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This Week in Coronavirus: June 18 to June 25

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.

Jen Kates and Josh Michaud: The Secret to a Safe Reopening

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…

The Front-line Workers Most at Risk from Coronavirus

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…

This Week in Coronavirus: June 11 to June 17

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.

Limitations of the Program for Uninsured COVID-19 Patients Raise Concerns

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.

This Week in Coronavirus: June 4 to June 11

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.

This Week in Coronavirus: May 28 to June 4

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.