Coronavirus

Seven States Band Together to Purchase Rapid-Result Covid Tests

The compact, negotiated by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, aims to increase production of the tests, which can deliver results in less than a half hour.

Census Bureau Says It Will Stop the Count A Month Early

Because of complications caused by the pandemic this spring, the Census Bureau had planned to keep counting people until Oct. 31.

We Need to Talk About Ventilation

How is it that six months into a respiratory pandemic, we are still doing so little to mitigate airborne transmission?

Artificial Intelligence, Health Disparities, and Covid-19

How racially biased is AI medicine? Experts are asking if biased algorithms worsen Covid-19’s toll on Black Americans.

What Seniors Can Expect as Their New Normal in a Post-Vaccine World

Older people are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus. Even when a vaccine is available, the lives of many will continue to be different than before.

A Third of NYC Small Businesses Could Close as Result of Pandemic

New reports shed light on the long-lasting impacts the coronavirus outbreak could have on small businesses.

States Crack Down on Large Gatherings as Covid-19 Continues to Spread

Minnesota officials are seeking damages from a ranch owner who held a three-day rodeo in defiance of state regulations on large gatherings. They say at least one attendee tested positive for Covid-19 days after the event.

Lack of Public Data Hampers COVID-19 Fight

Thin public health budgets and dated technology stymie reporting efforts.

‘This Push to Open Schools Is Guaranteed to Fail’

COMMENTARY | It is time to stop pretending. Our children are staying home.

Report: In Spring, White House Scrapped Comprehensive, National Covid Testing Plan

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Sleepaway camp in Georgia was the site of a large Covid outbreak … Houston authorities launch public education campaign to prevent coronavirus spread … NYC says people in certain neighborhoods need to reduce electricity use.

Michigan Partners with NBA to Help Provide Election Support

As states prepare for increased voter turnout in November, they are pursuing new partnerships and poll worker recruitment efforts to get ready.

Virus’ Hit to Sales Tax Revenues is Coming Into Focus and It’s Not Good

New data shows a 10%, or $42 billion, drop in state and local sales tax receipts in the second quarter. Factors like whether groceries are taxed appear to be affecting collections in some states.

New Jersey Could Allow Local Governments to Borrow to Avoid Budget Cuts

Lawmakers this week approved legislation that would allow county and municipal governments to issue "coronavirus relief bonds" they would then pay back over 10 years.

Facial Recognition Algorithms Struggle to Detect Faces Under Masks, NIST Study Finds

A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology found facial recognition algorithms developed pre-pandemic struggle to identify masked faces.

Patients Fled Primary Care During COVID-19

Primary care doctors are pressed to their financial limits.

Florida Officials Keep Eye on Isaias as Tropical Storm Moves Toward State

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Texas AG offers opinion on health departments’ authority to close schools … ALEC lawmakers say they don’t want more federal Covid aid … D.C. mayor says businesses should call police on maskless people.

With No Agreement on Coronavirus Aid, Senate Turns to Standalone Unemployment Bills

Before adjourning for the weekend, Senate Republicans introduced several bills Thursday that would extend federal unemployment benefits for out of work Americans.

The States With the Worst Public Sector Job Losses During the Coronavirus Crisis

Forty-nine states have had declines in state and local government employment since February. Some have fared worse than others.

Cities Turn to the Sewers to Track the Prevalence of Covid

Testing wastewater samples can give public health officials a heads up that an outbreak is looming, as people infected with SARS-Cov-2 shed the virus in their feces weeks before they begin showing symptoms.

Why Can’t We Just Have Class Outside?

It might be the answer to America’s school-reopening problem.