A State Project to Map Overdoses in Real Time

A statewide project in Connecticut takes reports of suspected opioid overdoses from first responders and maps them in real time, helping community partners better direct their services to high-risk areas.

How to Keep a Fall Surge From Becoming a Winter Catastrophe

COMMENTARY | What we can learn from other countries to avoid the worst-case scenario

Black Doctors Work to Make Coronavirus Testing More Equitable

Many Black Americans seek out Black providers because they’ve experienced cultural indifference or mistreatment in the health system.

Schools Aren’t Super-Spreaders

COMMENTARY | Fears from the summer appear to have been overblown.

Covid-19 ‘Long-Haulers’ Worry About Coverage, Costs

Experts say more attention needs to be paid to people who are living for months with debilitating symptoms after contracting Covid-19, including many who aren't well enough to return to work.

Wisconsin Prepares to Open Field Hospital, as Several States See Troubling Trends With Virus

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas high court blocks unsolicited mail-in ballot applications … Seattle Human Rights Commission calls for mayor’s ouster … Possibility of $200 million in workforce cuts looming in Chicago … Snow days nixed for Bangor students.

Distrusting Trump, States Plan to Vet COVID Vaccines Themselves. Bad Idea, Say Experts.

At least six states and the District of Columbia have indicated they intend to review the scientific data for any vaccine approved to fight COVID-19.

5 Things to Know About a Covid Vaccine: It Won’t Be a ‘Magic Wand’

Unfortunately, even with an approved vaccine begins to be dispensed, we still will need to mask up and maintain other precautions.

Local, State Officials Scramble to Recreate Covid-19 Restrictions After Court Strikes Michigan Governor’s Orders

The Michigan Supreme Court found that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did not have the authority to extend emergency coronavirus orders this spring, invalidating dozens of restrictions she put in place without collaboration with state lawmakers.

Fearing the Future of Roe v. Wade, New Jersey Moves to Protect Abortion Access

Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday that lawmakers would introduce a package of legislation to enshrine reproductive health care into state law.

With Covid-19, Vaccine Messaging Faces an Unprecedented Test

A vaccine is coming at some point. Will public health messaging be enough to convince Americans to get it?

Iowa Relaxes Quarantine Policy Against CDC Guidance—But It Depends on Masks

Iowa students, teachers and business employees will no longer be asked to quarantine after coming in contact with people later diagnosed with coronavirus, but only if everybody wore masks.

We Freely Wear Seat Belts. Why Can’t We Learn to Wear Masks?

COMMENTARY | Many people originally objected to seat belt laws as an infringement on personal freedoms, but who doesn’t buckle up these days?

Post-Covid Clinics Get Jump-Start From Patients With Lingering Illness

With a lot of unknowns surrounding people who stay sick with Covid-19 for a long time, new clinics are being established to specifically cater to these patients.

Corralling the Facts on Herd Immunity

What exactly does it mean and can it be used to combat COVID-19?

One Tennessee Prosecutor Says He Won’t Enforce Controversial Abortion Law

The Nashville district attorney says he won’t prosecute doctors who fail to inform patients that a medication abortion can be reversed—a claim medical groups say isn’t backed up by science.

Health on Wheels: Tricked-Out RVs Deliver Addiction Treatment to Rural Communities

As in many states, access to addiction treatment remains a challenge in Colorado.

Wisconsin Is on the Brink of a Major Outbreak

The state’s coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are at an all-time high.

Florida Lifts Covid Restrictions on Bars and Restaurants, While Prohibiting Local Mask Penalties

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Alaskan wildlife officials responding to more bear calls … Court cases could recognize more reservations in Oklahoma … New York City to allow al fresco dining past the end of October.