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Bloomberg

Cindy Wang

Samson Ellis

28 October 2020

Taiwan

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Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic Taiwan has recorded less than 600 cases and fewer than 7 deaths due to a rapid response from the government to close borders, introduce contact tracing and implement quarant...

South Dakota News Watch

Bart Pfankuch

Nick Lowrey

28 October 2020

South Dakota, United States

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Some officials took steps to make registration and voting easier and safe during the coronavirus pandemic. After issues during the primary, many counties enlisted additional staff and expanded infrastructure to proces...

Los Angeles Times

Maura Dolan

25 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco's "hammer and dance" approach to handling the coronavirus pandemic has helped the densely populated urban city begin to reopen ahead of much of the rest of California. Although the pandemic has undoubted...

Los Angeles Times

Emily Baumgaertner

23 October 2020

Dirty Box Junction, Sierra Leone

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When news of COVID-19 arrived in the West African Village of Dirty Box Junction, community members and local government were ready to act due to lessons learned from mistakes made during the Ebola outbreak of years ea...

The Current (Louisiana)

Marie Elizabeth Oliver

21 October 2020

Louisiana, United States

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In Louisiana, where many communities face barriers to health care access, the implementation of a 211 hotline during the coronavirus pandemic has helped residents access the information they need to make informed deci...

Vox

Julia Belluz

14 October 2020

Germany

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A combination of luck, learning, local responses, and listening has kept Germany's coronavirus cases manageable, even as the pandemic continues to impact much of the world. In particular, the ability to enact decentra...

U.S. News & World Report

Deidre McPhillips

7 October 2020

Minnesota, United States

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In Minnesota, tribal leaders from the Band of Chippewa Indians worked closely with state officials at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to implement measures that would reduce the impact of the pandemic in their c...

U.S. News & World Report

Devon Haynie

7 October 2020

Fond du Lac Reservation, Minnesota, United States

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Leaders of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Minnesota acted early and aggressively when the coronavirus pandemic began sweeping the nation, and so far, it has appeared to have helped the region to kee...

The New York Times

C. J. Hughes

6 October 2020

New York, United States

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In both New York City and Miami, hotels are converting their rooms and spaces into longterm housing for healthcare providers or those experiencing homelessness, as well as office spaces and boardrooms, to overcome fin...

The Globe and Mail

Greg Mercer

2 October 2020

Nova Scotia, Canada

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Despite regions including Ontario and Quebec recording outbreaks of COVID-19, "four eastern provinces have managed to keep the pandemic at bay." The provinces have relied heavily on mandatory and strict quarantine pra...

The New York Times

Johnny Harris

29 September 2020

United States

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Compared to countries that implemented early shutdowns to combat the coronavirus pandemic, such as France and Ireland, the U.S. "fought the virus, and the virus won." While the federal government is largely responsibl...

Wall Street Journal

Dasl Yoon

Timothy W. Martin

25 September 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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Despite never mandating a lockdown, South Korea has been able to better control the spread of COVID-19 as compared to other countries of similar economic and development status. Focusing on information management and ...

Financial Times

Richard Milne

23 September 2020

Finland

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Finland has been able to keep their COVID-19 infection rate and death toll much lower than other countries by "shutting down rapidly" and relying on a law on preparedness that was devised after the Winter War in 1939-...

Nigeria Health Watch

Adam Alqali

22 September 2020

Kano, Nigeria

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Kano State, once the epicenter in Nigeria for cases of COVID-19, now boasts the highest rate of daily testing numbers after piloting a community-sampling strategy that allowed for mass testing. The pilot was largely p...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

19 September 2020

United States

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Vote Tripling is a get-out-the-vote strategy where volunteers set up outside of polling places, a safer pandemic option, and ask voters to text three friends with a reminder to vote. A randomized trial showed turnout ...

Missoula Current

Mike Dennison

17 September 2020

Montana, United States

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The majority of Montana voters have voted by mail for the past several elections without issues. Officials use several precautions that have successfully prevented fraud in the state. Each voter receives a postage-pai...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Vinny Vella

17 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia criminal trials were broadcast live on a public YouTube channel to provide for public access to the courts during the pandemic shutdown, but the practice was halted over a complaint by prosecutors that th...

Financial Times

John Kampfner

16 September 2020

Germany

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Germany has weathered the pandemic with lower illness rates than its neighbors and a relatively strong economy thanks to leadership and responses that have evolved and helped the country thrive in the three decades si...

Washington Monthly

Eric Cortellessa

16 September 2020

United States

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Voting by mail will increase dramatically due to Covid-19 and drop boxes are one way to collect these ballots. Although fears of fraud have been unfounded, the GOP initiated lawsuits to block or limit drop boxes if th...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

16 September 2020

Jackson, Wyoming, United States

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Data collected from a handful of states where the idea of mask wearing has spread and been adopted, shows that after three weeks' time, the average daily growth rate of COVID-19 cases decreases. Although experts say t...

Foreign Policy

Morten Soendergaard Larsen

16 September 2020

Gyeonggi, South Korea

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South Korea's economic growth is one of the few that have not stagnated or declined during the coronavirus pandemic. Although much of this is due to how effectively the country handled containment protocols from the s...

The Boulder Monitor

Keith Hammonds

15 September 2020

Teton County, Montana, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic complicated matters for local government, the Teton County public health office devised a process to enact state mandate that was effective, transparent, and led to rational decision-maki...

The New Yorker

Atul Gawande

2 September 2020

South Korea

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The United States is facing a coronavirus testing problem that is due to both governmental inaction and an inefficient health care system, but the nation has faced a similar problem before. When determining how best t...

South China Morning Post

Julian Ryall

2 September 2020

Japan

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The Japanese government is embracing the idea of "workation" trips for employees across industries as a means to "help the travel industry and keep the economy ticking" as the country moves forward in the wake of the ...

Wisconsin Watch

Max Witynski

2 September 2020

Wisconsin, United States

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In the 2020 Wisconsin primary, increased mail-in voting overwhelmed the system and last-minute decisions to vote by mail led to voter confusion. This increased ballot rejections, which can systematically disenfranchis...

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