or if their staffs are fully vaccinated. Yelp said it will "proactively" monitor the pages of businesses that use the new features to protect them from potential backlash. Since January, the company has placed more than 100 "unusual activity alerts" on business pages due to attention from businesses' coronavirus health and safety practices and removed around 4,500 reviews violating the company's content policies. (Gonzalez, Axios, 8/5)
    • District of Columbia: Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) announced Thursday he had tested positive for the coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated. Norman is the second lawmaker on Capitol Hill to experience a breakthrough infection of Covid-19 after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tested positive on Monday, The Hill reports. In a statement, Norman said, "After experiencing minor symptoms this morning, I sought a Covid-19 test and was just informed the tests results were positive. Thankfully, I have been fully vaccinated and my symptoms remain mild." He will quarantine for 10 days and continue working virtually during that time. (Schnell, The Hill, 8/5)
    • Georgia: CNN on Thursday said it fired three employees who came to work without being vaccinated against Covid-19, violating the company's policy requiring Covid-19 vaccination to work in its offices. Jeff Zucker, CNN's president, said in a memo that the network has a "zero-tolerance policy" when it comes to vaccination, the New York Times reports. Currently, the network has been relying on an "honor system" when it comes to staff vaccinations, but it may soon require employees show proof of vaccination to enter network buildings. In addition, Axios reports that CNN workers in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta are now required wear masks while in the network's offices due to local masking requirements. (Grynbaum, New York Times, 8/5; Falconer, Axios, 8/5)
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