The carefully followed death toll from COVID-19 may not fully capture the loss of life during the pandemic. Analysis of state and federal statistics for deaths from all causes shows hundreds of additional deaths above normal levels this spring in the Pacific Northwest. Some or many of those may actually be missed COVID deaths. Continue Reading Official COVID-19 Fatalities May Undercount Pandemic’s Death Toll By Hundreds In Northwest
Adm. Brett Giroir, who leads the federal testing response, tells NPR that the U.S. is on track to test enough to contain the pandemic, saying newer, point-of-care tests are part of the solution. Continue Reading Despite Shortfalls And Delays, U.S. Testing Czar Says Efforts Are Mostly ‘Sufficient’
A federal judge announced on Tuesday that ICE has reached an agreement with schools that sued it over the rule change. The directive will now be rescinded nationwide. Continue Reading ICE Agrees To Rescind Policy Barring Foreign Students From Online Study In the U.S.
Misinformation and conspiracy theories abound, from tales that people who talk to contact tracers will be sent to nonexistent “FEMA camps” — a rumor so prevalent that health officials in Washington state had to put out a statement in May debunking it — to elaborate theories that the efforts are somehow part of a plot by global elites. Continue Reading Conspiracy Theories Aside, Here’s What Contact Tracers Really Do To Help End The Pandemic
Cover crops are a vegetation that farmers can plant in the off-season to protect and enrich the soil. It’s great for the environment — and in the long run, for crops, too — but it costs money upfront. Farmers who rent land, and who may not have access to that land in the long run, are reluctant to spend that money. Continue Reading How Absentee Landowners Keep Farmers From Protecting Water And Soil
Daniel Lee, 47, was put to death on Tuesday morning in the federal death chamber in the first federal execution since 2003. Other inmates are scheduled for death this week. Continue Reading Federal Government Executes 1st Prisoner In 17 Years After Overnight Court Rulings
Seven months since cases of the coronavirus were first reported, some countries have effectively combatted the virus and brought the spread under control. The United States is not one of them. But experts say it’s not too late. Continue Reading 3 Things The U.S. Can Do Right Now To Slow Coronavirus Spread
The Washington Redskins have announced the team will be dropping its moniker, which is widely considered a slur against Native Americans. The head coach and team owner are developing a new name. Continue Reading After Mounting Pressure, Washington’s NFL Franchise Drops Its Team Name
Regina Boone has been documenting the protests against Confederate statues for the Richmond Free Press. As the daughter of the paper’s Black founders, she says, “This is not a new story for us.” Continue Reading Richmond, Va., Photographer Watches Familiar Anger Resurface In Recent Protests
In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, Confederate monuments have fallen, food companies have scrubbed racist imagery from labels, and now, pro sports teams names are under fresh review. Continue Reading The Racial Justice Reckoning Over Sports Team Names Is Spreading
For background, aerosols are tiny microdroplets containing the virus that can be expelled when we talk or breathe and can stay aloft and travel on air currents. It’s still unclear how much of a role they play in spreading the virus, but recently more than 200 scientists wrote an open letter asking the World Health Organization to pay more attention to them. Continue Reading Coronavirus FAQ: How Do I Protect Myself If The Coronavirus Can Linger In The Air?
In a new statement made jointly with teachers unions, the American Academy of Pediatrics now says “science and community circumstances must guide decision-making.” Continue Reading Nation’s Pediatricians Walk Back Support For In-Person School