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Jun 17 2020 - 03:27 PM
Daily News From Around the World: 6/17/20

Today’s headlines focus on the twin public health crises that have upended 2020 in the United States; systemic racism and the coronavirus. While a New England city declares racism a “health emergency,” counties across the South and Southwest face intensifying Covid-19 outbreaks. These headlines are taken from the front pages curated by

Postcard of Memorial Square and Church, Springfield, Mass., available in the Public Domain, courtesy of New York Public Library Digital Collections.

The Republican, Published in Springfield, MA

Racism deemed health emergency

   Springfield mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced that after discussions with the city’s commissioner of Health and Human Services, Helen R. Caulton-Harris, he was declaring racism as a public health crisis in the city. To address the issues, the city has created the Springfield Office on Racial Equity, an office designed to listen to community concerns and propose city policies that create systemic change to promote public health, workforce development, and opportunities for all.

COVID-19 Outbreak Cases in the United States by user Pharexia, used under CC BY-SA, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Citrus County Chronicle, Published in Crystal River, FL

Experts: Spike not second wave

   Between June 9th and 15th, Florida recorded 13,624 new coronavirus cases, the highest one week total since the state began keeping track. Despite the surge, local and national health leaders are saying that it is not the long-predicted second-wave, but the result of increased testing.

The Town Talk, Published in Alexandria, LA

After slowing down, COVID-19 resurges

   Despite steep declines in new cases, deaths, and hospitalizations at the end of May, Louisiana’s rate of Covid-19 infection has rebounded since the state started to reopen in recent weeks. While state health officials attribute the increasing numbers to increased testing, they also warn of localized surges in regions like Alexandria, Lake Charles, and Monroe. 

The Birmingham News, Published in Birmingham, AL

Cases, hospitalizations surge across Alabama

   Localized spikes in Alabama’s Covid-19 cases led to ‘all-time highs’ in hospitalizations in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery and Decatur in recent days. The state's department of public health also reported record numbers of new cases, with more than 1,000 added on Sunday. Andy North, spokesman for the DCH Regional Medical Center, described the state’s status as “manageable but fragile.”

The Kingman Daily Miner, Published in Kingman, AZ

Mohave County COVID-19 cases surging

   Arizona’s Mohave County Department of Public Health is reporting a fourth consecutive week of increases in Covid-19 cases, with a new high of new cases reported for the week ending June 15th. The county attributes the rising numbers to both increased testing and the spread of the virus. 


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