Washington Post: Thousands of D.C. health care workers remain unvaccinated amid flurry of religious exemption requests

Washington Post: Thousands of D.C. health care workers remain unvaccinated amid flurry of religious exemption requests. “The overwhelming majority of government and health-care workers in the District who have reported their vaccination status say they’ve gotten at least one shot, but District lawmakers have homed in on the city’s Fire & EMS Department, whose employees are among a relatively small group of government workers that are subject to the stricter requirements for health-care workers. About 267 of the department’s more than 2,000 employees have sought exemption from getting the vaccine, according to city officials — with the vast majority of them citing their religion. The 20 requests that have been reviewed so far were denied.”

Route Fifty: Why Some Small Towns Are Rejecting Federal Covid Relief Funds

Route Fifty: Why Some Small Towns Are Rejecting Federal Covid Relief Funds. “Congress in March authorized $19.5 billion in aid for cities and towns with fewer than 50,000 residents, including very small jurisdictions such as Bingham. Lawmakers wanted to help every town cover the cost of fighting a pandemic and recovering from last year’s recession. But in some small, rural or conservative towns, local leaders are refusing the cash. They say they don’t need it, and in some cases, don’t feel comfortable accepting it.”

Route Fifty: A Free Tool to Help Cities Take Full Advantage of Federal Aid

Route Fifty: A Free Tool to Help Cities Take Full Advantage of Federal Aid. “The Covid Federal Assistance e311 site, a partnership between Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, gives cities free access to a searchable database of questions and answers about the rules and regulations governing the use of federal coronavirus relief dollars. The resources are also available to county leaders, as the rules dictating use of the funds are similar for both types of governments.” The writeup makes it sound like the information is restricted, but it’s not. I was able to search the database and view questions and answers without any problem.

City of West Hollywood: City of West Hollywood Issues Emergency Executive Order to Implement COVID-19 Vaccine Verification Requirements

City of West Hollywood: City of West Hollywood Issues Emergency Executive Order to Implement COVID-19 Vaccine Verification Requirements. “As soon as possible, but no later than October 11, 2021, Covered Businesses must require all patrons age 18 and older to show proof that they are Fully Vaccinated before entering any indoor portion of a facility, subject only to certain exceptions. Individuals who do not provide proof of full vaccination may use outdoor portions of Covered Business facilities. Persons under the age of 18 are not required to show proof of full vaccination.”

Baltimore pushes to reach people in neighborhoods with lowest vaccination rates (WBAL)

WBAL: Baltimore pushes to reach people in neighborhoods with lowest vaccination rates. “There’s a new push in Baltimore to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19, particularly in some of the city’s neighborhoods that have the lowest vaccination rates. City leaders on Friday unveiled an updated COVID-19 dashboard as a new tool to track the spread of the virus and vaccination coverage.”

TechCrunch: DoNotPay’s ‘robot lawyer’ can now help report potholes or fallen trees to the city, file damage claims

TechCrunch: DoNotPay’s ‘robot lawyer’ can now help report potholes or fallen trees to the city, file damage claims . “DoNotPay, a company that makes annoying processes less annoying through automation, might be able to help. Their ‘robot lawyer,’ as the company calls it, started out as a service meant to help people more easily fight parking tickets. Over time it’s learned a bunch of new tricks, like helping users end tough-to-cancel subscriptions, get refunds they’re owed and more. Its latest thing? Helping users report issues like potholes, fallen trees/branches and broken streetlights to their city government — and if said issue damaged your property or cost you money, it’ll help get you paid back.”

City of Boston: Mayor Janey Launches Chatbot To Connect To Food Resources; Food Donations Platform

City of Boston: Mayor Janey Launches Chatbot To Connect To Food Resources; Food Donations Platform. “Mayor Kim Janey and the Mayor’s Office of Food Access (OFA) today announced the launch of the food resources SMS chatbot and the online food donations platform. Both initiatives respond to goals included in Boston’s Food Access Agenda, aiming to strengthen the citywide food access network by efficiently connecting existing programs and resources to better serve the community. “

San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego County calls medical misinformation a health crisis after 15-hour debate

San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego County calls medical misinformation a health crisis after 15-hour debate. “After a 15-hour-long, sometimes rancorous meeting, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a measure declaring medical misinformation a public health crisis. The board voted 3-2 after more than 250 people signed up and most spoke against the motion, saying it would lead to restrictions on free speech and other violations of personal freedoms.”

NBC DFW: Another 15 TB of Data Lost From Dallas Police, City Secretary Archives, City Says

NBC DFW: Another 15 TB of Data Lost From Dallas Police, City Secretary Archives, City Says. “The city of Dallas confirms Monday another 15 terabytes of data is missing from police and city secretary archive computers. That’s on top of the 8 terabytes reported missing earlier this month. City officials confirmed to NBC 5 Monday afternoon that Dallas police discovered the additional loss while conducting an audit of the lost data.”

Miami Herald: ‘The numbers don’t lie.’ COVID hits Miami’s justice system with deaths, staff shortages

Miami Herald: ‘The numbers don’t lie.’ COVID hits Miami’s justice system with deaths, staff shortages. “… in Miami-Dade jails, officials now say they may be extending shifts to help deal with the rising number of staff members — and inmates — who have been infected with or been exposed to COVID-19 in the latest surge in South Florida. As of Friday, 136 employees were home quarantining. That’s in addition to 188 inmates in the jail system who are positive with COVID, the department said.”

10 Boston: New Hampshire Town Loses $2.3M in Taxpayer Money to Cyberattack

10 Boston: New Hampshire Town Loses $2.3M in Taxpayer Money to Cyberattack. “Peterborough, a town of just over 6,000 residents, is located in southern New Hampshire, about 35 miles west of Manchester. [Tyler] Ward and [Nicole] MacStay said town officials learned on July 26 that the ConVal School District, which serves Peterborough and eight other surrounding towns, had not received its monthly $1.2 million transfer form the town.”

CNN: So many people in this Texas town got Covid-19 that the school district shut down and then the city essentially closed

CNN: So many people in this Texas town got Covid-19 that the school district shut down and then the city essentially closed. “It seemed that just about everyone in Iraan knew someone who was fighting Covid-19. During a two-week span this month, 119 people were tested for the virus and 50 tested positive, according to Iraan General Hospital CEO Jason Rybolt. That’s a 42% positivity rate.” The population of the town is about 1200.