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The Land

Grant Segall

9 September 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Two newly-formed companies in Ohio are the nation's first businesses to create a "fully automated production of woven, washable masks." The project became a reality thanks to partnerships and funding support between s...

The New Yorker

Atul Gawande

2 September 2020

South Korea

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The United States is facing a coronavirus testing problem that is due to both governmental inaction and an inefficient health care system, but the nation has faced a similar problem before. When determining how best t...

The New York Times

David Halbfinger

21 August 2020

Beersheba, Israel

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The Israeli government is preparing to roll out a new form of pooled testing as the count of COVID-19 cases continues to increase. The methodology, which has already shown promise as a successful pilot project, works ...

The Washington Post

Niha Masih

31 July 2020

Dharavi, India

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The population of Dharavi, a slum in Mumbai, made the region a hotspot for coronavirus transmission, but local officials' aggressive action plan – which included testing, contact tracing, quarantine, and increased san...

FreshWater Cleveland

Sydney Kornegay

30 July 2020

Ohio, United States

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Local businesses in Northeastern Ohio pivoted their operations to manufacture supplies needed to fight Covid-19 in an effort to fill a dire public need while preserving jobs for their employees. Employees were trained...

Naples Daily News

Sarah Murphy

20 July 2020

Immokalee, Florida, United States

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When the coronavirus threatened the economic well-being and health of the immigrant farmworkers in Florida's agricultural hub in Collier County, faith-based organizations that could no longer serve free hot meals pivo...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Hannah Wallace

13 July 2020

Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States

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¡Salud! mobile clinics were a vital factor in keeping farm workers in Oregon vineyards safe during the national health crisis. The nonprofit is supported by the state's wine industry and has provided primary care well...

Nigeria Health Watch

Christabel Ligami

7 July 2020

Mathare, Kenya

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In Kenya's rural communities and densely populated areas, accessing sanitation and hygiene methods can be difficult, but in one slum, a nonprofit organization has teamed up with a group of young men in the community t...

Science Africa

Henry Owino

3 July 2020

Kibera, Kenya

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Residents in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya, have adopted early preventative practices to help slow the spread of coronavirus in the community. Much of this work has been led by community leaders who are working wi...

The Local

Anne Grietje Franssen

Petronella Uebel

30 June 2020

Sweden

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The handful of Swedish elderly care homes that protected residents from COVID-19 infection shared some common traits: they improved hygiene practices, isolated possibly infectious staff, stocked up on protective equip...

Science Africa

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Mary Hearty

22 June 2020

Kenya

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Kenya's textile industry is finding new purpose and providing jobs to many during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although the industry had previously been nearly obsolete due to the import of clothing, the pandemic has given ...

Bangor Daily News

Emily Burnham

17 June 2020

Bangor, Maine, United States

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A tension fabric structures manufacturing company in Maine has repurposed their facility and transformed their local workforce to create grade-one medical masks for the local hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic. Bec...

Latino USA

Camille Padilla Dalmau

Edmy Ayala

9 June 2020

Puerto Rico

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In Puerto Rico, scientists, students, and educators from different organizations created a consortium to help develop a way to expand the territory's testing capacity for COVID-19 after the government continuously str...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

3 June 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A group of tech-savy Swarthmore College alumni are helping to get a surplus of personal protective equipment into the hands of the medical professionals who need it most. Tapping into communities where it's not uncomm...

Southerly

Antionette Kerr

27 May 2020

North Carolina, United States

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Mobilized to help North Carolina’s second-poorest county recover from two major hurricanes over the past four years, the Robeson County Disaster Recovery Coalition pivoted to provide COVID-19 relief and brace for the ...

The New Yorker

Atul Gawande

13 May 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, attention is starting to shift toward reopening and recovery. Looking to healthcare professionals as models for doing so can help. A five-part strategy, te...

Richland Source

Tierra Thomas

7 May 2020

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Lip-reading is very important for clarification for those who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, but the masks mandated by the coronavirus pandemic hinder that. In response, the nonprofit Catalyst Life Services (which curr...

WABE

Emil Moffat

6 May 2020

Georgia, United States

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In an emergency COVID-19 measure, the Georgia allowed counties to deploy secure drop boxes for absentee ballots throughout the state. The drop boxes, which are emptied daily and under constant video surveillance, allo...

Pioneers Post

Julie Pybus

5 May 2020

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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As COVID-19 challenges businesses around the world, two Malaysian social enterprise companies have seen success in shifting their offerings. The Biji-biji Initiative, a fashion producer linked with the grassroots Soci...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

5 May 2020

United States

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A home health care cooperative, based in NY, turned to a worker-owned cut and sew cooperative, based in NC, to produce masks for their employees when they were unable to source them elsewhere. The cost of masks and g...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

4 May 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Across Colorado, grassroots groups have come together to create homemade masks for the state’s most vulnerable populations to protect against COVID-19. Two of those populations are Denver’s Downtown Detention Center a...

Scientific American

Sophie Bushwick

20 April 2020

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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As U.S. hospitals face a shortage of personal protective equipment during the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, creatives and engineers across the nation have begun a DIY movement to help create back up surgical masks. ...

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Nicole Bowen

20 April 2020

Gainesville, Florida, United States

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Altavian, a Gainesville, Florida based engineering company has figured out how to mass produce reusable N95 masks for healthcare workers using 3D printing technology. The mask – crucial in protecting healthcare worker...

The New York Times

Steve Lohr

20 April 2020

New York, New York, United States

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After learning that the U.S. would likely face a shortage of ventilators during the coronavirus pandemic, a group of "scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, physicians and regulatory experts" collaborated to design an ...

The Oregonian

Samantha Swindler

16 April 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A collective of activists and anti-fascists named PopMob has transitioned from protesting right-wingers to producing hand sanitizer. They are working in collaboration with another group called The Rosehip Medic Collec...

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