COVID-19

News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19

Hawaii’s Gov. Ige makes the right call to save lives

Gov. David Ige has approved a stay at home order for Oahu, which will take effect this Thursday and last for two weeks. Tuesday’s announcement comes in response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the Hawaiian island. 

News Release | US PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips, COVID-19

Hand sanitizers pose ongoing threat to consumer health

Consumers using hand sanitzer to kill the coronavirus may be unwittingly putting toxic substances on their skin. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19, Democracy

This week in COVID-19 voting news

U.S. PIRG and its state affiliates are working to make sure that every eligible American voter has the ability to participate in democracy, even during a pandemic. We’re calling on states to start preparing now to ensure safe elections in November, including emergency expansion of vote by mail, sanitized and socially distant polling places and other measures.This weekly update highlights the work we’re doing on the COVID-19 voting front, and other important developments in the news.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19, Democracy

Statement: USPS decision to suspend service changes is a start

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced Tuesday that he is suspending operational changes he’d made to the United States Postal Service (USPS) until after the November presidential election. The recently implemented changes were designed to cut costs but have caused delays to mail service in many parts of the country. This development raised concerns that the USPS would not be able to deliver critical election mail on time.  In the statement, DeJoy also pledged that USPS retail hours will not change; mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes will remain where they are; and no mail processing facilities will be closed. However, he did not commit to reinstating previously made cuts to services.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19, Democracy

This week in COVID-19 voting news

U.S. PIRG and its state affiliates are working to make sure that every eligible American voter has the ability to participate in democracy, even during a pandemic. We’re calling on states to start preparing now to ensure safe elections in November, including emergency expansion of vote by mail, sanitized and socially distant polling places and other measures. This weekly update highlights the work we’re doing on the COVID-19 voting front, and other important developments in the news. 

What went wrong with the first COVID-19 shutdown?

By | Matt Wellington
Director, Public Health Campaigns

In the spring, we shut down our lives and our economy in hopes of reducing the spread of COVID-19 enough to be able to manage it through widespread testing and contact tracing. In spite of that shutdown, today the virus is raging virtually uncontrolled. We didn’t stick with it until the job was done.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19

TexPIRG statement on Gov. Abbott’s reopening announcement

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he is slowing the reopening of non-essential businesses because the positivity rate of COVID-19 infection across the state is still too high. 

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