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Emma Coleman

Emma Coleman
Emma Coleman is the assistant editor at Route Fifty. Prior to joining Route Fifty, Emma was the senior communications manager and a policy fellow for New America’s Public Interest Technology initiative, where her research focused on data improvements to the reentry process for people returning to D.C. after incarceration. She holds a BA from Stanford University in international relations and comparative studies in race and ethnicity, and is originally from Chicago.
Management

Idaho Becomes First State to Ban Transgender Athletes From Women’s Sports

Proponents of the new law argue that a ban is intended to create a “level playing field.” Opponents say that the policy is discriminatory and unnecessary.

Health & Human Services

Judges Take Up Abortion Bans Put in Place During Coronavirus Pandemic

Federal judges on Monday blocked Texas, Ohio, and Alabama from forcing abortion clinics to close. A day later, a federal appeals court panel temporarily reinstated the Texas limits.

Infrastructure

‘Now Is the Time to Beg’: City Officials Plead with Residents to Stop Flushing Toilet Paper Alternatives

The coronavirus-induced toilet paper shortage is causing people to resort to creative alternatives. These can prove disastrous for sewer systems.

Health & Human Services

‘We’re Doing What We Can’: How a Makeshift Network Is Filling in the Gaps with Medical Supplies

A shortage of necessary medical supplies like face masks has engaged a broad coalition of helpers, from those at home with just a sewing machine and fabric to public libraries with 3D printers.

Health & Human Services

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.

Health & Human Services

Americans Say They Are Taking Social Distancing More Seriously, Poll Shows

New polling shows that, on the whole, Americans say they are stepping up efforts to isolate themselves—but some demographics are being more cautious than others.

Health & Human Services

Activists and Lawmakers Call for an End to Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

Sexually active gay and bisexual men are banned from donating blood. With blood in short supply because of the coronavirus pandemic, advocates are renewing a push to change those restrictions.

Health & Human Services

Public Officials Chastise Residents Who Aren’t Taking Social Distancing Seriously

Over the weekend, people crowded parks, beaches, and other outside attractions. “I don’t know what I’m saying that people don’t get,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who called the behavior “insensitive” and “arrogant.”

Health & Human Services

Many Areas of the U.S. Face Hospital Bed Shortages

Estimates predict that, in a moderate scenario for Covid-19’s spread, 40% of hospital regions would not have enough beds for patients sick with coronavirus.

Management

Governments Look to Convert Empty College Dorms Into Temporary Medical Centers

Faced with an expected shortage of hospital beds, state and local officials believe one solution could be found on college campuses.

Health & Human Services

‘We 100% Plan to Stay Open’: Abortion Providers Say They Will Continue Services During Pandemic

Abortion clinics across the country are continuing to offer services, which providers call essential and time sensitive.

Health & Human Services

Colorado Offers Guidance to Other Governments That Want to Establish Drive-Thru Testing

The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment wants other state and local government agencies to know: yes, they can set up drive-thru testing.

Health & Human Services

San Francisco Bay Area Counties Order Residents to ‘Shelter in Place’

Counties in the San Francisco Bay Area became the first jurisdictions in the country to order residents to “shelter in place.” Across the country, some governors and mayors ordered bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms to close.

Management

Wyoming Makes It Easier to Sell Homemade Food

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Judge rules South Carolina ban on LGBTQ sex education unconstitutional … Florida may preempt local sunscreen bans … D.C. bans ‘ghost guns.’

Health & Human Services

Worried About Coronavirus? Stop Sharing Joints

Public health officials in states with legal recreational pot are warning residents to be careful how they consume it—and who they consume it with.

Management

Oregon Governor Signs Executive Order on Climate Change After Republican Walkout

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Washington legislature approves expanded tax exemptions for tribes … Pharmacists in Florida will be able to treat the flu … Mobile barbershops made legal in Iowa.

Health & Human Services

Colorado Sets Up Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing Center

Drive-thru testing—free in Colorado to patients with a doctor's order—appeared in a few locations across the country this week. It soon may be much more widespread.

Management

Utah Legislature Passes Porn Labeling Bill

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | State attorneys general try to stop televangelist peddling fake coronavirus cure … Washington Senate passes bill to end tax on menstrual products … Kentucky proposal calls for nonpartisan local elections.

Health & Human Services

Uniquely Vulnerable During Disease Outbreaks, Prisons and Jails Brace for Coronavirus Cases

Prisons and jails across the country are preparing for the coronavirus, while advocates push for measures to release more people.

Management

Cities Consider Eviction Moratoriums During Coronavirus

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Medical debt bill passes in Idaho … Measure would lift a ban on yoga in Alabama … Florida may invest in recount technology.