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Mission Local

Hayden Manseau

22 September 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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The Shared Spaces program is a pandemic-driven initiative that increases outdoor dining space in commercial areas. The initiative made the permit process more user friendly and less expensive. Over 1,200 outdoor dinin...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Eleni Avendaño

11 September 2020

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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The city of Honolulu has partnered with hotels to offer quarantine housing for those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 but have nowhere to safely self-isolate. The new units compliment other existing facilities – ...

The Boston Globe

Dugan Arnett

Steve Annear

3 September 2020

New Jersey, United States

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In order to supplement the limited on-campus housing due to pandemic restrictions, East-Coast universities are opting to rent out floors at hotels for students to stay in. The situation is beneficial not only to colle...

Governing

Carl Smith

31 August 2020

California, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic drastically reduced the ridership of the Monterey-Salinas Transit District, so the system shifted services to help the mostly rural community it serves. Despite cash-flow problems, unused driv...

Dallas Morning News

Brooklynn Cooper

28 August 2020

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Hotspots are helping bridge the digital divide in Dallas, one of the worst-connected cities in the U.S. compared to other similar-sized cities. A program that allows for residents to check out hotspots from the librar...

National Geographic

Michael Greshko

27 August 2020

United States

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80 percent of overnight camps across the country have shuttered down due to pandemic. Camps that reopened had to change how they operate, by using a range of practices from apps to field guides, some have been able to...

The Boston Globe

Nick A. Zaino

27 August 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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With many clubs closed due to Covid-19, some comics are performing online and at socially distanced outdoor events. Club owners are adapting to changing circumstances with outdoor stages. Drive-in shows are gaining po...

Next City

Elissaveta M. Brandon

25 August 2020

Harlem, New York, United States

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PLAY NYC, a nonprofit in New York, is reviving a historic pop-up playground concept, which started over two decades ago, in order to increase children's access to playgrounds and physical activity. The concept is simp...

South China Morning Post

Gigi Choy

24 August 2020

Hong Kong, China

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In Hong Kong, a newly devised e-health system is teaching patients how to test and monitor their own symptoms during the coronavirus pandemic, rather than have a doctor administer in-person care. Using an exhibition c...

The Boston Globe

Mary Ann Sorrentino

13 August 2020

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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Restaurants in Providence, Rhode Island are "repurposing parking lots, waterfronts, and any adjacent land where an al fresco meal can be savored, public health preserved, and restaurant profits protected" during the c...

CNBC

Christina Farr

2 August 2020

Illinois, United States

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SwipeSense is a monitoring technology adapted to track people’s movements as a form of contact tracing for Covid-19 in hospitals. Staff wear the device while at work, which uses sensors and location beacons to track m...

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...

Chicago Sun-Times

Maudlyne Ihejirika

26 July 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Parishioners are reunited for worship again in one Chicago church's parking lot with a "drive-in Mass." The Catholic congregation tuned into a radio station to hear the priest from their cars while lined up in rows to...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Conor Morris

14 July 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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A new initiative in Cleveland, Ohio aims to increase Covid-19 testing access in communities where social determinants of health pose a barrier to accessing testing sites. The initiative, which complements other city-w...

Mission Local

Lydia Chavez

10 July 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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The Latino Task Force emerged in response to Covid-19 and has effectively provided services to the Mission District’s Latinx community. Formed by longtime grassroots activists turned influential community leaders, the...

Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless

Rachel Dissell

Ginger Christ

8 July 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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When COVID-19 emergency plans by Cleveland agencies to reduce crowding in homeless shelters excluded people still living on the streets, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless developed a plan to house people i...

Los Angeles Times

Thomas Curwen

7 July 2020

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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A formerly closed hospital reopened as a pop-up health care facility in Los Angeles County to help provide health services for a predominantly Latino community during the coronavirus pandemic. Although it was only ope...

Religion News Service

Joshua Eaton

30 June 2020

Florissant, Missouri, United States

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After receiving a call from the local hospital saying they needed help in containing the spread of coronavirus, members of Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri began sewing masks for those i...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Eleni Gill

26 June 2020

Iwilei, Hawaii, United States

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When Covid-19 began spreading throughout the United States, officials in Hawaii set up a quarantine facility for those experiencing homelessness that helped connect residents with other services to reduce their risk o...

New Vision

Jacky Achan

25 June 2020

Kampala, Uganda

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In parts of Uganda, ride-sharing has been transformed into a medical delivery service to ensure that those who are unable to travel to their doctor for antiretroviral refills have access to the medications they need t...

The Local

Emma Löfgren

23 June 2020

Stockholm, Sweden

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Hospitals in Sweden have one of the lowest counts of ICU beds throughout Europe, but when Covid-19 began to spread, the country doubled their number of intensive care beds in preparation. Although hospitals took their...

Yellowstone Public Radio

Kylie Mohr

23 June 2020

Bonner, Montana, United States

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In Montana, a handful of manufacturers have adapted their facilities to make products and materials that help healthcare workers safely work on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic. From face shields to liquid tran...

CityLab

Amanda Hurley

23 June 2020

United States

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Covid-19 created space for everyday citizens, who are not trained architects, designers, or urban planners, to alter how public spaces are used. Known as tactical urbanism, everyday people are using inexpensive and cr...

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...

LAist

Stephanie O'Neill

27 May 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A chance encounter sparked by a Facebook post led to the creation of RVs 4 MDs, a Facebook group pairing donated recreational vehicles for front-line medical workers who needed to distance themselves from their famili...

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