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News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19, Public Health, Health Care

Matter of life or death: California bill would allow hospitals to repair critical medical equipment

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put extreme stress on the U.S. healthcare system and workers, California introduced the Medical Device Right to Repair Act (SB 605). The bill, authored by state Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman, would require manufacturers of critical medical equipment, such as ventilators, to provide repair parts and information to hospital technicians and other third-party servicers.

Consumers still at risk for harmful over-the-counter drug products of all types because of soft federal regulations.

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Public Health

New Report: Toxic waste cleanup efforts lag, putting Americans at risk

California has the second-most toxic waste sites of any state in the country, according to a new report from CALPIRG Education Fund, “Superfund Underfunded: How taxpayers have been left with a toxic financial burden.” Due to their highly hazardous nature, the 97 sites in California are eligible for cleanup under the federal government’s “Superfund” program but data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) detailed in the report show remediation efforts are lagging due to budget shortfalls.

News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19, Public Health

It’s too soon to cancel regional stay-at-home orders

California Gov. Gavin Newsom cancelled the regional stay-at-home orders Monday, returning the state to its previous color-coded tiered system of restrictions based on county COVID-19 data.

Nursing homes across the country still need more PPE

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

It’s unconscionable that some of our most vulnerable populations and their caregivers are being put in such danger during a global pandemic. But it doesn’t have to be this way — not if our country acts right now to ramp up production and distribution of PPE to where it’s needed most.

Although we can't get together in person with family this year, that doesn't mean we have to miss out on holiday food and fun! Here are 9 virtual activities you can do with family and friends, no matter how far apart you are.

20 Questions to Ask Your Nursing Home during COVID

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Whether you have a loved one currently in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, or whether you’re shopping for one, you should arm yourself with a list of questions to gauge how safe the environment is. Here’s a guide to those questions, and the answers you should expect.

News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19, Public Health

San Francisco Mayor London Breed makes the right call to save lives

San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Tuesday that the city would shut down all indoor dining following a 250 percent increase in COVID-19 cases.

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