COVID-19

Number of people living on the streets could triple in the months ahead

By | Jacob van Cleef
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

Eviction moratoriums, unemployment benefits, student loan repayment reprieves are ending, homeless shelters aren't a good option and there's no more relief in sight.

COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments are peddled in new scams

Con-artists always seem to stoop to new lows: Now they’re trying to capitalize on COVID-19 vaccines.

Vaccines are expected to be available starting this month for certain groups of Americans, including health care workers and nursing home residents. But if you believe the fake emails, text messages and phone calls currently circulating, you may think you can skip ahead to the top of the vaccination list if you simply provide your personal information or pay a deposit.

Con-artists are preying on people's fear of infection or desperation for money

20 Questions to Ask Your Nursing Home during COVID

Mary Houston’s dad has been in a nursing home for three years. It was a stressful decision to move him from the Cleveland-area home where he lived alone, but the family knew it was the best option. Bill Prebel suffers from Parkinson’s disease and had fallen more than 100 times in one year.

20 Questions to Ask Your Nursing Home during COVID

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Whether you have a loved one currently in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, or whether you’re shopping for one, you should arm yourself with a list of questions to gauge how safe the environment is. Here’s a guide to those questions, and the answers you should expect.

Protect Healthcare Workers

COVID-19 cases continue to rage across the country, but our healthcare workers don't have enough of the equipment that they need to protect themselves and care for their patients.

According to the American Nurses Association, 45% of its members reported personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages at their facilities in May and 79% were asked to reuse masks.

Together Against COVID

Of all the nations in the world, we’ve had the most deaths from COVID-19. More than 230,000 Americans have died, and the virus is currently spreading out of control in most states across the country.

We can’t go on like this. Unless we start to get our priorities straight, the death toll could approach 400,000 by February — almost the same as the number of Americans killed in World War II.

Report | CoPIRG Foundation | COVID-19

Nursing Home Safety During COVID: PPE Shortages

Thousands of nursing homes nationwide are dealing with horrific shortages of masks, gowns and other items they need to protect residents, workers and the broader community from COVID-19. And seven months into this pandemic, the shortages have actually become much worse.

At any given time, about 1.3 million people with long-term medical issues or short-term rehabilitation needs are residing in the nation’s 15,000 nursing homes. And too many of them are at risk, according to an analysis of government data by the CoPIRG Foundation and Frontier Group.

With Election Day coming up, here's a tip guide for what to do before you go to vote, what to take with you and how to stay safe while you’re at your polling place.

News Release | CoPIRG | COVID-19

Triple testing, temporarily close bars and indoor dining, and limit travel to combat COVID

As COVID cases surge and freezing weather approaches, CoPIRG is calling on Colorado to take necessary actions to blunt the spread of the virus. CoPIRG applauds Governor Polis for extending a mask mandate but more aggressive action is needed, including temporarily closing indoor dining and bars, tripling the amount of testing and limiting travel. 

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