Public Health

His Wife's Nursing Home Facility Went on Lockdown. So He Got a Job There.

A Michigan man got a part-time job at his wife's nursing home after the facility stopped allowing visitors during the coronavirus pandemic. The state is one of 20 where long-term care facilities remain on total lockdown.

Pets Are Testing Positive for Coronavirus

A dog in Louisiana is the eighth pet in the United States to test positive for the virus that causes Covid-19. It's unlikely that animals can transmit the virus to people, according to the CDC—but they can catch it from their owners.

With Caveats, Hopeful News for Preschools Planning Young Kids’ Return

The number of outbreaks at child care centers is low and research shows that children rarely get sick with Covid-19.

Missouri Voters Back Medicaid Expansion

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Louisiana reinstates work search requirements for people on unemployment … NYC health commissioner resigns after months of conflict with mayor … Massive power outages on east coast after Tropical Storm Isaias ripped through states.

Poll: Majority of Americans Would Support Two-Week Lockdown

Almost two-thirds of people who responded to the NPR/Ipsos survey said the U.S. is doing a worse job than other countries in dealing with the pandemic.

Nobody Accurately Tracks Health Care Workers Lost to Covid-19. So She Stays Up At Night Cataloging the Dead.

Anesthesiologist Claire Rezba started tracking lost health workers almost instinctively. Researchers and industry professionals say the lack of good official data on these deaths is “scandalous” and is putting lives in danger.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'It Cost Me Everything': Hispanic Residents Bear Brunt of Covid-19 in Texas

Not only are Hispanic Texans catching the coronavirus at higher rates in the state's largest county, but they also suffer some of the worst outcomes.

Public Health Experts Fear a Hasty FDA Signoff on Vaccine

The fast pace of vaccine trials worries some experts.

A Government-University Partnership to Train Students as Contact Tracers

Students at Dominican University in San Rafael, California, can learn to be contact tracers and get on-the-job training in pandemic response with the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services.

Hygiene Theater Is a Huge Waste of Time

COMMENTARY | People are power scrubbing their way to a false sense of security.

Technology Divide Between Senior ‘Haves’ and ‘Have-Nots’ Roils Pandemic Response

Large numbers of seniors aren't able to communicate with family members on Zoom or order necessary online supplies online.

The Battle for Local Control Is Now a Matter of Life and Death

COMMENTARY | The coronavirus has raised the stakes of a long-simmering conflict between red states and blue cities.

Contact Tracing Demonstrates Need for National Privacy Laws, Lawmaker Says

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said the technology being developed to aid the fight against coronavirus proves the need for a standardized privacy framework.