Public Health

“I Wish It Had Not Become Law,” Says Governor Of Mask-Banning Order He Signed Into Law

Citing rising numbers of Covid-19 cases among children, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson called state lawmakers back for a special session to consider allowing school districts to implement mask mandates.

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.

Students and Staff Should Mask Up in Schools, CDC Recommends

The CDC revised mask wearing guidance on Tuesday to help contain the spread of Covid-19. But nine states ban school districts from enacting mask mandates.

Covid-19 ‘Long-Haulers’ Join Ranks of Disabled Americans

On the anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a new wave of public employees and other workers with disabilities are adjusting to their new normals.

New York City, California Mandate Vaccines for Public Employees

Public workers must receive the vaccine or submit to weekly testing starting Sept. 13, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. California Gov. Gavin Newsom made a similar statement.

3 States Pursue Public Option for Health Coverage as Feds Balk

Although the Affordable Care Act has increased enrollment in health insurance, three states, Colorado, Nevada and Washington, have passed public option health insurance plans to try to boost the numbers even more.

4 Reasons I’m Wearing a Mask Again

Our vaccines are extraordinary, but right now they need all the help they can get.

Delta Is Driving a Wedge Through Missouri

For America as a whole, the pandemic might be fading. For some communities, this year will be worse than last.

Urban Heat Islands Pose ‘Extreme Public Health Risk’

Five cities with the highest scores for heat islands, which cause a variety of health and environmental issues, are in Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Texas and California, according to a new analysis.

Amid Pandemic Recovery, Local Health Departments Grapple With Historic Turnover

Nearly 250 public health leaders have left their jobs since last April, the largest exodus on record. In an industry where recruiting is difficult, experts worry that many positions could remain unfilled.

Delta Variant Surges in Colorado as the Bands Play On

Thousands gathered for a three-day country music festival in western Colorado in late June. Cases of the delta variant of the coronavirus are spreading quickly in the area.

Rhode Island Becomes First State to OK Drug Injection Sites

Advocates say sites where people can use drugs under supervision can save lives. But cities that have tried to establish such centers have faced opposition from their states and the federal government.

Purdue Pharma Moves Closer to Opioid Settlement as 15 States Drop Objections

Attorneys general who had been critical of a proposed bankruptcy plan for the OxyContin manufacturer said they would agree to a deal that requires significant public disclosure from the company.

As Covid Vaccinations Slow, Parts of the US Remain Far Behind 70% Goal

Vermont and Massachusetts lead the nation, with more than 70% of adults having had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Southern states like Tennessee lag far behind.

As Variant Spreads, Some Regions Bring Back Mask Advisories

In St. Louis and Los Angeles, officials are urging vaccinated residents to wear masks as cases of the Delta strain of Covid-19 are on the rise.

By Now, Burnout Is a Given

COMMENTARY | The pandemic has stripped our emotional reserves even further, laying bare our unique physical, social, and emotional vulnerabilities.

Governments Cannot Let Up Now on Covid Vaccination Efforts

COMMENTARY | While the U.S. is just shy of 70% of Americans receiving a Covid-19 shot by a July 4th goal, governments need to redouble their commitment to reach everyone who wants a vaccine, and quickly.

Parents Face Dilemma in States That Ban School Mask Mandates

More states may join the three that already have such laws or orders.

Yes, Some People Really Are Faking Their Covid Vaccine Cards

A thriving black market for the cards has alarmed law enforcement officials—and prompted some state legislators to act.

State, Local Government Workers Vaccinated at Higher Rate Than General Public

A new report found 70% of public sector employees were vaccinated, but also reveals some troubling disparities.