Every week we recap the past week in the coronavirus pandemic from our tracking, policy analysis, polling, and journalism. This week saw reports of an increasing number of coronavirus hotspots at the same time the U.S. surpassed a new record — the highest daily increase in new confirmed, cases so far in this pandemic: 39,972 on June 25.
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As countries around the world begin to reopen, those that waited for the right time to ease lockdown restrictions seem to be in better shape than those who reopened despite higher levels of coronavrius transmission and lower public health capacity. In an article for Foreign Affairs, KFF’s Jen Kates and…
As state and local governments ease social distancing orders, many employers and workers face decisions about a physical return to the workplace. Drew Altman’s latest Axios column analyzes the numbers and finds that, “An estimated 25-30 million people are caught in the middle of the coronavirus economy — they’re unable…
Every week KFF recaps the past week in the coronavirus pandemic from our tracking, policy analysis, polling, and journalism. The June 2020 tracking poll finds that while a two-thirds of Americans support the protests against police violence, 56% say they are worried that recent protests may lead to an increase in coronavirus cases in their area.
The Department of Health and Human Services has said that it will use money from the provider relief fund created by the CARES Act to reimburse providers for care for uninsured COVID-19 patients. However, only about $62 billion remains in the fund and it is unclear how much money is being set aside to reimburse for care for the uninsured. This blog post reviews what the current status of the provider relief funding and raises questions about the administration’s policy of reimbursing for care for uninsured COVID-19 patients using the fund.
Total coronavirus cases in the U.S. are still climbing, and this week the cumulative total surpassed 2 million. There have been over 114,000 total confirmed deaths in the U.S.
Democrat counties have higher per capita rates of reported coronavirus cases and deaths than Republican counties. Coronavirus rates in swing counties fall in between Democrat and Republican counties.
This post looks at a new “no-test” contactless method of providing medication abortions and now this can be and has been used in response to the pandemic. The post also examines state policies that act as barriers to implementing “no-test” protocols.
This week saw protests across the country voicing outrage over how widespread racism in the United States impacts black lives. Structural and systemic racism have created longstanding disparities across economic and health indicators for Black Americans – including the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in Black communities and other communities of color.
Samantha Artiga Talks with Politico Pulse Check about the Pandemic and Protests on Racial Inequality
KFF’s Samantha Artiga appeared on the June 4 episode of the Politico Pulse Check podcast to discuss the intersection of the coronavirus pandemic and protests on racial inequality following the death of George Floyd.