COVID-19

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

Hospital repair professionals: Just let us fix life-saving devices including ventilators

U.S. PIRG delivered a letter to lawmakers Monday, signed by 326 hospital repair experts, calling for manufacturers to stop withholding what technicians need to fix medical equipment including ventilators. It’s part of U.S. PIRG's larger Right to Repair Campaign, which aims to remove unnecessary barriers to repair that drive up costs for product owners and increase electronic waste. 

Testing and tracing-tools to keep the curve down

By | Allison Cairo
Vice President and National Field Director

We have the tools to prevent a second outbreak. Will we use them?

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

House bill a major step forward in response to COVID-19

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the latest coronavirus stimulus package on Friday, The Heroes Act. The legislation includes provisions that would improve central coordination of the medical supply chain and testing infrastructure.

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 ensure 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.

Resource | COVID-19

Analysis of CFPB Consumer Complaints March-April 2020

As the House considers the next coronavirus funding bill, the Heroes Act, an analysis by U.S. PIRG of recent complaints to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) shows an alarming need for Congressional action to protect consumers from the pandemic’s repercussions. In April, more than 33,000 complaints were filed with CFPB, setting a new monthly record since the database went live in 2011.

News Release | WISPIRG | COVID-19

Statement: Without “Safer at Home” order, state legislature and local governments must act immediately to prevent the spread of COVID-19

The Wisconsin Supreme Court invalidated the Department of Health Services’ extension of the state’s stay-at-home order on Wednesday, with immediate effect. WISPIRG Director Peter Skopec issued the following statement in response.

Panel of health care experts call for more medical supplies and testing

By | Allison Cairo
Vice President and National Field Director

U.S. PIRG, Get Us PPE and Doctors for America co-hosted a panel on which leading physicians and U.S. Representative Andy Kim (N.J.) from the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis discussed how we can keep health care workers safe so that they, in turn, can treat the general public.

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

Health pros call for transparent federal coordination on medical supplies, COVID-19 testing

On Friday, U.S. PIRG, Get Us PPE and Doctors for America co-hosted a panel on which leading physicians and U.S. Rep. Andy Kim (N.J.) from the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis discussed how we can keep health care workers safe, so that they, in turn, can treat the general public.

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 ensure 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 will highlight the work we’re doing on the COVID-19 voting front, and other important developments in the news.

Resource | COVID-19

Leading Consumer Groups Oppose Sweeping Corporate Immunity During COVID Crisis

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its members have asked the Senate Majority Leader for sweeping immunity from lawsuits related to their failure to exercise proper care of workers and consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Leading consumer groups tell Congress to resist attempts by corporations that want to block our right to hold them accountable in court when they cut corners on COVID-19 safety and make us sick.

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