COVID-19

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.

Disinfecting your home or building safely during COVID-19

Whether you operate a business, a church, a school or another building, you’re probably thinking about ways to disinfect your space to protect people from COVID-19. Likewise, consumers may consider large-scale cleaning if they’re moving into a new home or apartment.

We’ve seen a sudden rise in companies offering these services with the promise of a deep clean. Some have been in the business for a long time; others, like some pest control operators, are newcomers. Companies such as these rely on their spraying equipment to disinfect large areas.

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. 

Report | CALPIRG Education Fund | COVID-19

Open Safe California Scorecard for July 21, 2020

COVID Exit Strategy (www.covidexitstrategy.org), a nonpartisan group of public health and crisis experts, has been tracking the progress states have made towards containing COVID-19. On July 10th, as the epidemic worsened, the group added a new color to their grading scale, indicating states with uncontrolled spread of the virus. California is one of 20 states currently in this category – our state is not meeting the CDC recommended benchmarks for reopening, and the situation is getting worse. 

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.

Shut down, start over, do it right.

By | Matt Wellington
Director, Public Health Campaigns

Few people living today remember what it was like to live through a world war, but that’s what we’re in, and we’re going to have to sacrifice if we want to save ourselves and each other. Just as the greatest generation did, we need to step up to what history has delivered.

Report | CALPIRG Education Fund | COVID-19

Open Safe California Scorecard for July 13, 2020

COVID Exit Strategy (www.covidexitstrategy.org), a nonpartisan group of public health and crisis experts, has been tracking the progress states have made towards containing COVID-19. On July 10th, as the epidemic worsened, the group added a new color to their grading scale, indicating states with uncontrolled spread of the virus. California is one of 18 states currently in this category – our state is not meeting the CDC recommended benchmarks for reopening, and the situation is getting worse. Accordingly, CALPIRG supports the governor’s decision to close businesses and return to lockdown until things can get under control. 

A simple way to thwart COVID-19 is right in front of our faces

By | Abe Scarr
Illinois PIRG State Director

U.S. PIRG is calling on municipal, state and federal policymakers to mandate face masks in all indoor public spaces, as well as in outdoor locations where it’s hard for people to socially distance six feet apart.

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