Health & Human Services

State and Local Officials Call for Residents to Wear Masks

A city in Texas apparently became the first in the country to institute a fine for residents who don’t wear masks to places like grocery stores.

Wisconsin’s Warning for the November Election

How are people expected to vote if they’re not supposed to even leave their homes?

Some Shelters Shutter to Protect Homeless, Staff

Homeless shelters are running out of money, supplies and staff.

'It Can Happen to Anybody': When Coronavirus Spreads at a Local Health Department

Six employees at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department tested positive for coronavirus. All were key to the department's pandemic response plan, leaving officials scrambling to find replacements.

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One City Is Rolling Out Weekly Testing of First Responders and City Workers

The mayor of Carmel, Indiana said that regular testing of frontline workers for Covid-19 is critical to flattening the curve and saving lives.

Addiction Treatment Pivots for Coronavirus

Demand for addiction treatment is expected to surge.

Pandemic-Stricken Cities Have Empty Hospitals, But Reopening Them Is Difficult

In Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, shuttered hospitals that once served the city’s poor and uninsured sit at the center of a public health crisis that begs for exactly what they can offer: more space.

One City Is Paying Restaurants to Make Meals for Homeless Shelters

The initiative in Cambridge, Massachusetts serves two purposes: ensuring homeless people have meals and keeping local restaurants afloat during the pandemic.

New York Wants Health Workers to Join the Fight Against COVID-19. Will It Pick Up Their Medical Bills if They Get Sick?

States are recruiting retirees, recent graduates and other health professionals to help overwhelmed hospitals, but if they contract the virus while serving patients, they could be on the hook for any out-of-pocket medical costs.

Coronavirus Outbreak Shifts Census Outreach Strategies

On Census Day, April 1, about 38% of households have responded to the decennial questionnaire, a lower rate than at this point in 2010.

How Will Cities Avoid Bankruptcy?

After the rush for ventilators and protective equipment, local governments need to worry about insolvency.

What’s Essential? Confusion Clouds Workers, Employers

Rules vary state to state, city to city, and even hour to hour.

Judges Take Up Abortion Bans Put in Place During Coronavirus Pandemic

Federal judges on Monday blocked Texas, Ohio, and Alabama from forcing abortion clinics to close. A day later, a federal appeals court panel temporarily reinstated the Texas limits.

States, Hospitals Grapple With Medical Rationing

States say they don’t understand the criteria the federal government has been using in allocating limited medical resources from the U.S. stockpile.

What Will Happen When Red States Need Help?

President Trump’s targets have been Democratic leaders. But the outbreak isn’t going to stay confined to Democratic states.

Watch New Orleans

With the country’s attention turned north, the coronavirus pandemic is exploding in Louisiana.

Mayors to Governors: Toughen Up!

Mayors are trying to protect their communities.

‘We’re Doing What We Can’: How a Makeshift Network Is Filling in the Gaps with Medical Supplies

A shortage of necessary medical supplies like face masks has engaged a broad coalition of helpers, from those at home with just a sewing machine and fabric to public libraries with 3D printers.

Help Wanted: Retired Doctors And Nurses Don Scrubs Again In Coronavirus Fight

Some governors have issued pleas for retired medical professionals to join the fight against coronavirus.