COVID-19

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.

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.

News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19

Health groups ask Sen. Harris and Sen. Feinstein to protect emergency workers in next stimulus

Oakland-- CALPIRG, American Academy of Pediatrics- CA, SF Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility, and several other groups sent a letter to Senator Harris and Senator Feinstein on July 2nd thanking them for supporting the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act, which would establish central, transparent coordination of the medical supply chain during the COVID-19 crisis. The groups are also asking Sen. Harris and Sen. Feinstein to urge Senate leadership to include the legislation in the next coronavirus stimulus package. The letter comes after health officials expressed serious concern over continued shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) amid rising cases and a lack of federal support. 

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | COVID-19

New analysis: California receives "trending poorly” marks for COVID-19 containment measures

“From early on in this pandemic, it’s been clear that we must listen to public health experts or suffer dire consequences,” said Emily Rusch, Executive Director of CALPIRG Education Fund.  “What we are seeing right now in our state is that while we’re doing some things right, we must act more comprehensively to protect the health and welfare of our citizens and beat this virus.”

News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19, Consumer Protection

Statement: Critical Bill to Protect Consumers from Price Gouging Passes Senate Floor

Crucial legislation to protect Californians from price gouging, Senate Bill 1196 (Umberg), passed the Senate Floor with a bipartisan 39-0 vote Friday morning. 

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