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Melinda Clynes

6 April 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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To help fill the gap for some 200 Detroit students who rely on school lunches, local artists and nonprofits are teaming up to distribute meals and provide creative inspiration. Library Street Collective, an art galler...

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Renee Eng

6 April 2020

Cypress, California, United States

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Three people in Orange County came together to fill the gap in testing in their area. A surgeon named Dr. Yalamanchili, a scientist named Dr. Chris Crock, and a laboratory owner named Michelle Huston joined forces to ...

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Jeff Todd

6 April 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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As the coronavirus pandemic forces healthcare workers to perform potentially critical duties that they are not used to, a company named Health Scholars is adapting its training software from virtual reality to interne...

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Dawn Reiss

6 April 2020

Hayward, California, United States

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, food industry leaders, specifically those in the organic and health food category, are trying to figure out how to keep their businesses afloat. Nature’s Path has increased hourly pay of...

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Abbie Vansickle

6 April 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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California’s governor signed an executive order allocating $50 million to lease hotel rooms for those experiencing homelessness after being released from prison as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. While the hotel busi...

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Clarissa Pharr

5 April 2020

United States

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The COVID-19 pandemic has routinely been disregarding norms and forcing us to redefine systems of living. One such response is the democratization of music via artists performing on Instagram Live for literally anyone...

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Joe Capozzi

4 April 2020

West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

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For the homeless, practicing proper social distancing and good hygiene can be nearly impossible, so an organization called Shower the People is bringing mobile showers to one tent encampment in Florida. Hot showers al...

New York Daily News

Brian Niemietz

4 April 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Runners in New York City are no longer able to freely exercise in public parks due to the number of other people now seeking escape in the parks during the quarantine. To compensate—and to lend a hand—a group of runne...

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Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

3 April 2020

Santa Monica, California, United States

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In the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, California community college, Santa Monica College, organized a pop-up, drive-thru food giveaway for its students. The resources were funded with help from the Santa Monica Colleg...

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Jillian Russell

3 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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As the COVID-19 pandemics threatens the livelihoods of people around the country, food banks are finding creative ways to stay open while staying safe to serve people who might find it difficult to continue to buy gro...

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Nisha Venkat

3 April 2020

Berkeley, California, United States

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Mutual aid programs that connect those in need with funds or assistance have launched across the nation as a means for many to navigate the closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. For university students, these d...

The Washington Post

Julie Zauzmer

2 April 2020

United States

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As more individuals are hospitalized and in critical condition from COVID19, religious leaders are finding unique ways to connect. While the norm may be to be at bedsides, in this unprecedented time where that isn’t p...

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Willis Arnold

2 April 2020

Caribou, Maine, United States

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Aging seniors in rural Maine are high risk for COVID-19, so a musher and her team of dogs are set on delivering groceries to those who need it—by sled. Hannah Lucas, a resident of Caribou and an employee of the local ...

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Isabela Dias

2 April 2020

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Community organizers are stepping in to help disseminate vital public health information to underserved communities. In Brazil, social organizers like the those behind Our Mothers’ Lives, an organization advocating fo...

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Noah Higgins-Dunn

1 April 2020

New York, United States

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To better trace the spread of coronavirus, Singapore and China have been using apps that collect data about citizens' whereabouts and let people know if they've potentially been in contact with someone who has been di...

Quartz Africa

Farai Shawn Matiashe

1 April 2020

Zimbabwe

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To combat the shortage of personal protective equipment amid the coronavirus pandemic, the government in Zimbabwe is asking universities "with engineering and technology capacity," to help with production. The univers...

Associated Press

David Keyton

1 April 2020

Stockholm, Sweden

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Many flight attendants for Scandinavian Airlines have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic but are now being given the opportunity to retrain as healthcare providers. The laid-off crew members already have ...

CNN

Alisha Ebrahimji

1 April 2020

Kansas, United States

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By assigning employees to digitization projects, the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, continues to operate even while day-to-day visitors stay home. To prevent staff from losing their jobs, t...

Chicago Tribune

Kate Thayer

1 April 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Social distancing rules are proving to be especially difficult to maintain for people whose family member is dying of the virus. Chaplains in Chicago are finding ways to help families to be with their loved ones in ti...

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Emily Nonko

1 April 2020

California, United States

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A state’s digital portals can be ways to reach residents’ needs as well as collect data on the real-time effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In California, the state’s SNAP assistance tool, GetCalFresh, emerged as a vit...

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Melissa Hipolit

31 March 2020

Henrico County, Virginia, United States

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When Henrico County Fire Department began to respond to calls for people exhibiting signs of coronavirus, they began utilizing recommendations of how best to stay safe. Although restrictive, this new playbook helps em...

World Economic Forum

Raj Panjabi

31 March 2020

Liberia

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With many losing their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, Liberia is training unemployed workers to act as community health care workers. Although these workers do not have medical training, they help fill the gap ...

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Erin Brodwin

31 March 2020

United States

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A variety of AI tools are being used by the healthcare industry to try to identify cases of coronavirus. Although it's not yet clear which will be most successful in doing so, tools such as automated chatboxes, algori...

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Jay Plyburn

31 March 2020

Cumming, Georgia, United States

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In Cumming, Georgia, the Christian Brothers Automotive company is letting customers opt for a no-touch service in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Employees at the car shop will pick up, sanitize, and drop off cars, wi...

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Alexa Fuenmayor

31 March 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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In the U.S., service announcements about the spread of coronavirus were originally only released in English, so local governments, organizations, and news outlets across the nation have stepped in to help non-English ...

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