Pollution, poverty and pandemic collide

In a segregated community outside of an Alabama oil refinery, chronic illness tells a story of racial inequality, poverty and disease as U.S. deaths from COVID-19 surpass 300,000.

Under attack for response to the pandemic, OSHA plays catch-up

This story was produced by FairWarning, a nonprofit news organization based in Southern California that focuses on public health, consumer, labor and environmental issues. You can sign up for their newsletter here.  In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, infections began spreading at the JBS USA beef processing plant in Grand Island, Nebraska, the area’s …

grocery cashier working with mask on

Will the ADA protect workers at high-risk for COVID-19?

At least 27 million workers under the age of 65 suffer from medical conditions — including heart disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease — that put them at increased risk of dying from COVID-19, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Such conditions tend to be more prevalent among people of color.

Abandoned home near oil refinery

Race, economics meet the virus

In Shreveport, where some of the ugliest episodes of Jim Crow-era violence and redlining played out, COVID-19 also tells a story of sustained community disinvestment.

Who’s getting PPP money?

Nearly two months since Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the Small Business Administration has failed to release a list of recipients of Paycheck Protection Program loans.

JFK airport empty terminal

Chaos and confusion

Across the United States, state and local officials, frustrated by a lack of leadership in the White House and federal agencies, took steps on their own to prepare for the pandemic and protect their communities.

Rendering of hospital system

Boom and bust

Most hospitals — nonprofit, public and for-profit — operate on thin financial margins and have little to no budget for contingency preparations.