BuzzFeed News: Scientists Studying The Coronavirus Say Some States Are Censoring Them

BuzzFeed News: Scientists Studying The Coronavirus Say Some States Are Censoring Them. “Disputes over coronavirus case counts in reopening states like Georgia, Arizona, and Florida are worrying public health experts, who fear public trust in health agencies is being destroyed by moves to silence or obscure unwelcome data. ‘Ultimately this is going to kill people,’ said biostatistics professor Ruth Etzioni of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle. ‘People are going to see low numbers from these reports with manipulated numbers, go outside when they should stay in, get ill, and die.'”

The Atlantic: How Virginia Juked Its COVID-19 Data

The Atlantic: How Virginia Juked Its COVID-19 Data. “The United States’ ability to test for the novel coronavirus finally seems to be improving. As recently as late April, the country rarely reported more than 150,000 new test results each day. The U.S. now routinely claims to conduct more than 300,000 tests a day, according to state-level data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic. But these rosy numbers may conceal a problem: A lack of federal guidelines has created huge variation in how states are reporting their COVID-19 data and in what kind of data they provide to the public.”

Axios: Cuomo announces 7-state consortium for buying PPE

Axios: Cuomo announces 7-state consortium for buying PPE. “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware are forming a regional consortium to reduce competition when purchasing personal protection equipment (PPE).”

Jay Inslee: Inslee announces Colorado & Nevada will join Washington, Oregon & California in Western States Pact

Jay Inslee, Washington Governor: Inslee announces Colorado & Nevada will join Washington, Oregon & California in Western States Pact. “Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak are joining Washington, Oregon and California in the Western States Pact — a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home orders and fighting COVID-19.”

Politico: Southern governors create a Covid-19 coalition and experts fear a ‘perfect storm’

Politico: Southern governors create a Covid-19 coalition and experts fear a ‘perfect storm’. “Republican governors across the Southeast are teaming up to reopen the region’s economy, even as they lack the testing to know how rapidly the coronavirus is spreading. One health expert called the political decision a ‘perfect storm’ for the virus to reassert itself. The newly formed coalition includes Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi, a part of the country that has underfunded health systems, as well as high rates of obesity, diabetes and other illnesses that amplify the deadliness of the coronavirus.”

Salon: States smuggle COVID-19 medical supplies to avoid federal seizures as House probes Jared Kushner

Salon: States smuggle COVID-19 medical supplies to avoid federal seizures as House probes Jared Kushner. “Governors have long complained that the Trump administration has left them to bid against each other on the open market for critical supplies for health workers. However, numerous officials recently claimed that the federal government had seized supplies ordered by the states. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, told CNN that the state bought 500 ventilators before they were ‘swept up’ by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, said the Trump administration ‘confiscated’ its order of 3 million masks.”

Capital Press: New digital resource to help nursery industry navigate COVID-19

Capital Press: New digital resource to help nursery industry navigate COVID-19. “The Nursery & Landscape Association Executives of North America, in partnership with the Oregon Association of Nurseries and Arizona Nursery Association, started the resource because governors across the U.S. have made decisions about whether to close nursery-related businesses, but until now there was no centralized source to track it all. The NLAE COVID-19 map has a simple interface. If users want to know more about a specific state or territory, they click on it and a box appears showing the current open/closed/restricted status of each industry sector in that state.”

KSTP: New U of M website offers state-by-state comparison of COVID-19 hospitalizations

KSTP: New U of M website offers state-by-state comparison of COVID-19 hospitalizations. “Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management launched a new website Tuesday to help the country’s public health managers better compare state-by-state data related to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite daily updates on the death toll from COVID-19, researchers say a nationwide clearinghouse for even more critical data such as hospitalization rates and ICU capacity had not existed until now.”

Fox59: FSSA offers new tool to help Hoosiers in need of food assistance

Fox59: FSSA offers new tool to help Hoosiers in need of food assistance. “The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration partnered with the state’s food banks, the Indy Hunger Network and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry to create a map that helps Hoosiers in need of food assistance. It is searchable by address.”

Route Fifty: FBI to Alert States About Local Election System Hacks

Route Fifty: FBI to Alert States About Local Election System Hacks. “The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday it will begin informing state election officials when local election systems are hacked, a policy change intended to improve cybersecurity coordination and address concerns state leaders have raised about transparency.”

Stars and Stripes: New study shows veteran benefit discrepancies between states

Stars And Stripes: New study shows veteran benefit discrepancies between states. “Several years ago, Iraq War veteran Kayla Williams and her family moved to Pennsylvania, where she and her husband received $500 each semester toward her two children’s school costs, thanks to a statewide benefit. The only problem? They had relocated from Virginia — a state that provides free tuition to children of disabled veterans. Williams’ husband, also a veteran, has a 100 percent disability rating from the VA.” A new database allows veterans to compare benefits offered by state governments.

Maine: National Archives awards $96K to Maine State Archives to digitize legislative journals

Maine: National Archives awards $96K to Maine State Archives to digitize legislative journals. “The Maine State Archives recently received a grant from the National Archives’ National Historical Publications and Records Commission, which will fund the digitization of previously unpublished journals of the Maine Legislature.”

National Drought Mitigation Center: Database includes more types of drought planning

National Drought Mitigation Center: Database includes more types of drought planning. “The updated state planning information on the NDMC website allows users to view a U.S. map that not only shows which states have drought plans — 47 and Puerto Rico — but also shows, via color-coding, how recently the plans were created or updated, and whether the plan identifies mitigation or response actions to be taken. Layers showing which states address drought in hazard, water and climate plans also show how recently the plans were created.”