New report (39 pp) from Congressional Research Service: 2020 Hurricane Season FAQ: FederalDisasterAssistance for Hurricanes During the COVID-19 Pandemic
From Govtech: Report Recommends National Framework for Public Health Response. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends a ‘Science Framework’ to develop mechanisms for collecting evidence and for funding on a continuous basis for consistent, evidence-based responses.
With all the various “strategies” unfolding across the country to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, it would be helpful to collect data on what’s really working and what’s not, but that isn’t in anyone’s playbook.
It should be, and that’s one of the recommendations from a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. One of the key recommendations of the report was the development of a National Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (PHEPR) Science Framework to be led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
From the HSDL: Information Resources on Contact Tracing
Most states still need to reduce coronavirus cases and build up their testing capacity.
So far, most states are not there. As of July 22, just three states — Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York — met four or five of the goals, which demonstrates strong progress. Twenty-two states and Washington, DC, hit two or three of the benchmarks. The other 25 achieved zero or one. (South Dakota and Wyoming didn’t report ICU data, but it wouldn’t be enough to change their rankings.)
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As the Culture Wars Flare Amid the Pandemic, a Call to Speak ‘Science to Power’
A growing number of National Academy of Science members sign a statement decrying the Trump administration’s “denigration of scientific expertise.”
From a source called STAT: How to fix the Covid-19 dumpster fire in the U.S.
* * * STAT asked a number of public health experts for a single suggestion of how we get ourselves out of this mess. We got lots.
None is a magic bullet. This is going to be a painful and slow process. But there are things individuals, public health departments, state and local governments, and the Trump administration can do.
The fire brigade needs us all.
From the NYTimes: Inside the Failure: 5 Takeaways on Trump’s Effort to Shift Responsibility. President Trump and his top aides sharply shifted their pandemic strategy in mid-April after seizing on optimistic data suggesting the virus would disappear, a Times investigation found.
This article, added to the previous one, provides details about presidential decision making re dealing (or not) with Covid-19. The Diva considers it a key factor for those who will write case studies in the future.
Here is an interesting article to contemplate, from the WashPost: Executive Underreach. As the Trump disaster gets worse, a new political theory helps explain it