With Too Few Nurses, It Won’t Take Much to Overwhelm Hospitals This Winter

Even as a new COVID-19 variant starts to spread in the United States, staff shortages have made it impossible for many hospitals to operate at full capacity.

New York City Expands Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate to All Private Employers

The new requirement will take effect Dec. 27, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.

States With the Highest Homicide Rates

The U.S. experienced a 30% increase in homicides from 2019 to 2020, the largest jump ever recorded, according to a CDC report.

Judge Blocks National Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers

The Tuesday ruling stops a nationwide vaccine mandate by the Biden administration that was set to start Dec. 6.

More Than Two Dozen States in Limbo on Vaccine Mandate for Government Workers

A federal order requiring vaccination or weekly testing for workers in large companies also applies to state and local government employees in 26 states. But it’s under judicial review.

Rural Leaders Fear They’ll Miss Out on Infrastructure Money

Small towns might not have the staff to write grants, according to state and association officials.

How the Pandemic Helped Spread Fentanyl Across the US and Drive Opioid Overdose Deaths to a Grim New High

The number of fatal drug overdoses in the US over a 12-month period has surpassed 100,000 for the first time. Fentanyl is the main driver of the spike in deaths.

Domestic Violence Declined During Covid-19 Lockdowns

While documented simple and aggravated assaults dropped, reports of domestic violence rose for a variety of reasons, new research shows.

One County Will Give $76 Million in ‘Hero Pay’ to Public Employees for Covid Response

Most full-time workers in California’s Santa Clara County will receive $2,500 bonuses, all paid for with the county's federal Covid-19 relief allotment.

Gun Violence Has Soared During the Pandemic, a New Study Finds—But the Reasons Why Are Complex

The pandemic brought about a sharp rise in mental health concerns, deep unemployment and an unprecedented amount of social isolation—a potentially deadly combination alongside rising gun sales.

Latinos With Darker Skin Face More Discrimination Than Those With Lighter Skin

Nearly 60% of Latinos surveyed say having a lighter skin color helps Hispanics get ahead in work and in life, and about half say discrimination based on race or skin color is a “very big problem,” a Pew report shows.

All Adult New Yorkers Now Eligible For Covid-19 Booster Shot

New York City made the announcement Monday as cases have ticked up. It joins Colorado, California and New Mexico in expanding booster eligibility.

Mental Health Disorders Qualify You for a Covid-19 Booster. It’s Unclear How Many People Know That.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the change a month ago, but finding the information online can be tricky.

States With the Most and Least At-risk Youth

Louisiana ranks as the state with the most at-risk youth while Massachusetts ranks as the state with the least, according to a report.

4 Strategies States Can Use to Confront the Child Care Crisis

COMMENTARY | The Urban Institute released two reports about the urgency of challenges facing the early childhood workforce and offers evidence-based approaches to address the issues.

The American Workplace Isn’t Prepared for This Much Grief

COMMENTARY | The pandemic has highlighted the fact that without a federal bereavement policy, many people are subject to the whims of state legislatures and individual companies.

Families Most at Risk of Missing Out on the Expanded Child Tax Credit

The child tax credit is the largest ever -- $250 to $300 a month -- but many low-income households may not get the help for a variety of reasons, a Tax Policy Center report says.

State Spending on Anti-poverty Programs Could Substantially Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect

Public investments in benefit programs could save tens of thousands of children from being victims of child abuse and have important later-life effects on child welfare and overall health.

Strategies for Combating the Opioid Crisis

In many cities and states, fatal drug overdoses—primarily from opioids—outnumber homicides, deaths from auto accidents, suicides and other types of fatalities. Law enforcement’s role is changing to address the challenges, according to research.

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