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As COVID-19 surges across the U.S., local health departments are struggling to keep up. But while tech firms like Google and Apple have offered their technology as a means of bolstering local contact tracing initiatives, our top story this month reveals that these tracing apps are still doing little to alleviate the workload.

We're also pleased to announce the return of columnist Catherine Johnson, a former detective and sexual assault subject matter expert. Catherine shares what she learned at a recent webinar for sex crimes investigators on how to maintain services for victims during this challenging time of social distancing.

And as the summer heat increasingly threatens at-risk communities, it becomes even more critical for governments to invest in weatherproofing and other long-term strategies for keeping residents safe from potentially devastating impacts.

— The Gov1 Team
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