State of New York: Governor Cuomo Announces Statewide Launch of “Roll Up Your Sleeve” Campaign and Encourages New Yorkers Age 16-Plus Who Are Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine Tuesday, April 6 to Schedule an Appointment

State of New York: Governor Cuomo Announces Statewide Launch of “Roll Up Your Sleeve” Campaign and Encourages New Yorkers Age 16-Plus Who Are Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine Tuesday, April 6 to Schedule an Appointment. “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the start of the statewide “Roll Up Your Sleeve” ad campaign to encourage all New Yorkers, especially those from neighborhoods where COVID was most devastating, to get vaccinated. The ads will be shown on television and online statewide beginning April 7. The ads were directed by Contagion screenplay writer Scott Burns, and shot at New York City’s Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. This effort comes as universal eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16-years-of-age and older are eligible to receive the vaccine starting April 6.”

News Tribune: Missouri Supreme Court launches bicentennial website celebrating courts

News Tribune: Missouri Supreme Court launches bicentennial website celebrating courts. “The new website, which features interactive timelines, offers users a chance to explore the early days of Missouri’s courts, discover how the courts expanded to address the state’s increased case volume, learn about additional changes in the 20th century and explore how Missouri’s courts reorganized to better serve citizens. Its final timeline on the judiciary’s much more recent history examines how embracing new technologies are helping the courts improve their service.”

News12: New Jersey launches searchable site of police use-of-force reports

News12: New Jersey launches searchable site of police use-of-force reports. “The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General has launched an online database that allows the public to search reports of police use of force from across the state’s more than 500 police departments. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Tuesday in a statement that the new site, which his office says is a beta, or test, version, is part of an ongoing effort to increase police accountability and openness.”

OKC Fox: Supply chain database created to help Oklahoma manufacturers

OKC Fox: Supply chain database created to help Oklahoma manufacturers. “Governor Kevin Stitt is looking to help Oklahoma manufacturers find resources during critical times. The first part of ‘Supply Chain Oklahoma’ is an online database called ‘Connex Oklahoma.’ The database will allow manufactures to connect with alternate suppliers, explore production capabilities and view their supply chains visually.”

WOBM: NJ launches new COVID vaccine finder tool for online appointments

WOBM: NJ launches new COVID vaccine finder tool for online appointments. “The state has launched a new web tool to better connect those eligible for COVID-19 vaccines with available appointments. A search page has been launched in ‘beta’ form, which means essentially it still is under construction, Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Wednesday at the state pandemic response briefing.”

Baltimore Fishbowl: Limits on law enforcement use of DNA databases under consideration in Maryland; would be first in nation

Baltimore Fishbowl: Limits on law enforcement use of DNA databases under consideration in Maryland; would be first in nation. “A first-in-the-nation bill to limit when law enforcement can search consumer genealogical databases in connection with a crime unanimously passed the Maryland House and is advancing in the Senate. HB240 would ensure that databases storing genetic information of individuals, like GEDmatch, provide notice to their consumers that their DNA could be utilized for this purpose and obtain consent from them.”

ABC News: Virginia lawmakers ban police use of facial recognition

ABC News: Virginia lawmakers ban police use of facial recognition. “Last month, Virginia lawmakers quietly passed one of the most restrictive bans in the country on the use of facial recognition technology. The legislation, which won unusually broad bipartisan support, prohibits all local law enforcement agencies and campus police departments from purchasing or using facial recognition technology unless it is expressly authorized by the state legislature.”

Route Fifty: How One State’s Public Health Defunding Led to Vaccination Chaos

Route Fifty: How One State’s Public Health Defunding Led to Vaccination Chaos. “Missouri’s rocky vaccine rollout places it among the bottom states nationwide, with 23.7% of the population vaccinated with at least one dose as of Thursday, compared with the national average of 26.3%. If Missouri were on par with the national rate, that would be roughly equivalent to more than 162,000 additional people vaccinated, or almost the entire population of the city of Springfield. Part of the problem, health experts said, is that the state bypassed its 115 local health departments in its initial vaccine rollout plans.”

NBC News: Covid-19 cases are rising. States are opening up anyway.

NBC News: Covid-19 cases are rising. States are opening up anyway.. “After several weeks at a plateau, Covid-19 cases in the United States are rising again, the clearest warning sign yet that the country could face another “avoidable” surge, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The uptick comes at a critical time, when Americans are exhausted and desperate for a return to normalcy, but also perhaps better equipped than at any other point in the pandemic to turn the tide, thanks to increased vaccine supply.”

AP: Michigan sees virus surge, but tighter restrictions unlikely

AP: Michigan sees virus surge, but tighter restrictions unlikely. “Michigan, which not long ago had one of the country’s lowest COVID-19 infection rates, is confronting an alarming spike that some experts worry could be a harbinger nationally. In what public health authorities across the U.S. have been warning for months might happen around the country, the resurgence is being fueled by loosened restrictions, a more infectious variant and pandemic fatigue.”

Mississippi Today: Gov. Tate Reeves disputes state’s COVID-19 vaccine data

Mississippi Today: Gov. Tate Reeves disputes state’s COVID-19 vaccine data. “Gov. Tate Reeves, on national television on Friday, was confronted with two troubling statistics: Mississippi has fully vaccinated just 14% of the state’s residents and ranks 47th in the nation in administering the COVID-19 vaccines that the state has received. That data — widely reported by Mississippi Today and other state and national outlets — comes from the Mississippi State Department of Health, which Reeves has heavily relied on the past year, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”