Americans Less Confident They Will Avoid Covid-19—Even With a Vaccination

The percentage of adults who are "very confident" they will not catch the coronavirus has fallen to 38% after rising to 50% in May and June, according to a Gallup poll.

The States Offering to Help Resettle Afghan Refugees

Governors in both parties say their states are ready to assist displaced people who helped the U.S. and are fleeing the Taliban.

Poll Finds Weak Support for State Bans on Local Mask Mandates

The survey results come as state and local officials in some places battle over mask policies, and as cases of the virus swell.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Tests Positive for Covid-19

The governor spoke Monday night at a GOP event in Collin County, later tweeting photos of him addressing a maskless crowd. Less than three hours before his diagnosis was announced Tuesday afternoon, he tweeted pictures of a meeting with guitarist Jimmie Vaughan.

40M Americans to Get Major Boost in Food Assistance Benefits

Aid provided through the nation’s largest food assistance program will increase by upwards of 25% beginning in October, the Biden administration announced.

Local Judges Decide Fate of Many Renters Facing Eviction

“Your level of protection varies depending on your ZIP code.”

How Denver Tackled Homelessness While Saving Money

Extra support services can help keep vulnerable people housed.

How the Pandemic Now Ends

Cases of Covid-19 are rising fast. Vaccine uptake has plateaued. The pandemic will be over one day—but the way there is different now.

These State Workers Risk Getting Fired If They Refuse a Covid Vaccine

Unlike policies in other states, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's vaccine mandate for public employees doesn't include a testing opt-out. It comes as cases of the delta variant are surging.

One State’s Covid-19 Vaccine Lottery Prompted More Than 100,000 People To Get Vaccinated

Research from Harvard University found that Ohio’s Vax-a-Million promotion, which offered money and scholarships, was an effective way to persuade hesitant residents to get the shots.

As States Weigh Employee Vaccine Mandates, Feds Struggle With Mass Testing for Unvaccinated

The Biden administration is requiring at least weekly COVID-19 testing for the unvaccinated, but the White House has offered few details about how that will happen.

170,000 Government Workers Subject to One City's New Vaccination Mandate

New York City public employees and contractors must be fully vaccinated by Sept. 13 or provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test weekly.

Lack of Time Off Worsens Mental Health Problems for Public Health Workers

A recent CDC survey of 26,000 public health workers found higher levels of depression, anxiety, PTSD and suicidal ideation among those who couldn’t take time off.

Don't Get Sick in These States

The states with the worst health care are in the South and with the best are in the North, according to a new report.

Two States Have Decriminalized HIV Transmission, Leaving Eight With Active Laws

Illinois became the second state to repeal a decades-old statute that allowed HIV-positive residents to be charged with a felony for failing to disclose their status before having unprotected sex.

A $5B Turning Point for Reducing Homelessness

Long-term efforts to get homeless people into permanent housing will be jump-started by the massive infusion in federal relief funds flowing into localities and states.

Best Practices for Eviction Prevention and Diversion

Research from the American Bar Association found that eviction mitigation programs are widespread outside of government and can be used beyond court filings to successfully enhance housing stability.

Two States Now Offer Free In-home Nurse Visits for New Parents

The visits, offered in Oregon and now New Jersey, include a health and wellness check for both the baby and the parents, an effort to improve maternal mortality rates and boost family well-being.

Farmers Markets are Growing Their Role as Essential Sources of Healthy Food For Rich and Poor

COMMENTARY | Many farmers markets enjoyed their strongest-ever sales in 2020.

Covid-19 Delta Variant FAQs for Government Leaders

Answers for state and local officials, including should residents keep wearing a mask if they are vaccinated to why are vaccinated people still contracting the virus.

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