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John Lauritsen

31 March 2020

Minnesota, United States

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In Minnesota, hospitals in the Allina Health system are using tablets and stands for doctors to speak with their patients in an effort to cut down on the need to use various kinds of personal protective equipment like...

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Kristen Simoes

31 March 2020

El Dorado Hills, California, United States

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The El Dorado Hills Fire Department has adapted a decontamination method from the military to stem the spread of COVID-19 among its firefighters and first responders. All paramedics must wear full decontamination suit...

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Kate Brown

31 March 2020

Berlin, Germany

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In Berlin, Germany, the local government acted rapidly to deploy 500 million euros worth of grant money to freelancers and small businesses within days of setting up the fund. Despite a rocky launch and some residual ...

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August Brown

30 March 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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When coronavirus began spreading throughout the United States, one of the earliest actions taken was to cancel large events, which meant that production firms also lost work. In Los Angeles, the firm that is typically...

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Darrell Etherington

30 March 2020

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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In an effort to fill the deficit of face masks for healthcare workers, the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorization to development and lab management company Battelle to sanitize used masks for reuse....

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Steve Chiotakis

30 March 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Two LA companies, Blinking Owl Distillery and La La Production and Design, have repurposed their production facilities to produce personal protective equipment for medical workers. La La Production used to produce lux...

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Gregory Scruggs

30 March 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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When Seattle passed its tax on sugar-sweetened beverages like soda in 2018, the program met a lot of resistance. But now, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the city is drawing on this tax revenue to provide $800 emergenc...

NPR

Paige Pfleger

30 March 2020

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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As the fight against COVID-19 continues, Ohio-based Battelle labs has created the Critical Care Decontamination System that can clean as many as 80,000 of personal protective equipment at once. The system, which was f...

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Kate Elizabeth Queram

30 March 2020

New York, United States

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Across the United States, local and state legislators are passing resolutions to make sure they can continue to serve their communities while keeping themselves safe from COVID-19. From convening in bigger spaces, lik...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

Mayank Aggarwal

Kartik Chandramouli

30 March 2020

Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

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In the wake of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of a lockdown as a response to COVID-19, wildlife protection workers are still showing up to work. Their services have been deemed essential because il...

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Zach Ben-Amots

30 March 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago-based Closed Loop Farms, dependent on farmers markets, had to pivot to online sales with the closure of many public spaces as a response to COVID-19. Running a virtual farmers market, the local grower also sel...

Mother Jones

Will Peischel

28 March 2020

New Jersey, United States

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While classes have been moved online, medical students across the country are finding ways to help in the fight against COVID-19. At schools like Rutgers in New Jersey, to the University of North Carolina’s Medical Sc...

Daily Herald

Ashley Duarte

27 March 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Personal protective gear is in short supply across the U.S., so many prototypes have been crafted to fill the gap. A design studio in Chicago has begun production on emergency face shields to help the city's first res...

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Dorothy Tucker

27 March 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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For smaller clinics in the midwest, taking extra precautions against COVID19 while still serving patients has led to creative solutions. For the Midwest Express Clinics, they’re keeping certain locations open for COVI...

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Jodi S. Cohen

27 March 2020

Campbell Hill, Illinois, United States

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Illinois’ rural Trico school district didn’t have access to remote learning technology, so they turned to paper. With closure as the response to COVID-19, teachers and administrators had to find ways to cope in a regi...

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Ben Yakas

27 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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In an effort to prevent overcrowding in public spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City has closed a few streets in four out of five boroughs. This density reduction plan, though, doesn’t seem to be getting ...

Global Sisters Report

Patrick Egwu

27 March 2020

Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria

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A Nigerian charity home for more than 50 homeless and abandoned children is practicing strict hygienic standards in order to keep their residents safe and healthy during COVID-19. The Daughters of Divine Love is run b...

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Anabel Munoz

26 March 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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To prevent people from losing their homes due to lack of paying rent or during the coronavirus pandemic, the L.A. County Supervisor issued an executive order that prevents landlords from evicting their tenants. To app...

FastCompany

Talib Visram

26 March 2020

United States

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Dozens of tech-focused volunteers have come together to create Project N95, a personal protective equipment clearinghouse meant to connect health institutions in need of equipment like masks with suppliers around the ...

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Steve Chiotakis

25 March 2020

Huntington Park, California, United States

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When schools closed due to coronavirus, many children were left without access to reliable meals but in California, a neighborhood bakery is trying to help change that. Every morning, Los Angelitos Bakery in Huntingto...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

25 March 2020

Bali, West Bengal, India

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In the Indian Sundarbans, home to a huge mangrove ecosystem as well as native tigers, ecotourism has come to a halt due to restrictions imposed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus disease. In response, locals...

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Dominique Maria Bonessi

25 March 2020

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Despite the closure of businesses and mandates for social distancing, the Montgomery County Council in Washington, D.C. has continued to hold meetings despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. To keep all involved saf...

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Adele Peters

24 March 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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A new urban planning tool called Urban Footprint is helping governments to map out their most vulnerable neighborhoods and populations. Originally designed in 2018 to help city planners make sense of large data sets a...

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Joe Palca

24 March 2020

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States

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As scientists across the planet are racing to develop a vaccine to fight the novel coronavirus, the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium is using supercomputers to identify or create drug compounds that migh...

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Rebecca Robbins

24 March 2020

California, United States

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Facebook collects data from people that choose to share their location with the app, and have started sharing it with various researchers who are trying to track the spread of the novel coronavirus. They share the dat...

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