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What We're Talking About This Week - July 31st

Data analysis shows that COVID-19 is filling up hospitals in small cities. Ahead of the Fall, the CDC released updated school reopening guidelines. Following a week of confusion regarding CDC data collection, it became clear theat COVID-19 data in the U.S. is an information catastrophe. Governing Magazine compiled 3 way to get benefits to the families that need them. Now more than ever, AI-powered self-service is helping agencies during COVID-19. Many factors remain uncertain, but summer schools offer a peak into what school might look like amid the new normal. 

Key Points: 

  • Jennings School District, which educates about 2,500 students just north of St. Louis, is using this summer program to test an in-person school model that it will roll out for the entire district next month. The program highlights the challenges that lie ahead for schools as they try to safely reopen amid a raging pandemic.
  • Two groups of a few dozen students, in grades five through 12, come on alternating days for enrichment programs that include computer coding, building design and chess.
  • Students are instructed to wear masks except for sips of water from their own cups or bottles. If they show up barefaced, they are supplied a mask. Teachers are also expected to wear masks, though one wasn't.
  • The district still has some work to do before reopening — while chairs were spaced far apart for eating, not all classrooms were set up for kids to be separated by at least 6 feet.

This Week From The Rave Team 

Read some of the stories our writers were most excited to share with you this week. To access all of our stories, check out our blog

How Mass Notification Helps to Identify and Communicate with Your At-Risk Population

Notifying residents about a public health emergency. Evacuating them before a wildfire or a hurricane strikes. Initiating rescue efforts to a flooded neighborhood. Providing comfort to the community after an active assailant incident. Safeguarding community members is one of many priorities for emergency managers, 9-1-1 teams, first responders, public health personnel and local government officials. It’s essential for these stakeholders to have the tools to communicate effectively with residents, as well as with each other. 


How Airlines Plan to Manage Safety with COVID-19 Moving Forward

Air travel has increased in the United States in recent weeks, with the TSA screening approximately 3.4 million flyers during the five days of July, a large increase from a month ago, as per CNN. Fewer people are traveling for personal or professional risks as COVID-19 cases continue to surge, but airlines are getting more traffic as Americans begin to feel more comfortable with domestic travel.  Moving forward, airlines must continue to plan to manage health and safety for employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on social-distancing on flights, screening for coronavirus symptoms, and implementing a comprehensive communications plan. 


The Role of a Public Health Epidemiologist

During any infectious outbreak, populations turn to public health officials to learn the best safety measures to prevent the spread. Through their education and training, public health officials are taught to work with local communities to best disseminate current information and preventative measures. When the coronavirus pandemic began, officials started to research the cause and origin of the outbreak in order to get a better understanding of what the world was dealing with. These scientists were epidemiologists.


Rave In The News

Applications designed to aid healthcare and emergency medical services outcomes are the focus of current testing in Verizon’s 5G First Responder Lab that is scheduled to extend through the end of the year. According to a Verizon press release, there are five companies participating in this cohort, including Rave Mobile Safety.
Nick Nilan, Verizon’s director of public-sector product development, said: "Integrating information from all of these applications through the Rave Mobile Safety platform is among the goals that Verizon officials hope to achieve during this cohort." 

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Mary Kate McGrath
Mary Kate McGrath

Mary Kate is a content specialist and social media manager for the Rave Mobile Safety team. She writes about public safety for the state & local and education spheres.

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