While a handful of the largest agencies have funding sources that don’t make the future immediately dire, others are looking at hard decisions next year as city transit ridership remains depressed, cutting into revenue streams.
Currently, there are 600 patients with COVID in hospitals, a 10 percent increase from the previous week, and state leaders are concerned by the rising numbers, fearing a new COVID surge could be imminent.
While the unemployment rates are close to pre-pandemic levels, employers are still struggling to fill positions. Statewide, businesses reported about 30,000 fewer workers than in February 2020.
New admissions rose 38 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which reported 225 people were hospitalized this week, a significant increase compared to mid-April.
The California county’s Board of Supervisors approved millions in federal pandemic funding for 27 local projects that aimed to uplift communities that were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
The state claims that the number of hospitalizations and deaths among unvaccinated, vaccinated and vaccinated and boosted people were removed because it isn’t a clear indicator of vaccine effectiveness.
Nearly 35 states have ended their health emergency declarations, which have given governors authority to mandate pandemic mitigation measures, and most of those remaining are set to expire before August.
Experts expect the inflation-relief package would likely cause prices to increase slightly and wouldn’t stop the possibility of a recession. The package would give each vehicle owner $400 to offset gas prices.
While the federal government has paid more than $2 billion to cover the funeral costs of those who died of COVID, fewer than half of families eligible for assistance have started the application process to receive aid.
Eligible households within the program can receive up to $2,500 each month in pandemic-related relief funding for up to 18 months and, so far, about 500 households have reached the cutoff point.
The mayor announced that he will focus on affordable housing, violence prevention, broadband expansion, lead removal and City Hall upgrades in spending American Recovery Plan Act funds.
Counties and their public health officials have been on the front lines of the COVID pandemic, struggling amid white-hot politics that has weakened the nation’s response. Can we do better when the next pandemic strikes?
Approximately 33 percent of Americans age 65 who completed their initial vaccination round have not received a first booster shot. Some believe the stagnation could be due, in part, to federal vaccine distribution.
As the nation approaches a grim milestone, public and political will to do much about the disease has faded. But absent health measures, the devastation could have been far worse.
To accommodate COVID restrictions, states gave restaurants permission to sell alcoholic beverages “to-go” during the pandemic. But now as life returns to normalcy, 18 states plus D.C. have made cocktails to-go permanent.
Gov. Charlie Baker has filed a $3.5 billion funding package that includes nearly $970 million for revitalizing downtowns, $1.2 billion on developing climate resiliency and $325 million on workforce initiatives.