Here in Erie County, there's a new mask mandate that was implemented on Tuesday morning, which was announced by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Monday afternoon.

All people ages 2 or older must wear a mask at all public indoor facilities until at least December 13th; that's when it will be re-evaluated and could go to phase two of the four-phase plan set by the county.

Phase two means vaccinations. Phase three will be capacity limits. Phase four are more shutdowns, which Poloncarz says they hope doesn't happen.

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This is after a recent spike in COVID-19 cases across the county. In terms of statewide vaccinations, 90 percent of eligible adults have completed at least one dose of the vaccine. 77 percent of all New Yorkers have had at least one dose, according to Governor Kathy Hochul.

On Tuesday, a New York State Assemblyman's proposed new bill went viral on Twitter, and it had to do with health insurance companies and denying coverage to those who refuse the vaccine and have COVID-19 related health issues.

Assemblyman Patrick Burke introduced the new bill and his tweet went viral, with nearly 5k retweets and 15k replies.

Ryan tweeted again, to those who bring up the question of whether or not insurance companies should deny coverage to those who smoke or eat unhealthy, and get lung cancer or obesity, which leads to further health complications.

There's no word on how much support this proposed bill will get in Albany and a timeline for it.

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