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The Huffington Post

Ryan J. Reilly

15 May 2020

San Pedro, California, United States

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By rapidly instituting mandatory testing of all inmates at a covid-19-stricken federal prison and segregating ill inmates, authorities reduced the number of new infections within weeks. At one point, nearly 70% of the...

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Kavita Puri

14 May 2020

Germany

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, Germany has seen some of the lowest death rates in the world. Reasons behind that rate have been attributed to the widespread, accessible testing and subsequent quarantining of ind...

The New Yorker

Atul Gawande

13 May 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, attention is starting to shift toward reopening and recovery. Looking to healthcare professionals as models for doing so can help. A five-part strategy, te...

Gothamist

Beth Fertig

12 May 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Long the target of jail-reduction advocates, New York City’s Rikers Island jail released more than one-quarter of its inmates within the first two months of a coronavirus outbreak behind bars. The early releases stemm...

BBC

Laura Bicker

10 May 2020

South Korea

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South Korea has effectively crushed the curve in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by using extensive tracking and tracing on its citizens. Using a combination of GPS tracking, monitoring CCTV footage, and even ...

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Sarah Belle Lin

6 May 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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Rather than send local residents to city-run testing sites in the East Bay of California, clinics in East Oakland are now running their own testing sites to better serve their community. Although one of the sites has ...

Bangor Daily News

Caitlin Andrews

2 May 2020

Maine, United States

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Contact tracing of the novel coronavirus is helping Maine slowly and safely reopen after lockdown by tracking the spread of the virus and mitigating risk of those who may have been exposed. In order to effectively con...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

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29 April 2020

Jackson Hole, Wyoming, United States

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A new initiative at St. John’s Health in Wyoming aimed at bettering people's health while saving the hospital money by combining wellness services with behavioral programs has shown promise but was put on hold due to ...

Los Angeles Times

Rosanna Xia

29 April 2020

Paris, France

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Researchers and public health experts across the world are turning to "wastewater-based-epidemiology" as a practice that could help trace and track the spread of COVID-19. This methodology has already proved successfu...

The Current

Christiaan Mader

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27 April 2020

Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

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Having learned from failures during the 1980s AIDS epidemic, an outreach center in Louisiana was uniquely prepared to take preventative measures as the coronavirus outbreak spread, and so far, the efforts have worked....

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

27 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Across Philadelphia, people are turning to seeds to source their food instead of grocery stores and supply chains, which have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia is home to the Cooperative Gardens Co...

BBC

Harriet Constable

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26 April 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Major populated cities such as New York and London were once regarded as "death traps," but a series of deadly outbreaks led to structural changes that worked to improve the public health outcomes for those living the...

The New Yorker

Charles Duhigg

26 April 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In responding to the coronavirus outbreak, Washington State stands in direct contrast to New York in how local governments responded. While New York relied on direction from politicians, Washington State looked to pub...

KUNR

Rae Ellen Bichell

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24 April 2020

New Mexico, United States

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Deploying a state-wide COVID-19 testing strategy requires coordinating both public and private-industry stakeholders. In Utah and New Mexico, the appointment of “testing czars,” or public health leaders in charge of c...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Aubrey Whelan

22 April 2020

Lisbon, Portugal

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When faced with an opioid crisis, the government in Portugual made a drastic decision to decriminalize drug use. This shift in policy allowed for a shift in perspective – addiction problems could now be treated as a p...

PBS NewsHour

Michael Baleke

21 April 2020

Kampala, Uganda

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Having spent a number of years combatting Ebola and Marburg viruses, officials in Uganda were able to quickly set into a motion a series of proactive strategies such as restriction of movement, surveillance strategies...

Inkline

Nithin Coca

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21 April 2020

Indonesia

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The degradation of peatlands is a public health and climate change issue. Organizations in Indonesia are working to understand these wetlands better by mapping the location of them throughout the country and around th...

U.S. News & World Report

Sarah Toth Stub

20 April 2020

Jerusalem, Israel

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The use of mobile phone technology can aid in contact tracing and the collection of public health data. In Israel, the government’s use of GPS phone locations to trace cases of COVID-19 raised scrutiny regarding priva...

Los Angeles Times

James Rainey

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19 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Two of California’s major cities – Los Angeles and San Francisco – are learning from their history with the Spanish Influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two cities had different approaches, with San Francisco s...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Frank Fitzpatrick

18 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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From 1802 until 1895, Philadelphia ran a quarantine center that required all in-bound ships to stop and all on-board to be quarantined until cleared of any possible infectious diseases. Although the center is no longe...

Anchorage Daily News

Michelle Theriault Boots

17 April 2020

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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In an effort to contain the coronavirus, Alaska nurses are stepping in as "contact tracers," as a means of investigating who should be quarantined or tested. The initiative has been credited for helping keep Alaska's ...

Montana Free Press

Emily Stifler Wolfe

17 April 2020

Bozeman, Montana, United States

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As the United States looks toward reopening, some states are preparing by directing resources toward contact tracing strategies, which is not a new protocol for controlling communicable disease and has shown success i...

Vox

Catherine Kim

17 April 2020

South Korea

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South Korea held a national election during the Covid-19 pandemic by taking extensive sanitation and health screening measures. In addition to mandatory face protection and social distancing, voters’ temperatures were...

Wall Street Journal

Timothy W. Martin

Andrew Jeong

15 April 2020

South Korea

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Extra sanitation and health screening precautions allowed South Korea to hold a national election during the Covid-19 pandemic. Mandatory face protection, rubber gloves, taking voters’ temperatures, and providing hand...

CapRadio

Chris Nichols

13 April 2020

Sacramento, California, United States

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In Sacramento, a mobile shower unit is helping the city's homeless population stay clean and safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Volunteers with the unit are also distributing fresh clothes and bagged lunches.

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