NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP
- Idaho has declared a statewide hospital resource crisis, which will allow providers to ration care and triage patients. The move comes as COVID-19 cases have overwhelmed capacity in the state.
- Alaska’s largest hospital is now rationing care as the strain of COVID-19 taxes its resources. Elective surgeries and other care is being pushed back, in some cases already having been delayed for months due to the pandemic.
- Oregon’s second-largest high school is temporarily closing and going back to virtual instruction amid a COVID-19 surge. Meanwhile, schools across the country are struggling to fill roles from bus drivers to cafeteria staff.
- U.S. unemployment claims ticked up last week after previously hitting a pandemic low.
RESEARCH & DATA
Shifting COVID-19 guidance undermines public confidence. While 61% say the changes make sense, 51% said the changes made them feel less confident in the guidance itself, according to Pew Research.
More research to watch:
- How are you addressing mental health at work? Research from McKinsey investigates the tactics and approaches that are offering positive results in the wake of the pandemic.
- Workers are confident they will get a job offer, but still lag pre-pandemic confidence levels. The numbers suggest that the increased employee departures might have causes that predate the pandemic, though the crisis certainly has exacerbated the problem.
- Biden’s job approval hasn’t changed after new vaccine rules rollout. Data from Morning Consult shows that the new push from the White House hasn’t drastically altered the opinions or outlooks for audiences, as positions on the COVID-19 crisis and vaccination were likely already firmly entrenched.
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Southwest Airlines offers extra pay to vaccinated employees. The airline is also removing pay protections for unvaccinated workers who have to quarantine and miss work.
“If you have not been vaccinated and choose to do so, this timeline gives you enough time to receive both rounds of a two-series vaccine or the single-dose vaccine,” Southwest said in the memo, per CNBC.
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FROM THE CRISIS LEADERSHIP NETWORK
How should comms pros respond to new vaccine rules from the White House? Comms leaders and experts offer insights on the best path forward in the ongoing war against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Interested in becoming a Crisis Leadership Network member? You can learn more and sign up here.
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Instagram responds to WSJ report on toxic experiences for teens. In a blog post, Karina Newton, the platform’s head of public policy, tried to offer context and an alternative narrative to research that shows teens face serious mental health challenges on the platform.
The question on many people’s minds is if social media is good or bad for people. The research on this is mixed; it can be both. At Instagram, we look at the benefits and the risks of what we do. We’re proud that our app can give voice to those who have been marginalized, that it can help friends and families stay connected from all corners of the world, that it can prompt societal change; but we also know it can be a place where people have negative experiences, as the Journal called out today. Our job is to make sure people feel good about the experience they have on Instagram, and achieving that is something we care a great deal about.
The Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim shares stories from her work on Capitol Hill. Be sure to check out regular episodes of The Friday Reporter, taking you behind the scenes with journalists at major news outlets.
Wells Fargo has delayed its return to the office until Nov. 1. The move comes as COVID-19 has surged around the country, forcing businesses to reevaluate return-to-the-office plans.
It’s the second time the bank has pushed back a broad return to in-person work. Wells had originally planned to launch its return plans Sept. 7, then moved the date to Oct. 4., citing rising COVID-19 case rates across the country.
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TOOLS & TACTICS
WhatsApp launches a ‘yellow pages’ for businesses. The move comes as Facebook looks to make the messaging service work for businesses and consumers.
Screenshots show how WhatsApp will show businesses sorted by categories like “grocery store” and “restaurant,” before letting users chat directly with them. Reuters reports that the test will include thousands of businesses in the city.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- Sept. 17- Employee Communications Awards Deadline
- Oct. 13-14 – Ragan’s Internal Communications, Culture & Wellness Conference
- Oct. 19 – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Certificate Course for Communicators
- Nov. 15-19 – Communications Week