Hello Rich here .. lets see if we can get this worked out for you
do you have a voltage tester with two wire probes ?
i have checked every gfi i can find and like i said the breakers didnt trip
OK .. so you probably have a loose, broken or disconnected wire at that other switch
could it have come out when i shorted it or did i blow the switch?
not likely that the switch was damaged
a test meter would be good to easil;ly determine where you have power and if the switch is still good
Are your breakers labeled so you can turn off that circuit to explore and inspect the wiring that goes to it ?
yes. there is a little scortch mark on the ground wire to the new outlets that are working. the old switch has a positive and a negative attached, but there's no ground wire wired to the switch.
There should be a grouind wire pigtailed to the switch if there is a green screw on the switch, but that would not affect the function of the switch
I would turn the breaker for that circuit off and take the switch out of the box and see if all wires connections are secure
let me know what you see there
It is getting late for me .. hopefully you were able to resolve the issue .. I will be back online after a few hours sleep