Tag: Pandemic

Health & Insurance, Social Services

Virginia launches dashboards to track public health and equity

May 19, 2021

Via: StateScoop

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Tuesday a pair of digital dashboards tracking the commonwealth’s public health equity and COVID-19 pandemic response. The “Equity in Action” dashboard showcases which counties in the Commonwealth have received the most personal protective equipment […]

Public Utilities, Waste Management

Pandemic-related PPE Adds to Plastic Ocean and Ocean Bound Waste

May 18, 2021

Via: Waste360

The practice of wearing face masks in public has been the norm around the globe for over a year. Worldwide that adds up to usage of roughly 129 billion face masks and 65 billion gloves every month, estimates the Centre […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

Federal employee job satisfaction climbed during pandemic

April 26, 2021

Via: FCW

The Office of Personnel Management released governmentwide results from its annual employee survey on Monday, opening a window into views on their engagement and satisfaction at work, as well as insight on the shift to telework during the pandemic. The […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

The Pandemic Is Raging. Some Solar Companies Are Still Selling Door-to-Door

February 4, 2021

Via: Greentech Media

In normal times, selling solar is a relatively old-school process. Branded vans cruise neighborhoods, unloading employees who knock on dozens of doors. When they’re lucky enough to find a sympathetic ear, many sellers step into a customer’s home, ready to […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Major Storms and Pandemic Complicate Utility Response Efforts, Drawing Intense Scrutiny

August 27, 2020

Via: Energy Central

As Hurricane Laura slams into parts of the Louisiana and Texas Gulf coasts, everyone from lawmakers to regulators to customers who are left without power will watch see how nimbly the region’s utilities respond. The challenge for a utility like […]

Public Utilities, Waste Management

Food Waste Reduced During Pandemic

August 25, 2020

Via: Waste360

Approximately a third of the world’s food is wasted every year (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization). When the pandemic hit, food security became a concern for many people and they began wasting less food. Whether it was through meal planning, […]

Health & Insurance, Social Services

Avoiding Care During the Pandemic Could Mean Life or Death

July 31, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

These days, Los Angeles acting teacher Deryn Warren balances her pain with her fear. She’s a bladder cancer patient who broke her wrist in November. She still needs physical therapy for her wrist, and she’s months late for a cancer […]

Public Utilities, Waste Management

Waste Management Suspends its Business Outlook Due to COVID-19

May 8, 2020

Via: Waste360

There’s no crystal ball for Waste Management amid the COVID-19 crisis. Big business is coming back slowly. However, the next steps with small businesses such as boutique hotels and restaurants are still difficult to predict. Waste Management doesn’t have a […]

Miscellaneous, Public Works

Pandemic boosted public’s interest in government, city officials say

May 7, 2020

Via: StateScoop

Whether it’s because homebound people are desperate for guidance in an open-ended emergency or they’ve simply exhausted their Netflix queues, some government officials have found themselves surprised by the sudden popularity of virtual meetings and news conferences. San Francisco’s virtual […]

Public Utilities, Waste Management

Ontario Sees an Increase in Residential Waste During the Pandemic

May 1, 2020

Via: Waste360

The Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) has been working to gather and analyze data from across the city’s municipalities to understand the possible impacts of COVID-19 on its waste and recycling systems. In its latest survey results, OWMA reports that […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

S&P: Some utilities have less ‘financial cushion’ to maintain credit quality in recession

April 6, 2020

Via: Utility Dive

Regulated utilities are a popular investment choice at times of high volatility because they sell necessities and receive a rate of return set by regulators, rather than the market. Utilities do, however, frequently need to help fund their operations throughout […]

Health & Insurance, Social Services

WHO officials praise US leaders on coronavirus pandemic response: Trump is doing ‘all he can’

March 25, 2020


The World Health Organization praised the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has spread to all 50 states and infected at least 55,568 U.S. citizens. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus singled out President Donald Trump, whom he said […]

Health & Insurance, Social Services

Several Low Scores Show Even U.S. Lacks Preparedness To Face Pandemic That Could Wipe Out Humanity, Report States

October 25, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

Factors driving down America’s score include the risks of social unrest and terrorism, as well as low-public confidence in government. The report grades the efforts of 195 countries. Public health news is on the declining number of children in foster […]