The Camdenton, Mo., Park and Recreation Department has installed a communication board that can be used by children with autism. The city has also added two swings that offer increased accessibility.
Slightly over half of older adults with coronavirus in King County, Wash., who called 9-1-1 for EMS had conventional symptoms of fever and trouble breathing, according to a new study. "EMS [needs] to be on alert and assure they are protected and that hospitals are prepared to test this group even when they do not have conventional symptoms," study co-author Dr. Tom Rea said.
9-1-1 dispatchers in Aurora, Colo., are receiving numerous threats from callers upset about the case of Elijah McClain, a young Black man who died last year after being restrained by police in the city. Many of the calls are coming to the city's nonemergency line and are slowing down response times, officials say.
The pandemic has left fewer people able to volunteer for search and rescue teams at a time when more people are venturing outdoors, often unprepared for the conditions they find. Lawmakers in several Western states are considering ways to financially support such teams.
National Emergency Number Association officials say they are pleased that funding for Next Generation 9-1-1 was included in the Moving Forward Act recently passed by the House of Representatives. "We call on the House and Senate to work together to send a strong NG9-1-1 bill supported by all 9-1-1 stakeholders to the president's desk as soon as possible," NENA President Gary Bell says.
The Clovis, Calif., Police Department is using Live 9-1-1 technology, which allows officers to hear 9-1-1 calls as soon as they are answered. Officials say the technology helps officers respond faster and get a better sense of callers' situations.
The rules for the Tipsy Taxi program in Cody, Wyo., are being revised after the city noticed a substantial increase in use that suggested some participants might be abusing the program. City Council members passed a resolution clarifying appropriate use, procedures and guidelines of the program, which allows licensed establishments to offer inebriated patrons a free cab ride home using city-issued vouchers.
City Council members in Seattle this week voted in favor of the "Jump Start Seattle" measure, which would levy a payroll tax on companies with payrolls of at least $7 million with staff who earn over $150,000 annually. If approved, the tax would bring in $210 million a year for a municipal relief plan focused on small businesses and vulnerable community members.
City Manager David Lynch of Newton Falls, Ohio, has proclaimed his municipality a "Statuary Sanctuary City" and announced it will accept statues of controversial historical figures that are being taken down in other cities. Lynch says Newton Falls is deeply connected with history and argues that figures such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson still deserve to be honored, despite their flaws.
City Council members in Missouri City, Texas, this week voted 4-2 to hire former Hutto, Texas, City Manager Odis Jones to serve as city manager. Jones previously served as Cincinnati's executive director of economic and community development.