Where’s that supposed American local ingenuity in our Covid response?

An emergency manager urges us to think bigger in fighting the pandemic.

Food Relief in Lamont, California Source: TJ Cox
  • Recruit the unemployed to become the army of contact tracers we still don’t have or cover shifts for high risk “essential workers”.
  • Take responsibility for the health of local workers and nursing home residents. Don’t leave it to faceless corporations or the Feds.
  • Identify local businesses that cannot reopen safely and pay those workers to stay home
  • Provide free comprehensive care for anyone who needs it and connect patients to follow-up healthcare support right in their neighborhoods.
Santa Cruz, California Source: Jimmy Panetta

Mitch Stripling is an emergency manager based in Brooklyn who has responded to more than a dozen federally declared disasters.

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