Moira, VIC leverages art therapy to manage resident isolation with Let's Stay Connected project
The council and project partner Art in Architecture recruited 100 residents for the free program. Twelve weekly video conferences teach participants meditative drawing exercises with supplies provided by the council. Every Let's Stay Connected student joins a Facebook group that facilitates discussion between one-hour classes. Shire officials designed the program as an outlet for residents suffering social isolation, stress, and anxiety during COVID-19.
Derry City & Strabane District Council, GB "Here to Help" COVID campaign supported food businesses
Derry City & Strabane District Council's Environmental Health Food team collaborated with the Food Standards Agency to promote the "Here to Help" campaign. The campaign offered support and assistance to local food businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council shared its Here to Help guidebook with small food businesses to help clarify the hygiene processes and requirements for operating during the pandemic.
Derry City & Strabane District Council, GB
Sheffield City Council, GB offered residents free access to the popular Smoke Free mobile app
Sheffield City Council offered 200 residents free access to the popular Smoke Free mobile app to help the public quit smoking. The Council also provided participants with a 4-week structured quit plan including virtual one-to-one support from a stop smoking advisor. The Council designed this programme to protect public health particularly considering smokers are at a higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.
Sheffield City Council, GB
Leeds City Council, GB launched "Rediscover Leeds" campaign to help industries recover from COVID-19
Leeds City Council launched the "Rediscover Leeds" campaign to help the city's key industries recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign was designed to encourage residents to explore the city's rich tourism, hospitality, leisure, business, and cultural industries. The Council wants visitors to engage with the city through local shopping, eating at an independent restaurant, attending a historic tour, exploring local hiking trails, etc.
Leeds City Council, GB
London Borough of Lambeth, GB launched a local COVID-19 Contact Tracing Service
London Borough of Lambeth collaborated with Public Health England to launch a local COVID-19 Contact Tracing Service. The Lambeth service calls residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and notifies them that they must self-isolate to stop the spread of the virus. The service also collects close contact details from residents and refers them back to the National Test and Trace System. The Council developed this local service to find cases missed by the NHS Test and Trace System.
London Borough of Lambeth, GB
Snohomish County, WA adds chatbot to help residents through COVID-19 and economic recovery
County staffers used Microsoft Azure's Bot Service to introduce the bot less than one month after the outbreak. Residents can enter keywords and full questions to learn more about testing, symptoms, and recovery programs. The AI-enabled chatbot recontextualizes web content into a conversational format that leads to actionable responses. Snohomish County developed the bot as an around-the-clock guide to the latest county information.
Snohomish County, WA
Macedon Ranges, VIC highlights community resiliency during COVID-19 with In This Together podcast
The weekly podcast presents stories of how local residents and organizations have adjusted to the pandemic. Each week features a topic with recent episodes covering sports, sustainability, and creativity. Macedon Ranges weaves these stories into discussions of council services and programs that address the topic. In This Together is supplemented by a long-form interview podcast called Humans of Macedon Ranges that spotlights interesting residents.
Macedon Ranges, VIC
Enfield Council, GB launched the Small Business Hardship Fund COVID-19 crowdfunding campaign
Enfield Council launched the Small Business Hardship Fund crowdfunding campaign to help local small businesses. The campaign encouraged larger businesses to make donations to small businesses that are financially struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council developed the crowdfunding campaign specifically to provide funds to small businesses that did not receive any benefit form the existing Government support measures.
Enfield Council, GB
York, WA connects Shop Local Campaign incentives with residential property tax payments
Shire leaders recruited local businesses to accept York Dollars issued to residents. Each household paying its property tax in full receives $50 York Dollars plus a 1.5% tax discount. Quarterly tax payments yield $20 York Dollars for participating residents. The $340,000 Shop Local Campaign fund pumps money into the local economy with additional programs for business grants and revenue replacements for community events.
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, GB responds to winter homelessness with People's Pods
Ten single-occupancy pods were installed at Shadsworth Leisure Centre to serve homeless residents. Each pod includes a keycode lock, shower facilities, desk, and bed. The pod cluster is served throughout the week by council staff and Inspire Drug and Alcohol Service. Temporary residents are also protected by around-the-clock security. Council leaders invested in People's Pods to protect more rough sleepers from the dangers of cold weather and COVID-19.
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, GB
Carteret County, NC is using over $1.3 million in CARES Act funding on COVID compliant technology
Carteret County received more than $1.3 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. The county is using the majority of these funds to purchase new technology that complies with COVID-19 safety guidelines. The county has spent over $500,000 on teleworking equipment for county staff including laptops, tablets, and software licenses. Some of the funding will also be used to purchase PPE and improve the sanitary condition of the detention center.
Carteret County, NC
Clay County, FL is using nearly $10 million in CARES Act funding to protect the community from COVID
Clay County has accepted the first 25% of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) funding allocated to the area in the amount of $9,564,446. The county is using these funds to protect its community from the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first phase of funding is being directed toward teleworking equipment for county staff, mobile coronavirus testing and immunization labs, restarting small local businesses, etc.
Clay County, FL