Public Health

Cities and Counties Make Workforce Cuts as Coronavirus Financial Toll Mounts

Cincinnati this week announced it would place hundreds of workers on unpaid temporary leave. It’s just one of the places facing tough staffing decisions.

A State Tries to Chart its Economic Rebound From a Pandemic

Utah has drafted a plan meant to serve as a road map for both public health and economic policies during the coronavirus crisis.

Amid Closures, Libraries Find New Ways to Provide Services

As their branches close to protect public health, librarians turn to virtual programming and relief efforts to continue serving their communities.

State Legislatures Scramble to Meet in the Age of Coronavirus

Lawmakers across the country rushed to pass resolutions permitting virtual meetings and remote voting, efforts they said were necessary to adhere to social distancing guidelines and protect legislators.

Nearly 200 Cities Short on Supplies for Dealing With Coronavirus, Mayors Report

The U.S. Conference of Mayors says new survey findings show shortages of essential items have reached “crisis proportions.”

Trump Signs Coronavirus Aid Package—But Democrats Say More Help Needed for States and Cities

The House approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act on Friday and President Trump later signed the measure into law. But lawmakers said they expect to address the growing financial needs of local governments in a fourth bill.

Trail Use Way Up as Coronavirus Stifles Other Activities

“People are craving outlets for their physical and mental well being,” said an expert. But this has created concerns that people are too crammed together in these open spaces.

Is America Ready for a Second Wave of Coronavirus?

A resurgence of the virus would strain local health systems already close to a breaking point—but they might be more prepared the second time around.

Don’t Halt Social Distancing. Instead, Do It Right.

COMMENTARY | There are two things the United States must do to beat the coronavirus.

Aid for States Lacking in $2 Trillion Deal, New York and Maryland Governors Say

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called the estimated $3.8 billion his state would receive through the aid package a “drop in the bucket.”

States and Cities Turn to Empty Hotel Rooms to House Homeless and People Ill With Coronavirus

Hotel rooms left vacant as people stopped traveling because of the coronavirus could be used to house mildly ill patients and homeless people currently living outside or in shelters.

New Jersey Set to Release 1,000 Jail Inmates to Limit Coronavirus Spread

Up to 1,000 people could be eligible for release. Other jurisdictions around the U.S. are also taking steps to curb their jail populations.

This Is How We Can Beat the Coronavirus

COMMENTARY | Mitigation can buy us time, but only suppression can get us to where we need to be.

Hoping That Insurance Expansion Will Help Tamp Outbreak, 9 States Reopen Marketplaces

The states that have reopened exchanges have more flexibility than most states to create a special enrollment period because they run their own health exchanges.

As Ridership and Revenues Plunge, Transit Agencies Seek Financial Aid

The coronavirus has far fewer people riding buses and trains. Tax revenues going towards transit are in line to take a hit as well.

Tribes Expect Little Help in Fight to Protect Elders From Coronavirus

The Navajo Nation is translating information to make sure elderly citizens are informed. The Navajo word for coronavirus is “Diko Ntsaaígíí-Náhást’éíts’áadah.”

Local Economies Most Vulnerable to Coronavirus-Driven Recession Identified in New Analysis

“There are some places that will be more exposed,” says a researcher who worked on the project.

Coronavirus Threatens to Blow Big Holes in State Budgets

States are dealing with financial uncertainty as they spend to combat the virus, but also face the possibility of lost revenues as the disease puts a major drag on the economy.

Social Distancing Comes with Social Side Effects—Here’s How to Stay Connected

COMMENTARY | Physically isolating yourself can feel psychologically isolating too. But there are ways to maintain connections in these crazy coronavirus times.