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Open data paints a bleak picture

Faced with a new surge in coronavirus cases, California officials on Thursday launched a new open-source assessment tool that allows users to see different forecasts of the continued spread of COVID-19, including projected infections, hospitalizations and deaths. Gov. Gavin Newsom described the California COVID Assessment Tool, or CalCAT, as a “model of models,” incorporating the statistical projections offered by several leading research institutions. And the forecast over the next few weeks is rather grim, with estimates that there could be 14,682 COVID-19 patients hospitalized statewide by July 25, and as many as 11,000 deaths by the end of next month. Benjamin Freed reports.

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StateScoop 50 Awards voting closes today

Today's the last day to vote on the 2020 StateScoop 50 Awards! Cast your vote to recognize and celebrate the top 50 leaders in the state government community. The annual StateScoop 50 Awards honor the best and the brightest who make state government more efficient and effective, including people and organizations making strides in innovation, cybersecurity and service delivery. The awards will be presented during NASCIO's year-end conference in Minneapolis in October. What are you waiting for?

Obamas back Chicago's new K-12 broadband program

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a new program last week to provide more than 100,000 K-12 students with at-home internet connections. The Chicago Connected program aims to supply free wired internet to students for up to four years, along with mobile hot spot devices for at-risk students in the Chicago public school system, including those who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, those who qualify for Medicaid and students who are English language learners or in temporary living situations. The $50 million program is funded by foundations and individual philanthropists, including former President Barack and Michelle Obama, who with the MacArthur Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust contributed $750,000. Ryan Johnston reports.


What's next for the remote workforce?

As states reopen amid the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic, governments and universities are evaluating the future of the remote workforce. In a new era dominated by social distancing, remote work might just be here to stay for the long haul. With that in mind, in this special report StateScoop and EdScoop reporters explore what’s next for the remote workforce and how things could change going forward. See the full report.

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