EMS World: Database of Key 9-1-1 State Legislation Now Available

New-to-me, from EMS World: Database of Key 9-1-1 State Legislation Now Available. “Since 2012, the 9-1-1 Legislation Tracking Database has served as a resource for states looking to improve their emergency communications operations or gather insight into neighboring legislative efforts. It allows states to easily compare recently enacted—or modifications to existing—laws involving 9-1-1.”

ProPublica: Two Coasts. One Virus. How New York Suffered Nearly 10 Times the Number of Deaths as California.

ProPublica: Two Coasts. One Virus. How New York Suffered Nearly 10 Times the Number of Deaths as California.. “As of May 15, there were nearly 350,000 COVID-19 cases in New York and more than 27,500 deaths, nearly a third of the nation’s total. The corresponding numbers in California: just under 75,000 cases and slightly more than 3,000 deaths. In New York City, the country’s most populous and densest, there had been just under 20,000 deaths; in San Francisco, the country’s second densest and 13th most populous, there had been 35.”

The months of magical thinking: As the coronavirus swept over China, some experts were in denial (STAT News)

STAT News: The months of magical thinking: As the coronavirus swept over China, some experts were in denial. “TThe response to the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and other countries has been hobbled by a host of factors, many involving political and regulatory officials. Resistance to social distancing measures, testing debacles, and longtime failures to prepare for the possibility of a pandemic all played a role. But a subtler, less-recognized factor contributed to the wasting of precious weeks in January and February, when preparations to try to stop the virus should have kicked immediately into high gear.”

The Verge: Nextdoor adds features to help neighbors during the coronavirus crisis

The Verge: Nextdoor adds features to help neighbors during the coronavirus crisis. “Nextdoor, the social networking app designed around local communities, is launching a new interactive map to let neighbors offer help to one another during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Called Help Map, the tool lets you mark yourself as available to help with anything from grocery shopping to child care. It will be available in the US starting today and will come to international markets later this week.”

Bloomberg: The Coronavirus Could Offer Tech Companies’ a Shot at Redemption

Bloomberg: The Coronavirus Could Offer Tech Companies’ a Shot at Redemption. “As the coronavirus pandemic tears through the U.S., money is already flowing in from Silicon Valley heavyweights. Bill Gates has pledged more than $100 million from his family foundation to fight the disease. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has put money toward new equipment to try to quadruple Covid-19 testing in the California Bay Area. And Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has teamed up with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and other Silicon Valley notables to donate more than $5 million to feed impacted families.”

Washington Post: Without guidance from the top, Americans have been left to figure out their own coronavirus solutions

Washington Post: Without guidance from the top, Americans have been left to figure out their own coronavirus solutions. “They prayed and turned to neighbors. They listened to public health experts on television. They listened to their gut. As the country lurched toward its first collective counteroffensive to the rapidly escalating coronavirus crisis, the big and small decisions in the mobilization fell largely to nervous parents, wary pastors, incredulous mayors and harried desk workers who waited in vain for clear guidance from federal authorities.”

Politico: Inside Jared Kushner’s coronavirus research: A wide net on a giant Facebook group

Politico: Inside Jared Kushner’s coronavirus research: A wide net on a giant Facebook group. “Just before midnight Wednesday, a doctor asked a group of fellow emergency room physicians on Facebook how they would combat the escalating coronavirus outbreak. ‘I have direct channel to person now in charge at White House,’ Kurt Kloss wrote in his post. The next morning, after hundreds of doctors responded, Kloss explained why he sought the suggestions: Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, had asked him for recommendations.”

The Next Web: This algorithm could improve emergency responses by removing lies spread on Twitter

The Next Web: This algorithm could improve emergency responses by removing lies spread on Twitter. “An algorithm that filters out misinformation spread on Twitter could help emergency services respond to natural disasters and disease outbreaks. The system uses AI to distinguish between legitimate reports and bot-generated messages in real-time to create a stream of only genuine information.”