Coronavirus

In a Rural Valley, Virus Threat Hangs Heavy Over Summer Tourist Season

Washington’s Methow Valley is a magnet for tourists and people looking to get into the outdoors. But the coronavirus outbreak is stirring mixed reactions about visitors.

Poll: Nearly Three-Fourths of Americans Would Get Coronavirus Vaccine

Seventy-one percent of Americans would get a coronavirus vaccine if it were free and widely available, a large increase from just a week ago, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Senior Citizens in Subsidized Housing Have Been Dying Alone at Home, Unnoticed Because of Coronavirus Distancing

The patchwork system of well-being checks in some of Chicago’s public and subsidized housing was not enough to prevent deaths in heartbreaking circumstances.

College Students Want Their Money Back. It’ll Be Tough to Get It.

There are at least 100 closure-related suits filed against colleges and universities in federal and state courts.

‘Why Do We Always Get Hit First?’ Proposed Budget Cuts Target Vulnerable Californians

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed sweeping budget cuts to safety-net health care programs just as enrollment is projected to spike because of record job losses related to the pandemic.

Coronavirus-Related Debt Will Live in Digital Profiles for Years—Hurting Americans’ Ability to Get Jobs, Apartments and Credit

COMMENTARY | The effects of evictions and increased debts can last a long time. Companies capture this information in people’s credit scores and digital profiles.

Protests Could Lead to Surge of Coronavirus Cases, Officials Say

Public health officials and lawmakers worried that mass gatherings protesting the death of George Floyd could lead to a future increase of new coronavirus cases.

Small Rural Businesses Fight for Bailout Aid

Unclear federal guidance has deterred many rural business owners from applying for help.

A Hidden COVID-19 Risk Factor: Your Boss

America’s flawed approach to sick leave is making the pandemic worse.

City Provides Grants to Help Domestic Violence Survivors Move

The pilot program, a collaboration between the New York City mayor's office and a nonprofit service provider, will help survivors with housing and other emergency needs.

A State Moves to Publicly Disclose Information on Workplace Coronavirus Outbreaks

The decision by Oregon officials comes after scrutiny over outbreaks at a fruit company there.

Health Inspections Take on New Role in Monitoring Restaurant Safety

Local health departments that suspended in-person inspections of restaurants and bars are beginning to restart their programs and now have even more responsibilities than before, like enforcing social distancing.

Keep Calm and Tweet On: Using Social Media Effectively in a Pandemic

COMMENTARY | In the social media era, government has never faced a crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic. Here are the principles that communication officials should consider in order to effectively communicate via social during a crisis.

This Summer Will Scar Young Americans for Life

With jobs and internships canceled, Generation Z is entering a summer of uncertainty—and the damage could last forever.

Jury Trials Begin Again, Carefully

Jury trials require assembling a pool of potentially hundreds of people at a time in enclosed spaces, where it can be difficult to follow the social distancing and crowd control guidelines.

Poor and Black ‘Invisible Cyclists’ Need to Be Part of Post-Pandemic Transportation Planning

COMMENTARY | City planners need to think specifically about the needs of bicyclists of color, something that will become particularly important as more people shift to alternatives to public transit in the coronavirus era.

Women Disproportionately Losing Their Jobs During Coronavirus Downturn

Women of color, single mothers, and women over the age of 55 have been particularly hard hit.

Coronavirus Will Have an Unequal Impact on School Budgets

Districts that can largely support themselves with local tax dollars are in a better position as the economic downturn continues.

Antibody Tests Were Hailed As Way To End Lockdowns. Instead, They Cause Confusion.

Some communities considered community antibody testing as a way out of lockdown. But they've pulled back as they realized antibody testing is the Wild West in an oversight vacuum.

Americans Aren’t Getting the Advice They Need

COMMENTARY | As people start reopening their lives, they’re hearing little practical guidance about the dilemmas they encounter.