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On the Beat – Civic Life

October 1st, 2020 by

ASK THE MAYOR: BLOOMINGTON’S HAMILTON ON CORONAVIRUS RECOVERY, TAX INCREASE VOTE

Sept. 16, 2020

Joe Hren, Indiana Public Media

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton argued for a local income tax increase to help members of the community recover from the economic effects of COVID-19 through social programs and projects.


IU GREEK HOUSES ARE STILL OPEN. MONROE COUNTY HASN’T SAID IF IT WILL STEP IN.

Sept. 10, 2020

Matt Cohen, Indiana Daily Student

Despite Indiana University’s recommendation that students living in Greek houses move out, students have remained in their residences. Monroe County has not taken any steps to force or encourage Greek students to leave their housing units.


 GALLERIES ADAPT TO PANDEMIC WHILE ARTISTS CONTINUE TO CREATE

Sept. 4, 2020

Paige Strobel, Limestone Post

Art galleries in Bloomington have begun to reopen, both online and in-person, after being closed due to the coronavirus. Artists can now share their art with audiences, even with social distancing and other safety protocols in place.


COLLEGES DRIVE A NEW WAVE OF CORONAVIRUS HOTSPOTS

Sept. 3, 2020

Sam Baker, Andrew Witherspoon, Axios

Since colleges have opened for in-class instruction across the country, campuses have become new hot-spots for COVID-19 cases. This highlights the United States’ poor response to the pandemic and causes concern for college towns.


HHS SECRETARY INSISTS NO POLITICS AT PLAY IN CORONAVIRUS VACCINE RACE

Sept. 3, 2020

Quint Forgey, Politico

Despite President Trump’s comments that a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready for distribution before the election, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said the administration is not rushing the approval of a vaccine before it is deemed safe by health experts.


C.D.C. TELLS STATES HOW TO PREPARE FOR COVID-19 VACCINE BY EARLY NOVEMBER

Sept. 2, 2020

Sheila Kaplan, Katherine J. Wu, Katie Thomas, New York Times

The CDC told has told local and state public health officials to prepare for coronavirus vaccine distribution, despite there not being a vaccine for the virus. They recommend this preparation be complete by late October to early November.


FOR HOME CARE WORKERS, COVID-19 IS A HEALTH CRISIS — AND AN ECONOMIC ONE

Sept. 1, 2020

Shefali Luthra, The 19th

COVID-19 has taken a toll on the home care workforce which is almost entirely made up of women, and majority Black and Latina. This industry is known for low wages and little health benefits and the pandemic has made it more difficult for its workers.


SEAN BUEHLER: MED STUDENT HELPING THE HOMELESS STAY SAFE

Aug. 7, 2020

Craig Coley, Bloom Magazine

A third-year Indiana University School of Medicine student, Sean Buehler, assists the homeless though the Shalom Community Center. The homeless have less ways to protect themselves from the virus and this center provides important resources for them.


MINORITY GROUPS AFFECTED BY COVID-19 RECEIVE DISCRIMINATORY RESPONSES FROM HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

April 28, 2020

Yetlanetzi Reyna, Bloomington Beat

Not only are minority groups more likely to contract COVID-19, they are also susceptible to discrimination in the healthcare system. Paying for treatment and getting properly diagnosed are just two of the many challenges that minorities face.


RACISM AGAINST THE ASIAN COMMUNITY INCREASES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

April 28, 2020

Kailyn Hilycord, Bloomington Beat

Racism against the Asian community has increased due to perceptions of how COVID-19 began, where it came from, and who’s to blame. Asian Americans are finding community with each other as they deal with the challenges of oppression.