Businesses Turn to Tech to Meet State Re-Opening Guidelines

By: Vanessa Grossl, CSG policy analyst

Many businesses are using new and evolving technologies to remain open or to re-open while meeting state public health guidelines. Temperature checks, new sensors and cameras are becoming the new normal. Businesses are installing fever-screening stations and various digital trackers designed to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Some employers are pushing for continuous monitoring during work shifts and extra security personnel to assist with these endeavors. But state officials must weigh both privacy concerns and potential COVID-19 mitigation benefits in deciding whether to implement these emerging technologies.

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CSG Associates in Action: Intuit Helps Support Small Businesses by Launching New Innovations

Following natural disasters and in times of national crisis, America’s private sector steps up to aid the states. We are proud of the herculean efforts of CSG Leadership Circle and Associates, our private sector members, as we combat COVID-19 together.

Associates in Action articles highlight CSG Associates’ philanthropic efforts and public-private partnerships throughout the states.

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Telehealth Gains Expected to Outlast Pandemic

by Sean Slone, CSG senior policy analyst

With the need to keep asymptomatic Americans away from health facilities to limit the spread of coronavirus this spring, the federal government and state governments deployed a variety of strategies and regulatory changes to increase access to telehealth. Now many experts are predicting those changes are likely to stay in place as the emergency subsides and efforts are in the works to ensure they do.

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CSG Associates in Action: AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Provide E-Learning Support to Parents, Teachers and Students throughout COVID-19 School Closures

Associates in Action articles highlight CSG Associates’ philanthropic efforts and public-private partnerships throughout the states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that COVID-19 spreads between people in close contact with each other. Accordingly, Education Week reports that more than 124,000 schools nationwide closed in Spring 2020 to protect students and staff, sending 55.1 million U.S. students home. The decision hit kids in underserved communities hardest; many of them are at risk of falling behind because they do not have devices or reliable internet service at home to access virtual classrooms and learning programs. These tools are key to keeping up with today’s digital world. And in times like this, when traditional classroom learning is not an option, they are a necessity.

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CSG Associates in Action: Ancestry Uses DNA Database For COVID-19 Research Project

Associates in Action articles highlight CSG Associates’ philanthropic efforts and public-private partnerships throughout the states.

Following natural disasters and in times of national crisis, America’s private sector steps up to aid the states. We are proud of the herculean efforts of CSG Leadership Circle and Associates, our private sector members, as we together combat COVID-19.

Ancestry, a CSG Associate, is working to gain a deeper understanding of COVID-19 by searching for a genomic component to how people contract and respond to the disease. This information may be useful in the global effort to develop treatments, preventatives or vaccines for the disease.

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Factors Contributing to the Spread of COVID-19 in Rural Communities

By: Brandy Whisman, CSG policy analyst

What began as a problem in concentrated in urban areas has now shifted to include non-metro areas as well. COVID-19 has had a serious impact on rural communities. Early cases of the virus popped up in mostly urban areas due to dense population, but as the numbers in urban areas like New York and Detroit begin to decline, outbreaks in rural communities are increasing.

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Rental Car Company Struggles Could Cause Domino Effect in Related Industries

by Sean Slone, CSG senior policy analyst

The decision by Hertz to file for bankruptcy protection on May 22 will likely have implications not only for a pioneering 102-year-old car rental company but also for a long list of related companies and industries that were already struggling amidst the impacts of a global shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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CSG Associates in Action: Microsoft Mobilizes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Maggie Mick, CSG chief advancement officer

Following natural disasters and in times of national crisis, America’s private sector steps up to aid the states. We are proud of the herculean efforts of CSG Leadership Circle and Associates, our private sector members, as we together combat COVID-19.

Associates in Action articles highlight CSG Associates’ philanthropic efforts and public-private partnerships throughout the states.

Seattle was one of the first outbreak hotspots in the U.S. of the novel coronavirus in early March. Microsoft, a CSG Associate member, calls the region home and quickly mobilized its resources, people and innovations to battle COVID-19 in its home state, across the country and throughout the world. These efforts include the development of mapping portals to track the virus, support for researchers seeking solutions to the health crisis, utilization of technology to monitor ICU patients and providing technology accessibility to Americans working from home.

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Pandemic Putting Precarious Child Care Industry in Danger of Collapse

by Sean Slone, CSG senior policy analyst

As parts of the country work through reopening parts of the economy, there is growing concern for an industry that pre-coronavirus allowed parents with small children the opportunity to maintain their careers: the child care industry, 90% of which is privately run.

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CSG Associates in Action: Amazon Supports Employees, Customers and Communities During COVID-19 Pandemic

Following natural disasters and in times of national crisis, America’s private sector steps up to aid the states. We are proud of the herculean efforts of CSG Leadership Circle and Associates, our private sector members, as we together combat COVID-19.

Associates in Action articles highlight CSG Associates’ philanthropic efforts and public-private partnerships throughout the states.

Amazon, a CSG Associate, is working around the clock to ensure that, as a company, it is continuing to provide essential services to the people who need it most. Amazon has not only ramped up hiring, increased pay for workers, donated supplies and established a $25 million relief fund, but also created shared solutions for many Americans now working and learning from home.

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