As Coronavirus Patients Skew Younger, Tracing Task Seems All But Impossible

People showing up at ERs often now say they have "no idea" where they picked up the disease, while contact tracers report that younger people are less likely to pick up the phone.

Lawmakers Push to Make Telehealth Options Permanent

Early data shows patients quickly embraced telemedicine options agencies expanded during the coronavirus pandemic. 

As Bans Expire, Eviction Filings Rise

New research sheds light on the trend. Experts have warned that renters are headed towards an “eviction cliff” as the coronavirus crisis wears on and safety net measures end.

Cities Rethink How to Cope with Extreme Heat During Covid-19 Outbreaks

Cities are enforcing capacity restrictions at cooling centers and offering free air conditioners as a way to beat the heat.

Why Tribes Should Have the Power to Enforce Strict Coronavirus Policies

COMMENTARY | Nonmembers who flout tribal stay-at-home orders could pose an existential threat to tribal communities.

Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Fly Free as Health Departments Focus on Coronavirus

Monitoring and controlling mosquitoes is a key local government function. But as strapped health departments focus all of their energies on the coronavirus, they are forced to neglect combatting the disease-carrying insects.

Opioid Overdoses Keep Surging in Chicago, Killing Black People on the West Side

Half of Cook County’s confirmed opioid-related deaths have been among Black residents, even though they make up less than a quarter of the county’s population. Officials warn that the coronavirus pandemic has overshadowed the crisis.

New York Requiring Air Travelers to Provide Contact Info for Quarantine

To prevent a resurgence of coronavirus infections, the state is requiring any travelers from states with hotspot outbreaks to abide by a 14-day quarantine and provide contact information or face a $2,000 fine.

Over Five Million Have Lost Employer-Based Health Insurance, Study Finds

The losses have come as the coronavirus outbreak has caused widespread layoffs and furloughs. Nearly half of those who lost their insurance are concentrated in five states.

The Truth About What Happens Next for Colleges

Howard University and the UC system are returning to “hybrid” teaching, bringing some students back to campus. Their leaders explain their plans.

A New Understanding of Herd Immunity

The portion of the population that needs to get sick is not fixed. We can change it.

Families Of Health Workers Killed By COVID Fight For Denied Workers’ Comp Benefits

Attorneys say some state workers’ compensation laws leave workers and families struggling for benefits after a COVID illness or death.

Ohio County Sets Up Mask Violation Hotline

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Dribble, Don't Spit: University Debuts New Saliva-Based Covid Test

The test is free for students, faculty and staff at the University of Illinois, where it was developed. Results are available in 24 hours, but it's unclear whether testing would be mandatory.

This Isn’t Sustainable for Working Parents

The pandemic has already taken a toll on the careers of those with young children—particularly mothers.

As Covid Testing Soars, Wait Times For Results Jump To A Week—Or More

People going to coronavirus testing sites are finding it often takes a week or more to get results back. That means patients don't have the information they need to change their behaviors.

A Spike in People Dying at Home Suggests Coronavirus Deaths in Houston May Be Higher Than Reported

In Houston, one of the nation’s fastest-growing coronavirus hot spots, more residents are dying before they can make it to a hospital. Medical examiner data shows that an increasing number of these deaths are the result of COVID-19.

Medical Sector Grapples With Troubling Protective Gear Shortages

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Local Rollout of Contact Tracing Apps Can Help Combat Skepticism, Experts Say

The smartphone technology can be useful for notifying people who’ve come in contact with someone infected with the coronavirus, but getting people to download the apps is proving to be a challenge.