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ANALYSIS: CORONAVIRUS SPIKE MOST SURGICAL MASK, SANITIZER PRICES AT LEAST 50% ON AMAZON

Empty store shelves and out of stock signs are becoming more common in America as the Coronavirus reaches the nation’s shores. While many regions have yet to declare a state of emergency, a new analysis by U.S. PIRG Education Fund revealed the 30-day average price of surgical masks and hand sanitizer 18.5 percent higher than the three month average. High prices during February were at times more than double the average cost of the same product over a 90-day time period. 

This price gouging was not isolated to the Amazon marketplace used by third party sellers. About one in six reviewed products sold directly by the online store saw prices jump at least 50% after the Coronavirus first reached America in late January

Resource | Public Health

Letter to Governor Abbott on Remote Work for non-essential personnel

Today, TexPIRG Education Fund sent a letter to the Governorn, signed by a broad coalition of public health experts and advocacy organizations, asking him to require work from home for all non-essential state personnel. You can download the letter below. 

Resource | COVID-19

Open Safe Texas

COVID Exit Strategy (www.covidexitstrategy.org), a non-partisan group of public health and crisis experts, has been tracking the progress states have made towards meeting the CDC recommended benchmarks states should reach before reopening their economies. As of July 6 2020, only three states were meeting these metrics, earning a “Green” rating.  Currently, Texas is meeting 1 out of 4 benchmarks, and is rated Red

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Superfund Sites in the Path of Hurricane Laura

There are dozens of Superfund hazardous waste sites in states affected by Hurricane Laura. Flooding of hazardous waste sites can result in toxic substances finding their way into flood waters and nearby communities. See the full list of sites and information on the risks, as well as how to protect yourself, here.

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