According to the White House, no decision has been made to alter the Covid-19 recommendations for the use of face masks. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, reiterated on Thursday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, not the White House, is in charge of making decisions on public health.
Psaki states that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would be in charge of any changes to the guidance.
Individuals who have been fully vaccinated do not need to use face masks, but those who have not been fully vaccinated should continue to wear them, according to current recommendations.
As a result of the recent spike in Covid-19 infections, which have been linked to the more contagious Delta form, the White House and public health experts are debating whether to alter the mask recommendation.
According to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, who spoke at a press meeting on Thursday, her agency is always examining data, but the guidelines have not changed.
Riots in the United States Capitol
A preliminary hearing before a court was held on Thursday for a 72-year-old Florida pastor who is facing federal criminal charges stemming from the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. The pastor is accused of directing the attack.
Dr. James Cusick Jr., pastor of the Melbourne-based Global Outreach Ministries, is facing four misdemeanour counts in connection with the riot, including forceful entry into the building and disruptive conduct on Capitol grounds. His son, Casey Cusick, 35, who is also a pastor at his father’s church, faces allegations that are similar to his father’s, although he did not appear in court on Thursday.
David Lesperance, 69, a parishioner of theirs, is also facing allegations that are identical to these. Lesperance did not appear at the hearing and did not speak.
In an FBI affidavit, Lesperance stated that his pastor had attended Trump’s address the day before the violence and then proceeded to the Capitol.
More than 535 people have been arrested and charged with participating in the rioting. In his campaign for the 2020 presidential election, Trump has made bogus allegations that he was defeated as a result of massive electoral fraud. The rioting occurred during the formal legislative certification of President Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump, which was taking place at the time.
An FBI document describing the case against James Cusick includes images alleging to show him inside the Capitol during the melee as well as photographs purported to show him standing outside Trump’s hotel in Washington the previous day. He is the first known clergyman to have been charged in connection with the unrest.
Cusick has entered a not guilty plea to all counts against him and is currently out on bond. When contacted for comment, Cusick’s attorney, John Pierce, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
An attorney for Cusick and his son, Lesperance, told U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss on Thursday that the possibility of combining the cases of Cusick, his son, and Lesperance was being considered. A new hearing for James Cusick has been scheduled for September 28.