COVID-19

News Release | US PIRG | COVID-19

STATEMENT: President Biden’s new COVID-19 plan should help curb rampant spread of delta variant

President Joe Biden announced a sweeping plan Thursday to combat the highly transmissible delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips, COVID-19

STATEMENT: Nursing home vaccine mandate will save lives

"We applaud the move to get more nursing home staff vaccinated. This will save lives."

COVID-19 tests and vaccines are free to consumers. End of story.

By | Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

Some consumers continue to be billed for COVID tests and vaccines. So let's get the story straight here.

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

Statement: As CDC director says, it’s not time to lift restrictions

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have jumped back upward as several governors across the country are lifting restrictions that curb the spread of the virus.

“We don’t attack those negative messages. We just have to profoundly overwhelm the senses with the positive messages — in addition to showing them the spot on your arm where you got the shot.”

Consumers still at risk for harmful over-the-counter drug products of all types because of soft federal regulations.

Don't reopen too quickly

By | Allison Conwell
Advocate

It’s critical that Colorado does not open too quickly. If we reopen too quickly, while the virus is not contained, all of the sacrifices we’ve made during our temporary shutdown could be for naught and people could contract COVID-19 and lose their lives unnecessarily.

Hospital technicians renew urgent call for Right to Repair medical equipment

By | Kevin O'Reilly
Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

The COVID-19 pandemic still rages, but issues facing medical device repair go unresolved.

News Release | CoPIRG | COVID-19

Colorado needs to do 50% more COVID-19 testing, earns D+ on scorecard

With the novel coronavirus spreading widely in Colorado, advocacy group CoPIRG released a scorecard that gives Colorado a D+ for not doing enough COVID-19 testing. Health experts agree that testing is one of the most effective ways to combat the virus, but according to a Brown University School of Public Health model, Colorado has to do 50% more testing as it’s doing now. CoPIRG is urging Congress to quickly pass legislation to fund additional tests and testing infrastructure. 

News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | COVID-19

Report: Nursing homes cope with huge staff shortages in Colorado

As of December 6, 2020, 55 nursing homes in Colorado were understaffed, potentially affecting the care of 3,103 residents in those homes. At the same time, more than 3,000 nursing homes across the country had a shortage of nurses, aides or doctors, a crippling problem that started last May and has gotten worse. At any given time throughout most of 2020, more than 200,000 Americans resided in nursing homes that admit they were suffering through staff shortages.

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