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News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19

Hundreds of Calif. health professionals tell Gov. Gavin Newsom: it’s time to shut down, start over and do it right

Oakland -- Today CALPIRG repeats its call on Governor Newsom to hit the reset button on the state’s response to containing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as cases continue to signal an “uncontrolled spread” in the state. More than 1,200 health professionals nationwide, including nearly 250 from California, have now signed an open letter to America’s decision makers urging them to shut it down, start over, and do it right this time to contain COVID-19 and save lives.

News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19

Top health experts to Gov. Newsom: time to shut down, start over and do it right

Oakland - Amid uncontrolled spread of the novel coronavirus in California, CALPIRG and top health experts delivered a letter Wednesday to Governor Newsom, calling on him to shut back down, start over with new policies to thwart COVID-19 and do it right. The letter calls for implementing stay at home restrictions to slow the virus, while increasing testing capacity and production of personal protective equipment. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG

John Lewis, 1940-2020

John Lewis was an American hero.

Most people knew him as a champion of civil rights, whether as a young man marching for freedom on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in 1965 or serving as the “conscience of the Congress” for the past 33 years. Yet John Lewis was also a dependable ally on public interest issues, a tenacious advocate of voting reform and open government, consumer protection and a healthy environment.

News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19, Consumer Protection

CONSUMER COMPLAINTS TO CFPB SET NEW RECORD EACH MONTH OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Today, the U.S. PIRG Education Fund released a new report showing that since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, public consumer complaints have skyrocketed, setting a new monthly record each month.

News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19, Health Care

Proprietary medical device repair harms hospitals, could threaten patients, during COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is putting incredible stress on the U.S. medical system, including the equipment that is essential to diagnose and treat patients, such as ventilators. As that equipment is pressed into round-the-clock use, biomedical repair technicians face increasing pressure to maintain and repair all that equipment. However, in too many cases, manufacturers limit access to the essential tools and information these repair experts need.

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