Memphis-Area Residents Without Internet Must Wait Days for Vaccination Appointments, While Others Go to the Front of the Line

The county’s decision to prioritize vaccinations for internet users — and its failure to set aside any appointments for callers — raises issues of equity and access, say experts.

'The Internet Has Made Us Dumber,' and Other Lessons Government Officials Learned in 2020

State and local officials weigh in on what they're taking from—and leaving behind in—the dumpster fire that was last year.

The Simple Reason West Virginia Leads the Nation in Vaccinating Nursing Home Residents

COMMENTARY | Other states were still far behind when West Virginia became the first state to finish round one of the two-dose vaccine series in nursing homes. What did the state do differently?

Biden Calls for $350 Billion in State and Local Aid as Part of Massive Stimulus

The president-elect released details on Thursday for a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

Customers Won't Wear a Mask? One State Says to Call the Police.

Updated guidance from the New Hampshire Attorney General's office instructs businesses to call local law enforcement for assistance if customers simply refuse to comply with a statewide mask mandate.

Jordan’s Story: Isolated, Anxious and Failing Online Classes, an 11-Year-Old Texas Boy Considered Suicide

Months of remote learning were hard on the Frisco ISD student. Like other schoolchildren across the state, he experienced mental health issues, in large part due to social isolation during the pandemic.

Interest Groups Lobby to Get Ahead in Vaccine Line

The lobbying to be in the "1B category" has been intense in many states. Advocates for older adults, teachers, restaurant workers, agricultural workers and others are pleading their cases.

Random People Are Lining Up to Get Vaccinated in D.C. Grocery Stores

Pharmacies have started quietly offering leftover Covid-19 shots to anyone around. You can guess where this goes.

Cocktails To-Go Help Restaurants Stay Afloat

“It’s not a huge chunk of sales, but it’s something, and right now, something counts," says one restauranteur.

Farmers Can be Isolated and Unsure How to Seek Support. One State is Trying to Help.

Farmers in Wisconsin can access a 24-hour hotline, free counseling and, soon, virtual support groups. It's all part of a state-funded wellness program focused on the agricultural community.

Many States Resist Adapting Worker Safety Rules to Pandemic

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued no new rules during the pandemic. And states with their own workplace safety agencies lack a strong benchmark to follow.

States Plan for Large-Scale Coronavirus Vaccinations at Stadiums and Other Sites

As Covid-19 vaccines become available to broader segments of the public, states are establishing facilities where thousands of doses can be administered daily.

Covid-19 Response Shows How an Informal Rule of Law Plays a Supporting Role in Society

How important are informal rules in keeping us safe? And why do people alter their behavior to follow norms when they don’t expect disobedience to be punished by authorities?

New Bloomberg Philanthropies Competition Seeks Cities With Innovative Responses to Covid

Fifteen winners will receive $1 million each and other support to implement their ideas.

Delaying Second Covid-19 Vaccine Doses Will Make Supplies Last Longer but Comes With Risks

With the vaccine rollout underway, some experts support giving a single dose to as many people as possible. Others want to vaccinate according to the protocol used during clinical trials.

Lawsuit: State Vaccination Program Should Prioritize Seniors

An 87-year-old Idaho man filed the suit, seeking to force the state to alter its Covid-19 vaccination program.

More State and Local Job Losses in December

The total number of jobs lost in the state and local public sector is now approaching 1.4 million. December was also a grim month for leisure and hospitality employment.

Two Mayors Envision the Future of Public Transit

COMMENTARY | The mayors of Kansas City, Missouri and Richmond, Virginia offer their thoughts on how to rebuild public transit in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pandemic Could Hurt Home-Based Care for Kids With 24/7 Needs

“It’s horrifying, it’s inhumane, and it doesn’t make any financial sense.”