Local Journalism Initiative

COVID-19 in America

The latest from our local journalism partners on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting communities across the U.S.

Latest Stories

Two Weeks. Three Lost. One Florida Family Ravaged by the Coronavirus.
Boyzell Hosey, a journalist for the Tampa Bay Times, developed COVID-19 symptoms, then watched his world shatter.
Tampa Bay Times
December 17, 2020
Tampa Bay Charter Schools are Growing During the Coronavirus Pandemic
With more flexibility to adapt to pandemic conditions, some charters are filled to capacity as district schools struggle.
Tampa Bay Times
December 10, 2020
How Did the Coronavirus Overwhelm a Florida Nursing Home So Quickly?
Nine months into the pandemic, the virus has killed more than 19,000 Floridians. About 40 percent of the deaths have been among senior care residents. Tampa Bay Times investigates a retirement complex that became an early epicenter.
Tampa Bay Times
December 3, 2020
Lifelines: Preventing Youth Suicide
During a time of pandemic when so many people are experiencing illness, isolation and financial struggle, mental health is a top concern. The Rocky Mountain PBS "Insight with John Ferrugia" team has gathered stories of prevention, healing and hope.
Rocky Mountain PBS
November 18, 2020
Hurting Right Now? This Florida Woman Wants You to Know You’re Not Alone
As early as April, mental health specialists across the country were warning about how the coronavirus and lockdown would cause more people to struggle with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.
Tampa Bay Times
October 5, 2020
Coronavirus Isolated LGBTQ Students From Community. Now They’re Going Back to School.
When home isn't supportive, virtual school has added challenges for LGBTQ kids.
Tampa Bay Times
August 17, 2020
One of Florida’s biggest disparities: How coronavirus spread in Pinellas’ Black community
In Pinellas, Black residents are 2.5 times more likely to contract the coronavirus than white residents. That’s one of the largest disparities in Florida.
August 7, 2020
Young People Are Dying from Coronavirus in Florida, Too
About 84 percent of people under the age of 65 who died from the coronavirus had an underlying medical issue, a Tampa Bay Times analysis found.
July 31, 2020
Beyond the Line at the Tampa Food Bank, a World of Other Need
Five months into its pandemic relief effort, Tampa nonprofit Metropolitan Ministries is crafting new ways to help needy families.
Tampa Bay Times
July 15, 2020
Why Does Coronavirus Hit Hispanics Harder? Reasons Might Be Found In Wimauma
About half of the COVID-19 cases reported nationwide include data on ethnicity, or 1.06 million of them. Hispanics make up more than a third of these cases — nearly twice their share of the population as a whole.
Tampa Bay Times
July 7, 2020
Will Schools Mandate Masks? The Answer Will Not Please Everyone.
School district officials are hearing from all sides in the increasingly polarizing debate.
Tampa Bay Times
June 29, 2020