Tag: COVID19

Supporting Essential Workers to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

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Across the country, millions of employees are now deemed essential workers. From grocery cashiers to pharmacy technicians to gas station attendants, many are balancing protecting themselves and working in low-wage jobs that provide necessary services to American society at large. There are also frontline workers, such as doctors, elder care workers, nurses and police officers who are helping in this fight by directly helping those most impacted by this

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Five Big Questions on City Leaders’ Minds as Their Economies Reopen

As city officials weigh the risks and rewards of reopening their local economies, they face a series of intertwined economic, public health, and public relations dilemmas. How can they maximally reduce the risk of infection in places of business? How do they know if the risk of infection in a given sector or region of their city becomes too high for it to remain open? And how do they

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Essential Municipal Employees Vulnerable to Severe Cuts

Cities, towns and villages across the nation are preparing for significant budget cuts and the difficult decisions that accompany them. The fiscal impacts of the economic downturn caused by COVID-19 are not just numbers on a page. They include massive layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts that affect the lives of thousands of municipal employees, their

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Cities Are Essential. We’re Fighting to Prove It.

COVID-19 has changed our world.   The landscape, lives and livelihoods of our communities throughout the United States will forever be impacted. As America’s cities, towns and villages face falling revenues, strapped budgets and challenges to health and well-being, one thing is abundantly clear: To chart a path back to normalcy, we must come together as a nation.  Right now, local governments are doing what we do best – care for

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Keeping Local Permits and Licenses Moving During COVID-19

As the nation battles COVID-19, many local governments have transitioned to telework and limited access to government building by visitors and non-essential staff. In adjusting to these changes, local governments have continued to balance the imperative to protect the public health and safety with the need to ensure that municipal services and processes continue to

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How Tech is Helping Local Leaders Rebuild During COVID-19

The last several weeks have overturned everyday life and exposed weaknesses across science, government services, and regretfully, the human spirit. In the midst of an unprecedented global crisis, the U.S. has reached more than one million confirmed COVID-19 cases. To overcome this pandemic, we must rethink our human behaviors under physical distancing guidelines. We must

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Despite COVID-19, SCOTUS Refuses to Stop Use of New Public Charge Definition

The Supreme Court refused to lift its stay of federal court orders that prevented the Trump administration from making changes to the definition of public charge. Immigrants who are deemed a “public charge” are ineligible to receive green cards/lawful permanent resident status. The most recent definition of public charge, adopted in 1999, included immigrants who

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During COVID-19, Libraries Provide Critical Public Services

While the City and County of Denver is under a Stay At Home Order to combat the spread of COVID-19, our incredible public servants continue to work and innovate. More than ever, libraries and cities are teaming to leverage our public assets to meet the needs of our diverse community during this crisis. The difficult

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Testing and Contact Tracing for the Path to Recovery

Cities around the country want to reopen for business while protecting the public’s health. To reopen the American economy safely and with complete confidence, the path depends on several critical factors that must be concurrently in place – challenging to achieve but doable. Widespread testing to diagnose COVID-19 and track status of spread across populations

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City Leaders Call for Data Disaggregation in COVID-19 Response

The legacy of structural racism from redlining, urban renewal, and other local, state, and federal policies has led to generations of disinvestment and hazardous environments in communities of color, especially Black communities. It has become clear that the COVID-19 crisis continues to exacerbate racial inequities in health and healthcare access resulting from this legacy.   Rochester Mayor Provides Example of Leadership  Mayor Lovely Warren of Rochester,

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