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Los Angeles Launches Massive Effort to Get Homeless Into Hotels

Time

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In response to the social distancing required to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Los Angeles is offering hotel rooms to 15,000 people facing homelessness.

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How Civic Technology Can Help Stop a Pandemic

Foreign Affairs Magazine

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Taiwan has gone largely unscathed thus far by the coronavirus, showing that their methodology of relying on civic technology has merit to be a model for other countries. Through a combination of "community initiatives, hackathons, and digital deliberation" Taiwan has been able to utilize "broad d...

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Alcoholics Anonymous members find support online during coronavirus pandemic

CNN

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Social connection and support are crucial for people in the Alcoholics Anonymous program, so the social distancing mandated by COVID-19 has been particularly stressful. To try to recreate the same atmosphere and safe space, AA groups are moving their meetings online with Zoom. Participants descri...

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A German Exception? Why the Country's Coronavirus Death Rate Is Low

The New York Times

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Germany has had plenty of coronavirus patients—more than 100,000 laboratory-confirmed infections—but their death rate is remarkably low compared to neighboring countries. Experts attribute this to extensive and widespread testing, a trusted government, social distancing, and plenty of hospital ca...

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Telemedicine Arrives in the U.K.: ‘10 Years of Change in One Week'

The New York Times

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Social distancing is as necessary to protect healthcare providers as it is anyone else, so primary care providers in the U.K. are begrudgingly making the move to telemedicine—meeting with and diagnosing patients over a video call. Neighborhood doctors say the new approach saves them time, and tel...

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Mapping How Cities Are Reclaiming Street Space

CityLab

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Some of the strategies urban sustainability proponents have promoted for years are now being used to manage traffic patterns during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure that essential workers can safely get to work. Could these temporary measures lead to a less car-dependent future?

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With Nothing To 'Fall Back On,' Santa Monica College Food Giveaway Helps Some Students Survive

LAist

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In the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, California community college, Santa Monica College, organized a pop-up, drive-thru food giveaway for its students. The resources were funded with help from the Santa Monica College Foundation, and each student received non-perishables, ready-to-eat meals, and...

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Here's how doctors are monitoring more than 350 Delaware coronavirus patients virtually

The News Journal (Delaware Online)

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In Delaware, doctors have turned to telehealth amidst the COVID19 pandemic to treat patients safely and remotely. Using systems called ChristianaCare and CarVio, doctors are monitoring more than 350 coronavirus-positive patients, reaching out to them up to four times daily. The platforms are also...

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As virus rages, Berkeley's 'Mother Goose' aids homeless people abandoned by the system

Los Angeles Times

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Activists in Berkeley, California, are filling in what they say is a gap in homeless services during the coronavirus outbreak. Volunteers are safely delivering food and other supplies to those without shelter.

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With N95s in short supply, Lafayette General is sourcing disposable masks from surgical wraps

The Current

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Personal protective equipment has been in short supply as the pandemic caught the United States off guard. In an effort to fill the gap, a company in Louisiana called Action Specialties has been manufacturing disposable masks for healthcare workers using the blue sterilization wrap that was used ...

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This Is What The South Korean Government Comfort Package For Quarantined People Looks Like

Bored Panda

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As told through the words of citizens on social media, this article lays out a number of ways the government of South Korean has been able to contain the virus. A notable thing is the care package mailed to everyone, containing hygiene essentials such as face masks and hand sanitizer, fresh produ...

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In life's last moments, U.S. clergy minister to the sick and dying via FaceTime and Zoom

Washington Post

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As more individuals are hospitalized and in critical condition from COVID19, religious leaders are finding unique ways to connect. While the norm may be to be at bedsides, in this unprecedented time where that isn’t possible, chaplains, rabbis, and priests are using FaceTime and texting to connec...

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