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The state government used more than half a million dollars of its $6.24 billion in COVID relief funds to buy SUVs to transport Gov. Phil Murphy and other officials around the state. Here’s how the rest of the money was spent.
While the pandemic continues to impact people’s health, economic security and ability to work, a study found fewer Hawaii residents are willing to take precautions and more people now perceive COVID-19 as an inconvenience.
From public health to climate change to immigration, there will be plenty of challenges for our federal system to contend with. But the tensions will be more about social policies and regulation than about money.
New research from the CDC contributes to evidence that COVID-19's toll doesn't always end with a negative test. For many patients, new symptoms of poor health may have unrecognized roots in a previous coronavirus infection.
COVID-19 created a host of issues for the waste industry that have only been worsened by rising inflation and a labor market shortage, which continue to increase costs for cities and counties.
A study from the Economic Roundtable found that without the pandemic-induced eviction moratoriums, unemployment insurance boosts and stimulus payments, the county’s homelessness would have climbed to 23 percent.
Approximately 20 percent of households have some amount of medical debt, and they are disproportionately Black and Latino. A few local governments have teamed up with a nonprofit to unburden their residents’ finances.
Excess-mortality statistics show that the U.S. fared worse than other wealthy countries, and that places with low vaccination rates were hit the hardest. There could be 465,747 more Americans alive today if we’d done as well as New Zealand.
As many expect another winter surge for COVID-19, cities across California are updating their policies and response to the virus. Meanwhile, former President Clinton tests positive, Paxlovid is safe for pregnancies and other updates.
Two million Californians lost unemployment benefits last September when pandemic-era programs ended a lifeline for many workers, specifically those who were less-educated, Black or over the age of 64.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a bipartisan agreement to fill the financial hole in the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund, which once stood at $4.5 billion, that was depleted by the pandemic.
Maine’s largest city has proposed funding for affordable housing, employee retention bonuses, an addiction medicine program, health care for the homeless and more.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office reported that the state’s antiquated unemployment system and “ad hoc workarounds” contributed to a loss of billions of dollars in improper payments.
For one thing, many more children would have gotten COVID, along with everyone they live with and most school employees. But the debate over school closings is infected with myths, misinformation and ignorance.
The Biden administration promised government support to those who have developed long COVID, but patient advocates say that accessing the assistance is time-consuming, confusing and unsupported.
There was concern earlier this year that the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund would diminish, but the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported this week that it has grown to $232 million.