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Kaiser Health News

Markian Hawryluk

25 January 2021

Colorado, United States

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A small cohort of states have eased restrictions and eliminated beauracratic barriers for foreign-trained doctors to practice medicine in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic as a means of better staffing hospital...

Crosscut

Manola Secaira

21 January 2021

Taholah, Washington, United States

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In Washington state, the Quinault Indian Nation has taken an aggressive and proactive approach to control the spread of COVID-19 amongst their community, and these efforts are showing success. Using a combination of t...

Flint Beat

Carmen Nesbitt

17 January 2021

Flint, Michigan, United States

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At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, public health officials in Flint, Michigan began tracking the demographics of those who were testing positive for the virus in order to better align the county's public health...

The New York Times

Benjamin Mueller

16 January 2021

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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In March when fewer than 100 coronavirus infections had been found in the U.K, researchers in Cambridge decided to begin sequencing coronavirus samples as part of an "unparalleled surveillance system for Covid" that c...

The Irish Times

Naomi O’Leary

13 January 2021

Denmark

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Denmark public health workers have been able to distribute nearly their entire supply of the COVID-19 vaccine thanks in part to early preparation tactics and "a capable health system." Although the country had to proc...

The New York Times

Sui-Lee Wee

9 January 2021

Singapore

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Singapore's aggressive pandemic response in conjunction with strict university rules has helped keep campuses free of COVID-19 cases so far. As a country, free testing and medical care has ensured that positive cases ...

The Local

Tanushree Basuroy

7 January 2021

Germany

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When the coronavirus pandemic caused Germany to enter a period of lockdown, German authorities embarked on an effort to launch multilingual campaigns to make sure asylum seekers in the country had the information nece...

SFGate

Amy Graff

5 January 2021

Ukiah, California, United States

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When a hospital refrigerator that was housing 850 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine stopped working, local health officials in Mendocino County, California worked together to quickly devise a distribution plan. Through st...

The New Yorker

Jay Caspian Kang

4 January 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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The San Francisco Bay Area has had fewer COVID-19 deaths than would be expected for such a densely populated area, largely by "drawing on resources and expertise that predated the coronavirus pandemic." Unlike other l...

The Buffalo News

Lou Michel

Scott Scanlon

4 January 2021

New York, United States

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A handful of nursing homes in New York have been able to avoid an onslaught of COVID-19 cases by focusing on education and training of the staff and keeping their workforce stable and well-supplied. While these method...

Wall Street Journal

Paul Hannon

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Tom Fairless

27 December 2020

United States

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As a second surge of the coronavirus pandemic spreads throughout much of the world, some manufacturers in the West have found ways to successfully avoid the economic fallout despite heightened restrictions. In one cas...

CNN

Henrik Pettersson

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Mark Oliver

20 December 2020

Finland

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Finland, Norway, and Denmark are three countries that have largely been able to contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep average daily deaths low, by implementing some of the "most relaxed combinations of restrictions....

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Katie Galioto

20 December 2020

Cook County, Minnesota, United States

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In Minnesota, cross-sector collaboration, contact tracing, and a focus on adhering to public health safety protocols have helped Cook County avoid an outbreak of COVID-19 cases, despite being a tourist destination. Lo...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Chris Serres

18 December 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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After facing staffing shortages during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Human Services developed an aggressive emergency hiring initiative ahead of potential new outbreaks. Using...

The New York Times

John Florio

Ouisie Shapiro

18 December 2020

New York, New York, United States

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When a smallpox outbreak was deemed to be a likelihood in New York City in 1947, the city’s health commissioner rapidly launched a vaccination campaign that leveraged internal collaboration, consistent and transparent...

U.S. News & World Report

Anna-Catherine Brigida

17 December 2020

Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico

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When the coronavirus pandemic threatened to spread to the Matamoros tent camp where thousands of asylum-seekers lived, local health officials and aid workers proactively launched a public health campaign to boost educ...

The Plug

Hadriana Lowenkron

15 December 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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To address gaps in the healthcare system that were only being exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic for Black Philadelphians, a group of healthcare professionals joined efforts to create the Black Doctors COVID-19 C...

Slate

Mary Harris

10 December 2020

Talika, Oklahoma, United States

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Leaders from the Cherokee Nation have been praised for their success in containing the coronavirus pandemic through aggressive and rapid actions. A key component to that success has been the Cherokee Nation's private ...

Africa in Fact

Andrew Panton

9 December 2020

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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A failed response to the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has helped prepare the country's government and health officials to respond more successfully to the coronavirus pandemic and other public...

Ensia

Debora MacKenzie

8 December 2020

China

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Public health experts are strategizing for how to combat the next pandemic by learning from what failed to prevent the most recent coronavirus pandemic. From increasing surveillance of viruses to using diagnostic tech...

High Country News

Anna V. Smith

30 November 2020

Lincoln County, Oregon, United States

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After a contact tracing effort spurred by an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Lincoln County, Oregon resulted in the realization that resources weren't being offered in Indigenous Mayan languages, the Oregon Health Autho...

ProPublica

Annie Waldman

Heather Vogell

23 November 2020

Marietta, Georgia, United States

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Two schools in two different cities in Georgia have provided a case study for the efficacy of wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In one case where masks were optional and only half of the school opted to...

North Carolina Health News

Thomas Goldsmith

20 November 2020

North Carolina, United States

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When nursing homes in North Carolina realized that the coronavirus pandemic had arrived within the state, facility managers and staff began enacting measures to prevent the spread of the virus amongst their residents....

North Carolina Health News

Thomas Goldsmith

19 November 2020

North Carolina, United States

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In North Carolina, nursing homes have largely been able to remain COVID-free due to proactive measures that focused on keeping residents safe. The facilities have been heavily relying on mask-wearing and social distan...

Vox

Julia Belluz

19 November 2020

Vermont, United States

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The state of Vermont has been able to keep COVID-19 cases to a minimal, at least in part by focusing on offering preventive protections for the most at-risk and vulnerable – such as the unhoused. The state's response ...

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